After sporting the Thesis theme by DIYThemes on this blog for several months, I switched back to using a StudioPress theme.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like Thesis. I do. It’s an excellent theme and I still highly recommend it to those looking for a professional theme for WordPress.
Once you get past the learning curve (which all themes have), manipulating Thesis is pretty straightforward. I especially liked the number of design and SEO tweaks available within the options. The Thesis OpenHooks plugin turned out to be a big help too.
So, why did I switch back to StudioPress?
Well, after writing “How Many Blogs?“, I realized that working with too many themes was almost the same as working with too many blogs.
With only one exception (AffiliateBloggerPRO), all my other blogs were sporting StudioPress themes.
So, instead of researching, writing and marketing – activities that are significantly more important (and lucrative) to a professional blogger – I felt I was wasting precious time tweaking every time an update for either theme was released.
Not only that, but moving back and forth from one theme to another always involved having to take time to ‘stop and think’ about how that particular theme worked.
On the other hand, when you use only one theme across all your blogs, there is no transition time. You’re always working with the same theme and SEO options and all the upgrades can be done at once when a theme or framework update becomes available.
So, my suggestion is this.
Unless you work for others installing and tweaking out themes for WordPress, use a single theme framework for each your blogs… whichever theme that might be – StudioPress, Thesis, Woo or Socrates.
P.S. The new theme on RosalindGardner isn’t quite finished yet… I still have to tweak it out a little with a nice header. 🙂