Thesis Theme Is Just Not Flexible Enough

I did a post a little while back called My First Impression Of The Thesis Theme in which I outlined my disappointment in the theme itself. Whilst is was better than the majority of themes around it didn’t live up to expectations for one simple reason, that reason being, as far as I was concerned, it didn’t do what it said it would.

Not a coder? Not a problem. The Thesis option panels allow you to command your site with ease, while Thesis does all of the heavy lifting behind the scenes. You’ve never had this much control over your site before, and this is precisely what makes Thesis indispensable to critical webmasters all over the globe

After reading that I bought the theme thinking that now I would finally have complete control over how my blog would look. Now don’t get me wrong it did give me a lot more control than a lot of other themes, but as far as being a complete ‘plug and play’ package I found it sorely lacking. Naturally if you are a bit of a geek and like playing around with codes and things you can do a lot more with Thesis than other themes, but I, like a lot of other bloggers out there, am completely clueless when it comes to coding and I need a theme that is almost completely mouse driven. I need a truly flexible theme.

Well, I searched far and wide until finally I found what I consider to be the ultimate theme, the FlexSqueeze Theme! Once installed you simply go to the Theme  Option page and follow all the instructions. You can change almost every facet of the theme from the width of the theme to the width of your post content to your sidebars. The following is just some of the things that you can do with this theme.

  • It’s very own image up-loader! Any image you want to incorporate into your new theme can be uploaded easily into the theme’s own image directory.
  • Add AdSense with ease! Easily insert AdSense ads in 5 different locations with point-and-click ease from the theme options page!
  • New Built In Squeeze Page Capability! The theme comes with ‘squeeze page’ template that you can easily adapt to make it your very own professional looking Squeeze Page. This can make your affiliates sales go through the roof. Check out some of the Squeeze pages I’m using on this blog!
  • Custom Headers! Choose from the custom headers or upload your own.
  • Threaded Comments Actually Work! Theme is WordPress 2.7 threaded comment ready, just activate it from the admin panel.
  • Very Own Color Picker! There is no need to know any of the colorcolor-picker codes as it comes with it’s own color picker. Just select the option you want to change and then with total mouse control you can choose the color of your choice. Even after you choose your global theme color you can manipulate it even more to suit your needs. Change the background color or image, the sidebar color, the color of your links, titles, honestly there are a whole lot of choices available

Honestly I could go on and on, but there are so many choices it would take way more time than I have available and my wife would drag me out by my ear lobes if I spend too much longer in this room. The thing is that this theme does it all, and if you have multiple blogs, just like yours truly, the FlexSqueeze Theme will make sure that every blog has it’s own uniqueness so you will no longer have to have multiple themes. Just have a look at the following blogs to see what I mean.

SBizzTech, BlogSire, Well Blog Me, Photos2Blog, Top Software Online, Scenic Adelaide and my latest blog Top Sexual Aids. The changes could have been even more dramatic but I haven’t had the time to truly try all the features. You may notice though that you can choose from different search boxes as well as RSS icons. You may also notice that the header and footer are displaying the same affiliates. You can either display the special header or footer complete with your own affiliate links or you can go to the widget section of your dashboard to select whatever plugins you want to display. Yep, you heard right, with this theme you can install plugins into 5 diferent areas, the two sidebars, the footer, feature top, and top sidebar.

If there is something that you want to know about the capabilities of the FlexSqueeze Theme just leave a comment and I will see what I can find.

Oh, I almost forgot, how much will it cost? The cost factor is another area where it beats the Thesis Theme hands down. With Thesis you are looking at either the personal or developers option which will cost you $89 or $164 respectively. Now compare that with the FlexSqueeze Theme.

  1. The single use version which normally sells for $69.99 is on special till the end of March for only $49.99
  2. The multi use version is only $129.99. This is the package that I opted for
  3. The developer version at $299.99 is for those who may have clients that they develop blogs for and has the potential to make them some serious money as according to the author;

The developer version of FlexSqueeze allows you to build client sites using FlexSqueeze and charge them for it! How cool is that? If you’re a web designer with a need for custom client blogs, there is no theme in the world that allows you to build a faster blog than FlexSqueeze!

Whatever theme you decide on you should make sure you pick the best web hosting you can afford, because the last thing you want is lose everything just because you wanted to save a few bucks.

Sorry, if I you think I am frothing at the mouth at the moment, but honestly it’s not often that I get hold of an affiliate that I am truly exited about, and believe me, once you try the FlexSqueeze Theme there is no looking back.

Edit: FlexSqueeze has just received an update which makes it even easier and more versatile. I’ve written a post about it which you can read here

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  1. Twitter:
    Pretty neat, Sire. Maybe when I get older I’ll think about purchasing a customizable theme, but right now, I’ll stick with what I have. But this does look nice indeed, as do the others.

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    1. Gee Mitch, I reckon at our age we don’t want to wait until we get any older. :ponder_tb:


      1. Twitter:
        Well, I was saying that kind of tongue in cheek, but the truth is that right now I’d rather concentrate on content rather than working on changing themes around.

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        1. Yep, content should always come first Mitch, and you have no shortage of that, that’s for sure.

    2. Hmm Mitch, there are actually real cheap and good custom themes these days. Take time to find them!

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      1. Twitter:
        Time is a luxury I don’t have all that much of, Ben, except for writing posts.

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        1. which are very time consuming

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        2. Time is money, exactly. If I had the time to learn css completely I would, but it is more efficient for me to pay somebody who knows what they are doing, professionally.

