Five Reasons I Converted My Blog to Standard Theme

I no longer use Standard Theme. The developers have closed up shop and no longer support it. Regardless, I ended up developing my own theme. It’s called Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress. If you’re in the market for a new theme—one designed specially for people who want to build a personal brand—check it out.

One week ago today, I converted my blog to Standard Theme. You probably haven’t noticed much difference, because all the changes have been “under the hood.” I kept the design the same.

Screenshot of the Standard Theme Web Site

When I had John Saddington redesign my blog last year, he started with the “Daily Edition” theme from WooThemes. It was a great theme and has served me well. But, frankly, the “backend” or administrative side had become a jumbled mess. (This wasn’t WooThemes fault or John’s; it was due to my own constant tweaking.) So I wanted to start fresh.

In the meantime, John and his team at 8BIT had developed their own WordPress premium, called Standard Theme. I am loving it. Since installing it last Thursday, here’s what I have noticed:

  1. My blog loads much faster. The code is just tighter and better written. I have heard several people comment that my site seems “snappier.”
  2. My metrics have improved dramatically. According to my Google Analytics account, my visitors have increased by 38.4% and my page views by 43.8% in the week following the installation compared to the week before. I realize it’s only been a week; other variables may have contributed to this, including (perhaps) more popular blog posts. But I really think Standard Theme’s native search engine optimization (SEO) accounts for most of the uptick.
  3. My blog is easier to administer. The backend of the theme—the part where you manipulate how the blog is displayed to your readers—is really simple and easy to use. It is intuitive, allowing you to customize nearly every aspect of my readers’ experience. It took almost zero time for me to get up-to-speed.
  4. My blog is now using WordPress’s commenting system. Previously, I was using IntenseDebate, a third-party commenting system. It had a lot of great features, but, because it was hosted on a third-party system, it could be slow at times. Consequently, it slowed down my page load times. (And Google penalizes you for this in ranking your site.) In addition, the comments didn’t always sync up with WordPress, leaving my comment count off, which drove me crazy.
  5. My favorite plugins work flawlessly. First of all, with Standard Theme you won’t need as many plugins. They have built in some of the features that typically require plug-ins—things like social media sharing options, pagination, advertising, etc. But if you need additional plugins (and I still use too many), they work great, including ScribeSEO, which I cannot live without.

If you are looking for a premium theme, I highly recommend Standard Theme. The guys at 8Bit are constantly improving it, and they have a great community of users for support and ideas.

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  • http://bigisthenewsmall.com Scott Williams

    I agree with everything that you said and John’s crew hooked mine up as well.

    • http://dewde.com dewde

      Love your blog, Scott! I’ve been a lurking reader of yours ever since.

      peace | dewde

  • http://synapticlight.com/ Phillip Gibb

    Awesome, StandardTheme rocks. And wow – if you did not say then I would have missed it :) – style maintained.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yea, they did an amazing job with the customization.

    • http://www.thehorseyset.net RhondaL

      Talk about a smooth transition. I can’t see any difference, either. I’d never heard of Standard before this, but I *just* committed to a Woo Theme for another domain. Of course, now I’m admiring how green the new grass looks on the other side of the fence … .

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Your blog looks and performs great, Michael. I have tried out a number of premium themes for WordPress, and the Standard Theme is one of the best. John and his team have done their homework. I hope to use this theme for an upcoming book site. Where the Standard Theme shines is it’s ease of use. You can be up and running in just minutes.
    On my regular blog, Success Begins Today, I use the Genesis Theme parent framework from StudioPress with a Platinum child theme. Brian Gardner has done a great job with Genesis, which provides a back-end framework that can be updated independently from the child theme. This Parent/Child setup makes it easy to change themes without having to recode the whole blog, change SEO settings etc. StudioPress offers a great variety of custom child themes for almost any type of blog. If you are looking for a magazine or advanced design blog, StudioPress is a great way to go.
    For anyone starting a WordPress blog, it’s well worth the money to purchase a premium theme. The SEO results and back-end ease of use make a huge difference.

