Originally Posted by Mindy
I'd be interested to see some condensed instruction for installing Wordpress into your own theme. Wordpress has tons of docs on that topic, but it can be a bit overwhelming at times. It's so simple to initially install, which is great, but the time spent is all the customization afterwards. I'm still trying to get mine up and running. I'm glad I read this post, though, because it reminded me to pick it back up to work on it.
Installing WP is VERY simple these days. All of the major hosting companies have a "click one button... answer a couple questions... and wallah! Installed!" type of installation.
Customizing someone else's theme or building a custom theme from scratch is not so easy. If you're going to build a theme from scratch then you'll need to learn their PHP function libraries. This can take a lot of time. Customizing other existing themes means digging through their code trying to figure it out.
If you want a WordPress theme that looks very professional out of the box, that allows lots of customizations from admin pages created by the theme creator, and a big community to support it... I HIGHLY recommend you consider purchasing Thesis by DIYThemes.com.
I think this is the best premium theme on the planet. I have been doing SEO work for years professionally. This theme not only looks great (has flawless CSS) but it is also very SEO friendly. Almost anyone who creates a WP blog ends up having to install All-In-One SEO Pack plugin to make their theme SEO friendly. I've never installed All-In-One SEO Pack on a Thesis site. No need to... The theme creator has exposed everything you need in the admin screens for the theme.
My Thesis WP blogs have 3 plugins:
- to fight spammers automatically
Contact Form 7
- to create a nice looking custom contact us form with Captcha
- a plugin that lets you customize almost any section of any page on a Thesis site by overriding the default hook functions
Check them out...
PS Many greats in the world of SEO use Thesis. Matt Cutts (mattcutts.com/blog), Michael Grey (wolf-howl.com), Rae Hoffman (sugarrae.com) to name a few. Some use it simplistically, others stretch what it can do beyond what most ever thought it could do.
Great theme! Well worth every penny. I liked it so much I bought the developers license. Life time of support and upgrades... can use it on as many domains as I can own.