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The Best Wordpress Themes for SEO

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6:47 pm
January 31, 2011


The Wall Street Chalkboard (Jeff)

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As most of you know I am fairly new to Yakezie and Wordpress. I am currently using a basic wordpress theme for my blog that isn't necessarily strong on SEO. What do you guys use/what would you reccomend for the best seo wordpress theme?

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5:20 am
February 1, 2011


Glen Craig

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I like my Thesis theme.  It has some SEO options built in which is nice.  There's also a vast knowledge base out there if you have any questions.

 

Is it the only option?  No.  Do your HW and check out what's out there and see some sites you like and what themes they use.

 

Here's my Thesis affiliate if you choose to go that route:

 

http://freefrombroke.com/go/Thesis/

6:07 am
February 1, 2011


Mike – Saving Money Today

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You're bound to get lots of different opinions and generally people favor what they use.  But I'll second Craig's vote for Thesis.  It's incredibly customizable and it's specifically built with SEO in mind.

6:19 am
February 1, 2011


Khaleef @ KNS Financial

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Another vote for Thesis. There are so many options for customizing your site, and as Craig stated, there is so much help available out there!

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7:19 am
February 1, 2011


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

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I'm also a fan of Thesis, though I have also read good things about Genesis.  If you use the All in One SEO plugin, you get a lot of the functionality Thesis has built in.

10:01 am
February 1, 2011


Suba @ Wealth Informatics

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I use thesis for wealth informatics and Atahualpa in another site. Thesis gives me more flexibility with customizing my site, but if you are looking just for SEO, I have not seen any difference between Thesis and Atahualpa. Both of them essentially have the functionality of All in One SEO built in.

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11:02 am
February 1, 2011


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and Atahualpa is free.  I find it very customizable for our needs.

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4:04 pm
February 1, 2011


The Wall Street Chalkboard (Jeff)

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Thanks for the advice everyone, many of you know that I am new to blogging. I was never aware that people paid for themesSurprised

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5:29 am
February 2, 2011


JT_McGee

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Post edited 5:33 am – February 2, 2011 by JT_McGee


I'm so glad this got posted.   I've been sitting on a Thesis license I've had for awhile (I bought it for a project that was perhaps better planned than it was executed) and never bothered to use it after the site it was intended for was scuttled.  

 

I saw this thread at a time I had nothing better to do and walah: http://moneymamba.com is now on Thesis.

 

I really like it.  I can't say that the SEO tools itself are _THAT_ much better than the freebies, but the simple code definitely helps.  Plus, it loads fast as all get out.  That said, the features can be pretty overwhelming though hopefully I'll get it sorted and squared away soon.  I need to make it look less like the default.  I'm in love with the fonts/typefaces–beautiful!

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7:50 am
February 2, 2011


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

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JT, just take your time and get to know it.  Set little goals for tweaks and changes.  That will help you learn how Hooks and the Custom PHP and Custom CSS files work.

8:09 am
February 2, 2011


JT_McGee

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NarrowBridge said:

JT, just take your time and get to know it.  Set little goals for tweaks and changes.  That will help you learn how Hooks and the Custom PHP and Custom CSS files work.


Actually, NarrowBridge, you might know this one since you have it on your site.  How the heck do you change the color of the tabs?  I've found a few .custom css explanations…but my site isn't digging it.  I'm using the internal thesis navbar, if it matters.

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8:37 am
February 2, 2011


Glen Craig

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JT,

 

I don't have the code handy but I think I manually coded my tab colors.

If you use FifeFox I suggest you get the addon FireBug.  I lets you check out the code of a site pretty easily.  Doesn't give you everything but sometimes it's just enough to figure out a problem yourself.

 

Ok, just peeked into my file.  See if this makes sense to you:

 

/*NavBar Background*/
.custom ul#tabs li a {
background:#FFDFDF none repeat scroll 0 0;
}
/*NavBar Hover*/
.custom ul#tabs li a:hover {
background:#df7d7d none repeat scroll 0 0;
text-decoration:none;
}

10:14 am
February 2, 2011


moneysmarts

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I'll throw another Thesis recommendation out there.  I use it for 8 different sites, and it works great.  Their support forum is second to none as well. If you ever have a question, you'll almost always find an answer there.

It should be noted that most themes can be SEO ready just by adding an SEO plugin like All-in-one seo, or a similar plugin, but one of the nice things about Thesis is that a lot of the SEO options are built into the theme itself – no huge need for an added plugin.

 

Premium Themes I've heard good things about:

Free Themes I like:

  • Atahualpa (mentioned above)
  • Twenty Ten (default wordpress theme is decent with some customization)

p.s. some of the above are affiliate links ;)

10:27 am
February 2, 2011


JT_McGee

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That code didn't immediately solve it.  I'm going to crack it open (firebug too) tonight and see what I can do.

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1:28 pm
February 2, 2011


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

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Craig was right on with the Custom.CSS answer.  I used a hex color wheel and played with the colors until I found what I liked.  Just back up the file with FTP before you start screwing with it.

3:44 pm
February 5, 2011


Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

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i vote Thesis

if you don't want to pay the $80 or so, go with any theme and download JJ's All in One SEO Pack and you should be 80% there from an SEO perspective IMO

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