WordPress started in the year 2003 and it was probably around 2004 or 2005 I stopped using ugly WYSIWYG editor website creator software.
I haven’t looked back since.
Before we dive in… I have an important question for you…
Feel free to contact me if I may be of service.
Anyway… Over the years I’ve used probably several hundred different WordPress themes for various niche blogs, product launches, and a wide variety of projects.
For a good 2-3 years, I was an avid Thesis Theme user, but after the new version was released, I felt something was missing.
I then started to play with OptimizePress version 1.0 for projects from time to time, but it wasn’t until OptimizePress 2.0 was released that I have moved to OptmizePress exclusively to create and design websites.
The ONLY drawback with OptmizePress is their blogging functionality. That really did not get updated at all with version 2.0. However, I know that they have been working hard behind the scenes for quite sometime on the OptimizePress blogging platform. I’m sure we will be presented with 100% design freedom and dozens of templates as we have for OptmizePress websites.
What I also love about OptimizePress is the fact that they are always improving and updating the theme and plugin with fixes and new features.
A huge bonus is that when you buy the OP theme, you get it in two ways: A straight WordPress theme, or as a plugin. The benefit for installing it as a plugin, as I did on this website, is that you can then install any other theme you want to use for your blog.
Right now, my go-to combination is OptmizePress for website home pages, inner pages, and landing pages. And then I use one of the Genesis Framework child themes for blogging.
Because I’m more of a creative, programming has NEVER been a skill set I’ve wanted to learn. So to get the blog and site to somewhat match, I reach out to one of my programmers.
Or, if they are busy (because I like to have projects like this completed within an hour or less) I run over to UpWork.com and send off my project details to expert coders for Genesis Framework.
So how does OptimizePress compete to one of the 382,293,281 (or so) other free and paid WordPress themes available on the market? It all depends on what your goals for your project are.
If you are just looking to launch a blog, OptmizePress is not the solution for you. Their current blog themes are very much outdated. They know it. Everyone knows it. Don’t worry – a whole new world is right around the corner in 2016 for us.
If you’re looking for an extremely strong WordPress blog that provides great freedom, functionality, has an army of programmers around the world ready and willing to help you make any tweaks, I highly recommend the Genesis Framework and one of their child themes.
So Who Is OptimizePress For Then?
If you are looking to create mobile-friendly landing pages, launch funnels, members-only training programs, and full mobile optimized websites, OP is the solution for you.
In my line of work, I’m often go from idea, to getting a brand new domain name from NameCheap (wicked fast), setting the domain name up on one of my WPengine servers for hosting (super easy), creating a landing page (simple in OptimizePress), writing the copy for the page, create a thank you page, create a download or confirmation page, an email series in Aweber (simple), and boom. Everything is finished before the 25 minutes is up using the Pomodoro technique.
So check out OptimizePress when you you a moment. It comes highly recommended!