Free Alternatives to the Thesis WordPress Theme

Free Customizable WordPress Themes

If you are looking for an alternative to Thesis (I just looked at version 2.1 and its still a “need to know lots and lots of code” theme now).  I might’ve found a close replacement.

admiredAdmire is a simple and user friendly wordpress theme that makes it easy to add social share buttons, change all the colors, the layouts, and add a header image (in about five minutes). The trick for me is to right click on the name of your website (when you’re in the wordpress dashboard) and open that link in a new tab. Then you have the backend in one tab, and the front end in the other.

MantraMantra is an EXTREMELY customizable wordpress theme that boasts: “a pack of over 100 customization options and easy to use tweaks capable of tuning WordPress to your very specific needs and likes. With the help of a simple and efficient user interface you can customize everything:the layout (1,2 or 3 columns), total and partial site widths, colors (all texts, links, backgrounds etc.), fonts (over 35 font-families plus all Google Fonts), text and header sizes, post metas, post excerpts, post formats, header and background images, custom menus, 27 social media links and icons, pins, bullets and much much more.”

Boldr is a bold, magazine style, responsive WordPress Theme. It doesn’t have quite the options for changing colors, but its got some quick options that makes putting up a website easy (especially if you have good photography).

To find these free theme just enter the name in the search box in WordPress.

Goodnews Premium WordPress Theme $45

If you’ve got a small budget and like options then I have a wordpress theme for you. It’s called Goodnews and after watching a few videos I can see where it has its own drag and drop page builder. It has a bunch of widgets, and unlimited colors. It also ties in with Google fonts and is complete responsive. Best of all its only $45. Here are just a few of the built in features. For any podcasters looking to start a “network” you might want to peak at the video below. As I said before there are lots of options, including:

Alert bar
Unlimited Sidebars
Strong focus on typography, usability and overall user-experience- (care with every single detail)
Social Icons in header and footer
Built in Slider
Built in advertising.

This video has no sound, but shows the flexibility of the theme

Google Hangout WordPress Plugin Takes the Pain Out of Hangouts

If you’ve ever used Google Hanougouts On Air, you know they are a great way to broadcast live for free. hey have some great tools like chat, screen sharing, etc. That’s the good news. When it comes to setting up, and launching a Google Hangout there are a lot of hurdles to jump over, and T’s to cross, etc (see my playlist). Well I just found out about a cool plugin that simplifies everything and turns your Google Hangout into a lead generating tools. It’s called Google Hangout Plugin.

Hangout Plugin - Run Webinars From WordPress


The plugin adds all the things that Google Hangouts On Air is missing:

•Plug ‘N Play simplicity – setup hangouts in 5 steps from your WordPress dashboard.

•Provide Full Registration Facility – Hangouts have been missing the ability to set a date and send registrations to the page – capturing leads.
(Hangout plugin integrates with major autoresponders instantly too!)

•Provide reminder emails – Send emails to registered event attendees – making sure that the people don’t MISS the hangout – getting more people to the event on time.

•Allow Registered Leads To Be Exported – One click into csv files

•Maintain complete BRANDING Control – This is massive – because the Hangout plugin embeds the hangout into YOUR site, the person is watching via youtube as you live stream the event, but the branding is all controlled by the site. (huge!!)

•Follow Up Email System Built In – After the event, send people automatic thank you emails and links to the replay (automatically done by youtube)

Quit Paying Monthly Fees For Webinars

Instead of spending $99 for GotoWebinar, or $49 for GoToMeeting, or Meeting Burner, etc. You can have all that functionality with NO MONTHLY FEES. The website says its only going to be $27 until 6/5/2013

Check it out at