Entries Tagged as 'Wordpress Themes'

Adding Adsense Code to WordPress Thesis Theme

I am experimenting with Thesis, a premium WordPress theme- and really it is more than a theme- its adds incredible functionality to your WordPress site. If you are a beginner it might be overwhelming but if you know coding or can handle modifying your word press theme it is fairly easy to learn.

Now, having said that.. I REALLY struggled getting a very basic task done with Thesis. There is no “single.php” or “index.php” and the css styling is handled a little differently that usual themes. I was pretty surprised on how difficult this was to find out how to do- either there is a way others are doing and I am new and ignorant or my skills are not what I thought they were!
I will cut to the chase and just give you the codes

How to add Adsense Code To Header of Thesis WordPress Theme

By far this was most difficult to solve and took me a good 2 hours to get Adsense code working and the way I wanted it into header of Thesis.

You need to edit custom_functions.php file and custom.css . you will find both in “custom” folder in the Thesis theme directory on your server.
If you haven’t changed name of file folder “custom-sample” in Thesis directory change it now. You need to do this through an ftp client ( like FileZilla )

You can edit the file either directly on the server ( and for the love of god do NOT ignore my BACKUP YOUR FILES warning!! ) or through WordPress interface.

To put Adsense code in the header the way *I* like it is a 728×90 leader board under the title/image/taglines of my blog.
You can use other code- link units or half banners as well.

So… to add Adsense Code to your header in thesis UNDER header here we go:
Create your ad in Adsense. Copy the code it gives you.
Add following to custom_function.php file:

function header_ad() { ?>
<div id="header_ad">
<?php }
add_action('thesis_hook_header', 'header_ad');</blockquote>

Next we need to edit the style.css file in “custom” folder.
This code works perfectly for me- centered and aligned perfectly for my site. You may have to change values for yours- its not that hard. Just change numbers and see what it does. If you want to place ad along side of title or title image use “-” sign in front if the first value. try -60 first and go from there.
So, simply copy and paste this code into your style.css sheet:

.custom #header_ad {
margin: 10px 0 10px 0px;

and that’s it! Hope this saves people the headaches I had doing this :-)

How to Add Adsense Code to Thesis Below Post Title

This was slightly easier and you don’t have to add anything to style.css.
I use either a half banner or link units under the post title.
Create your ad.
Copy the code into custom_funtions.php file where indicated below.

function before_post_ads() {
if (is_single()) { ?>
<?php }
add_action('thesis_hook_before_post', 'before_post_ads');

Add Adsense Code To End of Post in Thesis WordPress Theme

function after_post_ads() {
if (is_single()) { ?>
Your Ad Code Here !

add_action(‘thesis_hook_after_post’, ‘after_post_ads’);

Best 4 Column WordPress Themes: More Columns Mean Better Ad Space

One of my blogs needs a serious makeover. I have had the same look for 3 years and besides looking dated I am having space issues.
Prime real estate above the fold is long gone and you need to scroll several minutes to find the footer. The best solution I can come up with is to add another sidebar which mean I will go from a 3 column theme to a 4 column theme. Hard to to without looking crowded. I have avoided a theme change for many many reasons. Most of my images will need to be resized. I have spent months and months testing best ad placement and the thought of do it all over makes me cringe. Even now as I type I am re-thinking and wondering if there is another way.

I looked into just adding another column and widgetizing the WordPress theme that I use now, Gila . Perhaps some one else would like to take on this one? If you do know of or tackle yourself I am happy to place info here and link to it.

I am not sure I have the time or want to spend the time playing with it. It is tempting because if I over haul the theme I can place it on this site and use it as link bait.. but on the other hand time is big issue for me right now and since I would in effect have to learn how to add a column and widgetize I may not be doing anyone a service by giving them a flaky theme to use..,

I have always preferred a 3 columns theme with a 1-1-1 split and now I want to go to a 1-1-2 split. ( 1 sidebar on left , content , two sidebars on the right).

