Cool WordPress Themes: Socrates Theme Review

I’m always trying out cool WordPress Themes and recently I built a website using the Socrates WordPress theme. Judging by the number of sites that I have recently found using Socrates, it is proving to be very popular. I found it easy to use with a number of cool features.

Socrates Theme Styling Menu

Socrates Theme Styling Menu

  • Header The number one thing that most people want to customize on their blog, Socrates comes with a number of built in header images (over 100 images, organized by topic) that you can choose. If you want your own custom header, it’s straightforward, just make sure that the header is 960 by 150 pixels wide and upload. Similarly you can choose a pre-provided background image or upload your own.
  • Colors In the Socrates configuration settings you will find a menu item called Styling. (See picture above). This is where you determine not only the colors of the navigation bar links, but also the colors of the post links and more. You have the ability to choose hover and links colors. As you can see I didn’t get too creative with colors, I stuck with the tried and true blue for the link color, with green as the hover color to match with the site colors
  • Navigation Socrates comes with a pre-built navigation bar. One drawback of the theme, is that sites that are built with it are instantly recognizable due to the navigation bar. But if you don’t mind that, the navigation is easy to set up, just enter the URL of the page you want as a navigation menu. I did a mixture of pages and post categories for my nav bar. Socrates also provides for footer navigation (see example below). Since I was building a site rather than a blog, I wanted the list of posts to be named “Articles” rather that “Posts” I had to go into the php code to make that change. Similar if you want to get rid of the search bar .. however the online documentation for Socrates tells you how to do that.
  • Layout/Templates You have the choice of customizing the default layout with 5 choices. If you want to customize your layout for an individual pages (ie. no sidebar) you can do that with Socrates using templates (eg. Squeeze page, Skinny Sales page etc.) (under the page attributes menu). Once you choose the template there are checkboxes to customize further, for example, to turn off the blog header or even to mark the page no index, no follow.
One of three Socrates Navigation Bars

One of Three Socrates Navigation Bars

Socrates has a lot of built in support for Adsense and other advertising, which I did not take advantage of. This makes it ideal for affiliate marketing, especially for Clickbank products. However it has enough flexibility so you can use it for other types of sites (the site I used it for sells its own product). There are tutorials and forums to help you with the customization and configuration. I didn’t bother watching the tutorials so I can’t comment on how helpful they are .. but that in itself, tells you the ease I figured out how to use Socrates.

Socrates is available for single domain use for $47.00 and unlimited domain use for $77.00, click here for more details on the Socrates Theme.

About the Author Kathy Alice

Kathy Alice Brown is a SEO expert specializing in Technical SEO and Content. In her spare time she loves to get outside.

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Darcie Newton says December 20, 2010

I use this theme and love it. Thanks for the review of it. My blog was the first I ever set up and using the Socrates theme made it super easy.

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