          1. Yep, which is why I picked this theme. Thanks for commenting Mike.

  2. I think you are not the only person that had trouble with the Thesis Theme.
    It also seemed like so many blogs were using it yet, they all looked the same. Maybe because they could not customize it very easily.

    Seeing the brick wall here just makes me want to get my spray paint. LOL!

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    1. I think that a lot of people out there thought, just like I did, that it would work straight out of the box. The thing is not too many people are going to say that they wasted their money and so they are more likely to rave about what a good buy it was rather than let everybody know how disappointed they are.

      As for the wall, perhaps I can arrange something if you can show me some of your graffiti masterpieces.


  3. Twitter:
    Hey Sire,

    I recently changed my theme (again) too. I’ve paid for a few themes over the years, and have also used some free ones. I’d say it’s pretty much hit or miss as to whether you get more/better when you pay. That being said, I do like to play around with the code and the CSS myself, but I can definitely see having as many theme options as possible done right from the control panel being a “unique selling position”.

    Keep havin FuN!
    Todd

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    1. Hey Todd. I’m probably not as good as you playing around with code and CSS, as for me it’s sort of trial and error until I get it right, so for me I found this theme to be a real time saver as well as allowing me to change things whenever I want as easily as the click of a mouse.

      1. Sire, let me know if you need alittle help! =)

        Ben Pei´s Last blog post..Ben Pei’s No Brainer Blog Contest

        1. Not with this theme Ben, it almost tweaks itself.

  4. As long as you’re happy with them Peter, there is nothing wrong with free blogs. I find them a little limiting, but that is just me.

  5. Man i am so glad for you. It seems like you found a way to focus more on your content. I really like the way this guy has coded this. It seems very good. I haven’t tried Thesis (yet) but i intend on doing it. But, you know me. There has to be some fooling around with the code so i can have some fun :P Nice change by the way!

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    1. Forget Thesis Stratos, FlexSqueeze is a hell of a lot better.

  6. I’ll stick to free blogs in the mean time. I’m still able to write what I want to say, and until that is denied me I don’t mind much. You’re a technoblogger Sire, and good on you!

    Cheers

    Peter

  7. I hated thesis, to be honest, because of the “hooks.” Having to learn a whole new way of coding? No thanks. I’m a designer and so i like the process I use to make and modify themes. The price tag was a hefty “investment” though, but the theme does have nice typography, so there’s something I gained from it.

    The flexibility theme looks pretty cool. Kind of a lot of information and areas, but I like it better than thesis.

  8. @ Corey & Kim – Yeah, I almost freaked when I found out that I had to learn hooks and stuff in order to get something more out of Thesis, especially as it wasn’t what they led me to believe when I read all the hype on their website. I’ve even noticed at the forums that the only people getting something out of it were those who were already pretty handy with coding and stuff, and as far as I’m concerned that is a minority.

    The FlexSqueeze theme on the other hand rocks. No coding knowledge required at all.

    1. Hi Sire
      I always liked the look of Thesis and people rave about its built in SEO but now you’ve mentioned “having to learn hooks” I’m having second thoughts.

      I don’t mind a bit of CSS manipulation but hooks?
      .-= Keith Davis@public speaking´s last blog ..A helping hand… =-.

      1. Yeah I know, you’d think they’d mention that wouldn’t you. They have made some improvements since this post but I still reckon FlexSqueeze is a lot better.

    1. Actually Brandon, as I had already upgraded my other sites a few weeks ago, and I am not sure if it is related or not, but my Adsense earnings for this month is already up 50%. I can safely say that this is the best money I’ve spent on the Net in a long, long while.

        1. Nope, she looks good to me mate.

  9. I like the new theme :-)

    Thesis is NOT as easy to use as it leads you to believe. You can customize as much as you want if you understand CSS and hooks. But your average blogger does not know those things and doesn’t want to. And it’s true – most Thesis sites end up looking much like the rest.

    I do like Thesis – I just think it’s customization is designed toward developers rather than the average user.

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  10. Wow, thought I was on the wrong blog when the page loaded up. What a change the site looks great and much more spacious. It kind of defeats the object of having software that doesn’t work for your needs, so its good that you have found a solution. Do that guarantee the software to be compatible with future versions of WordPress as they are released or do you have to pay to upgrade the software?

    1. As far as I know the author is always upgrading. This theme is the next step up from his flexibility theme. All I had to do was install the new theme and it automatically read the configuration and updated all the options.

  11. Nice choice, Sire. Honestly, this one is much better than the previous one. The last design kinda sucked too much attention away from the content. Finally, you did it!

    Yan

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    1. Thanks Yan, as much as I liked the last one, I like this one so much better, especially as it offers so much potential.

  12. Much much better buddy, I like it!

    I’m currently having my theme “upgraded”, but I will definitely keep this in mind. :)

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    1. What theme are you changing to? You have a good one actually dude..

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    2. Thanks Dennis, that really means a lot to me mate.

  13. Nice Sire! When I first open your homepage I was like “Am I in the right blog?”. Good choice, I really like this than the previous one.

    Regard Thesis I have never really used it before so I can’t really say much on it however from what I have read and heard seems like a great theme.

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    1. LOL, a bit of a shock to the system was it Salwa. I’m glad you like the theme. I find it so much better than Thesis, I only wish I found it earlier.

  14. Definitely like the new theme, Sire. Cleaner look and easy to follow. I think a lot of the hype over Thesis (which I’m sure is very good) has to do with blogs wanting to get a little affiliate cash. Most that sung the praises of it had a 125 button on their sites. It’s actually an affiliate praise that I like though as the blogger is using the product. That means something.

