A New WordPress Theme to Spice up The Year

Finally! Finally!! Finally!!! I have finally changed my theme from weaver theme to Genesis frame work. Hey, changing my theme was not intentional because as much as many people hated my old theme, I still love and find the theme interesting.

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My old theme was a free one but has all the qualities a premium theme can offer. But as the old saying goes; “when it’s old, you change”. Below are some of my good reasons why I change my theme to a more responsive and seo friendly theme. But before I continue, how do you see the style of this new theme?

WHY I SWITCH MY THEME…

Love at First Sight:

I fell in love with this new theme the first day I laid my eyes on her :).

Okay, here’s how the story goes – I was searching for something on the internet (Forgot what I was searching for), then I saw a blog reviewing a new Genesis theme called modern blogger.

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I thought okay, it’s the same old story till I decide to take a look at the demo view of the new theme. And behold, I was amazed at the design and construct of the theme and immediately, fell in love with the modern blogger :)

If you don’t call it love at first sight, what else would you call it… :)

Needed Some Change

Okay my old look was getting too old so I decided to make a little or some changes. As they say “It is good to always re-brand” right? So let’s assume that I am re-branding (which I am doing) :)

Though, sometimes (If not always) it is good to provide your audience with great content. Content you know that your fans, blog readers and fellow bloggers would love to read.

When listening to too much advice from too many people, it might confuse you and leading you to do the opposite of right. But it is also good to hear the voice of your readers in some area of your blogging career because without your readers, your blog will be just that blog people don’t pay attention to.

80% of my blog readers also needed me to change my theme, so I did :)

The Old Theme Was Slowing My Blog Downnn.

Due to the large number of posts and comments I have and still adding, my weaver theme started showing some strange signs, like error page, finding it hard to reply to some comments made on some of my 1000+ comment blog post  and also, my blog was becoming too slow as slow can get. Even after optimizing my blog tightly.

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After I change my theme to Genesis “Modern blogger”, the speed of my site increase back to the way it was when I first created it. :)

SEO BENEFITS

The kind of theme you use can also lead to how Google rank you, right? I don’t totally depend on SEO that’s why I don’t practice it. But getting some good old organic traffic won’t cause you an arm, right?

I was told that the Genesis theme has been optimized to get favored from search engines. All great bloggers I have come across are using the theme. And also the theme do have some functions in there admin panel that will blow your mind.

WHAT MORE CAN I SAY?

This is my first time I’ll ever change my theme and I do hope that moving to the Genesis family will benefit my blog even more. If you ask me, I have started seeing some positive value in it.

Let me ask you this question again? Do you like the new theme? Do drop your answer by using the comment box below. Remember that your comments, questions and thoughts are highly welcomed and much appreciated.

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Are you a blogger that have changed his/her theme more than once? I am seriously curious to know how many times you’ve changed your theme and why did you decide to change your theme?

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Babanature,

    Congratulations! :)

    The new theme looks awesome and I love it indeed! I knew you were in the process and was waiting for the newness that I just saw. It does look like a new one from Genesis, which is known for innovative themes and pretty good with the load time, and SEO as well.

    Not that your old theme was not good, but perhaps as you mentioned, going for something new is always better after a change, which is why I too had switched my theme for a change or having a different look. I like the all white space in this one, which gives a broader look.

    Thanks for sharing, and wishing you the best with Genesis – you will love it as I had it too long back. Have a nice week ahead :)
    Harleena Singh recently posted…Keep Moving Forward – My 3rd Blog AnniversaryMy Profile

    • says

      Thanks for saying that Harleena… and glad you find the theme awesome. I was seriously wondering what my readers would think, but since everybody liked it, i am happy as well.

      Now here is the truth, your theme totally fits your site perfectly and i do love the uniqueness of the magazine theme as well :)
      Thanks for your wonderful comment as always. Do have a pleasant week ahead…

  2. says

    Hi Babanature,

    Honestly, I have been wondering why you refused changing your theme design all this while, because it was damn too slow.

    Genesis theme is the best to use, and if you combine it with the use of Synthesis web host or WPEngine, you will be amazed with the positive result you will see.

    Anyway, congratulation for going the Genesis theme way.

    • says

      Hello James,
      I was in love with my first theme because it is my first ever theme and i have grown used to it :). It was i bit dragging my blog speed but my blog speed was about 85/100% in terms of speed. So it was not that slow at least :). but the Genesis is more faster because as at now it is holding the speed of 73/100%, awesome right?

      To tell you the truth, i have never heard of Synthesis web host before but i am much familiar with wpengine and with due time, i will be moving to them.

      Thanks for the comment buddy, it was indeed appreciated. Do have a pleasant week ahead

  3. says

    It looks awesome buddy. Very professional. I like it alot! :D

    I think I’ll buy Genesis too very soon for another project, just bought a nice domain today and I’m interested in News Pro Theme from Genesis but still lurking you know what I mean. You’ll see what I’m talking about pretty soon.

