John Chow dot Com Is Now Powered By Thesis Framework

In my continuing quest to speed up the blog and clean up the codes, John Chow dot Com is now powered by the Thesis Framework from DIY Themes. The Thesis Theme framework is a premium template system for WordPress that is designed to serve as the rock-solid foundation beneath any kind of website.

Thesis offers airtight SEO, incredible design flexibility, and lightning-fast loading times. Thesis is far more than just a WordPress theme. As you can see, the look of my blog hasn’t change. I’m still running the theme that Unique Blog Designs created for me. However, the engine that now powers it is so much more powerful than just WordPress alone.

Thesis currently powers over 33,000 blogs. It has a remarkably efficient HTML + CSS + PHP framework and easy-to-use controls that you can use to fine-tune every page of your site with amazing precision. Because the framework separates the HTML, CSS and PHP, you don’t have to worry about messing up your site SEO when you change an element or update the looks.

The Most SEO Friendly Theme Ever Created

Speaking of SEO, Thesis is the most SEO friendly theme ever created. There are so many SEO controls, it makes All In One SEO plugin look like a toy. I no longer need the All In One SEO. One fewer plugin means a faster loading blog!

Thesis SEO Control

HostGator plus MaxCDN plus Thesis = The ultimate blog setup. πŸ™‚

With web hosting by HostGator, content delivery by MaxCDN and theme framework by Thesis, my blog is running faster than ever. I can’t remember my blog ever loading this fast!

Thesis is available in two versions: Personal and Developer. Personal allows you to use Thesis on one live blog. Developer allows you to use Thesis on any blog that you own. Both come with a 30-day money back guarantee. Watch the video below to see how you can design your own blog with Thesis without touching any codes.


130 thoughts on “John Chow dot Com Is Now Powered By Thesis Framework”

  1. Vivek Parmar says:

    congrats, thesis is framework that helps people to cut down all seo plugins from wordpress blog and offers you to play with two files only.

    1. along with seo benefit this one is light and easy to use.

      That’s why i always recommend thesis to all my readers.

      1. Nguyen Trung says:

        Well, Well Thesis was always my dream, hope someday I can own it

        1. dotCOMreport says:

          @Nguyen They usually offer discounts every now and then so look out for that. Thesis framework makes things easier.

          1. earlier thesis affiliates were offering cash back discount but now you can enjoy the gifts and bonus they provide.

            If you will go with our than you will get many valuable gifts from us and that is also free of cost.

        2. I think Thesis will make some problem with the full customisation as we are carrying with our current themes and that’s why be ready to hire a web designer if taking Thesis as your next template.

    2. What, no John Chow discount?

      1. John Chow says:

        I haven’t discussed it with Thesis but I’ll ask them and see if I can get one. I doubt it since they run everything through Share A Sale.

        1. i am sure they will provide something special being as john chow reader.

          1. I hope so, because I’ve been thinking of buying the Thesis them for a very long time now. I’m currently using the Hybris – Stucture theme which is another great open-source theme.

          2. d3so says:

            Yeah, I’d definitely pick it up. I noticed the speed change.

    3. ikki says:

      im agree with you

    4. Welcome to the world of Thesis Mr. Chow, Thesis is really coolest thing that has happen to WordPress after its launch in 2005

      1. What do you all thinks about it ? Is this really making a big change in the bloggers life who blogs seriously.

  2. Great,i am sure that you are using thesis as the default theme, how you customized the design?

    1. John Chow says:

      Thesis allows you to change pretty much everything in the theme design so it’s no problem to port the UBD theme over to it.

      1. Nguyen Trung says:

        Hey John, JC moved through the thesis, but to use interface view has not changed that much, hopefully with the Thesis, JohnChow dot Com will be grow better

        1. May be John wanted to keep that look. That’s why …

          May be in near future we will be able to see new changes in the look.

          John any idea when you are going to give a new look to this blog.

      2. d3so says:

        Did you port your theme over to thesis yourself or did you have someone do it?
        When I used thesis I found it difficult to get the design to work the way I wanted.

