When I installed my first WordPress website, I was pretty excited and couldn’t wait to sort out the design and make the site look great.
At that time I had heard of WordPress themes, which were good options for beginners. All you needed to do was choose a design that you liked and once installed, you had that design on your site right away. So I searched the internet for these magical themes and liked one called Arthemia. Here is a demo of the theme [click]. I installed it and my site looked exactly like the one in the demo. I could then change a few things like the colours and what appeared on the home page, without using any code. This was all through simple options that the theme added to my WordPress admin panel.
I was happy for a while.
But as my site grew and I learnt more about WordPress, things changed. I realised that the theme had quite a few shortcomings, especially since I was not a coder/developer:
- I could only change basic things like colours and position of a few elements, without using code. For the rest I needed to make changes to the core files of the theme, which wasted a lot of time and often broke things.
- I had limited flexibility in choosing the layout of different pages of my website. The theme default was one large column on the left and one small sidebar on the right. I had to stick to this for all pages.
- For any functionality that I wanted to add to my site, I had to install plugins. Even for the smallest and most basic things.
- In general, I found that the theme was weak and often things got messed-up when I installed new plugins and so on.
- I also thought that my site was loading slower than what was normal.
Standalone themes will all have these problems.
Lucky for me, by that time I knew about wordpress theme frameworks, which are like standalone themes on steroids and could overcome all these issues. I switched to a theme framework and MY GOD – WHAT A DIFFERENCE! EASY, FLEXIBLE AND POWERFUL!
Here’s what I loved about the Headway theme framework:
- It solved all the issues I was facing with my previous theme.
- It was super easy for a beginner to use. I could change minute details on my site, without any coding.
- Furthermore, the interface is perfect for non-developers and it allowed me to design my site in a visual/intuitive way.
- I could see the difference in my sites performance, when running on a solid framework.
- The support is great.
But then a few months back Headway themes announced that they were releasing a new version, which was a major upgrade and was revolutionary.
“What’s wrong with that you say?”
Shortly after the new version was rolled-out, there was quite an uproar on the Headway member forums. This was because, there were many bugs that were not sorted out and there was no way for people using the existing version to automatically upgrade to the new version – unless they deleted the old one, installed the new and designed their website from scratch.
I loved Headway much less at that point and was quite upset.
The Headway team acknowledged that they released the new version too soon and apologised to clients. They had set a deadline for releasing the new version and stuck to it no matter what. That led to all the problems.
But they bounced back. The team worked day-and-night to sort out ALL the problems and help customers through the transition.
My old sites are still on the previous version of Headway, however, I decided to try the new version on this website. And it lived-up to the initial hype. I could literally draw my website. Check out these videos to see what I mean.
Headway Themes 3.0 Preview
>Headway Themes 3.0 Grid System
But there’s a catch. When I bought Headway it was for a one-time payment of around $ 70. When they released version 3.0, the price went up! It’s now starts at $68 per year, or, a one-time payment of $587.
At that ti…