So I had a chance to try out the Headway theme for WordPress. It’s actually something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while now. I have a VA who used it a lot in a previous job, so I decided to get a copy, and I’m glad I did.
Basically Headway is a completely customizable WordPress theme. It can be very basic, or extremely detailed, depending on how you want to customize it. My VA has been able to do some really cool designs with it, and that is only at a modest skill level.
One of the coolest things about Headway is the visual editor. Here’s a real basic idea of some of the features ( I couldn’t do a screenshot of my own admin interface because of the way the visual editor works):
Anyway, so you can see that with the visual editor you can basically control all aspects of the design, without having to do any coding at all. And for people like me who like to get dirty with the code, you can also turn the visual editor off.
So I decided to try this theme out on a site of mine that badly needed a makeover. I literally downloaded it, installed it, activated it and played around with the settings for about 5 minutes, and the result was a custom wordpress theme that looked about 100 times better than the previous theme I had been using.
Best part of all, I didn’t have to waste any time reading any instructions or anything. The interface is actually really intuitive, so if you’re like me and you’ve worked with a million different WordPress themes already, you will have no problem picking this up. For example, I always like to remove the post meta information from my niche sites – that would be the date, author, etc. Usually right below the post title. In most cases I actually have to go into the code and mess around with a couple different files in order to completely remove the post meta info – which is very important, by the way. With Headway, I was able to remove it with 2 simple clicks. Not only that, I didn’t even have to read any instructions or anything to figure out where to go to do so. I basically just went to the place in the configuration where I thought the setting would be, and sure enough it was right there.
So overall I’m really loving this theme so far. I just used it for a really simple site to test it out, but I have some plans to do bigger and better things with it, and my VA has been able to produce some really cool stuff already. I would say that this is definitely a great option for a beginner who doesn’t want to even think about code, as the visual editor is one of the best custom visual editors I’ve seen for a WordPress theme, and it’s super easy to get up and running. If you’re more advanced or looking for 1 theme that would be flexible enough to use for multiple sites, then this is also a great option. I can tell there is clearly going to be a learning curve if you want to do some of the crazy cool stuff that’s possible with this theme, but just like anything else, it will be worth the effort you put in to it. You can take a look at the Headway site to see some really cool examples of live sites done with Headway that you would never even think were wordpress sites.
So overall Headway gets my full recommendation – if you’re on the fence, hopefully this will put you over!
Check out Headway at headwaythemes.com