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    1. You are so right Gennaro. I’ve seen the same badge on so many blogs that don’t even run the Theme. You would think that if they thought so highly of it they would use it themselves.

  15. I’ve always relied on free themes but guess what?I literally just purchased the Thesis theme a few days ago and am loving it. Looks like I found my #1 affiliate product for the year.

    1. Good on you Jerry, I’m glad you are happy with your purchase. How are you handling the Hooks and CSS manipulations? I suppose your are an old hand at playing around with codes?

  16. Wow, and I mean wow, I like the new layout on this site. I’ve been thinking about revamping my site (again) and have been looking at premium themes. I go to the galleries for the theme sites to see who they think has done the best customization. The Thesis themes were ok, but just not quite right. I’ll definitely be looking into this one. Thanks for sharing the things you like about it… it helps!

    ~ Kristi

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    1. Hi Kristi, I’m glad you like it. I’ve gone through a lot of free themes and when I first bought Thesis I thought I had finally found the one that would last for eternity. It didn’t work out that way, but I knew that the right theme would come along if I persevered enough, and I was right. If you do choose the theme I’m sure you won’t regret it.

  17. I’m just sick of hearing about Thesis.

    I can’t fire up twitter without a dozen Internet Marketing gurus trying to ram it down my throat.

    Enough already!

    1. Gee Adam, does that mean you don’t want me to do a plethora of tweets on FlexSqueeze? :jittery_tb:

  18. Whoa Sire I, like Salwa thought I landed on the wrong page. This looks fantastic! I just love the new look!

    In terms of themes, I am lucky I guess that I do not have to worry about them as my husband custom makes ours pretty much, so I have nothing to offer in terms of comments as to what theme is good or not…

    1. And they say that men are useless :laugh_tb: Seriously, I’m glad that you like it and that you have a hubby who takes an interest in your blogging.

  19. I really like Thesis. I like the flexibility (yes, I agree, there are limitations), but I like the fact there is a forum that supports the theme. If what I want to do cannot be done, usually there is someone in the Thesis forum with a workaround.

    Colleen ;)

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    1. I never said it was bad Colleen, just that it didn’t live up to all the hype. If they had told me that I needed to know CSS and HOOKS to get full functionality from the theme I would have put that money towards something else.

      As for a forum, Ryan has that organized as well.

  20. I use thesis over on paunchiness.com and think it works pretty well. I hacked a theme called modularity-lite together for the BMW site and it works pretty well. I don’t think there’s a perfect theme out there but I do like Thesis a lot.

    I guess the trick is that I am a coder and can tweak stuff. Still its pretty good out of the box.

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    1. Thesis is OK, but David you just have to believe me when I tell you that Flexisqueeze is so much better. There is no need to hack anything unless you want it to do something out of the ordinary. As far as your normal configuration goes it is a snap, and no matter how many blogs you have you can individualize it so that every one of them is different.

      BTW, I like your BMW site.

      1. There is no need to hack anything unless you want it to do something out of the ordinary.

        You say this about Flexsqueeze, but you could just as easily make the same excuse for Thesis. Anyone who wants to truly customize a site will quickly run up against the limits of any theme’s push-button functionality – and then you have to start tweaking code.

        If Flexsqueeze is the theme for you, then excellent. But I think that any claims that it ‘does it all’ sounds like the kind of hype you’re decrying with regard to Thesis.

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        1. Actually Phillip I did say

          There is no need to hack anything unless you want it to do something out of the ordinary

          I also did not say that it did everything, just that it offered a lot more than Thesis, and that is the truth.

  21. Flex Squeeze is really a good theme. I Often bumped sites talking about this theme (also about the Thesis one). Well, I personally think both of it can make good things for a blog.

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    1. They both have their good points. Thesis is great for those with more coding knowledge and FlexSqueeze is great for everyone else :wink_ee:

      1. Hmm, But I am much more into the Thesis theme even though I don’t have much coding or php knowledge. It was easy to understand and tweak what ever we like. Thanks for the point Sire.

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        1. No worries Ron, but having actually used both themes, and yes it is a personal opinion, I still stand by FlexSqueeze. Sure it may not be for everybody but I am sure that anyone who tries it will never look back.

          1. I am feeling that I want to try this. I just figured out that it has limitless possibilities. Hehe

            Thanks for the comment by the way.

            I am hoping not to look back. :)

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          2. No worries Ron. It’s part of my commenting policy, I always reciprocate, or at least I always try to.

  22. The worst thing any designer/marketer can do is get people’s hopes to high. It’s good to praise the product but it should be at least partially true. You can’t just make stuff up as you go and then sell product that does nothing it’s supposed to. Especialy if you’re missing the most important feature – the one you based the big part of campaign on.

    1. It’s not that they lied as much as they led people to believe the product would do more than it really does. Thesis is still a very good theme, I just believe that FlexSqueeze is so much better. I’m not just saying that because I get a portion of each sale as I am also affiliated with Thesis and I never promoted them other than to have a the affiliate link embedded in a post. I think there may have been one post in which I raved about some very good aspects of it.

  23. Not been a fan of Thesis, do have to say I like this better then the old design. Just released a new design myself. I used the FREE Theme Hybrid and like it.

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    1. That’s cool Michael. I must admit that the ‘free’ theme I used before this one was one of my favorites.

      1. I came very close to using (paying for) Thesis cause I could not find a good enough free theme. Gotta be honest with you though, the brick backgrounds not working for me.

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        1. I can easily change it if you like, just but me a beer or something :lol_tb:

  24. Does the FlexSqueeze Theme use that same “hook” system that the Thesis theme does? Call me geeky, but I’d actually rather be able to dig into the code by hand.

