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Best type of theme to use for an authority site?

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by HotZippo90, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. HotZippo90

    HotZippo90 Newbie

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    Hello all, I did a search and drew a blank, apologies if this has been asked before!

    I'm starting an authority site based on instructing users how to do something and am having trouble finding an appropriate theme.
    I've been experimenting with corporate themes to give the website a professional looking landing page to guide them into the course, put found they lack when it comes to ad placement and customization.
    I have also been playing with magazine themes, these are better, but I find the home page easily becomes quite busy and doesn't offer enough direction.

    I'd appreciate some feedback on what those of you with authority sites are using, and what type of theme you tend to go for.

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. evilclown

    evilclown Senior Member

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    Authority sites usually have their unique designs. Some others have popular ones. There is hundreds of options. What you want to do is start your site with the bear minimum then add elements little by little by testing them how the users reacts. Remember your main focus should be building a website for your users not for the search engines.
     
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  3. lucasbraydon

    lucasbraydon Supreme Member

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    Find a theme with unlimited sidebars, that way you can always have a sidebar banner for something that is related to that specific page :)
     
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  4. HotZippo90

    HotZippo90 Newbie

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    Good advice, cheers. :)

    I plan on starting small, and adding elements as I go, but I want to have a home page that attracts visitors and guides them into a the course I will be posting. I understand that first and foremost, I'm building my site for my users, and am taking them into account when I pick my theme. As it's an educational site, I want a professional, yet friendly theme, something users won't mind coming back to.

    My problem is finding a type of theme that lends itself to an instructional authority site.
     
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    phluid Power Member

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    If you haven't even started the site then it isn't an authority site, hopefully it will be one day. Personally I pick a nice looking theme when I hope to create an authority site. Once I start to pick up with my following and good money is coming in I spend what it takes to create a proper custom site which looks better than any of my competitions.
     
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    HotZippo90 Newbie

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    That looks very interesting, cheers!

    Very true, I suppose I should say "aspiring authority site".
     
  8. Jodly

    Jodly Regular Member

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    Save yourself from the trouble of dealing with a ton of crappy themes, and buy Genesis. It's by far the best theme out there.

    Thesis, though, is good too, but, in my opinion, Genesis is far more easier to customize.
     
  9. adambaumb

    adambaumb Newbie

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    Second this. I use Genesis exclusively on bigger sites. If smaller I usually go with something like Splash- as their review features are quite neat.