Amazing theme. So much flexibility, so many options to customize. Best of all, the developer, Sayontan, is very involved with the theme- always updating it so that it stays current, always using best coding practices. He even created his own support forum for the theme, which he visits all the time to make sure that users are getting their questions properly answered. It's shocking to get a theme this good for free- it is equal or better in quality to many paid themes.
I use Suffusion on my personal site, and business sites - whenever I can convice someone that buying a pretty (but custom) theme and then manually changing code and CSS isn't a good idea. I realize many people don't want choices, and for them a paid theme or a simple theme that does most of what they wanted is a lot less work. But - if you then make direct, coded changes to a theme you purchased (or a free theme for that matter) and make it harder to maintain, you might want to think about using Suffusion instead.
Yes, there is a learning curve. But, working through all the options taught me a lot more about what is possible with WordPress. If you want options, Suffusion has them and has them organized in a way that produces a level of flexibility I could only imagine matching with direct changes to CSS and parts of WordPress. I don't want the maintenance headaches that causes. I use Suffusion.
Astonishingly powerful theme, and developer Sayontan provides brilliant, intelligent support.
There are *so* many options that sometimes you can be a little overwhelmed, but it's not long before it all becomes second nature.
I *highly* recommend that you use it, and if it works for you... make sure you donate based on what it's worth to you. This is the kind of work that deserves support.
...and I can make the other WordPress sites look quite different, or similar, as needed. Exporting the settings and then re-importing them into a new installation gives me an easy baseline.
My compliments on the support of Suffusion. Responsiveness has been speedy and smart.
Been using this theme for over a year now, and am still amazed how powerful and flexible it is. Simply wonderful!
The variety of configuration settings can be a bit intimidating, but Wow! can it do a lot! Widget areas all over the place, including in your main content, plus 5 ad hoc widget areas that you can call with short codes. And the forum support is phenomenal.
Author Sayontan Sinha has committed many hundreds of hours to crafting a theme that really will meet the needs of novices and pros.
Out of the box, Suffusion is an attractive theme that can be quickly enhanced with included widgets and colour schemes without delving into the full array of customization options available.
This allows beginners the freedom to start with the simplest steps and progressing into more and more customization as their time and interest allows.
For pros, there is basically nothing this theme cannot do.
For fairly common customization wishes the wide range of "click-and-set" options makes the work easy. Still, if you want or need to do very specific customizations that are not included in the various "control panel" settings, the Back End panel allows you to add custom code to heart's content without having to FTP up/down or directly edit any files.
Using the Back End custom code feature makes testing out your css tweaks easy. Working with two browser tabs, one with the Suffusion custom code panel and the other your site, you simply save your tweaks, switch to the other browser tab, reload and see how they worked out.
If you are working at that level of customization I also recommend using Firebug to help you identify elements and test them out in Firebug before committing to Suffusion. But no matter really, because undoing your changes is as easy as removing them from the custom code box.
Long time WordPress admins know that there is one very critical consideration in adopting themes or plugins. Stability.
Stability does not just mean the code base is stable, but often more importantly, that the development base is stable. Sites get themselves into all kinds of trouble when they whole-heartedly adopt some theme or plugin and then a couple of years later, the author abandons the project. The code base becomes vulnerable over time or just non-functional with new WordPress releases and unpleasantness ensues.
While Sayontan is clearly a committed developer and shows no signs of walking away from his projects, he has done better by us than mere personal commitment. He has created a community of users that includes many who work with the code on a regular basis.
Face it, things happen. People's lives change or catastrophe strikes. So it is vital that mission-critical code has a succession plan.
With such a large community of users and Sayontan's willingness to include all willing hands in the development process, I am confident that should the author sign on for the first Moon Colony, Suffusion will survive and thrive.
Short version: Suffusion is the best theme available for all purposes and it is here to stay.
I've been using this theme since it came out, and though I test drive lots of themes when I build a new site, I always seem to come back to Suffusion.
So many options. So much customization. This is always the theme I recommend most.