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  25. Nope, no need to know hook or any other geeky code to work out this theme. If you want to tweak it some more then I’m sure there are geeks that can get it to do remarkable things, but the majority of folks, like myself, just want something easy that we can quickly set up so that we can get on with the serious job of blogging.

  26. Yes, yes, content is king. I do think that a site needs some design aspect to appeal to reader visually. So, am I the only one that feels the need to try something other than WP – Thesis included. I’m pretty happy with the Joomla Template that I picked up… for free (my favorite price)

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    1. Hey Fly Man, I can’t comment on Joomla as I have never tried it, but most people use WordPress, including the great ProBlogger because it is so functional and all the free add ons. There are also thousands of free templates. I’ve used free templates for many years but decided I needed something more and so I upgraded and have not looked back since. Thanks for your comment.

  27. Indeed content is a king. I quit using joomla because of themes incompatible I use wordpress in my others blogs. WordPress is no problem the true open source and free software company.

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  28. I hear you Ruel and I’m with you all the way in regards to WordPress, but I hear that joomla has a good following so there must be something to it that appeals to people.

    1. Way back when, I looked into it. Joomla is actually a LOT more powerful in many aspects the deeper you get into it…the thing is, you practically need a masters degree to see the full potential. lol

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      1. Well that leaves me out, which is cool because I really like WordPress, especially now that it is so easy to work with.

  29. Hi Sire,

    I know how hard it could be to do some coding, I am not very good at it. I even need some help for the basic coding. Right now I am getting a new customized theme but done by a friend that knows how to do some real coding.

    But I have found several themes that are very customizables even for myself, lol.

    This new theme looks pretty fine to me. I guess the pink it is temporary due to the easter time, is in it?

    BTW, thanks to visit my blog.

    Luis

    Luis´s Last blog post..The First Day of My Freedom

    1. Hi Luis, I take it you don;t like pink? :lol_ee: No worries mate, like you said it’s only for the Easter season. It’s good you have someone to help you with your theme but unfortunately we don’t all have that luxury.

      I can usually work my way around a theme but I know most people are completely loss when tweaking is required and this theme makes it really easy.

  30. Wow very Pink.
    Does this mean you have been busy getting in touch with your feminine side or just getting ready for Easter. I think you have found a truly flexible template.
    Have a great Easter hope you get plenty of Chocolate eggs.

    1. Now there is an interesting thought, me having a feminine side? Lucky for me it’s only going to be pink for a week.

  31. Thyanks, I have been looking for an alternative to thesis as well. This might be another option! Cheers

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    1. Hi Tim, there certainly are many options for themes. When you do find one that you like perhaps you could come back and tell us which one you chose and why you picked that one.

  32. I hadn’t heard of the FlexSqueeze theme before, but your praises caused me to look it up. I have to say, your description of it was a much better sales factor than their site! You handled the features, whereas when I looked at their site I thought “slimy salespitch”. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Andrea, coming from you that means a whole lot. I reckon I was pretty lucky that I didn’t rave on anymore than I did otherwise the post may have come across as a sales pitch as well. Just goes to show you gotta know when to shut up. :wink_ee:

  33. Sire,

    I understand where you’re coming from. I too, struggled with Thesis out of the box which I purchased a while back before it really took off. Anyhow, yes, I did have some rough times but I learned through those hardships, and the practice of forcing myself to learn basic CSS has really paid off. Now, a year or so later, I’ve learned more than I’d originally thought I would.

    But you’re right, for some- time is of the essence and they can’t afford to mess around with those things. Thesis is flexible, but to a certain degree, the more you know (skills), the more you can control and personalize. It’s not for everyone, but I’m glad I kept with it because it was a learning opportunity for me. Far from perfect, but in my case, it was worth the investment. Thanks for sharing,

    -Mig

    Miguel Wickert´s Last blog post..10 Definitions on Being a Successful Blogger

    1. I’m glad Miguel that Thesis had such a positive effect on you. If I had the time I could possibly have gone that route as well, but time for me is a luxury and I much prefer to do other more productive things with it. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  34. This qualifies as a learning experience for me. I had never heard of the term Squeeze page before. I looked it up on Wikipedia. I am on line all day everyday so it just goes to show there is always something new to learn. That why I love blogs!

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  35. Hi, I’m hoping you can answer a question for me: I am really tempted to buy FlexSqueeze, but am not sure if what I really need is their Flexibility 2 product. I just want to blog and have a few content pages. I’m not looking to sell lots of stuff, which is mostly what the FlexSqueeze ad seems to focus on, making me unsure if it’s the right product for me. Is Flex 2 better suited if I’m just looking for a great theme for blogging? Thanks for any light you can shed on this topic. I just want to make sure I buy the right product!
    Thanks,
    Tracy

    1. Tracy, I am not sure what you mean by ‘a few content pages’. If by that you mean the use of some ‘Squeeze pages’, a sample of which you can see here, then Flexsqueeze is the one for you.

      If you just want a good flexible theme and don’t mind all the links at the bottom then Flexibility will serve you well. I hope that was of help to you.

      1. No, I meant just some static pages, not the Flexsqueeze type. Someone else recommended I try Flexibility 2 and if I like it, then I can upgrade to Flexsqueeze, so I think that’s where I will start. I’ll buy through your affiliate link if I go that way :). Thanks for your help!

        1. In regards to static pages then I agree that Flexibility will do the trick. I actually started off with Flexibility a progressed to Flexsqueeze once I established that it did all that I wanted it to.

