As an SEO who has a passion for WordPress and frequently shops/browses for nicely designed themes, I decided to start putting together these posts that will help theme shoppers determine if a particular theme is going to be “SEO Good To Go” out of the box.
Today’s theme is U-Design by Internq7 and is available for purchase on Themeforest.net. I have used 1 other theme by this designer in the past for one of our clients and achieved wonderful SEO results
U-Design is WP 3.2 ready and is designed keeping SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in mind. This is evident by looking at the source code of the theme. The main content block is positioned above the sidebar so that your content is easily accessible by spiders/crawlers. The implementation of heading tags is superb and follows SEO best practices.
This theme is 100% HTML valid (W3C) out of the box with the dummy content. This may change as you add your own content and mark up. The theme also features a few sliders, two of these sliders (Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 slider) allow you to insert html content with h-tags, thus providing you room to create actionable (CTA) content that is also SEO friendly!
Internq7 did a wonderful job with the theme’s admin interface. To test the simplicity in setting this theme up, we had our director of business development (Albert), set it up for his own personal use. Albert was able to setup and completely modify this theme in less than 2 days with no prior knowledge of HTML, CSS or PHP.
One thing that I would add to this theme is support/ability to add title attributes to the top menu navigation links.
In closing, this theme is perfect for anyone who wants to set up an awesome looking site that’s very SEO friendly without altering the php template files or dealing with custom CSS. To take full advantage of this theme’s SEO powers you will need to add/install the All-In-One SEO Pack or Platinum SEO Pack plugins.