29 May 12 9:31 am
Hi guys, am new to Affilorama but just thought I could add my area of expertise to this discussion. When I first got into Wordpress I was always wanting something better than the stock free themes which never seem to do exactly as you want them to do. There's always something that would require a little customisation to behave as you wanted for an affiliate theme.
As a computing graduate these are changes I could make, but to be honest they are time consuming and detract from the goal of focusing your efforts on affiliate marketing and the reason we are here, making money.
I looked at purchasing pro themes and have done so on a few occasions from places like Elegant, Mojo or Woo. But again even on these I found a need to recode certain functionality. Also if you aren't a coder this is again not an option.
The best choices to me therefore appear to be
1) Themes like Matt Carters ready made affiliate theme which is excellent, and of course Mark's affilotheme (which I'm looking forward to purchasing with AffiloBlueprint later today)
2) My preferred option,Theme frameworks, which allow you to customise look feel and functionality to suite whatever purpose they are needed for. The beauty of these is that you can just reproduce any existing design that you find appealing, but add the functionality you want and all without the need to know HTML, CSS or PHP.
They do have a learning curve, but once mastered sites can be knocked up really easily from a template that you have put together previously. Price is excellent with free frameworks like Gantry being available amongst others. I personally use Catalyst as this seems to cater for the user with some coding experience in addition to the none technical user, but Pagelines is also an excellent choice for drag and drop page design within Wordpress.
Sorry for the long post, just seemed to be an area I could help in.