    • moi …

      … is this comment not heavily spammy?

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        How so? I know the commenter personally.

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  • http://www.modernekklesia.com Rodlie Ortiz

    Congrats, Michael! I was quite the newbie when I switched over about 6-7 months ago and was a little apprehensive, to be honest. But they have a great support staff and forum boards that are extremely helpful. I haven’t regretted it one moment. In fact, i’ve noticed as you have, that my traffic has gone up. And in the past two weeks or so I’ve noticed that it’s gone up by quite a bit. Welcome to this tribe! ;)

    p.s. If you ever have time, I’ve always wondered how you select which posts to repost throughout the week? Do you go back and just go in order and repost them or do have some other system?

  • http://tomhogsed.com Tom H.

    Two months ago, I switched to WordPress (after having been with Blogger for 3 years) and I migrated 600 posts. I started from scratch with the standard theme and I must say that it was so simple to use. The amazing features partnered with the ease of use made the transition worth it. Tweaking my blog is no longer frustrating. I actually enjoy it. I would highly recommend the standard theme for anyone using WordPress. You won’t be disappointed!

  • http://andyjanning.com Andy Janning

    I use Headlines 2.6 from WordPress and really like the look, feel, and ease of use. I have considered using Standard but didn’t want to look even more like a Michael Hyatt wanna-be (I put a Miscellany category on my blog before I realized you had one, too). Love your site!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Ha! Miscellany is a great category for “all the news that doesn’t fit.”

  • http://faithfamilyandfun.com Heather

    Awesome timing for me! I am looking into a new theme at the moment. I do have one question. Am I totally missing your “email this” button on this post? I want to email a couple less tweet/FB savvy friends this info at work:)

  • http://wesgay.com Wes Gay

    Great post. I just switched from WordPress.com to a WordPress.org site last weekend. I’m currently using the Traction theme from the Theme Foundry. I plan to buy the upgrade in the next week. I hope some of the under the hood features can help me drive up traffic a bit. Thanks again for the post. Helpful content as always.

  • http://mrshields.com Adam Shields

    I love standard theme. Works great on mine. I haven’t customized it nearly as much. But it is well worth the money for theme.

  • http://reactlove.com/about/ Lance M.

    I’m a Standard Theme user, and love it. So clean, and crisp.

  • http://www.cfgears.com Eric Cobb

    Nice! As an application developer myself, the “tighter and better written” code is always high up on my priority list. I don’t use WordPress, I have my own custom blog software, but my theme is a watered down version of the Cleaker WordPress theme. It’s not as pretty, since my blog is mainly technical postings, but it serves me well. :)

  • http://www.lindseynobles.com Lindsey Nobles

    Is it hard to convert your comments from Intense Debate to WordPress commenting system?

    • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

      I did that a few weeks back. It’s a fairly simple thing.

    • johnsaddington

      it shouldn’t be that bad if you’ve created them to sync from the beginning.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Mine ported right over. It was not a big deal. I ended up with a couple thousand in Pending, but they were almost all Spam.

  • Chris Schopmeyer

    I appreciate the referral. Overall, I really like the look and performance of your site. The content is great, and I have learned a lot. If you are open to feedback, I do think the site is too busy. I was disappointed to be interrupted by an advertisement in the middle of this post. I think it has a subconscious cheapening effect on the site. I’d argue going for a cleaner design with one or two exclusive ads.

    Overall, though, I check the site often for helpful tips. Great, inspiring work.

  • http://www.brianhinkley.com Brian Hinkley

    I just switched me blog and am converting my church over to WordPress and Standard Theme. I am working on building a child theme to change the look a little and add extra widget areas.

    Speaking of widgets and using too many I think the question on everyone’s mind is which widgets are you currently using. I know I have seen a past post in which you shared. Having given up Intense Debate I think the question on everyone’s minds is which pluggin you are using for comment subscriptions.

