John Saddington

Why I Use Standard Theme

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It has now been over 2 years since I first launched and one of the best decisions I made was choosing the Standard Theme.  Honestly, I knew little about Wordpress at the time and I chose it because others I respected were using it (Michael Hyatt, Tony Morgan, and John Saddington).  While I wasn't educated at the time, I know much more now and do not regret the decision for a second.

There are dozens or probably hundreds of reasons to love the Standard Theme, but here are my top 5:

1) It's Simple.  It is easy to setup, easy to use, and has a simple and clean look.  Standard Theme offers a simple structure for any beginner with a complex backend with plenty of customizations if that is what you're interested in.

2) SEO Optimization.  I continue to learn how important Search Engine Optimization is when it comes to any web presence.  With Standard Theme's SEO Optimization I have found that over half of my traffic comes from Google Search.

3) Support/Forums.  When I don't know what to do I go straight to the Forums and have always gotten immediate response either from other Standard Theme users or the Standard Theme team.  The support has been phenomenal for a product that is so inexpensive!

4) Lifetime Upgrades.  I just upgraded to Standard Theme 3 and it didn't cost me a penny!  My blog just got a lot better at no cost an minimal effort.  If you go Standard pay the extra for the Lifetime Upgrades, it's worth it!

5) It's Popular.  I continue to watch the trends and love that so many other people use Standard Theme.  I enjoy seeing their customizations and unique ways that they maximize the theme.


Are you a Standard Theme user?  What features do you really like or maybe dislike?  If you use a different theme I would love to hear your thoughts on that theme and what features are important to you.

SoChurch... what is it?

I've been watching develop over the past month or so with a pretty impressive team that includes Tony Morgan (, Brad Lomenick (Catalyst), Michael Hyatt (Thomas Nelson Publishing), and many others.  They're pretty unclear on what exactly they're doing, but I'm confident that it will be game changing!  The tag line is: Church Communication, Simplified.  I don't know about you, but this sounds like a great idea to me! I'm eager to watch and see how this unfolds.  Anyone have any insight to what is in the works here?