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Thesis Skins - Buyer Beware
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I am writing this article today to share my experience after purchasing a premium thesis skin.

If you have purchased thesis you probably purchased it because of the ability to customize it anyway you want. Unfortunately, there is a little bit of a learning curve to customizing thesis when you first begin so thesis skins can be a good way to get a professional looking site up fast while you are still mastering thesis.

At first glance, thesis skins appear to be a great solution to an inexperienced thesis theme user.

Thesis Skin Benefits:

However, despite the benefits there are some major drawbacks to using Thesis skins that aren't so readily apparent.

Thesis Skin Disadvantages:

Can't change the number of columns - On a lot of skins you are unable to change the number of columns because it would break the skin. If the number of columns you currently have on your thesis site matches the number of columns on the skin demo site then you don't have to worry about this.

Can't change the width of columns - If you have had your site up for awhile then you may have a different content column width and sidebar width than the thesis skin you are looking at buying. Again, most skins out there will not allow you to change the width of the columns because it would break the skin. This could result in major formatting issues if you have elements such as pictures and forms that are wider than the skins' content and sidebar columns.

No Refunds - This really isn't a big deal if you are happy with your skin, but if you buy a skin without knowing to look into the above two items then you may find yourself out anywhere from $20-$100. It's really unfortunate. I think Thesis skin developers should be more transparent with the shortcomings of their skins.

Tips For Buying Thesis Skins:

Ask questions BEFORE you buy! ESPECIALLY, if they don't offer a refund. This is the only way you will truly know if the thesis skin you like will be compatible with the design you want.

If you really want a three column layout but the skin demo site only shows a two column layout, then chances are you will not be able to change it to a three column layout.

I hope by writing this I will help save you time, money, and frustrations with thesis skins. Asking a few questions before you buy can save you a lot of headaches later on.


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