        1. John Chow says:

          I had someone else do it. πŸ™‚

          1. Hey John,

            I heard that while Thesis is really good and how it can be customized I also heard that it’s not easy for regular people to do it.

            It’s good to know that you used somebody else for that.
            I wonder how easy it was for them and how much they charged for it.


          2. Jagan Mangat says:

            Hello every one,nice step by the way John Chow.Congrats!!
            I customized and made my Thesis loads fast,its fully customized and have the simplest design ever you all will see.
            Have a nice time everyone.

          3. He believes in “Let the expert do the job”

          4. d3so says:

            lol, I wouldn’t even know where to start.
            Vance is right, it’s harder for non-technical people to utilize thesis to it’s full potential.

    2. Thesis is a just a framework. You can customize it to any kinda design you want. That is one of the reason Thesis is far better than other wordpress themes out there.

      1. yes you will get full liberty while using thesis.

        If you are into website building business than thesis is also a boon for you.

        1. How easy is it for someone not doing theme customization very often to customize Thesis?

          Since you are recommending it perhaps you can shed some light on this.

          I’ve read that it’s not easy at all.

          1. if you want to have professional look than I am sure you should hire someone.

            About the charges this can be vary according to your requirements.

            However price range can starts from $200

          2. Harsh says:

            Hey if you know CSS, customizing Thesis would be easier…
            You can find lots of tutorials and support from Thesis forum….
            Else you can always hire freelancers who can convert your current design using Thesis Theme….

        2. Jagan Mangat says:

          Yea pretty easy to customize……… but a person must know a bit about customization and FTP.

        3. Right said brother, hack, designer are using WordPress+thesis to build awesome websites for their clients

      2. Looks like the developers version is probably the best deal.

        1. for all themes I think developer version always have great deals provided you should be able to capitalise it.

          1. Jagan Mangat says:

            Yea absolutely
            But a bit of customization makes the looks more cool……

  3. Wow! I have heard of framework I never knew so many blogs were using it. Your blog is loading so fast for me. Great post John!

    1. yes more and more people started to use thesis.

      This one is simply give so much liberty that this become the first choice.

  4. marquelle says:

    So it’s a theme that you can put another theme on top of?

    Do I need to hire a designer/developer anymore to make my blog a reality or do I just need Thesis to get it done myself?

    I’m confused now…

    1. if you want to get your own touch than you should go for designer.

      Otherwise thesis got really elegant look.

    2. Derek says:

      With Thesis, you can do two things. You can either use the built-in point and click design controls to customize your own theme, or you could hire a designer. If you’re looking for a very custom look, a designer is probably needed. However, if you’re looking to change a few things here and there, the Thesis Documentation (, built in design controls, and Thesis Forum should be good enough

      1. Hey Derek,

        From what you are saying I gather that getting a designer to get the look you want with Thesis is the best way to go then.

        I’m sure that if it was really easy John would have done it himself.

        1. john is businessman also along with blogger.

          So if designer need say $100 to do customisation for 2 days work and within that period John can earn $2000 than john will always hire designer.

          Along with that John know the designer persoanally and showing them on his blog is also helpful for th desigining and customisation.

  5. Yes John, your blog load much faster now even in IE. Go Thesis !!

    1. my two thumbs up for thesis.

      Guys if you need any kind of help simply tell me.

      1. Hey ZK,

        Are you saying that you can customize Thesis for us? Is this what you do quite often?

        It would be good to know that.

  6. Salman Ahsan says:

    Welcome to the gang john! I have always used thesis for blogs. I am glad thesis is following the GPL and its rocking :). I am not a coder but I can do some decent stuff; your blog really doesnt look like its powered by thesis..seems like UBD did a real good job.

    1. thesis is simply amazing.

      Along with this there are so many options available like video, blogs and forums that even one hour daily can make you expert.

