Well yes is the simple answer and well into the future as well. We love Thesis at My Weight Loss Dream and one of the main reasons is even though you change the look of your site the underlying framework is always going to be Thesis.
The Thesis Design
With Thesis you are starting out with a framework and the delight of using Thesis is that you can change the skin (the template you use alongside Thesis) and make a design look so different yet still remain on the Thesis framework!
When we started our very first blog (an internet marketing one) back in 2008 we were rather shocked by the choice that you got, it was just lots of free ones that all looked the same. You then didn’t stand out from the crowd and everyone was the same!
Thankfully things have changed since we moved onto Thesis!
We often look into changing our Thesis skin every 6 months just to see if we can improve anything on our weight loss blog. Or because Sam is never happy with what she has and always wants to change it!!!!
Usually we can’t find an alternative so we just end up modifying the skin we are already using because unless something jumps out at you and it does everything you want you will not use it so it is dead money.
The new skin you buy has got to be a lot better than the one you are using otherwise you can go through the trouble of changing skins and then decide you do not like it or it is not as good as the old skin so it is time wasted.
Something as a weight loss blogger you will soon realise you do not have too much time to lose especially when you are first starting out or trying to get your brand out there, these are very time consuming and to just waste time is something you do not want to be doing.
SEO & Thesis
Now one of the most important things (that was not as important as it is now) is your weighty loss blog needs to be mobile friendly. The people that visit the site need to know that it is still your site they are visiting and not a competitors because when they share it they should be mentioning your brand name.
By mobile friendly we mean that when someone visits your site from a referring website like Pinterest it is more than likely going to be from a mobile browser or tablet. I think right now most of our visitors come from mobile.
Here is a screenshot of how our weight loss blog looks on mobile:
The split is something like 54% to 46% in favour of the mobile 5 years ago that percentage would have being a lot different in the desktops favour. But since you can now access virtually anything from your phone people just do not bother to switch their computers on.
We use statcounter.com for checking our analytics and here is a screenshot of how our traffic differs:
If we did not work online then I do not think we would bother much with our laptops because it is a lot easier to just stay sat on the couch and get your phone out instead of actually moving. I often sit on an evening browsing on my mobile phone, while as Sam will be sat with her tablet out!
Plus what you MUST remember is that these visitors are only going to get bigger in the future.
Our mobile site is not perfect the header is a problem for us but we keep working on it and eventually we will get it right but that is the beauty of having your own site/business you keep progressing learning new techniques. We are currently working on an improvement on the skins that we are using and I am sure we will share with you soon how we made this happen.
So your site now would need monetising and we find with Thesis the ease that you can add and take away parts of your pages you can have so many ways to monetise your site and make it your own and of course it shows up on mobile as well.
Thesis – we think is really leading the way with a theme that you can work and use for 2015 and well into the future. It has everything you would need clean coding and speeds up your website and does your SEO no harm at all. (If you still think SEO is relevant)
And last but not least looks great on desktop or mobile and there is loads of skins available from thesis themselves or from third party developers like Themedy which is one of the skins we are using at the moment.
If you would like to find out more about Thesis you can do so by clicking here.