Over the last few years doing affiliate marketing using wordpress as my go to software for its ease of setup, use and management I have come to love one main theme for building out my sites. This wordpress theme is known as Socrates 3.0.
I do like to use one other theme called Thesis 2.0 as it also has some great features as well. Thesis did start out as my go to theme, however since time is so valuable to me these days Thesis has become my second choice for affiliate sites.
Do not get me wrong Thesis 2.0 is wonderful for building large blogs etc but for smaller affiliate sites Socrates wins hands down due to how fast I can configure it, load my affiliate links, social links etc. .
For those interested in learning more about the Thesis theme, I will be writing about Thesis 2.0 in the near future so keep an eye out for its review.
My Top 7 Favorite Socrates Theme Features
- Advanced SEO Layouts
- In Post Ad Units that can be enabled and disabled on each individual post
- Multiple Sidebar Layouts – Different widths are available as well as left or right locations.
- Custom Nav Bar Locations – You can setup menus in 4 different locations so it is super simple to put the items that are most important on your blog in the most prominent location and any others menu items that are less significant to the user in less prominent locations on the page.
- Custom colours can be created by just a of couple clicks of the mouse to make each site unique over any others.
- Shortcodes were a great inclusion to this theme as they helped to eliminate some of the wordpress plugins I used to use for creating review sites etc.
- Social Media Sliders – Again this allowed me to eliminate a plugin plus I feel where they put the icons for social media is very appropriate in the eyes of the user. Easy to see and with it rotating from facebook, to google plus to youtube etc. again attracts attention which hopefully gets us all more social shares.
Inside the updated version 3.0 features
Another new feature in version 3 was the addition of portfolio layout complete with lightbox integration for viewing of your images. View The Portfolio Layout Sample Here
Socrates also implemented two new sales page templates that are perfect for creating sale pages for your own eBooks or other info products. (You have two choices for width – 700px and 500px) View Sales Page 1 Sample Here – View Sales Page 2 Sample Here
- Video Shortcodes
- Alert Shortcodes
- Testimonial Shortcodes
- Button Shortcodes (Included are 1-5 star ratings – These are what you want when writing reviews – so no more need for any special plugin) View the Samples Here
Last of the newest features is the addition of a Contact Form Builder – Every site needs a contact form. Again by adding this to their theme they have made it so we can eliminate another wp plugin.
*NOTE – By eliminating plugins our page load times should be less, which is always a good thing.
Other Socrates Theme Features Included
Built in Header Generator – This is pretty cool. You can Choose different fonts for your Title and Subtitle along with the font size for each and their colour. You also have the choice to left align, right align or centre align your titles.
If you want to put an image inside the header for a background you have the option of choosing from one of the supplied choices which happen to be over 230 image options. These supplied header images are created around many different niches so finding one that fits with your website should not be an issue. If you wish to use your own design this is also very easy to do as once you have one ready you can upload it from within your WordPress admin inside the Socrates setting panel.
Monetization of the blog has also been implemented with a few choices. Adsense, Clickbank and affiliate ad bar options are there if needed. This will insert ads automatically into your posts at the appropriate locations for any affiliate site. *Hint – add the pretty link plugin so you can hide your ugly affiliate links. Too bad this is not an option inside this theme yet but it should be one that is in every affiliate theme in my opinion.
Social Media Slider – I mentioned above about this as being one of my favorites. All websites need social media included as it is a ranking factor for the search engines. Visit My Demo Site To See These in Action
Backgrounds – The addition of this to the theme was another reason I love it so much. Every site I create looks professional and unique just by using something other then a boring colour or just white or black as my background. The choices here are outstanding and now that I think of it, maybe I should add this option to my favorites list above.
Banners – It is easy to load a 728 x 90 pixel banner without any custom coding needed. Within the banner area you are able to load up to 3 banners and automatically they rotate continuously without the need of the user to refresh the page to before they see them all. So what I really like about this is one banner can be for a product, the next can be an alternative ad for my email course etc. and then the third banner can be an adsense ad. So by having this feature we now have 3 chances just in this one location for gaining a client.
Page Template Options – Socrates has made choosing a theme for site owners much simplier just by adding the different page templates. There is no longer a need to buy a theme to create optin pages or to create a site with a separate sales page. Create a video squeeze page, no issue here again. Pages with no sidebars and pages of different widths, you also have these options available to you.
Basically Socrates Theme has done a great job of creating something that many different types of internet marketers can make use of even if you happen to be a beginner or even an expert.
WordPress Beginner Features
Overall simplicity of site setup and the theme’s inclusion of social media and monetization options.
Video Tutorials Are Included Instantly After A Purchase
- WordPress installation video
- Socrates Installation Video
- Adsense for WordPress – Setup
- Everything WordPress Webinar
- WordPress SEO plus plugins
- Cpanel Hosting and WordPress
- How to Locate Niches that are Money Makers
- Using Daily Trends to Make Profits
- How to Choose the Perfect Domain Name for Your Niche
- How You Should Pick Your Hosting Provider
- Ways To Get Google To Pay You
- Methods To Have Others Pay You To Promote Their Products
The Socrates Team also have great support along with a Community Forum for anyone to ask questions about any aspect of WordPress, internet marketing, promoting products and tools, methods etc that work today and into the future.
Additions and Changes I Would Like In the Socrates Theme
There are a couple of items that I would love to have changed or added to this theme and they are:
- Have the ability to make the feature slider the full width above the sidebar and posts.
- The Socrates logo in the lower right should either have an option to be removed with a click of the mouse or have it so we can make the affiliate link a pretty link. The way it is right now is it is a dofollow link that helps rank the SocratesTheme.com website.
What I personally do on every site I create with this theme is to change the hyperlink code in the footer.php file that currently creates a dofollow link to a new link I create within pretty link and I also make it nofollow. I suggest this as a must do on any site anyone uses Socrates Theme on.
Footer.php Code to be changed
Footer.php Code changed
Conclusion: In my opinion this theme is a perfect addition to an internet marketers tools list, especially if they are currently using WordPress as their sites foundation or if you are starting in affiliate marketing and have little to no knowledge when it comes to WordPress and how to setup an affiliate website. This theme takes care of a lot of the issues us marketers have when it comes to the time we need to setup a site along with installing and configuring the various plugins SEO optimization requirements. Socrates has made our jobs that much simpler by allowing us to remove many plugins and designing and optimizing our sites with merely clicks of the mouse. The Theme has always been updated when a bug was found or for improvement sake as well. The owners participate on the forum and answer your questions. Recently the price was lowered for both Theme options. The prices at the time I am writing this review are $28 for a single license and $55 for unlimited. I paid $77 for my unlimited license but that was when the theme was at version 1. So why not give the Socrates Theme a Try? You Have Nothing To Lose and A Ton to Gain.