          Once you get your blog up and running don’t forget to pop in and leave a link so that we can all drop in for read and comment or two.

  36. Actually Boris, it wasn’t all that long ago that I actually learned what a squeeze page was. Thanks for your comment.

  37. Nice design! I have personally not used WP Thesis, but I changed recently to the Cutline 2.2 theme.Very simple and professional looking.

    1. Just so you know Tom, this them is Flexsqueeze and not Thesis.

  38. The site looks real good so far. Keep you content updated and I will continue to read.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. No worries Mike, content is my middle name. :cheese1_ee:

  39. Than will you please tell me why so many people are talking about this theme. As if they are not able to provide that much freedom.

    Seems to me that now you are not approving comments as well.

    1. Which theme are you referring to, Thesis or Flexsqueeze.

  40. Nice layout, really brings in readers. and I’m enjoying the customizable theme.

  41. I’m glad you like it John.

  42. I really like your layout.. I like how everything has it’s place – I like being organised. If you feel like it needs a change, you can also change the colour – the benefits of it being customisable

    1. Thanks Lena, and yes I can change everything from the color of my links to the color of the text. I can even play with the font.

  43. I bought the product yesterday, and haven’t had a chance to use it, but with 6 blogs going I am sure I will find a use for it shortly. I was sold as well when I didn’t have to code anything. I am not that technical.

  44. Matt, believe me you are going to love it, especially as you can use the same theme for all you blogs and yet give them their own individual look.

  45. Very good theme. Don’t you think it is costly?

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    1. Actually I think it is very reasonable, especially when you consider how easy it is to use. I reckon it’s paid for itself many times over when you take into account all the time it has saved me by not having to know coding.

  46. While Thesis is not the pipe dream or the perfect solution… as a person with limited code skills I have found it to be way more “flexible” than undocumented, unspoorted free themes.

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    1. That is true Brett and I don’t think that I have said anything to dispute that. I’m just saying that I have found something better that is more suited to people who do not have the skills to play around with the code to get the theme to do what they want. The fact that I purchased this them and use it on all my blogs, bar 1, shows how much I love it.

  47. Hi,
    I’ve heard a lot about the Thesis Theme and how SEO freindly it is that I almost bought it. I’m actually using the Flexx Theme by Ithemes and it’s also very cutomizable. It’s funny how all these themes have similar names.
    First time on this blog. Great info – thanks,
    Luca

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  48. I must say I’m really surprised that you were disappointed with Thesis. I’m loving it and recommend it to all my friends. I’ll take a look at FlexSqueeze but I’d be surprised if I’d be converted. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I’m not trying to convert you at all Rick. If you are happy with Thesis and have already paid for it, which obviously you have, why buy another theme.

      The thing for me is that I have so many blogs and I wanted them all to run on the same theme and yet I wanted them to be different. That is why I only bought the single license Thesis theme so I could test it out before upgrading to the multi version. Like stated previously I was expecting it to work right out of the box and that I didn’t have to ply with the coding at all. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case and so the search for a better, easier theme.

  49. Will try out FlexSqueeze. I use Hybrid with various Child Themes on various sites. I’m a huge fan of Hybrid due to its flecibility. FlexSqueeze certainly seems worth a test run!

    1. Gary, there’s no harm in taking the old theme for a test run, that’s for sure, as long as you remember to come back and tell us how she went.

  50. Sire,

    Coincidentally I was reading up on Thesis and Flexsqueeze and here I’m reading both of them here. I’ll have to say I like the Flexsqueeze more since I’m an absolute idiot when it comes to tinkering with codes on my blog. Remember I once hacked my own blog doing so. I first heard about them from Yan since he has them. I missed the Mar promotion. Any coupon code given out for Flexsqueeze.

    Peter

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    1. FlexSqueeze is already cheaper than Thesis Peter, and I as far as I know there are no coupons. Sorry mate.

  51. I’m surprised there isn’t more comments on this post Sire. For the novice (yup, we’re novices), Thesis offers all sorts of flexibility!

    Colleen´s Last blog post..Lease to Own Houses

    1. Gee I reckon I am going to have to read my own post, because it’s supposed to be promoting Flexsqueeze, not Thesis, because it is more flexible than Thesis and perfect for the novices and code incompetent bloggers such as myself.

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  52. I’m not sure but I believe Colleen is disagreeing with you regarding Thesis. It is a confusing comment, though. (no offense Colleen)

    Regarding your post, the truth hurts. I mean, for me. I was so pumped up about Thesis before I realized it was over my head. I’m having a hard time admitting I may have been wrong. I thought it was going to be the answer to all my prayers. Since paying for Thesis, naturally I’d like for it to work for me.

    But, I’m with you Sire, I’m having the most difficult time trying to use Thesis. After several months I still have a horrible navigation bar and only yesterday I finally figured out (by dumb luck) how to get a little color on the backround. (big woo!)

    It’s possible, that once understanding a few things about their hooks or whatever(?) it may be nice to have. In all fairness I’ve been busy writing articles for my site and have not read the entire “users guide” just yet, either. And not only am I new to Thesis, but this is my first website/blog, and my first time using WordPress, too. (my site is really a website I’m just using WP as my platform due to all I’m hearing about being “Google friendly” etc..

    But really, it does feel like you need to be a rocket scientist to work with Thesis. Hmmm,

    I’ll need some time to think about it before asking for a refund, if I can’t get thesis to work very soon. If that happens, I’ll be back to get flexsqueeze through you.

    Thanks for listening.