  7. Mr.Ven says:

    I could see the page loads faster and the interesting fact is, you are able to optimize it without changing the blog design πŸ™‚

    1. you need a coder but however one hour daily on thesis tutorial can make you expert.

      Just go for thesis.

      1. One hour daily on Thesis tutorial for how long?

        Being an expert on this would be great in one hour but I guess it could take weeks.

        1. yes definitely one hour for weeks.

          But with that you will be able to make a respected look.

          But for specific and professional look you should hire professional.

  8. Interesting and useful information. I just wanna tell U “Thanks”. Thanks!

  9. Jimmy says:

    ok John congrats for installing thesis…..thats really a nice and owesum theme………

  10. welcome to Thesis John.

    Nice to see you.

  11. Kirk Taylor says:

    Having a framework under you template gives great flexibility and control. I’m using Joomla for my site and have been using the Gantry framework for about half a year.

    I can pretty much position anything just about anywhere at any time. I even can create different layouts down to each individual page.

    A great move for you John

    1. my advice for all those people who wants to have thesis and want to build the design of its own …

      Buy thesis and start reading blogs, adding query to forums,watching videos.

      Within one month you will see the benefit.

  12. Devon Brown says:

    The page definitely loaded faster for me. It looks a lot cleaner here too. Congrats on the new move.

    1. Hey Devon,
      It’s loading faster but the look is the same.

      John had things moved over, he didn’t change much else if anything.

  13. Donny Gamble says:

    Hey John,

    About time you made the transition to Thesis, welcome to the DIY party!

  14. Jorge Lima says:

    Hello Jonh,

    If you need a blog restyle design in Thesis, please stop by at ant talk with US.


    1. may be Vence will need your service.

      Contact him.

  15. I invested in the Developer option of Thesis for my Voiceover Ninja and Wealthy Bohemian blogs. I’m very pleased with it. It has given me a high degree of control over my sites, plus it’s very easy to use.

    John, do you have any experience with the Genesis framework? Copyblogger and several other sites use it, and I’ve heard good things about it.

    1. Pangeran says:

      I was wondering about that too.
      Genesis look more appealing to me.

    2. John Chow says:

      I have tried Genesis but it doesn’t seem to have the ultra fine control of Thesis.

    3. yes maximum of them have shifted from thesis to genesis but i still recommend thesis.

    4. I’ve been using a custom theme on one of my blogs for years thought it’s getting kind of outdated. Probably time top change.

    5. Fusiondiary says:

      I have noticed the difference too, John’s blog does load faster. Has anyone tried Catalyst which is good for both cooders and non cooders.

      Similar to Thesis, the basic framework remains untouched by any changes made to the design of the website (good for SEO)

  16. Tom says:

    Wow, you’re really good at copy and pasting from the DIYthemes website.

  17. Pangeran says:

    I’m gonna try this theme on my next project.

    Actually been hearing about it for years and even have insider look when I’m working on some friend blog.

    I just still can’t get off with the All in One SEO and Platinum SEO plugin.

    Was the theme cover more convenient functionality than these plugin?

    1. John Chow says:

      You can see a screen shot of the SEO option in my blog post. It’s pretty crazy.

      1. certaily thesis is really poeerful, if this is a matter of seo.

        Overall i am fond of this theme.

  18. Alex Neill says:

    Hey John

    I have heard so many great things about Thesis, your blog post will probably give me the push I need to swap over and start using it now.

    Now I got some regular traffic to my blog from other traffic sources such as FB twitter etc, I wanna get a ton more the search engines,


  19. Abhik says:

    Does moving to Thesis Framework requires recoding the theme?

    1. John Chow says:

      More like importing than recoding. We’re only reusing the theme’s design elements. All the features are replaced with Thesis.

  20. A big step towards speedup your blogging platform, and really you made something very important for your blog readers because no one wants to pass anytime at anyblog he/she visits regularly.