  • http://dewittrobinson.com Dewitt Robinson

    Great points Michael. The community around Standard Theme is unlike any other. Always supportive and quick responses!

    • http://timmilburn.com Tim Milburn

      I have enjoyed using the Standard Theme with my blog. When I switched from Typepad to WordPress (so glad I did) I scoured the Internet for just the right theme. Standard rose right to the top. I gladly paid for it. The upgrade from Standard 1.0 to 2.0 was amazing. The best part of this whole thing? The community forum. The folks who make Standard are SO helpful!

  • http://www.LaurindaOnLeadership.com Laurinda

    Right now I use Thesis as my theme. Next year I will be redesigning my site and will be looking for a new theme. I’ll check into Standard theme.

  • http://www.buzzardblog.com Justin Buzzard

    I’m in the middle of a WordPress blog redesign right now. Thank you for this post, it’s helpful.

  • http://twitter.com/TesTeq TesTeq

    Unfortunately I’m reading your blog using Google Reader so for me there is no difference what theme you use. So choose the theme with a smallest administrative overhead.

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    I can definitely tell the difference… It did load very slowly in the old set-up. I use webs.com for my hosting. Can I still get standard theme with it?

  • http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com Rachelle Gardner

    I would answer the question at the end of your post if I had even the slightest idea what you’re talking about. :-)

  • http://modernreject.com Nicole Cottrell

    I too am singing the praises of Standard Theme. I converted my blog (along with a re-design) about 2 weeks ago and have seen tremendous increase in traffic. I know Standard Theme is to thank for much of that.

    I had the privilege of having my blog added to the Standard Theme Showcase as well. The great part is my site can look unique but still have all the bells and whistles of Standard Theme “behind-the-scenes. Saddington did a great job on this one, no question.

  • http://blog.hafchurch.org/peter Peter P

    Wow.

    That was a great review!

    I’ve only used Standard Theme to build one site (Katdish.net) but it was very easy to use. I haven’t had an opportunity to use Standard Theme 2 yet though.

  • http://aaronconrad.com Aaron Conrad

    I too use Standard Theme 2 and love it. So easy to manager and their support has been outstanding. Your blog looks great Michael. Thanks for leading the way!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Aaron.

  • Brad

    Thanks for sharing. You have probably added 10-20 hours back to your life next year by the enhancements you listed. As the old saying goes, “every minute counts”

  • http://www.rowentree.com April Rowen

    I’m using the Ebusiness theme, made by Elegant Themes for Word Press. (I found it by the advertisement on this site). It took some tweaking, but because I wanted to also incorporate my artwork, and book/movie/other blog references into my blog, the theme was just what I was looking for.

    Also, like the change! Not a huge fan of Intense Debate. I might sound like a lame-o-complain-o, but it seemed hard to ‘break-in’ to the circle of favorite commentators to get a thumbs-up point. Silly stressful.

    • Lois Ridley

      Intense Debate was stressful for one of my blogs as well… I loved it but had to eventually get rid of it. Too much to manage for my schedule. Thanks, I will look into Ebuisness theme.

  • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

    I use standard without a doubt and use it for all my clients.
    The best coded wordpress theme out there

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Agreed.

  • Lorraine

    My comments on your new blog software:
    1. Do you know if Standard Theme is accessible to screen-reader software, as used by blind Web-surfers and others with special needs?

    2. Loading the COMMENTS is still not instant, but perhaps it is faster.

    3. At the bottom of your blog it usually says “10 comments” but there are many more than 10.

    Thank you for helping me to stay up-to-date on social media. I appreciate it, sir.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’ll have to watch for the discrepancy in the comment count. It seems consistent to me since switching to the WordPress comment system.

  • http://www.kathyfannon.com Kathy Fannon

    I did notice the load time is MUCH quicker!! Thank you!! There were days it took so long that if it was any other blog I’d have moved on, but I enjoy yours so much I waited. Other than that, I didn’t notice any change.

