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Theme selection is one of the most confusing and time taking part. My first theme was Atahualpa theme, shifted to Arthemia Free, then Arras theme…..Swift and finally landed to Thesis . Here I am not going through the pros and cons parts of above mentioned themes. Then what led me to the present theme Thesis?
Thesis Theme for WordPress:  Options Galore and a Helpful Support Community
Thesis may be the most popular and reviewed premium WordPress theme of blogosphere, each and every Thesis users are boasting the benefits . I never believed those reviews completely because I know that  this is one of the most marketed WordPress themes through affiliate affiliate networks (I am also using Thesis affiliate banners, but this post is not a part of marketing). Before going to invest a good amount of money only for  a WordPress theme, I needed a good advice (Not an affiliated advice). Then I approached Mr Harsh Agarwal (Shoutmeloud). This  was our conversation about Thesis.

Hi Harsh,

I am very much confused about Thesis theme. My blog is around 1 year old and getting almost good traffic. I am satisfied with my present Theme (Swift), but in the blogosphere everyone talk about Thesis, unfortunately all the reviews are from the affiliates so totally confused. I have gone through the articles of your site also. I need your personal advice- Is it worth to spend such a big amount of money for a theme? I don’t consider the returns from affiliate and the customization.. I  Expect an expert unbiased suggestion from you.

Hey Sujith

It again depends..If you think your site is well SEO optimized and swift is taking care of your need..Don’t switch to Thesis..

The thing with Thesis is it has build a community around and being a premium Theme people are looking forward to buy it..

I spend on this theme because I was using some free theme and it has lots of issues in terms of customization and SEO..

Whereas Thesis support is amazing when it comes to customization.. 1000 of tutorials will help…

Though if I would have been at your place, I would have find answer like this:

Is my theme missing something?

Is my theme SEO optimized ( I believe Swift is SEO optimized)

Do I have spare money to spend on this theme?

Will I be able to customize Thesis or not…

That’s  it and you will have an answer



The unbiased reply of Harsh is very much appreciable and I hope this advice is helpful to you also like me.

For me my previous theme Swift was OK, easy to customize, no coding required, fast loading, SEO optimized and many more. However my curiosity to test the features of  Thesis led me in purchasing one copy. Installed a copy in  my test blog of local machine. Surfed through thousands of Thesis tutorials and learned a lot.  The customization part is not yet completed. Still doing experiments. I have a plan to offer free Thesis skins also.

In SEO point of view, frequent theme change is not desirable because changing the themes will shift the page structure , which can badly affect the search engine index and ranking. Here Thesis wins, means without changing the structure of blogs one can completely change the design of a blog. For Thesis customization you need not to be a developer or coder. Even without basic CSS/HTML knowledge you can easily customize it.

Now I am also a Thesis fan . If you have any theme change plan , go for Thesis (This is not an affiliate advice 🙂 ). Just completing two months with Thesis, so it is too early to say about the SEO and traffic benefits. However one thing I can underline, Thesis didn’t pull down my traffic, Page Rank or SERP.

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  • FYI
    Page structure doesn’t change in SWIFT to.

    Centered layout, right sidebar, left sdiebar, all have the same HTML.

    • Yes Satish, I know that. As specified, just for a curiosity and learning purpose switched over to Thesis. Thanks for a wonderful theme with premium features. If some one ask me to suggest a best free Wordpress theme, without a second thought I can suggest Swift.

  • Hello sujith, i had personally tried Thesis some time back, Its Great , But Yes SWIFT is a Blessing for Bloggers using self hosted Wordpress.
    [especially to those who are at beginning of it]
    From sometime i have been seeing your blog doing great with SWIFT theme.
    Can you tell some points To shift to Thesis any major issues to take This Step?
    Because even many thesis users are using All in one SEO pack for Seo stuff and if i take customization into Account thats not a major problem!

    • Hi Prashant,
      Absolutely nothing wrong with Swift. I was doing well with Swift. Mainly shifted to learn more about Thesis and to do some experiments. All in one SEO pack is not necessary for Thesis theme but the bloggers (including me) start using Thesis after trying many other themes. For complete migration from All in one SEO plugin to thesis, a little bit database tweak is required. Still I am not using the SEO part of Thesis, planning to migrate the settings and will uninstall the SEO plugin.

      • Yea,you shifted to try thesis and now look at you,you won’t shift from thesis to another theme.Your choice,but i can’t say anything about Swift theme(haven’t used it).What harsh wrote was a good answer(experience speaks).

  • Hi, nice information
    Thnks for sharing..

  • Now I am prefering Genesis rether than Thesis. The reason is Genesis is cheaper and easier costomize

  • My first reactions to the thesis theme was that i ended up hating it for the looks and the repeated layouts i saw many bloggers using then i realized that i can be moulded like pure clay into anythin we want, and that is why i decided to switch to thesis . I was in a same position as you since all those who could give an opinion were more than happy to shoot me an afiliate link saying “buy it if you care for your blog” and the rest who followed the crowd blindly didnt go beyond ‘ its the best , everybody is using it’ . I couldnt take that as an answer then i field tested the theme with the Lynx browser which emulates the search crawler and say that thesis is indeed serving html in its most natural form to the crawlers. Later a few other tests about speed and onpage friendliness . Dont take it because of its numerous reviews about being SEO friendly because we can do the same with custom code on any theme but it has more than one reasons that we cant control in other themes that truly set it apart, its more of a framework with a fluid html build and though i am not an affiliate i would surely suggest people take it if they are serious.

  • Does anyone can input experience with the Catalyst Theme?

  • Even I switched to thesis buddy and m getting better rankings and much better CTR now

  • Dude this theme had done wonders for me!
    And yes your blog tops in Google search for maximum topics i Search!

  • vinodh

    you are absolutely right regarding thesis and swift.

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