    MirzaLou

    MirzaLou´s Last blog post..Teak Benches Are The Ultimate In Luxury

    1. Mirza, thanks for being so honest, as most people will not admit they made the wrong choice and will instead defend their purchase.

      I hope you can sort it all out, because if you do there will be an immense sense of satisfaction. I personally don’t have the time which is why I just had to find something easier to use.

      I left a comment on your blog, and I must ask about your WP setup as it seems most of the posts are pages and not individual posts?

  53. Thanks for the comment on my site, er I mean blog. hehe
    If you are serious about a patio set for your home, I’d be happy to help or answer any question you may have. I use to work as a general contractor re-building old homes for quite a few years. Now I’m trying to build websites. go figure!

    Anyway… I have 2 sites. Both on WP. But the other one I had someone help me set it up. (it’s actually a IM site) I changed my address so you can see it, if you like. I got it through the Plug-in-Profit Site. You may have heard of them. I’ve learned a few things but I’m still pretty green. If you know what I mean.

    As for my patio site (the one I spend more time on) well, it all started when when I read a free ebook (pdf file) “Thesis Small Business Website”

    After reading that ebook, I now write my articles as post. But my Home page is set up as a static page. I disabled comments because I wasn’t really trying to start a blog. I love blogs, but not sure I’m ready start one. (although, after your comment, I enabled the comments again. I just hated to keep seeing 0 comments at the end of each post)

    Writing the articles is tough enough. Maybe with a little more experience I will start blogging one day.

    It looks like you have quite a few blogs. I’m trying to figure out how you are keeping up. It takes me a week sometimes to write 1 article. Yikes!

    Feel free to email me if you have any suggestions for me.

    Thanks!

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    1. It’s all good as long as you are keeping yourself busy, although I reckon there would be more money in re-building old homes than websites.

      No sweat about the comment on your blog, I like to think of it as the courteous thing to do, to reciprocate, where possible, all the comments left on this blog.

      In regards to the patio furniture, there are quite a few companies in Australia dealing with all sorts of furniture and it seems the trend is going away from timber to more modern looking material with either glass or plastic tops. I prefer the timber but I will leave it up to the wife as I figure looks a more important to her so I may as well make her happy.

  54. Yes, it’s all good. I’m having fun regardless..Thesis or no Thesis, money or no money.

    I didn’t mean to hijack your blog post here. Looking back, I guess I should keep it short & sweet.(oops)

    If I decide to switch themes I’ll be sure to come back here for the link.

    Thanks again for you kind words! And if your wife decides to shop online for patio furniture… you know where to send her:)

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  55. Hey Raju, if I had known of your necessity I would have come over personally and told you all about Flexsqueeze :cheese1_ee: As for the link back, well it’s never too late mate. :wink_ee:

  56. I wish I read this post a day back at-least. I could have provided a link back to your post. I agree with you completely about thesis, now need to check out FlexSqueeze.

  57. I have thesis but have not implemented it yet. It is way over my head. Your little quote from the thesis website is what sold me but clearly that is BS. You cannot do much at all with thesis if you don’t know how to code.

    PS if I buy FlexSqueeze I will certainly do it through your site. I’m checking it out now.

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    1. That is so true Bob, and the only ones that stand by that claim is the techies who understand how it all works. Others have had to painstakingly learn how it works, or like you an me look for something better.

      I think it’s only fitting that I use it as my Load Of Bullshit blog’s theme.

  58. I wonder what you thoughts are now with the upgrades Thesis has put out since the writing of this blog.
    .-= Colleen@Kennewick Homes´s last blog ..Kennewick WA Homes for Sale =-.

    1. Hey Colleen, better but still no cigar as far as I am concerned. Flexsqueeze allows me to do all that Thesis does and more, as far as customizing the look and feel of the blog, and all from it’s setting page and without having to know hooks and stuff. Have you seen the video I made that shows how easy it is to select between theme settings?

      1. Yeah, I hear ya on the hooks thing. I like the newest upgrade, however, what really has us drawn to Thesis is the forum support. We know just enough technically about this stuff to get ourselves in trouble, so having a forum to ask questions and solve problems is nice.
        .-= Colleen@Kennewick Homes´s last blog ..Kennewick WA Homes for Sale =-.

        1. FlexSqueeze has one as well, but I’ve hardly had to use it. As to the Thesis support, there are still unresolved issues that I am waiting on.

  59. Am I glad I found this site. I was seriously considering investing in Thesis. I wouln’t know code from potato chips! So I thought Thesis would be perfect.

    I am now going to look at FlexSqueeze and see (hope)if it is a better fit for me.

    thanks for the post
    .-= PotatoChef´s last blog ..Food In Cuba =-.

    1. Well PotatoChef, from someone who uses both themes I think I can safely say that Flexsqueeze is a whole lot easier to use and I don’t think you will be disappointed if you decide to go that way.

  60. No worries Simone, I just felt that people should know how Thesis, while it’s a good theme, is not as flexible as they say it is.

      1. Yep, that is sort of what I meant Ned, but you said it a whole lot better.

  61. Thanks for posting about Flex Squeeze. I’ll check it out. Thesis does not live up to its copy. I wish I had saved my ducketts.

  62. I haven’t tried any of both themes yet but if I were to go for one, I think you sound convincing enough for me to go after the FlexSqueeze.
    .-= Uncle Che@AZ Blogging Tips´s last blog ..Microkids Related Posts – Best WordPress Related Posts Plugin =-.