    I’ve used Blogger for years for different blogs and I love it! For now, it does everything I need it to.

  • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    Right now I’m using Thesis, but your description of Standard sure has me intrigued! I’ve been very impressed with John and how helpful he is through his TentBlogger blog, so I’d definitely consider a switch. Thanks for sharing your experience and insight with this, Michael.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thesis was my second choice. In fact, I even bought it and gave it a whirl. But I liked Standard Theme better, in part because I know and trust the developers.

      • http://thedaniellim.com/ Daniel Lim

        Dear Michael, 

        Thank god for this post, I know this is coming a little late, since this post was made a year ago.

        I’ve been running a blog for the past year, on and off, been pretty demoralized because of traffic. When I first started off, I heavily tweaked and customized a theme that I found online, and what results now, is a nice outside (facade) but pretty messed up backend.

        I’ve recently decided to start adding ads to the blog, even though there isn’t much traffic, because I’ve spent too much money without getting any returns. Still a student. :S

        Now I’m having a dilemma choosing between the Standard Theme and the Thesis Theme.

        Could I humbly seek your advice as to which theme would be suitable for me?

        I would like to choose either the Thesis or the Standard Theme, and design it so that it’ll look similar to what I currently have now. However, I have only basic coding knowledge, and won’t have the resources to pay fora designer to code it to look the same.

        Would yo recommend me getting the Standard theme or the Thesis theme?

        Would really appreciate your advice Michael.

        Thank you so much in advance!

        //Daniel

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience with Thesis, Daniel. Sorry.

          • http://thedaniellim.com/ Daniel Lim

            I read in one of your comments that you “bought Thesis and gave it a whirl?”

            Could you give your two cents worth on how it compared to Standard Theme, and why did you choose Standard Theme as your theme of choice eventually?

            Would really appreciate it. 

            Thank you!

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            You’re right. I forgot! I wrote this post eighteen months ago. I don’t remember enough about it to provide a helpful comparison. Besides, I’m sure they have updated it since then. Thanks.

  • http://www.czarnovel.com/ work at home

    Nice Post.

  • http://www.edcyz.com Ed Cyzewski

    This is a great post to read when considering which theme to use. I think some hesitate to use Standard Theme because so many blogs are using it that it feels unoriginal. However, when it comes to one’s goals, it’s typically most important to get posts in front of readers, and so I appreciate reading about your experiences.

    I’m glad you dropped Intense Debate. I think it’s an eye-sore that slows down sites and makes it hard to link directly to the blog of each commenter.

    I use Grid Focus for my theology blog http://www.inamirrordimly.com. I have actually sold freelance writing/communication work on the look of that theme on my site because it flat out gets the job done. However, I’ll need to consider the Standard Theme in the future.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      There are some things I really miss about IntenseDebate. I may ultimately go back to it, but for now, I have replicated the important features in WordPress.

  • http://jmibullfrog.wordpress.com/ Jeremiah Nelson

    Is this a theme that is accessible from WordPress’ free themes? I tried looking for it, and can’t find it.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, it is a premium link. You must pay for it. Just click on one of the links above to get to the Standard Theme page.

  • http://www.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    I use WP’s Default Theme, but I tweaked it beyond recognition. A few weeks ago I completely re-tweaked it. In fact, I liked your design and I wanted to make mine look more “modern” like yours. My previous version looked like a hybrid between an antiques store and a candy shop. The upshot is, that my newly tweaked theme looks neither anything like WP’s default theme (which it basically still is) nor yours, but thanks for the inspiration to change my design. It was about time.

    The only thing that “annoys” me a little about your design is this huge blue transparent bar at the top that appears upon scrolling down on your page. I just installed a similar bar on my my blog, but mine is a lot slimmer and hence less intrusive for my taste. It can be downloaded here.

