The Thesis Theme Compared To FlexSqueeze

In case you are wandering, this blog uses the Thesis theme, and it is the first theme that I ever paid money for, a whole $87.00. The reason I waited so long was I really wanted a theme that would work right out of the box. Not like the normal run of the mill theme that you had to know PHP and CSS to get it to do what you want.  This is what sold me on Thesis, from their home page.

Thesis boasts the strongest SEO of any theme on the market today thanks to its expertly-coded HTML + CSS + PHP framework. Not only that, Thesis also contains additional options that will allow you to fine-tune each and every page of your site. The days of worrying about your in-site SEO are over—with Thesis, your strategy is “just add killer content.”

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.

Yep, I said to myself, that is what I want and so I bought it. Man was I disappointed. Sure it was better than most of the other themes I used, but then they were free and you expect to get a lot more features when you pay for something. The thing is that it wasn’t as completely plug and play as they made it out to be. To really get the most out of it you had to deal with Hooks; what the hell are HOOKS and why was there was no mention of this on their home page. A lot of the time you also had to deal with PHP and CSS and that was something I didn’t want to deal with.

They do have a forum for those having difficulties but I got tired of logging on, asking for help and then waiting for a reply. So the search for a better theme continued and after searching far and wide I finally found the FlexSqueeze Theme. This theme was as near perfect as I could hope. No coding knowledge required unless you really wanted to do something out of the ordinary. The following are just some of the things that FlexSqueeze can do. (more…)

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