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Creative vs Generic Thesis Theme

by steph woods on October 8, 2009

Each of us strives to stand out from the rest of the world in own special way. Whether it’s through the way we dress, or the photographs we snap, a little creativity helps each of us to establish our own identity amongst the masses.

I come from a traditional advertising background where I used Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. That’s it. I can shamefully admit that I had no idea how to even cut and paste in a doc back then. Sounds ridiculous hey? Sad but true.

My previous job provided me with the opportunity to enter the world of online marketing. Now my eyes are wide open. Since then, I’ve been slowly learning how to do a bit of code. I am attempting to go beyond 301 redirects, and other basic HTML stuff (e.g. H1s, links, images, etc). I had web devs at my last job to do everything for me. Now that I am on my own I am trying to figure it all out. It’s not rocket science. Just time.

This brings me to point of this post.


Smirk All You Want

Yes my site is a Thesis template with zero changes. I started to play around with the site two days ago and still have no idea how to change the rotating images that are on the front page here. I also can’t figure out how I messed up my page titles, all I know is that there is an excess of words I can’t figure out how to remove. Yup. I know jack squat and I am not afraid to admit it.

My intention is to figure all of this out. In the meantime, please be nice and don’t think I’m a total idiot for not customizing my Thesis theme. I am aware that this is what needs to be done, I just need to figure out how to do it still.

I have a kickass brain for all things marketing/creative and a somewhat challenged brain for all things technical. I will conquer. Just give me a little time. Thank you for being understanding.

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admin October 11, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Also, if someone happens to know where I change the page title that would be much appreciated. I don’t mean for it to sound all spammy and say: “Kelowna SEO | Stephanie Woods Steph Woods SEO”. God that’s awful and hurts me to look at.

Unfortunately I can’t find where I changed that as I am used to working with Drupal or static sites. I don’t want that title added to every page title I, was just playing around with things. It’s not in the Headspace, or the Meta Data plugin that I can see. Or maybe it is?

Syzlak October 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm

You should create a user Steph too, so we aren’t reading Admin posts all the time.

Settings (General) will have a Blog Title bar that creates a default title for your pages. You might have it setup as Steph Woods SEO and then your plugins are concatenating other title tags on top of that – happened to me the other day with a site for a friend. Make it simple and then check any plugins that might adjust this setting for you (All in one SEO, etc)

Stephanie Woods October 16, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Thanks Syzlak. I didn’t even notice that I was logged in with admin (nor did I realize I could change that). Good catch!

Yes you’re right, “Steph Woods SEO” is under general settings. It’s the rest of the title I can’t figure out how to change. I think I have two meta programs installed that are conflicting and going nuts. Good idea though. Thanks. :)

William Atkin October 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Use the “all in one seo plugin” for WordPress and scrap your other meta plugins. All in one SEO will allow you to have full control over titles + meta and more.

Don’t feel intimidated by Thesis, it confused me at first too but once you get it a hang of it it’s easy. Check out this post

William Atkin October 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Oh ya, to changes images you have to replace the images in the file

Stephanie Woods October 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm


Many thanks! I thought that Headspace was the most effective SEO tool (based on research), so I was veering away from using anything else. However, I will try it and hopefully that will solve my problem. Thanks for the link to Sugarrae’s site. I will be sure to check it out tomorrow (unfortunately am running out the door right now). It’s more an issue of finding the time to play around with everything, so anything that can expedite this process is welcome.

And thank thank thank you for telling me where to change those bloody rotating pics. You’re awesome!

kev grant October 23, 2009 at 4:02 am

you dont really need to use any seo plugins on Thesis at all, its pretty good straight out of the box.

Stephanie Woods October 23, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Kev – Really? That is interesting to know as well. I thought that a plugin was necessary for sure. I’ll just keep on playing around with everything (when I have the time – never seems to be enough hours in a day). Thanks for the tip!

Casey Yandle November 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

Kev is right Steph! With Thesis you don’t need All in One SEO at all. Each post and page has their own title and meta tags. If you EVER need any help with this you just let me know! :)

Stephanie Woods November 12, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Thanks Casey!

I just got back from a two week vacation and my inbox is laughing at me (in a not-so-nice way) right now. But I suppose no time like the present to fix that up though.

Chris Davies November 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

Hey Steph, I know the feeling about default thesis. Yeah, it’s easy to use and there’s great tutorials out there, but there’s still a lot of buttons to push. There are some good thesis skins out too, but you’re probably going do it like me and be up to your eyeballs in CSS, hooks and PHP.

Stephanie Woods November 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Chris – The biggest issue is finding time! I went on vacation for a couple of weeks and feel so behind with everything I almost don’t even know where to begin. Starting with a guest post for SEO Scoop tomorrow. Hopefully then I can start playing around with my Thesis theme here … looking forward to it actually!

webmaster September 9, 2010 at 8:10 am

Thanks Casey!

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