I also want the content section to be smack dab in centre so AdSense ads place in a post will be in reader’s front line of vision. I have fiddled with tables and wrapped code in theme templates and I much prefer to be able to drop code into a post whenever and wherever I want either manually or using Adsense-Deluxe plugin. A 4 column theme will laso free up more room for above the fold ads- both graphic and text link ads
Also, I have 3 125×125 spots for graphic ad and they have been filled. All advertisers demand ( and should!) above the fold placement for their ad and I have run out of space. if I put in another column I can double that lucrative space and have 6 125×125 ads running. Having a huge long line running down the sidebar of ads is cumbersome- readers can barely find what they are looking for and have to scroll down…. way down… . This ssems like best option an dconvinced it will give blog a cleaner look- as well as make advertisers happy.

My Picks for Best 4 Column WordPress Themes

The Gorgeous Dark Theme for WordPress from Bartelme Design I think I have a new eCrush. Deigns and graphics by this guy are absolutely stellar. Take a peek on his site for his other stuff. Other themes call also be seen and downloaded here.
best 4 column wordpress theme dark blues screen shot

Slined Mod 2.0 – If you know what you are doing in CSS change the reverse type colours.

best 4 column wordpress theme slined

NYcreds 3.0
newyork cred 4 column wordpres theme
NewYorker 3.0 – Get rid of the distracting images.
4 column new yorker theme for wordpress

Techicon 4 column WordPress Theme. This is quite nice.
wordpress theme 4 columns

Sensible Blogging So far this is front runner exactly the layout I was looking for in a 4 column theme.
sensible blogging 4 column theme for wordpress

Garden Theme 3.0- Quite possible the worst header I have ever seen. Could Also be called Pan’s Labyrinth theme Not only is is garish but takes up WAY too much above the fold real estate. I really like the layout however and may try this out.
ugly 4 column theme garden

Pink Identification Band Quadruple
Also come in baby boy blue. I think I would like content area to be bit more prominent however. Would have to see it on my blog before I ruled out, tho.

This is just about perfect but I think shading in backgrounds of sidebar and header will not jive with solid AdSense ads. I will try this and see if I can remove and add solid color.
best 4 column word press theme quadruple

Do you have a free 4 column wordpress theme? Have you seen some that I have missed? Please let me know.

Wordpress Theme Resources

WordPress Theme Generator

What Are the Best WordPress Themes To Use? SEO and Word Press Themes

Best WordPress Themes?

This is a tough one. Some themes START OUT better than others. ALL of them you will constantly adjust and play with. For example, I rarely use the sidebar right of the box and almost always will hard code my sidebar categories, etc. I don’t do it right away bit after a few months I will start ripping apart the themes. Most common problem I see is misuse of header tags. Using h2 tags all over the place.
The header tags are used for semantic layout- the most logical layout choices. Many theme creators think that by adding H2 and H2 tags everywhere it will help in search rankings. It has the opposite effect. The spiders get confused and may abandon your site all together.

SEO’d WordPress Themes

I have re-written a few WordPress Themes for my own purposes and have thought about posting and making available here- however sometimes the wheel has all ready been invented and no need to re-invent.

Best Resources For SEO’d WordPress Themes

A excellent resource is Courtney Tuttle’s Internet Marketing and Strategies Site. Not only does he have some outstanding advice to offer anyone starting to use a web site to make money- he also has a vast database of SEO’d WordPress themes he himself has gone through and optimized.

Courtney has done a superb job on these. I do quibble a bit with the use of h2 tags with Site header title ( I prefer a h1 tag), however no need to split hairs :-)
You will do well with any of his re-worked WordPress themes and Courtney offers such a large variety no need to look elsewhere.

Types of WordPress Themes To Avoid

The them listed below are very popular themes- there are MUCH worse offenders. I chose them because they are popular. My beefs are subjective and in no way mean to offend or insult the designer. All of themes mentioned have excellent structure and designs can be easlily modified.

