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Comment by Diana Hutchinson on October 8, 2015 at 11:46am

I'm a big fan of the Divi theme by Elegant Themes. I thought I'd share something exciting that they just released called the "Divi Builder Plugin". It adds a drag and drop editor to any WP theme. Unfortunately you have to buy a developer or lifetime access to use the plugin, but it looks like a time-saver to folks like me who are not superstar coders.

Here's the announcement: http://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/theme-releases/divi-builder

Comment by Christopher Lewis on October 7, 2015 at 11:54am

Just trying nibbler. Very interesting. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Comment by Tim Bishop on October 7, 2015 at 11:42am

Found an interesting website evaluation tool that provides a thorough report on various analytics associated with a website. http://nibbler.silktide.com/

Here's a sample report on our website. http://nibbler.silktide.com/en_US/reports/www.openroadpress.com

Comment by Joanne Mitchell on August 24, 2015 at 1:18pm

I am. Just trying to finalize my website for launch (hopefully today).

Comment by Terry Hall on August 24, 2015 at 10:54am

Is anyone else using Michael Hyatts Platform Theme?

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Comment by Rob Orr on August 6, 2015 at 6:18am

Yea - there is always an "opportunity" cost with "free" stuff. I personally don't know of any free themes out there that I would trust other than the ones that ship with WordPress core, but as the old adage goes, "you get what you pay for". Sometimes it makes more sense to go the premium route.

  • It's less time-consuming
  • You get a theme that you know is built well and supported well
  • You can get busy building your business and/or website
  • You get bogged down in the details.

A lot of times when people are trying to get started - or even just want to create another new website - they don't need a lot of customization, they don't need expensive custom design work, or complex functionality. They just need a solid base with the a good-looking professional theme, and the right plugins to get off the ground. I've seen a LOT of people get stranded where you're at, and i know it can be frustrating. I started WPLaunch to specifically address that kind of issue.

I'd recommend searching for some discount codes for Studiopress or a theme like that, that enjoys a really solid reputation in the WP community, and just jump in. Even the Genesis framework core (on which I've built a lot of custom-designed client sites) looks ok out of the box, and you can get that for $60, and if you want to add a child theme, you get both together for $100. Studiopress also has a lot of plugins to extend functionality, and in my opinion, it's the one thing that sets them above all the rest. 

If you're serious about your website, and you plan on doing something awesome with it - and who among us doesn't? - then it's worth it to invest a little money and get the right theme and set yourself up for success.

Comment by David Price on August 5, 2015 at 5:55pm

Thanks Everyone for helpful responses. Rob, I have set-up hosting with Bluehost and installed about 8 plugins. My issue is starting out I wanted to use just a free theme, but I find myself jumping around switching themes because they don't look right or don't have the functionality I am looking for. I am wasting so much time doing this instead of starting to research, create and publish content. I have spent countless hours watching Youtube videos on how to configure certain themes, but they all seem to have been updated or changed and they end up leaving out key things that I need or want for my site. That is why I was considering buying a premium theme to get better functionality and support. Has anyone else been caught in this endless loop of picking the right theme? Thanks for everyone's help.

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Comment by Rob Orr on August 5, 2015 at 1:52pm

Hi Joanne - here are the ones we install by default in our WP setup service:

WordPress Starter Plugins

Comment by Robert Maher on August 5, 2015 at 10:55am

I personally use the Divi theme from Elegant Themes, and I love the page builder feature. It's a premium theme, but there's a ton of support for it, especially on the Facebook user group "Divi Theme Users". There are over 5500 people in that group, many of whom are more than willing to answer or help with just about any issue. 

Comment by Joanne Mitchell on August 5, 2015 at 8:39am

I just started working on my website and got the Get Noticed theme. You need to take the time to play with it, the documentation and videos in the support section are a useful starting point but I've also found a lot of what I need from searching the forums.

I'd be interested in knowing what plugins I really need. Michael Hyatt has a list of suggestions for the Get Noticed theme but I'd be interested in feedback from others.


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