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Thesis, Genesis & Headway themes

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5:42 am
December 4, 2011


moneycone

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posts 617

Anyone who's tried  a combination of these top selling themes? What's your opinion and what made you decide to go with you chose?

 

Even if you've used just one of these themes, opinions are welcome! Smile

 

6:59 am
December 4, 2011


Glen Craig

Member

posts 1087

I use Thesis and love it ( I have the developer license)!  It's SOOO much better than the free theme I was using years ago.  The amount of info as well as the forums for Thesis really make buying the theme a great value.

That said, I bought the theme a while back.  I hear there's a Thesis 2.0 in the works that I'm sure will be great.  But I've also heard great things about Genesis.  Were I looking for a theme today I would consider Genesis as well.

Key is, if you are going to pay for a theme, understand what it offers you and what it will take to make the theme yours on your site (i.e. modify it how you like it).  

Check out some sites you love and see what they use.  

 

8:31 am
December 5, 2011


Eric – PersonalProfitability.com

Portland, OR

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posts 2120

I also have a Thesis developers license and use it across all of my sites. It is a little overwhelming when you install it for the first time, but I have been thrilled. If I were doing it again today, like Glen, I would also consider Genesis as I have heard good things.

If you do decide to get Thesis, and you are feeling generous, I have an affiliate link at http://www.narrowbridge.net/resources/.

8:44 am
December 5, 2011


moneycone

Member

posts 617

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Glen!  One thing I noticed with Thesis that I haven't found in other popular themes is the typography.  They are excellent out of the box.  

 

This is something that is very difficult to get right in my opinion and Thesis does a beautiful job with the typography.  

8:48 am
December 5, 2011


moneycone

Member

posts 617

Thanks Eric!  I've read reviews and looked at videos of Thesis setup and I definitely like what I see. But I'm curious why you would choose Genesis if you were to pick one today.  Is there something that this theme does better than Thesis?

 

From my understanding, Headway seems to have taken a different approach with drag and drop and instant previews.  But Genesis and Thesis seems to offer pretty much the same from what I see.  

 

 

Eric – NarrowBridge.net said:

I also have a Thesis developers license and use it across all of my sites. It is a little overwhelming when you install it for the first time, but I have been thrilled. If I were doing it again today, like Glen, I would also consider Genesis as I have heard good things.

If you do decide to get Thesis, and you are feeling generous, I have an affiliate link at http://www.narrowbridge.net/resources/.

9:12 am
December 5, 2011


MyJourneytoMillions

Member

posts 1012

I am a HUGE fan of headway and they actually just updated to 3.0 with drag and drop going on but I haven't had a real chance to play with it. 

12:47 pm
December 5, 2011


Tom Drake

Canada

Member

posts 148

Put my vote down for Headway (affiliate link). I've acquired a couple sites that had Thesis installed and found it to be a little overrun with dropdown options, so now I always convert the themes over to Headway. In one evening I can create a layout that perfectly mirrors the Thesis theme. Then going forward I get to benefit from an easy to edit theme (I like to evolve my sites with subtle tweaks) and I find the SEO box in the Post screen to be so much nicer too.

12:50 pm
December 5, 2011


moneycone

Member

posts 617

Thanks for the heads up!  I've been waiting to see their pricing for version 3.0.  I see they've updated their home page.  Do let us know what you think of the theme once you get a chance to play with the new version.

 

 

MyJourneytoMillions said:

I am a HUGE fan of headway and they actually just updated to 3.0 with drag and drop going on but I haven't had a real chance to play with it. 

 

 

12:52 pm
December 5, 2011


moneycone

Member

posts 617

Thanks Tom!  From the videos I was blown away by the ease of use, but honestly didn't know anyone who actually had experience using Headway till I read yours and Evan post above!

 

Did you get a chance to play with version 3?

 

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog said:

Put my vote down for Headway (affiliate link). I've acquired a couple sites that had Thesis installed and found it to be a little overrun with dropdown options, so now I always convert the themes over to Headway. In one evening I can create a layout that perfectly mirrors the Thesis theme. Then going forward I get to benefit from an easy to edit theme (I like to evolve my sites with subtle tweaks) and I find the SEO box in the Post screen to be so much nicer too.