    This bar only has Share options for Facebook, Twitter, and Email, but it comes with a built-in search window that is kind of cool, and I love the narrow design.

    Another plugin I just installed which I think ought to be mandatory for all blog owners is this comment editor which gives all commentators a certain number of minutes to edit the comments they just posted. The exact number of minutes is customizable. The plugin actually costs five bucks, but I splurged, and I think it’s worth it.

    (Nothing drives me more crazy than if I post a comment on somebody else’s blog and then detect a silly typo after I already hit Submit, and now I can’t correct it.)

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I like the narrow design on that one, too.I am hoping Orange Soda, the guys that created ActiveShare (the banner you referenced) will add a narrower option. I am definitely going to check out the comment editor. I agree; it’s frustrating not to be able to edit your own comments! Thanks.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I bought and tried installing AEC, but it doesn’t appear to work with every browser. After fooling with it for a while, I have given up.

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

        That’s strange. I tested it on IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome (the latest versions of each) plus the nightmarish IE6 and the old Firefox 2, and it appears to like a charm with all of them.

        My only problem was that when I installed it initially, it simply didn’t appear at all. I emailed AEC, the guy promptly got back, and after some minor change in a core file somewhere (a permission number had to be reset or something), it showed up and worked flawlessly.

        The HotForWords lady has it installed on her blog (nothing sexual, just a funny philology site), and given that she runs an extremely popular Internet operation, I somehow can’t imagine she would use a plugin that doesn’t work with all browsers.

        Which browser didn’t it work with when you tested it?

        • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          I couldn’t get it to show up on FireFox on the Mac. It maybe something simple, but I just didn’t have time to trouble-shoot it. I asked for a refund, and they promptly gave me one. That speaks well of the company.

  • http://ourlifeonchrist.com @anjiHeartChrist

    My husband and I just started our blog and we went with Standard Theme right off the bat. We haven’t done much customization but we are loving it!

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/jesuscreed/ Scot McKnight

    How odd, what this post does for me is tell me how ignorant I am! I have no idea what “theme” I’m using, but I do like WordPress. Anyway, nice site Michael.

  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    I had wondered why the comment fields had changed. :)

    Thanks for the Standard Theme recommendation and sharing your experience. I’m currently using the free WordPress.com platform, but once I’m ready to “go pro” will definitely be using Standard Theme based on what I’ve heard from you and others.

  • http://hardwords.wordpress.com Aaron Armstrong

    Excellent reasons to change over; I’ll be looking seriously at Standard Theme when I make my next major site change.

  • http://www.chaseyourlion.com Heath

    What plugins are you using with the Standard theme? Your site looks great!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The short answer is “too many.” (Just ask my Web designers.) I am actually planning a blog post on this, so stay tuned.

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  • http://www.joshstauffer.com/ Josh Stauffer

    I currently use Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I like what they have to offer and their community is tops. Although I am seeing Standard Theme more and more. They must be doing something right. :-)

  • Lisa – Defined Design

    I’m convinced! Going to go and purchase it right now – very much a newbie to blogging. I’ve used RapidWeaver to help friends with websites and was thinking about using it for my personal site but I can’t get past the design restrictions. The more I read about WordPress the more convinced I am this is the wave of the future.

  • http://www.couponmole.com/ Kristen Simmons

    Cool stuff. I never heard of Standard Theme before. I always hear about Thesis this Thesis that.. I actually use Atahulapa on all my installs. The 100% customization is fantastic.. although being able to completely customize everything sometimes isn’t good!

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  • http://playerperspective.com J Danielle

    I’m also using the standard theme, and I love it. I’ve been inspired by your customizations. They look GREAT.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks! Tinkering with the theme design is almost as fun as writing. ;-)

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  • Hans

    Michael, Thanks for this. I am moving my blog over to Standard Theme. How much work had to go into personalizing your site? It is very unique.

