The Perfect WordPress Theme for Affiliates?
Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 by Julius.
I recently told you about how I built all my mini affiliate sites. The crucial step in building such a website is always the research. Once you have found a niche for your mini site most of your work is done.
The reason why I initially purchased it is because I needed a way of building lots of sites fast. That of course requires a theme with lots of customization options. There are other themes out there which you can use such as the FlexSqueeze Theme and Socrates Theme (which I probably would have bought had I known about it earlier) but for me the Affiliate Theme seemed like the best option.
How Does it Work?
Basically the Affiliate Theme is a highly customizable WordPress theme. You can quickly change almost everything about it. Now the reason for this is that as an affiliate you have to customize your sites a lot, especially when you are building a lot of sites. Which is normally the case when you are trying to make money through mini sites.
To be able to easily customize it you automatically get some header and background graphics. The ones below are all the header graphics I got with the theme (by purchasing the multi-use-package):
I was kind of disappointed because of the lack of header graphics, but I will come back to that later. The theme also comes with background images but to be honest I haven’t used them. I just didn’t like most of the images.
In the beginning I had trouble getting the header graphics to work. You can easily upload a header image to be used in the theme. So that’s what I did. But after uploading and saving the theme, the header image was still not showing up on my blog.
What I found out later was that in order for it to show up you actually had to switch the header display settings from text to custom header graphic. From then on it just worked great.
As I’ve mentioned the theme is highly customizable and therefore there are a lot of things you can change. I didn’t include all the options here because they would take up way too much space. If you want to see the whole settings panel then just go to the Affiliate theme website and click on What Is It? -> Theme Options Panel. There you can see all of the options there are for the theme.
Building Mini Sites
When you create a new blog and use the default Affiliate Theme settings on it, then the website just looks ugly. But within half an hour you can make it look extremely nice. I have to admit though that I haven’t been able to change the theme within half an hour so that it looks good but the more you use it the easier it becomes.
I recently built a mini site around hybrid cars. If I had to guess then it took me around an hour and a half to build my hybrid cars disadvantages mini site. I feel that the website looks great even though I really didn’t spend a lot of time working on it. That’s really the advantage of the this theme.
I personally like the idea and the way it works. But there are certainly points which I don’t like. As I’ve shown above you only get a few header images. Especially with such a theme I expected to get more images like these. Another aspect which I don’t like are the background images. I haven’t used any of these because I don’t like the way they look. There are also some additional minor problems such as not being able to change the font below a certain number of pixels because the option does not exist. This is a minor issue which can be easily fixed by inserting another piece of CSS into the website.
I still use this theme on all of my mini sites. It’s a great theme for affiliates to use especially because of its high flexibility. Even though the issues mentioned above are annoying you can always create your own background or header image, which is what I did anyway. Once you are accustomed to using it you will be able to build mini sites a lot faster. One advantage of this theme over others is that it’s SEO optimized by default.
In the end I really enjoy using this theme. I hope the article gave you a good idea of the theme and how you can use it. I can truly recommend the Affiliate theme.
What do you think? Have you used something similar?