Thesis Review – Thesis WordPress Theme 1.8 Reviewed

by Dean James

Thesis ThemeIf you’re looking for a paid blog theme, you can’t do much better than investing in the Thesis theme.

In fact this blog is now running on it. I’ve got to do a bit of tweaking to it, but I had the blog changed over to this theme in a matter of minutes. In this Thesis review I am going to cover what you get with it, the options available and whether it’s worth your hard earned cash.

Why Invest In The Thesis Theme ( Free vs Paid )

It’s true you can get some pretty good free themes, but I’ve never seen such a versatile platform on the backend as this one. You can tweak and change things to your hearts content and it’s as simple as manually clicking a few options and hitting the “Big Ass Save Button” ( that isn’t my wording by the way, it’s what it actually says on the backend when you want to save something ).

The “Clincher” though is that this theme is simply the best one out there ( in my opinion… and if you want to do some digging you’ll find other well known bloggers using it. Oh and Matt Cutts as well ) for search engine rankings because it’s optimized so well ‘out of the box’.

So buy this theme if you want to quickly and easily change the look and layout of your blog and you want better search engine rankings from a theme that performs.

What Else Can You Do With Thesis?

Well, you can stop it looking like a WordPress blog by doing some tweaks in the admin area. A few minutes of your time is all it takes. Interested in writing salesletters? You can customize this theme in matter of seconds to look just like a regular salesletter. No problem at all ( again I’ve seen a good number of internet marketers doing this ).

You can also add drop down menus at the touch of a button. See the nav menu at the top? I can quickly change that to include drop-downs if I want. The sheer multitude of things you can do to change the look and appearance of your blog is staggering ( and fun – how many times have you been able to use the word ‘fun’ when fiddling with a regular Wordpress theme. Usually it’s just plain frustrating unless you’re a ‘tech’ head ).

You can also change to 1,2 or 3 columns and put a header in without having to mess with the CSS. I added the header on this blog in less than 60 seconds. “Simples” as the Meerkat in the advert would say 😉

Have a good look at all the custom looks you can achieve with this theme by heading on over to the Thesis site to get a full idea of what is truly possible. If you decide to buy this theme there are two options available.

Thesis Package Options

There is a Personal license option for $87 or a Developers license option for $164 ( not bad when you consider you can have as many as you want for the one-time payment ).

I personally bought the Developers license because I want to be able to install Thesis on more than one blog. It’s a more costly option but it will quickly pay for itself. If you only want or have one blog with no intention of setting up another in the short-medium term, go for the lower priced option. If you want multiple blogs ( i.e. 2 or more ) with Thesis running on them get the developers license.

Here’s proof that I put my money where my mouth is…

Future upgrades are included for free when you purchase Thesis. When you take that into account and the awesome SEO capabilities, as well as the ease at which you can change the look and feel of your blog, the Thesis theme is well worth investing in. It’s a ‘must’ for bloggers that want a seriously good ( in my opinion the best ) paid theme they can get up and running quickly with.

Hope you found this Thesis review useful. Let me know how you get on with it.

I know there are a lot of people also interested in Adsense templates so they can build niche sites with a high CTR.  If so, I have an inexpensive package for you. Watch this Niche Adsense templates video to see what’s included.


by Dean James on January 11, 2011 · 10 comments


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Susan Burns January 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Dear Dean
Thank you so much for the review. I found it honest, straight to the point and very enjoyable to read.
Thank you
Susan burns

Percival J. Meris January 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I agree with you 100%. I use the Thesis theme for my site, and it is just so much fun to build your blog site according to your heart’s desire.

I highly recommend Thesis theme to everybody who has a blog. It is a very easy theme to tweak.

Brenda Svoboda January 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Hi Dean,

Thanks for this review. I have a client who is hell-bent on Thesis and the product website does not present the features as clearly as you have done. Thinking of going for the developers license myself.

Hope that’s an affiliate link so you’ll get credit!



Dean James January 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

@Susan – You’re welcome. I’m glad you found it useful.

@Percival – Thanks for your comment. Good to see you’re one of the enlightened few 😉

@Brenda – Thanks for your kind words. The developers license is definitely worth the extra money if you want to set it up for clients on more than one blog. ‘Officially’ I think you pay $40 to set it up for a client but that’s a lot cheaper than the $87 they would have to shell out for it if they wanted a personal license. It’s also useful if you want to run it on more than one blog ( which you will once you see what you can do with it on the backend ). Thanks for buying through my link.

Tom January 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Thesis is one of the best WP themes ever with adequate functionalities and excellent design. I hope that soon I could afford this theme.

Dean James January 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

@Tom – Totally agree. If you can’t afford the Developers Licence, get the Personal one for $87 ( which covers the use of Thesis on one blog ) and then you still have the option of upgrading to Developers Licence later for $77 😉

Brenda Svoboda February 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Finally got the go ahead on the client site so I’m purchasing now. Thanks again!


Dean James February 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

That’s great Brenda. I’m sure your client will love the Thesis setup. Thanks for coming back to purchase via me, I appreciate it. Dean.

Angus Millar March 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

A very good review on Thesis, did you not find anything wrong with the theme?
If you didn’t then I am on my way to purchase it now,
Thanks again

Dean James April 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Hi Angus, No I didn’t find anything wrong with the theme. It’s very well SEO optimized out of the box and the look/layout is very easy to change. Most of it can be changed with the press of a few buttons inside of the dashboard. The reason I chose this theme other than its flexibility and clean layout is that it kicks b*tt in the search engines ( *hint* ) when it comes to rankings. I got a developers license so I can use it on as many personal websites as I like.

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