  21. Great, I will give it a try on my blog… Johnchow is really loading fast.. Good work done

  22. Craig White says:

    Excellent John,
    I am also having my site re-designed on the Thesis theme. I was told it would be ready by this weekend so we are really excited to see how it works. Just one question for you.
    So I will not need my SEO plugin? I was thinking of installing the SEO for WordPress by Yoast. But if I don’t need it, as you say, my blog will load that much faster with one less plugin.

    1. John Chow says:

      Thesis has a fantastic set of SEO feature. You will not need any other SEO plugins.

      1. d3so says:

        I agree. I use thesis on some of my other blogs. The SEO is like magic.

  23. I too am curious to know a bit more about the pros & cons of Thesis. I have been looking at the Genesis framework since so many bloggers are using the said framework. Is there a real benefit Thesis versus Genesis? Please let me know. BTW, you’re site is loading faster – today.

    1. John Chow says:

      Both are good frameworks. You really can’t go wrong with either. I like Thesis more because it offers better control over the blog’s look and feel.

      1. Thanks John. I like their slogan “Fall in Love with Thesis in 30 Days or Less… Or Your Money Back”. I have made my decision. I will be taking the Thesis Framework for a 30 Day test-drive.

  24. Brian McVay says:

    I like Thesis also, I have been using it on my blog and also my wife’s, We are still working on the look though.
    Have to figure out what we want the final look to be.

  25. Harshad says:

    I use Headway Theme framework on my blog which is similar to Thesis. These guys have made blog customization too easy with their frameworks.

  26. fas says:

    Thesis theme on the same UBD design.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, really cool stuff. It’s awesome that John was able to maintain his slick UBD design (these guys are the best) while upgrading to the Thesis framework.

      1. d3so says:

        I would like to do the same but I don’t think it’s cheap to port a theme to thesis.

  27. DUBturbo says:

    I also use Thesis and have found it to be very simple and powerful at the same time. Aside from the obvious SEO, simplicity and sleekness there is also a thriving community of Thesis users within their forums. If you are a designer or coder you can get instant help by using the forums, a real big bonus to purchasing the theme.

    – Andrew

  28. Robb says:

    I too made the switch to Thesis. Tried Genesis for a while, but, Thesis is the way to go if you have any CSS skills. You can make that theme do anything…

  29. Thesis is a pretty good seo optimized framework for wordpress

    I like Genesis framework as well

  30. Allen Walker says:

    Your blog certainly seems a lot faster. πŸ™‚


    1. Yes, I’d definitely say it’s faster than a few months ago. There were times when page loads were taking way too long.

  31. I should probably change some of my themes one of these days.

  32. PPC Ian says:

    This is really great stuff! Thanks for sharing. Blog speed is not only important for your readers but also helps for SEO rankings on search engines (search engines don’t like slow sites, but do like quick ones). I have definitely noticed your blog loading really fast.

    1. d3so says:

      Just a month ago, this blog had a huge load time.

  33. Tom Weyers says:

    I’ve looked into the thesis theme before, it looks great. I like the fact that you can keep your current theme. I have also looked into the genesis framework, I use revolution church (by studiopress, the guys behind genesis), don’t really know what is best, my theme on thesis or genesis…

    Hey John, slightly off topic but the mobify you have on the site is not functioning properly. When I click on “full site” (from my iPhone) it just redirects back to the mobile site.
    Any chance you can get that fixed? I like seeing the full site instead of the mobile one.

    1. John Chow says:

      The redirect is being caused by my W3 caching plugin. It’s set to detect mobile devices and send them to the mobile version. Not sure how I would go about defeating that.

  34. Bash Bosh says:

    Wow a really good and authentic conversion of your previous theme.
    If there is no this post, I wouldn’t notice any difference.

    I have been tried Thesis on my friends blog, but did not know how to setup it properly. I guess it is too much harder to setup and design your own website without learning some necessary functions and hooks that goes with it.

    1. John Chow says:

      You can do a lot with the Thesis Framework. But if you want to port over a custom design, you should employ the services of a Thesis developer.