    Sure thing you don’t need to change your theme like ever. See you next time Babanature. Such a pleasure to read you man. You simply rock with this theme!

  4. says

    Hi Babanature
    Nice work! It looks very fancy.
    What a great way to start the new year and give your blog a boost!
    I am sure you are excited.
    hope it all works out well for you
    ashley

    • says

      Hello Ashely,
      Seriously, i am excited on my new theme :). What other way to celebrate the new year then this…
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comment. Do have a good week ahead

    • says

      Ahhh… Thanks Larry, Did they upgrade their SEO? Wow, never knew but i am indeed enjoying the theme and what is it showing me now :)
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comment. Do have a blissful week ahead…

  5. says

    Hi awesome Babanature,

    Its great visiting again after my last year break. I never knew you were using a free theme then, its true I never loved it but still think it ‘ve been awesome all the same.

    Your new theme rocks! believe me, you are going to enjoy more from genesis; as it is a framework with good tech heads that will normally work as a team to improve the user’s experience.

    Genesis switch to html5 will also help your stand in Google and other popular search engines.

    Do have a blessed 2014 bro
    Obasi Miracle recently posted…Airtel Unlimited BBM Pinging for android users introducedMy Profile

    • says

      Hello Obasi and welcome back from the brake. like you, i also when for a two weeks break and believe you me, it was fun all the way :). Hope you had fun while on the break?

      Thanks for saying my blog is awesome. I have already started seeing some changes in terms of the seo :)
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comments. Do have a good week ahead…

    • says

      Hello Syed,
      Thanks for seeing my new blog design as cool :). Ah.. yes, i have already optimize my blog for search engine and it is working fine.
      Thanks for the comment and do have a wonderful week haead…

  6. says

    Another genesis fan, huh?

    Seems I might be the only one who is not using Genesis or Thesis (but hey, my framework isn’t too bad :D If you ask me, I love it better than the other two..then again, I am a little biased).

    I do love the new look, Babanature – refreshing and elegant :D

    As for themes, well, I used to change my theme/template every few months (with my first blog…I loved testing out new designs….but, I didn’t realize how that could affect my readers..but, hey it was a great experience).

    I am still tweaking and testing the design on my new blog. Anyways, I wish you good luck with the future, Babanature!
    Jeevan Jacob John recently posted…6 Contingency Plans Your Blog Must Have!My Profile

    • says

      Hello Jeevan,
      Really? you are not using Genesis theme? wow… I’d like to know the theme you’re using currently.
      Changing theme frequently do have negative energy but still i wonder why people still do it. well i guest i would be the reason you gave :).
      I am loving this theme as sweet as you’re enjoying your.
      Thanks for the comment and do have a wonderful weekend start

      • says

        I am using Headway framework – theirs is a drag and drop framework, so I have the chance to build the design from scratch (Even without knowing any code…although knowing some basics – like CSS – can help in customizing custom elements, such as an opt-in box).

        Glad you are liking it.

        So far, it’s good. Hope your weekend is going great!

        • says

          Indeed, that must truly be a nice theme. If i had known earlier, i might have bought the Headway theme as well. Since the customization is much more easier :)

          Thanks for the reply buddy, Now you go have yourself a nice weekend :)

  7. says

    First, Happy new year bro and wishing you lots of goodies ahead.
    You old theme is not too bad looking but like you rightly said, its always a good idea to try new things out and re-brand yourself.

    I love your new look most especially, the sub-headings. I love the styles and it makes reading more fascinating. The plain white background is also good for easy reading of text.

    Good job you’ve done here, Thanks for sharing.
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    • says

      Happy New year to you as well Shamsudeen,
      Glad you’re one of those few that liked the old theme, but as i said earlier… re-branding is essential :)
      Thanks for the kind words buddy… do have a good week and a lovely weekend ahead…

  8. says

    Hi Babanature,

    Well as long as you’re happy with it then I think that’s the key ingredient. I mean I know we need to please our readers but as long as it’s not gaudy or too flashy then you’re good.

    I’ll also admit I didn’t care that much for your old one but it wasn’t my blog. I’m surprised though to see you going with pink. I wouldn’t have thought this would be your color of choice but you’re just full of surprises.

    Congratulations and enjoy it my friend. Here’s to a fabulous new year.

    ~Adrienne
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    • says

      Hello Adrienne,
      Thank you so much for saying that dear friend :)…
      The Genesis default theme color was pink and as i saw it, i just fell in love with it :). I might just change the colors but who knows :).
      Thanks very much for the kind words and wonderful comment, do have yourself a lovely weekend

  9. says

    I run on the genesis framework and as you said most great bloggers use it cos it is SEO friendly. I hope to check out this new theme you are talking about and if possible change my child theme to this one you are talking about.