    1. Well, as having tried both I reckon that would be the right choice.

  63. I’m a Thesis user and more over I’m a bad coder… Infact I hate coding…
    I won’t argue on Which is the best theme here , but all I can say looking at my stats after using Thesis, things has changed a lot, like my PR, bounce rate and direct advertisement.
    Coming back to felxSqueeze theme, I like this theme though I will prefer it only when I will be creating any MMO blogs…
    .-= Harsh Agrawal´s last blog ..Dreamhost Offering Free Google Adwords Credit =-.

    1. That’s great Harsh, I believe I also stated in one of my Stats posts how things have improved on my blog after changing to FlexSqueeze. However, this post is comparing the ease of use rather than the SEO properties of the themes.

  64. I do agree with you Sire, Thesis is not for people who want a almost-completed wordpress themes. When I first bought it, I thought it was easy customized but I spent more than a day to customize the themes to the design I want, but I’m still in the customization progress. It needs a lot of coding works.

    But overall, I still like the theme since I’ve already bought it. :D

    Regards,
    Lee
    .-= Lee Ka Hoong´s last blog ..Professional Web Graphic Banner Design =-.

    1. I know all about Thesis Lee because I also purchased it. I’m actually running my Load Of Bullshit blog on Thesis :wink_ee:

  65. Thesis sounds good because the person behind it is incredibly masterful in words; a copywriting guru. That’s why it’s so famous.
    .-= Isaac | GoBlogger´s last blog ..The Secrets of Unique Blogging Voice =-.

  66. Actually Isaac, I think that is only partly true. What made it really famous is that people like Darren Rowse got behind it and promoted the hell out of it.

  67. I’ve always been fascinated with Premium themes and why they cost so much. I’d probably get one when I start making enough money online to cover the costs.

    In the mean time, I’m quite comfortable messing around with my free theme though I’ve to pay back by linking to the theme sponsors ;)
    .-= Udegbunam Chukwudi@Work Online Nigeria´s last blog ..Free Blog Hosting and Nigerian URL Shortener Launched =-.

    1. No worries Udegbunam Chukwudi, I used free themes for ages before I decided to go for a paid theme, and this one is definitely one of the better ones.

    2. I agree that free themes are more than sufficient until you start making real money… but the Flex theme seems really cool, not to expensive and very professional!

      1. This theme is better than good, it’s excellent! I’m only sorry I didn’t invest in it sooner.

  68. Flexsqueeze is brilliant – so easy to use and customise; you do not have to be a geek to make it work. Thesis is very geeky. Also support on the Flexsqueeze forum is great too.

    For magazine style blogs I use Mimbo – another great theme.
    .-= Bill@Help with Debt´s last blog ..Wealth and Success with a Millionaire Mindset =-.

    1. Haven’t heard of Mimbo Bill, but I’m so happy with FlexSqueeze I don’t think I will be switching anytime soon.

  69. Canvas by WooThemes is on it’s way to being one of the most flexible themes for wordpress. It’s just come out and v2 will be soon with added functionality. It’s amazing what someone with little knowledge in coding could do it with. It rocks out a bunch of features that are super annoying to attempt with thesis still.

    I’ll have a sweet review soon on it totally because I think some people should know about it.
    .-= Scott Webb´s last blog ..WooThemes WooNav Trumps Pagemash =-.

    1. No worries Scott, although I’m more than happy with FlexSqueeze there’s no reason why people shouldn’t have a choice.

  70. Sire,
    Very interesting exchange here. I guess since I already paid for Thesis I will do something with it and see how far it takes me. I will definitely keep Flexsqueeze in mind for upgrading the main blog though.

  71. In the FlexSqueeze Theme, if we add the adsense ads, is it compatible ? and does it easily accessible to all.

    1. I’m not sure what you mean, but if you’re wanting to know whether you can ad adsense ads FlexSqueeze, naturally the answer is yes.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..About Money And Blogs updated Mon Mar 1 2010 11:48 pm CST =-.

  72. Hi Sire, Thanks for your prompt feedback. surely will check out that url for more details. :-)

    1. No worries Evelyn. I reckon that means I made the right assumption. :wink_ee:

      The Theme actually as Adsense built into it. You just need to add the required code and enable the parts of the theme where you want adsense to appear.
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..About Money And Blogs updated Mon Mar 1 2010 11:48 pm CST =-.

  73. Sire,

    I typically agree with you, but not this time. We use Thesis Theme at our site/blog and none of us are coders. Thesis and the community of thesis users make it really easy to change your site without knowing or even understanding code.

    We did all of the design work on our site. Our site is no design masterpiece, but we have received many compliments.

    Disclaimer: I am not a Thesis Theme affiliate, just an enthusiast. :)
    .-= Chuck Edwards@Weight Loss Tips´s last blog ..How to Lose Weight at Home =-.

    1. I have to admit that Thesis has improved over time, this post is over a year old, but I still like this theme better. The options screen is so much easier and it has features that Thesis doesn’t offer.

      I would just like to point out that I’ve never said Thesis was bad, just that it’s not all it was touted to be.

      Oh, I am actually a Thesis affiliate. ;)

  74. There’s been an awful lot of hype surrounding the Thesis theme. It’s hard to visit a WordPress-related website without seeing a Thesis ad. I haven’t really seen any mind-blowing examples of it in use though. Sometimes too many theme options is a disadvantage, particularly if you don’t have a creative vision. For people who like to tinker, I’m sure Thesis and FlexSqueeze are great options–and given the price, I’d say FlexSqueeze is probably a better value. But the average blogger might be better off trying to tweak a free theme with options before stepping up to one of the big boys.

    1. True, but with FlexSqueeze, the theme I use, it’s easy to play around with it in the knowledge that you can restore your settings with the click of the mouse. I think this would suit the average blogger a lot better, especially if they have no idea how to tweak a free theme.

