How I Build Custom Blogs Fast

by Mike on December 23, 2009

Building a Custom Blog Fast

I started building Wordpress blogs about 3 years ago. I took me days to customize my first blog. Now, I can create a custom blog very fast. How fast, this blog took less than two hours to build including plug-ins.

When I started building blogs, I attempted to find a blog templates that would make the process easier. Those attempts were partially successful, but it still took a lot of time.

Last year, I found the tempate that allows me to build blogs fast, to customize them quickly and to add design features. The answer, I use the Thesis Template.

Now, there is a learning curve to Thesis and if you’re not planning to build more than one or two blogs, it might be easier to have someone else do it for you. I will be launching a service shortly to do just that using Thesis. However, if you are planning to build more than a few blogs, Thesis is the way to go.

You can build a custom blog with zero coding. With the Thesis Design Options and Set-Up Options, built right into the Wordpress Dashboard, you can change layout, theme colors, fonts for differenet sections of the blog and much more. Here’s what the Design Options screen looks like:

Thesis Design Options

Thesis Design Options

With the set-up options, you can choose between between 3 columns, 2 columns left or right, and change the width of the columns. Here is the set-up options screen:

Thesis Set-Up Options Screen

Thesis Set-Up Options Screen

Thesis is also SEO friendly. You start with defining the meta data for your home page – page title and description. Then when you write a post, there are boxes for a custom page title, description and keywords. Wordpress is SEO friendly, but adds more power.

Creating an image for the header can take longer than setting up the blog and customizing it. But, the greatest thing about thesis is the community. Whenever I have a question about how to do something in Thesis, I just login to the forum and search for the answer. Every question I’ve asked has had an answer in the forum. I don’t know of any other template that provides this level of access and quick answers.

I have a work flow that I’ve created where I go through a step-by-step process and this makes setting up a Thesis blog very fast. I don’t know of any other way to do this fast.

Check out Thesis today to learn more.

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