Discussion in 'Blogging' started by qu4rk, May 27, 2011.
I've read that Thesis theme is a good one for out-of-box seo, what do you guys think?
build you own one is the best solution
Ok. That makes sense, instead of trusting some themer to do it all for me. :baby09:
Do many of people use free themes?
I think you are always going to want to customize it to be as optimized as possible. All WP themes have SEO friendly structure but you will always want to change permalinks, and manually do your meta data.
I like a lot of themeforest themes - thought they're all over the map as far as great out of the box SEO. In my opinion it's way more important that you know what you're doing in terms of WP seo than having the theme built with lots of SEO support built in.
My take on it is this: A great WP theme - in terms of SEO - has clean code and doesn't get in the way of all of the various plugins and administrative work that you need to be doing to get your SEO right. The SEO side of things within WP is the job of your plugins and YOUR configuration. The theme is there is present your content. And it should do this in a very professional manner (ie. look great) and not shit all over the plugins. So, again, clean code, great looking presentation, and - IMO - it needs to have a really slick backend administration setup.
So long story long, I like a lot of themeforest themes because they do all of those things and they don't get in the way of my core set of plugins and configuration that I do with every new WP site.
Thesis is good, Headway is good, OneTheme used to be cool (though a little heavy on load times), OptimizePress is quite nice, ElegantThemes is also good - there are a ton a great themes out there. Just get something that you like the looks of that is easy to use and isn't crammed with a bunch of shitty code that will get in the way of your plugins.
themes that boost your seo is absolute bollocks! can't believe people still fall for this. the only thing that will lower your ranks is when your theme is badly coded
Ok. What's the best way to decipher who has good coding & not? I mean, is there a site to check or some tell tell signs to look for?
I agree on themeforest themes, I got a few from there. There is the support issue though, you should check it first on previous products. I had a nasty issue recently wth one theme and the theme programmer did not fixed it in 2 months...Luckily I managed to fix it myself but this should not be the best option when you pay for something... As for the code, you could check for validation, many sellers will display the validation banners though that's not a guarantee...
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