5:54 pm
December 5, 2011


Jeffrey Trull

CT

Member

posts 134

I have Headway and love it! They just released Headway 3, which looks even better than before. I've only played around with it for a few minutes, but it seems awesome (it's not on Money Spruce yet). For example, they have an easy 404 designer. How cool is that?!

I've never used Thesis, but Headway requires literally no coding. It's truly "drag and drop" and the Visual Editor is great for that.

I also feel like Headway sites tend to blend in a little better (I can spot the Thesis Nav Bar really easily on most sites unless they change it).

Headway support has been fantastic at solving my problems, too. They get back to me within hours and always seem to figure out my poorly-worded questions Smile

I don't think you'll be disappointed with Headway. Feel free to fire away with any more questions.

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6:45 pm
December 5, 2011


Funancials

Member

posts 345

I'm sporting Thesis right now. I came over from Tumblr so obviously I'm going to be amazed by the customization. I still haven't had a ton of time to play around with it, but I've been extremely pleased with what I HAVE changed.

Name: Hunter (aka A. Blinkin)

website: Funancials (funancials.biz)

twitter: @funancials

email: funancials@gmail.com

9:21 pm
December 5, 2011


Barbara Friedberg

Member

posts 1302

I use Headway, thanks to live real now. Jason installed it for me and I haven't played around with it, but it looks beautiful.

 

I'm a non techie so I'm a bit afraid to try anything. Does anyone know if there's a way to play with it without touching my own site. I don't want to mess anything up.

9:25 pm
December 5, 2011


Tom Drake

Canada

Member

posts 148

moneycone said:

Thanks Tom!  From the videos I was blown away by the ease of use, but honestly didn't know anyone who actually had experience using Headway till I read yours and Evan post above!

 

Did you get a chance to play with version 3?

I haven't tried version 3 yet, they said it's not upgradeable from the old version for another week. Even then, I won't be in a hurry to update until I want to make a major change. More likely I'll try the new version when I create another site.

Speaking of how different sites under Headway can look, this is probably the best example yet that I've designed… Create Hype

9:12 am
December 6, 2011


Barbara Friedberg

Member

posts 1302

Hi Tom, I'll have to check out the videos when I have a second. I loved the HYPE site, and even signed up for the newsletter :)

10:09 am
December 6, 2011


Jason@LiveRealNow

Member

posts 727

Barb Friedberg said:

Hi Tom, I'll have to check out the videos when I have a second. I loved the HYPE site, and even signed up for the newsletter :)

 

Barb, we can build a separate wordpress installation in a subfolder for you, just as a playground.

2:06 pm
December 6, 2011


Jeff @ Sustainable Life Blog

Member

posts 964

Using thesis right now – the theme isnt something that i'd like to spend too much time on, so it has just worked which has made me pretty happy.  If I were looking again, I'd consider a few others.

Jeff 

Sustainable Life Blog 

http://www.sustainablelifeblog.com

twitter.com/sustainlifeblog

2:07 pm
December 6, 2011


Tom Drake

Canada

Member

posts 148

Barb Friedberg said:

Hi Tom, I'll have to check out the videos when I have a second. I loved the HYPE site, and even signed up for the newsletter :)

Thanks Barb. Megan and the awesome list of contributors really make that site, I just hide out behind the scenes. ;)

5:05 pm
December 6, 2011


Mike – Saving Money Today

Member

posts 520

I've been using Thesis for 2 years and I really like it, but I've heard great things about Genesis and Headway as well.  I'll probably try them out at some point down the road and see which I like best.

6:30 am
January 6, 2012


Forest Parks

Cairo, Egypt

Admin

posts 1337

I worked with Thesis for an old client for the first time recently… Took a bit to get my head round it but was happy with the results, it's quite powerful (if anyone wants to see madlovecooking.tv).

Vist me at Frugal Zeitgeist…. Frugal and Sustainable Living for the now…

6:34 am
January 6, 2012


moneycone

Member

posts 617

Thanks everyone for your inputs!  


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