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Why Do I use the Headway Theme for WordPress?

I did some work on a client blogsite yesterday. That in itself isn’t anything new, since a majority of my clients utilize my blogsite services on a regular basis. What was a bit different was the fact that my client’s site was using the Thesis theme.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve used Thesis on sites before. In fact, it used to be the theme I used on my own website. At that time, Thesis was really the easiest theme to customize with my own header, colors, etc.

And then along came Headway.

The Headway theme was (and still is) unlike any WordPress theme I’d ever used before. It allowed me to make major design changes to my site without tinkering with coding. The few items that did require changes to my coding were simple and fast. Needless to say, I switched to Headway. And many of my clients did as well.

So it’s been at least 6 months since I’ve done any customization on a site running the Thesis theme. Until yesterday.

Yesterday I did some customizations to a Thesis based site and I immediately realized something.

I’ve been spoiled by Headway.

Things like changing background colors, adding headers and moving components are all done quickly and easily through the Headway Visual Editor and I can see the results on the website immediately. Not so in Thesis.

Adding that type of customization to a Thesis site requires custom css coding. For a girly geek like me, that’s not so bad, and of course I was prepared for that. But what I had forgotten was how much time it required to make those coding changes.

Even as a girly geek, I don’t always get it right the first time I add code. Maybe something needs to be bigger or smaller, maybe the color doesn’t work. So each time I made a coding change in Thesis, I’d have to save, go look at the site and then go back and tweak the code if needed. What used to seem fast and easy just didn’t seem that way anymore.

Once again I was reminded of the reasons I switched to Headway in the first place. Ease of use, less of a need for custom coding and the ability to be endlessly flexible with the design of my pages. If you’re a ‘geek’ like me, that alone should be enought to convince you to try Headway.

But what if you’re not a geek? The real beauty of Headway is that it allows even novice WordPress users to get results that required custom css coding with other themes.

Just to be upfront, yes I am a Headway affiliate. But to be fair, I’m also a Thesis affiliate. So my theme favoritism isn’t based on monetary considerations in any way, shape or form.

Headway is my favorite not only because its what I consider to be the best WordPress theme available, it’s also unique in that it’s super user friendly.

Oh, and it’s a great way for new virtual assistants (or other businesses) to create their own professional looking site on their own. Check it out, I think you’ll agree with me.

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  3. Danny Brown on December 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Ha, that’s one of the things I found when I swapped from Thesis, Tina 🙂

    Although I don’t code or develop sites anywhere to the degree you do, I know for a fact that I just couldn’t go back to Thesis now, even if I wanted to (which, for reasons outside the theme itself, I never will…) 😉

    Cheers!



    • TMarieHilton on December 30, 2009 at 12:41 am

      Danny,
      Thanks for stopping by! And I agree, Headway is one of those things that make it hard to go back to the ‘old way’ of doing things. As I’ve said in the past, I love to change things up on my blog, like decorating for the Holidays, and Headway lets me do just that in a heartbeat. Meaning Istil have plenty of time to play on Twitter and e-mail. 😉



  4. Danny Brown on December 29, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Ha, that’s one of the things I found when I swapped from Thesis, Tina 🙂

    Although I don’t code or develop sites anywhere to the degree you do, I know for a fact that I just couldn’t go back to Thesis now, even if I wanted to (which, for reasons outside the theme itself, I never will…) 😉

    Cheers!



    • TMarieHilton on December 29, 2009 at 7:41 pm

      Danny,
      Thanks for stopping by! And I agree, Headway is one of those things that make it hard to go back to the ‘old way’ of doing things. As I’ve said in the past, I love to change things up on my blog, like decorating for the Holidays, and Headway lets me do just that in a heartbeat. Meaning Istil have plenty of time to play on Twitter and e-mail. 😉



  5. Michelle Mangen on December 30, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Tina:
    Ironically I just emailed you to ask what you thought about Headway as I’ve been doing my sites in Thesis. So if I think Thesis is easy from what I understand in your post here is that Headway is even easier!

    So I’m sold, will do my next site in Headway!

    Michelle @mmangen



    • TMarieHilton on December 30, 2009 at 12:38 am

      Yes ma’am, Headway will definitely change your opinion of what easy is when it comes to designing WordPress sites! Keep me posted, I can’t wait to see what you think.



  6. Michelle Mangen on December 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Tina:
    Ironically I just emailed you to ask what you thought about Headway as I’ve been doing my sites in Thesis. So if I think Thesis is easy from what I understand in your post here is that Headway is even easier!

    So I’m sold, will do my next site in Headway!

    Michelle @mmangen



    • TMarieHilton on December 29, 2009 at 7:38 pm

      Yes ma’am, Headway will definitely change your opinion of what easy is when it comes to designing WordPress sites! Keep me posted, I can’t wait to see what you think.



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