  • Jmiller

    One Software that is good is Omnistar Affiliate because you can setup an affiliate program in a couple hours.

  • Desertrose5173

    I like to change mine as the seasons change, as long as they fit my needs. I like variety.

  • http://www.geoffsnyder.com Geoff Snyder

    I’ve always been a fan of your site – Tom Schulte turned me on to it about a year ago and I’ve noticed the tweaks and changes along the way. I’m curious, as to you mentioned that you’re using the WordPress native commenting feature, yet I’m seeing Disqus (which I also use) – and I’m curious on your insight.

    Thanks again for sharing this with us.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I got tired of the WordPress native plugin. I couldn’t reply or moderate via email (as I am doing now). I started noticing that many of the biggest sites and blogs I read use Disqus, so I decided to give it a whirl. I love it. I have used WP, IntenseDebate, and now Disqus. By far, Disqus is the most reliable and feature rich. It also doesn’t slow down my site, like IntenseDebate did.

      Thanks also for your kind words about my site.

      • http://allanwhite.tumblr.com Allan White

        I love Disqus, been using it before the WP buy. Since I design & admin multiple sites (on several CMS’s), being able to manage the conversations in one place is gold.

  • Peter Scholtens

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’ve appreciated reading your blog this past year. Have a blessed New Year!

  • http://shine4himphoto.wordpress.com Nicole

    I just started a new blog (as in, today), and I am using Modularity Lite. Since it’s a photography-focused blog, I thought the the wide dark column setup made the pictures stand out more. shine4himphoto.wordpress.com I’m still new to WP, though, so I don’t know yet how the backend issues compare to any of the other themes.

  • http://allanwhite.net/ allanwhite

    Hi Michael, we’re big fans of your blog here at Luis Palau. We scrutinized your blog pretty closely when we launched our Leadership Blog this Autumn. ;) I looked at Standard, but as I was new to WordPress (I’m an old Expression Engine hand), I decided it would be too much work for me to mold into the shape I wanted. You bring up some great points, and his design is excellent.

    One question: you write in your post that you’ve switched back to the native WP commenting system, but I see you’re using Disqus currently (which we also use on several sites). Are you planning on ditching third-party commenting systems altogether, or are you happy with Disqus? I haven’t heard many anecdotes about Google penalizing those systems in search results, but I’ll sure be looking now. I do think Disqus edges out IntenseDebate on performance, and the “Identity 2.0″ integration is wonderful.

    Would love to hear more about that aspect. Thanks for sharing all your insights!

    Edit: I see you addressed this in a comment below. Thanks, any other thoughts appreciated!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I am really happy with Disqus. It is much faster and more reliable than IntenseDebate. I like it much better than the WordPress native system. I have more control and can manage all my comments via email. That gives me one less inbox to check.

      Thanks for your support!

      • http://allanwhite.net/ allanwhite

        I really like how users don’t have to login to each blog they visit. Letting them login with Facebook, twitter et. al. I think really reduces “friction” to conversation.

        The mobile version has greatly improved as well.

  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    I am also using Standard Theme for my blog (2020visiononline.org). The thing I love about it is that it is simple enough for a beginner to use, but complex enough that advanced users can enjoy its functionality as well. A minute to learn, a lifetime to master.

    Joshua Hood
    2020visiononline.org

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That’s well put. I would put it up against any theme out there.

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  • Joey

    Hi Michael,

    Can you use this template for selling online content e.g. downloadable e-books etc? Are the price once off or a yearly subscription?

    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/BobEwoldt Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, I really like the look of Standard Theme, but I’m not sure about making the switch from Headway. Do you know anything about the differences between the two themes?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, but I don’t.

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     Thank you for sharing the information with us.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    Thanks for this, Mike. I’ve considered making the switch to Standard.

