The Thesis theme claims to be have “
killer typography, a dynamically resizable layout, intelligent code, airtight optimization, and tons of flexibility” all of which supposedly increases the SEO, usability, accessibility and flexibility of a WordPress installation.
I did some scouting of their showcase examples and struggled to find websites which even came up as valid XHTML, let alone be semantically correct as well. Even with recommendations from Craig Killick I couldn’t see what this theme could do that a free WordPress plugin could do. Although most of the invalid code was probably due to plugins, it didn’t bode well. I wanted to “believe”, but with the evidence I had so far, I couldn’t.
I then found a post from one of the authors of the Thesis theme on his own blog: The Definitive Guide to Semantic Web Markup for Blogs. The post itself makes fair points that I agree with, even being nearly two years old. I checked over at my own blogs and saw how they failed from the recommendation. It would take a fair bit of effort to correct them.
I then took a look at the Thesis demo site, and Craig’s site (which also uses Thesis), and it seems the theme author has already implemented his suggestion into the theme. This is a big plus, and it may have turned my thoughts to wanting to buy the theme. If nothing else, it’s getting me thinking a bit more about the wording in my content, just so that if I do buy the theme, I’ll get quicker benefit of it.
At the moment, Thesis theme still has a few issues – the new canonical link is incorrect (a minor but annoying point), but a major one for me, is that there is no support for microformatted content. I’m so used to having microformats that I almost convinced myself it was native to WordPress itself (and not the themes I use).
If you use the Thesis theme, is there any one technical thing you think is worth the cost alone, or are you more focussed on the improved results you have (hopefully) seen?