  35. ikki says:

    you always sharing great information john

  36. ikki says:

    byethe way, this is the first time that i heard about thesis

  37. Thesis theme rocks! Just a question John, what is your SEO settings for thesis? I mean the one which asks you what to check the pages to be indexed/unindexed. I am not quite sure on this one. I assume this also has something to do with the permalink that I have.

    1. John Chow says:

      For most pages, I tell it to index and follow. For reviews, I tell it to index and nofollow. Everything else is default.

  38. Dan Lew says:

    You site seems to load around 3.527 seconds faster then before πŸ™‚

  39. Lucian says:

    I’m not sure that using a theme framework is the key for speed. The key is a very simple theme and minimized wordpress output.

    1. John Chow says:

      Thesis is just one of the items. There is no one thing that will speed up your site, it’s a combination of things.

    2. Bash Bosh says:

      I agree with JC here. Using some CDN, optimizing your scripts and styles and, of course, using an optimized framework (like Thesis), you can improve speed of every website out there.

      Not only you will improve the speed of your website but you might highly reduce bandwidth and resource usage on your website server.

  40. GTA 5 says:

    Thesis Framework seems to be a great tool, I’m thinking about trying this pretty soon for one of my blog.

  41. Thanks for your continued inspiration through these posts John. I will look into Thesis.

  42. report scam says:

    Recently I bought a very nice wordpress theme for another blog of mine, it was clean and nice. But, because of one problem I dont use it anymore. It has too much customization options which slow down php loading and fonts dance crazy when the page loads. Once everything is fully loaded it looked beautiful. But, I gave this up, it was a premium script I bought for $35, dont use anymore. Hope this wont happen in these themes. I’l buy if I really like in all aspects. Btw, above is one of my site where you can report any kind of scam or read different scam reports posted by victims. thanks

    1. This Theme is Good. I love this theme.

  43. This website looks very fine and stable, may be because of the thesis framework. Its really impressive but the framework is too expensive for me. I’m looking for a clean and professional theme, something like this website.

  44. It looks great. I noticed that the comments are styled a little differently, but I’m not sure if you did that or not.

    Also, the Advertise page comes up blank.

  45. Your theme doesn’t look like thesis to me. It looks like a customized Thesis template
    Overall, it’s a professional blog though with lots of useful,honest and straight forward information. Thumbs up

  46. Harsh says:

    Moving to Thesis is a nice move John..moreover I liked the way you have customized the site using last design..
    Good work πŸ™‚

  47. Laptop Bags says:

    So helpful and so useful post. Thanks for such informative post. Good job.

  48. nintendo 3ds says:

    Hey John,

    I know we are talking about thesis theme here and I certainly know it’s a wordpress theme but I have a very important question to ask.

    Which platform is better for one’s website?

    WordPress or Jhoomla? I have a site which operates on wordpress but if Jhoomla is better, I would not mind giving it a try. Looking for your advice

  49. Thesis framework is a great one to manage the wordpress theme and interface very well. Great that this blog of yours too integrated it now.

  50. Neon SRT4 says:

    Thesis Framework themes are excellent. I used it for one of my websites.

  51. Congrats! I guess it was a matter of time before it would happen. Great theme, so simple and professional!

  52. I’ve been using Thesis for about a month………………can’t say it’s the reason but my traffic has increased significantly.

  53. ibnujusup says:

    thesis … i might look to it one day.. not for now

  54. I can see that in footer John. There is Message Indicated.

  55. Tomos Wyn says:

    Nice, thesis is one kickass framework for WordPress.

  56. Hasbul 'Aqill says:

    nice, love thesis!

  57. Andreas Kurniawan says:

    Thesis is your default theme, but your customized designs are great!

  58. Tracy Campanella says:

    I really like the Thesis theme. I am in the process of building a blog using Thesis and I really like the customization options. I am not especially skilled at site creation, but I self-teach alot, and have not had any problems. I would recommend it to someone who wants options in building their site or blog.

  59. Shane Logan says:

    Glad to hear it Thesis Rules!

  60. Arjun Singh says:

    Sir Thesis is the best.. πŸ™‚

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