Avoid Reverse Type

I do prefer some types of themes over others. I am NOT a fan of reverse type. It is very hard to read for anyone. About 3 years ago I lost most of the sight in my left eye. I cringe when I come across a site using reverse type ( i.e white type on black background) “Dust WordPress Theme” is an example. Please avoid these. I don’t mind so much in a header- as long as font is large enough.

Supersized Headers

Yikes. HUGE header that take about most of the space above the fold. This *may* work for you if you are going to pop in Google Adsense ads in your header and you will get a good CTR but for the most part I would stay away from them – You don’t need to have the most valuable real estate on your site taken about by giant header. If you love the theme and you are comfortable making changes then you can tweak and make header smaller- by changing font or removing some of the images.
Examples of Giant Header Themes:
Dark City
BlueBird ( I like this LOOK of this one even if it does scream Partridge Family ) Header is larger than I like- but will work on some sites. It was originally designed by Randa Clay ( of the U Comment I Follow fame) and she does wonderful design. Clean, modern and beautiful. She also has some solid tutorials on her site for DIY WordPress Theme Customizations. A good tutorial on playing around with CSS. Don’t be scared to try this! It is a good way to learn. Just copy and keep the original CSS in safe spot.

Avoid Bizarre Colours. Please.
Your themes should suit your niche. You have more freedom with creative type blogs- but people are turned off by jarring colours. Also don;t use heavily feminine colors on a site geared to unisex or male audience- no matter how much you love it.

Some themes that I think are bit over the top ( but may work for you…) :

I don’t know why- I am both attracted and repelled by this theme. Maybe it the 70′s carpet look. OranJuice 1.0 Large header and carpet texture. It IS eye catching. I might use this on a craft type site.
I actually love this theme for certain types of sites, Techdesigns.co.uk 004 It it funky and fab. Great for an artist, fashion,, personal blog, etc. My younger sister is an artist and I recommended this one to her.

Boring Themes.

The is a plethora of white/blue/dark blue or black themes. I guess they make a statement. TAKE ME SERIOUSLY. I just find them boring. I do like the light, CMS style look of them- however keep the structure and jazz up the colours using CSS.
These are nice well thought out themes that are on life support and need infusion of colour:

Blue Pix 1.0.0 Zzzzzzzzzz. Nice design- pop in some of your own colour.

How Many Columns In A WordPress Theme Is Best?
For our purpose- how many columns should you have to make the most money? I like 3 column. My preference is center split. (left sidebar|content|right sidebar) . More flexibility for Adsense Ads when you are starting out, and button ads when you have advertisers. When you start adding Ads to 2-column it looks cluttered. I also feel the same way about 4-columns. I also don’t use fancy calenders and other widgets.

Are Widget-ized Themes Better?

I avoided those for a long time. I prefer to have simple code to change myself. I gave in a while ago and now use widgets on many of my sites. I do find when you start adding tons of widgets and doo-dad to your site site load time suffers and may turn away some visitors- maybe even bots. I tend to aim for lean and mean rather than flashy and splashy. If you are new to blogging widgets are an easy way to personalize you blog and by all means go for it. You DON’T have to use every single widget available however.

Good WordPress Theme Resources

WordPress Theme Viewer Official WordPress Theme Site
Courtney Tuttle’s SEO’d WordPress Themes- Excellent.
Best WordPress Themes to Use for Google Adsense
10 Remarkable (and Free) WordPress Themes
Comment and theme recommendation by internet marketing gurus at Problogger.

Social Media Site for WordPress Themes- WP Themez

What is the Best WordPress Theme?

Wordpess Themez lets members tell you which ones and why. This is not a bad idea. I find WP Theme Viewer and other theme viewing sites difficult to wade through and suspect many of the top download themes stay in the top because its too cumbersome to get to others theme designs.

I am a bit of a theme addict- though lots of looking and very little changing. A relatively new site, Wordpess Themez is one on many niche social marketing sites to emerge in the last few months. It is specifically for wordpress themes and allows members to “vote”, comment and submit wordpress themes. I like it and it has a potential.