I have loads of handy Internet marketing tools in my toolbox and this includes a collection of WordPress premium themes. Over the years I have tried many free WordPress themes and also paid WordPress themes, even more than I care to mention. Therefore after all this time I have a set of regular WordPress premium themes that I use for my websites. At this stage I am probably building two extra websites a year and they all require something different. For example, recently I built a WordPress website hosting website and used a premium review theme from the Elegant themes collection. Another recent website that I am building at the moment, but have not promoted at all, it is called Web SEO Tips. I am still laying the foundations for this one in my spare time. This website is built with Thesis and a ThesisAwesome skin. You can see why I need a variety of WordPress premium themes in my Internet marketing tool box. In this article I am not going to talk about free WordPress themes because if you are creating an Internet marketing business and planning to do blogging full time, you need to invest in some tools to make you look professional. I am simply going to tell you why I have chosen these particular WordPress premium themes.
WordPress premium themes in my Internet marketing toolbox
I have an elegant themes membership because it allows me to choose from 60 or more elegant themes. These themes include such a variety that I do not think I could live without them. They include themes for business, real estate, photo blogs, mobile websites, review sites, and many many more. They even have the most simplest blogging themes, and the most difficult e-commerce themes. The first video shows features in the Elegant Themes website..And the second video shows me installing the InReview Theme and how I customized it. The other thing is that he video contain video intros I bought for $5 each from Fiverr… A different intro for each video. (Personally I like the second intro as it makes me want to dance in my chair!)
As you can see, without Elegant Themes it would be absolutely impossible for me to put up a professional website in under an hour. In the video I have installed the in review theme and show how to customize it. I always say that WordPress is easy, and it may not be that way for everyone, however it is easy for what you are actually developing. Building WordPress website and then using one of the elegant themes will make you look like a pro. These kind of websites use to take months to develop. Not just that, you needed to many geeky skills to start a WordPress website from scratch.
Thesis it is probably for the more experienced Webmaster because you will be dealing with customized code to change your website. You will also be using a lot of CSS and designing something from scratch. Thesis is a framework to build on. This website you are looking at now is using thesis and it started from there shell and is progressing slowly as I get time. I possibly could have been happy with simply buying elegant themes, however I cannot help myself, and I needed to know what was so great about thesis. In Thesis everything revolves around the customfuntions.php file and the Custom Css file.
All you do is basically edit these two files to make the website do what you want. One wrong move and you have to go to your server and replace the file to get your blog up and running. When you get used to it though, it is a breeze.. Again there is amazing support for this WordPress premium theme and you can go to the thesis forum and they will look after you until your question is answered. If you go to the forum and explain what you want to do with your code or with your CSS, they will give you the exact code already done for you.
Therefore you really don’t need to know how to create the code, but you do need to know how to place it in correctly. Along the way you learn. We have tutorials on this website about how to add a navigation menu and how to customize Thesis. Some people prefer the Genesis framework. The beautiful themes in the Studio Press gallery make me want to buy them but I know I have enough with what I have.
I find this almost the ugliest WordPress premium theme I have in my Internet marketing tool box. Sorry to the developers but it can look great with a bit of customization. That’s not the point though. Socrates WordPress theme is the highest converting WordPress theme I have ever used. It produced the best AdSense click through rates and also the best affiliate sales. When I moved my blog to thesis I spent a lot of time trying to reproduce Socrates conversion rates. So maybe there is something to say about ugly websites? The support with Socrates is absolutely amazing and I believe this is a great WordPress premium theme for a new Webmaster. It is not that difficult to use at all as everything is laid out for you, and if you don’t understand, you can get help.
The other thing about Socrates that people do not even take into consideration is their banner exchange program. You can place a banner on your website and clock up impressions. Then you can go in place your Banner code into the Socrates system and other websites will display your Banner. I have actually made a lot of sales out of placing my banner inside the Socrates banner exchange program. I also sold the Socrates WordPress website theme as you will become an affiliate after buying it. Therefore I never paid to the Socrates WordPress theme, and it only gave me a profit.
This is the quickest purchase I have made! I saw this theme on another bloggers site and rummaged around to find out what theme it was. Of course they did not have a link so I had to look at the source code to find the name of this fantastic theme! I bought this Max Mag theme and had it up an running within the hour. Crazy decision I know, but it worked out to be very easy. I love the fact that I can easily have different content on sidebars for the homepage and posts, the fact that you can make up amazing displays on the homepage, and so much more.
Genesis is another framework theme like Thesis. They are both considered the best, but recently I have been impressed considerably by Genesis. This theme framework is simple to install, has an awesome design out of the box, and is made for the future. I have also noticed that the theme is fast after doing many tests on pages through the Google page speed tester. I have been testing a few different themes in comparison and Genesis is coming up trumps.
Others I have tried
I am ashamed to say that I have bought the AdSense CTR (click through rate) theme. This was my biggest waste of money and I probably had it on my blog for about two hours. Unfortunately I forgot to go and get a refund, but it is a decent theme, it was just my conscience that wouldn’t let me use it. I could not make a website that was made for AdSense (MFA), and this theme definitely looked like that. I have also bought WPRemix, The Ultimate blogging theme, and more. The thing is that most are forgotten as they did not impress me in one way or another.
Advantages to WordPress Premium Themes
- It is great to get help if needed which makes life stress free and saves time.
- They just work as the developers have an obligation to make them user friendly and error free.
- You can join a community where other webmasters are doing exactly what you are doing. For example I am using the Inreview Theme from Elegant Themes and there is a forum just for that theme. In fact there is a special section for each theme.
- Your theme will look more professional.
- All of the themes have basic SEO options included. Including a fab navigation system.
WordPress Themes for Internet Marketers
I guess you could be asking if these WordPress themes are any good for Internet marketers? Well if that means selling from your website, then yes they are great! This is what I do for a living, full time, and WordPress themes that do not convert do not get a second look from me.
The Long Haul
I really do not think I need any more themes and can make do with what I have. I prefer both Elegant Themes and Thesis packages as they both give you an endless scope. Socrates is great but the ugliness gets me. (sorry Socrates developers) It is more of a mans website theme. Which WordPress Premium Themes do you have in your Internet marketing toolbox?