Why I Ditched Thesis When Launching My New Design

I am notorious for changing my themes with alarming regularity. Long-term readers of this blog and my personal blog will be able to vouch that I used to change the themes to the respective blogs on a weekly basis. It wasn’t unheard of for people to go away on holiday and come home to discover I had changed the theme not once but twice while they were away.

When I first decided to try and do this blogging lark full time (January 2010, up until then it was purely a sideline) I decided that I could no longer keep changing my theme as often as it would probably upset readers, so I picked a design from Thesis and stuck with that design for nearly three years.

I decided it was time for a change because more and more people had started to use the same premium theme as me and a lot of them were in the same niche as me.

Ditching Thesis

Let me set the record straight here, I enjoyed experimenting with Thesis but I decided to try something else because a lot of the little hacks that work with pretty much every other theme do not work with Thesis themes because they are built differently. It became incredibly frustrating that I would have to pay someone a lot of money if I wanted to add these hacks for me.

I also found it difficult to find a designer who would create me a new theme to use with Thesis without forcing me to take out a huge loan or rob a bank. Seriously, I know Thesis might be different but is it really worth paying FOUR TIMES AS MUCH AS A NORMAL THEME?

Onwards & Upwards

Making the change to the new theme was helped even further when I discovered that I could not only cut down on the amount of plugins that I use (cut at least a dozen of them) but it also displayed a nice condensed version of itself for mobile users.

Faster baby!

The site also now loads noticeably faster, but I think this might be down to me uninstalling over a dozen plugins, some of which took a lot of room. I was running 38 plugins and have shaved it down to 20 and I’ll be looking to reduce that even further to speed up even more.

Images

After spending many years acting like an old grump refusing to move with the times I have started using images on my blog. I’m only using thumbnails and an image slider but it is a start.

Even Better Social Media Interaction

When I released my last update I wanted to make better use of social media on the blog and I started to do that but it took a while to find the right plugin. Thankfully this theme comes with a decent social media section built into it and it offers a staggering 45 buttons to choose from.

What Do You Think?

I’m keen to receive feedback on the new design, please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you like and hate about the new theme or what additions you would like to see. 🙂

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12 comments

  1. I’ve heard only good things about Thesis, but I like the new design so I think you’re on the right track.
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    • Oh don’t get me wrong, I like Thesis and would never discourage anyone from using it, I just felt it was time for me to try something else. I’ll certainly be open to returning to Thesis in the future. 🙂

  2. I’m definitely liking the theme. As for Thesis I’m not really sure what the fuss is about. I’ve used it on a few niche sites in the past but I ran into similar issues with plugins and I just didn’t find using it to be a very friendly experience. I’ve since moved on to trying some other themes and doubt I will be going back again any time soon.
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    • To be honest I was expecting more considering it is being sold for $87 and that is before you buy a Thesis template or hire someone to create one for you. Good job I didn’t buy it myself. 😛

  3. I appreciate these changes very much and yes this theme is much better than the previous one. This one is livlely and faster in comparison. I like the way you have started to use pictures in your posts and this has made your posts more interesting. Good move!

  4. For me Thesis is just the best solution at the moment. But i have to agree with you that it’s a pain in the ass to do some hacks with it, you have to spend a lot of time or money to solve that. I’m currently testing some other themes and might to change as well. I like the design of your page, keep on going!

  5. I like your theme. The biggest speed boosts for me was getting rid of some plugins. After the plugins, the site loaded much faster, but I still wanted more. So, I removed the theme, and custom coded my design. Many themes have too much code to get options and such. Its not a huge gain, but it was a gain. After that, I got Amazon AWS to serve people faster in more locations. Im still tweaking here and there like image sprites, condensing code, etc.
    Here are a few good speed test tools:
    http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/
    https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights

    Cheers

    Blue

    • I’m just like you, I want pages to load faster and quicker, no matter how fast they already load we still try and improve it. Thank you for the helpful tools, I’m sure my readers will also find them of good use. 🙂

  6. I really like thesis, but I can see why you ditched it. It still works great for my website. It was getting it modified that i ran into problems.
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