  • http://twitter.com/catejt Cate Thomas

    Hi Michael, Thanks for all your great advice and info.  I’m hoping someone in your community may be able to help me – I’m making the switch to Standard Theme, and love it, but have encountered some problems (I am sure all of my own doing!). So I am looking for an expert to help me out – is there a smart and friendly web developer out there who works with Standard Theme and can help me get my blog back up and running (and who charges affordable rates!)??  I’ve tried DMing a few, but have been surprised to not get any responses to my requests, so thought I’d fish in your community.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Have you tried MilkEngine.com? They are the guys who did my site initially. Also, you might try the Standard Theme Community Forums.

      • http://twitter.com/catejt Cate Thomas

        Thanks so much – I’ll try MilkEngine.  Couldn’t find my problem in the 8Bit forums, and couldn’t figure out how to express it either, so maybe time to go to a professional!  Thanks so for your advice.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bango-Carrera/586456913 Bango Carrera

        MilkEngine – “Milky Milky”. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://www.AnnieAndre.com Annie Andre

    Well hello, i ‘ve been researching the standard theme and so here is how i came to your site.
    I was wondering about two features on your. The page flipping in the upper right hand corner and the bar at the bottom of your blog. Are those ad ons, widgets or are they part of the standard theme?  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, they are not part of the theme. The page peel feature is a plug-in. (There are numerous ones available.) The bar at the bottom of my blogs is custom code. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    getting ready to purchase this. 

    25% of until July 5th. Been waiting for the price to go down. 

    Thank you for recommending it. Excited to get it started. 

  • Anonymous

    I just purchased Standard Theme. Who do you recommend for hosting? I was checking on Blue Host, but wanted to get some recommendations first. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t have a recommendation. I used to use Media Temple, but was not happy with the amount of down time I experienced. I am on a custom solution now. I know many people who use Blue Host and love it.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for getting back with me. 

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  • http://www.hlminteriordesign.com Matthew Iacopelli

    Hello Michael! I recently switch to standard theme. I love it. However on mobile devices my post load and then disappear. I can’t figure it out. It looks perfect on computers, but on mobile devices you will see the post load then disappear. Any suggestion on where to go to find an answer. Thank you. My site is http://www.hlminteriordesign.com

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would check with StandardTheme tech support.

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    Just thought you should know that you might want to update your #4. :) you use disqus now not wordpress comments 

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  • http://adicondrea.ro/ Adrian Condrea

    Michael, 

    I would like to ask how can I change the fonts on Standard Theme. Thanks a lot. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You might want to check with StandardTheme support. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/HareLynn Lynn Hare

    Michael,

    Thanks for the information. After reading this blog post, learning more about it in your book “Platform,” and exploring  the Standard theme on their website, I decided to go with it.  I’m excited to take my blogs to the next level. I believe it will turn out to be an important inflection point for my platform, too.

    Blessings,
    Lynn Hare

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It’s a great theme. I used it for years.

  • Tim White

    Have you launched your new theme: Get Noticed?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Not yet. It is still in development. I plan to send out an update next week.

  • Amy

    Great minds think alike. This is the only theme that I have favorited so far to use for my upcoming blog. I am glad it is a good one!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You should note that this is a pretty old post. I built my own and talk about it here.

      • Amy

        thanks

  • ajay

    I think you hooked upon extra menu of that theme .it take time but it is easy Website designing Company in delhi

  • Nurya Love Parish

    In case anyone is still reading comments on this post, be warned: I assumed Standard Theme was still functional and a great theme, bought it and used it to develop two sites. Had a few issues and decided to go check the forums at 8BIT, the developer’s help site. To my dismay they are disbanding and will no longer be supporting the theme. If you completely understand WordPress, you still may want it. If you need developer support, look elsewhere.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am so sorry. It was a big surprise to me when they discontinued it. I am going to put a warning at the top of this post. Thanks.

      • Nurya Love Parish

        Thank you so much for responding! I understand that you could not be responsible for their decisions–and neither of us had any way of knowing that was was true three years ago would no longer be true into the future. The warning looks great. Thanks again and blessings on your work.