    • says

      Hello James,
      Genesis frame works are indeed awesome in so many things :).
      My new theme do look cool and i am loving it. Do check it out and tell me what you think.
      Thanks for the comment and do have a nice weekend

  10. says

    I gat to tell u boss….. changing your theme to this current one is worth it sir. amazing design…… I love the font styles! and it’s pretty responsive…. Lovely theme Boss…. Enjoy :D
    Wilson recently posted…Why Do I Blog?My Profile

    • says

      Hello Dear friend,
      Long time no see…
      Yeah mate, the old theme do mate the logo more but now, it is time for rebrinding…
      Thanks for stopping by mate and do have a wonderful weekend

  11. says

    Well, personally, I never felt love at first side of a person, ever! But to stuffs like that? Themes? Well, yeah! :D But then good for you, new change for a fresh new year. Everybody deserves something great this fresh January right? I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the

    Internet marketing social networking site,

    and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  12. says

    Hello Babanature,

    Congrats! I congratulate you because changing a blog theme is not an easy decision on any blogger.

    However, the reasons you gave are quite feeble to me: SEO and loading times of a blog are not tied to premium themes. Though a badly coded theme can cause some harm, you can easily retweak any theme to overcome any challenge!

    However, it’s good to hear that you did it because of your readers…but be careful, most of your readers may be premium theme merchants too!

    To sum it up, I hope you took a step that would yield results…and I say congratulations once again!

    Always,
    Terungwa
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    • says

      Hello Akaahan,

      Thanks… You are indeed right about that :)

      Yes, i do know that you can tweak any theme to be as fast as you want. Trust me, i have tweaked my old theme in every way possible but since it’s a free theme and has not been updated for years, the structure started giving warnings.
      I did not change my theme based on my readers, i change my theme because i needed some change and rebranding as well :). The new theme is awesome and i am seeing some positive changes since i started using it (No wonder bloggers use Genesis) :)

      Anyways, Than you so much for your kind comment. it was indeed appreciated. Do have a blessed weekend over there

  13. says

    Hi Babanature,
    The new theme looks good.It is a good idea to change the theme for some newness also after sticking to the same theme for long….I heard thesis theme is the best…Is it so…

    • says

      Thanks for saying that Karnal,
      I would have gone for Thesis but i am seeing enough negative review about them. So i wouldn’t go for what doesn’t have positive review, right?
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your wonderful comment. Do have a fabulous week start

  14. says

    I must agree that this theme look more pleasant than the old theme. Considering the reasons you gave for the change it is clear that you got to know about this theme at the right time.

    I also changed my blog theme in the new year. Though I did for the simple reason that I wanted a repositioning for the blog.

  15. says

    Hey Babanature,

    Change is good! Especially when it comes to your blog themes! I really like the way it looks. You have a very clean look and also it’s a lot less cluttered and well-organized.

    I’ve heard a lot about Genesis and do like the fact that it’s very SEO friend, but I haven’t made that cross-over just yet. Yes I do use a free theme and have been using free theme since I started blogging. I do know what you mean when your blog starts to do some funny stuff.

    Yes it’s time for me as well to change, but right now I have to take care of somethings before I cross over! You’re the 3rd person that I know that changed over to the Genesis family.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • says

      Hello,
      It is running slow at your end because of your internet speed. Over here, it is running pretty fast and i have tested it at pingdom and it is running on 69 percent which is 4times faster than yours :)

      Ahhh… My logo is a perfect size just the way it is as well. To be honest, everything seems fine here.

      P.S. I tried viewing your blog and it is showing me your mobile version, you should get that fixed or read my previous post where i address that issue.
      babanature recently posted…How To Drive Quality Traffic To A News or Entertainment SiteMy Profile

    • says

      Hey Enstine,
      Blogging on Genesis theme is indeed a wonderful experience. and already, i am enjoying my stay here :) .
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comment. Do have a wonderful week ahead…

  16. says

    Nice theme you use here. Did you actually pay for it? I’m asking because i have a list of Genesis themes which i downloaded free from the net. I think you should check out this theme called Techmaish. Its awesome and well SEO optimized. You can search it on Google. Thanks.

    • says

      Hello Inyavic,
      When you downloaded the list of Genesis theme, did it come with modern blogger pro?
      Because we are Nigerian doesn’t mean we don’t have the money to buy stuff online :) .
      My last free theme was weaver and i don’t think i’ll be venturing to free theme again because i am loving this theme as at now . But i’ll indeed check it out.
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comment. Do have a blissful week ahead…

  17. says

    to me, the old theme looks better but since your reasons for changing to a premium theme meets your criterial, sound good with those awesome feature that you can HARDLY get on free themes..

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