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Are You a WordPress Blog Theme Tweaker?

Written by Ryan Ambrose  · June 27, 2007

Are you a WordPress blog theme tweaker?

I know that’s half the point in going with WordPress. It’s open source, which means you get to do fun things with the themes. And of course, a little bit of blog personalization is a necessity. Otherwise, your potential visitors can’t differentiate your money-making blog from the crowd, which isn’t good for your bottom line.

Now, there’s the obvious:

  • Your own list captures.

  • Possibly your own header graphic.

  • And if you want to monentize it, you had better know how to place ad images and ad scripts.

But how much do you like to improve your themes? Are you satisfied with using a theme as it is and then just adding plug-ins and pages? Or have you modified one so much you can’t even recognize what it used to be?

Here’s the survey from 1-5:

  1. You just use the WordPress Template and add plug-ins and pages as you need them. Fast, easy, and vanilla.

  2. You’ll modify basic things in the CSS file and code to add some personal touches, but otherwise, just like number one.

  3. Themes are a framework where you rearrange all the smaller details until you get what you like. But you can still tell what it used to be.

  4. Themes are putty in your hands and you’ll customize yours to the point it qualifies as a new theme.

  5. Forget the prefab stuff. Your WordPress theme started as a blank Notepad file. Then you added what you needed and built your own personal theme from scratch because you’re a hyperactive supergenius.

Ok, I’m guilty of being a 4 just that one time. My current blog template is a 2. I like prefab themes, but they always seem so basic to me. In my opinion, just using an unmodified theme all by itself makes it impossible to differentiate you from anyone else who’s also using it. And being generic is just not where you want to be.

So where are you on the theme tweaker scale? Leave your vote in the comments below.

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My name is Ryan Ambrose, and I’m the co-author of Can I Make Big Money Online.

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7 Responses to “Are You a WordPress Blog Theme Tweaker?”

  1. Kyle Eslick on June 27th, 2007 10:27 am

    Good question!

    I am definitely a 4. I can’t write code, but I’m pretty good at manipulating existing code to do what I want. My theme started out as Greencrunch, and is now something completely different. Even knowing that it used to be Greencrunch, it would be hard to tell that is how it started because I’ve basically redone the entire theme, including the 404 page, the comments section, dropped a column, added a menu at the top, and more. It’s also no longer green. ūüôā

  2. George Manty on June 27th, 2007 10:33 am

    I am a combination of 3 and 4, but I will probably be hiring a 5 in the future.

    – George

  3. Amanda on June 27th, 2007 11:24 am

    I normally combine a bunch of different themes where they are unrecognizable. right now the current theme is a smash between two.

    You would never know right?

    I can’t wait till my custom one is up.

  4. George Manty on June 27th, 2007 11:33 am


    Thanks for your input. I look forward to seeing your custom theme.

  5. lady influence on June 28th, 2007 9:30 am

    i am not satisfied with a single theme. I always change the theme of my blogs. i am not good at hacking codes but am learning.

  6. George Manty on June 28th, 2007 9:41 am

    lady influence,

    Thanks for stopping by. I am never quite happy with the themes, so I always have to change them.

  7. Sourav Sharma on July 9th, 2007 9:54 am

    I am between 1-4 – as I always tried to deliver a standout stuff -