      May I add that the average blogger has no idea how to tweak any type of theme which is why they need a theme that works right out of the box, like this one.
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      1. I guess it’s hard to argue with that logic. I’m for anything that makes life easier at a fair price.

        1. Me too, and I tried free themes for years, and even taught myself to tweak them a little in the process, but I am so much happier now that I have this one.
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  75. I found your reveiw of Thesis on another website and got more details here. I appreciate your thoughts and the lead to Flexsqueeze which I am going to investigate next. My current blog theme looks quite poor and I want to improve it.

    1. I’m sure you will be quite impressed with FlexSqueeze Steve. It’s actually had quite a few improvements since this post which you can read in my update post.

      If you have any questions I’ll try my best to answer them for you.
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  76. Twitter:
    Hi Sire,

    You bring up a good point. I bought the developer for thesis it was a bit pricey and didn’t live up to the expectations of their message.

    Simply because it’s not user friendly. Now I have seen some nice thesis themes, but you really have to be a decent coder to really get it to stand out.

    On the other other side, it does have some nice options, I like thesis open hook.

    I recently wanted to get rid of the divider lines but after looking in thesis support forums and searching on google I sorta gave up for now.

    So I would have to say that unless you are a serious coder thesis probably isn’t for you.

    1. Yeah I found that the hard way Larry, by buying it lol.

      Still, with each update it has improved but still not what I expected. I prefer the theme I’m currently using over Thesis, but I’ll still keep it on my BS blog because I hate easting money.

      As to hooks, I never bothered learning it because that’s not what I paid for.

  77. Canvas is WooThemes is a flexible one of the themes for WordPress. It has just come out and v2 features will be added soon. It 'amazing what a little' about coding to do with it. It rocks a number of features that are super annoying to try to continue working.

  78. Both themes are good. It’s hard to say which is better because it depends on user needs and taste. I use free themes and thesis when I do smaller niche sites. But when I do bigger project I make my own theme build from ground up.

  79. The beauty with Thesis more than anything else is to rank well online with your blog. It is very hard to bear Thesis for SEO.

  80. Thanks for the heads up on this. Your writeup caught my eye because I’ve heard so much about the Thesis theme and was actually getting ready to buy it. It’s good to know about this alternative, especially if it is better. I had never heard of FlexSqueeze before now, but it sounds great.

    If it’s as good as you say, then it will be a godsend for me because I really hate futzing around with wordpress and trying to get it to look the way I want.

    1. Well take it from someone who has both, I fell that FlexSqueeze is the best.

  81. I was actually thinking about the thesis theme because it’s the one I hear about most. I think I’ll sit back and see how I do with my free theme first. I’ll definately take a look at this flexsqueeze when I’m ready.

    1. I’ve use a lot of free themes Darren but it wasn’t until I actually purchased Flexsqueeze that I started focusing less on getting the theme looking right and more on my actual blogging.

  82. Both themes look great! But most people customize thesis in a bad way! :bye_tb: Sire, your commenting form is awesome! Better than Disqus, I have to admit it!

    1. It’s not all about the way the theme looks Ayush, it’s more about how easy it is to get it to look the way you want and it’s a lot easier with FlexSqueeze.
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  83. “Honestly I could go on and on, but there are so many choices it would take way more time than I have available and my wife would drag me out by my ear lobes if I spend too much longer in this room.” :smile_wp: That’s more than any reason to not continue explaining. I feel you man.

    In my own way, I normally prefer to have a FREE template and optimized myself on the SEO, Valid HTML & CSS, and also on the SPEED itself. I don’t mind getting into the code and tweaking it. But well, it is only my preference. Until I don’t try the so popular Thesis, I will keep loving modifying templates code.

    And for the record, I am not a coder or expert HTML or CSS. I have just learned that by experience.

  84. T thesis is a very good seo optimised theme.But the price is out of my reach as of now.

    1. Flexsqueeze is a lot better and as far as SEO goes all one needs is the Platinum SEO plugin.

  85. Two years on, is FlexSqueeze still the best theme out there? I’ve never used a premium WP theme before, always choosing to develop my own, but some of the comments here have got me thinking it might be worth purchasing, if only to play around with it and see how it works.

  86. i have heard enough of thesis theme as the best theme. I have downloaded it but i found out that the design is not so good.
    Can you guide me if i can make a beautiful as well as powerful website with thesis theme ?
    Please reply.

    1. Sorry, I can’t help you. Like I said in the post Thesis isn’t all that easy to use which is why I bought Flexsqueeze

  87. I’m a big fan of woo themes…and I use about 5 different ones. I think anyone who thinks they can have an ‘all in one’ theme that does everything will be disappointed over time.

    1. I don’t know Steve, I honestly believe I’m using such a theme and I have been doing so for some time now and I am far from being disappointed.

  88. Can’t find any Single Use version on sale, only Unlimited Domains version for $127. Do they not sell theme for single websites anymore?
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    1. I’m afraid not Vi. Since writing this post there’s only the one version now. Even so you’ll find it well worth your while to make this investment.

      1. Oh, I didn’t see at first this post is 3 years old. At least multiply domain version is cheaper now :D

        1. Yes, and since writing this post all those years ago I have written several more as there have been many updates. With each update there have been improvements as well as added features. This Post being one of them.

          I’ve even done a few YouTube videos which you may like :wink_ee:

  89. I’ve used thesis and I thought it was extremely over rated for what people say it does. Either that or I just suck.

    1. You don’t suck Trevor, because if you did then so do I because I never got the hang of it.

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