We've been using Semiologic Pro 5.7.1 for almost a year, this very site was founded on it, and we wouldn't have changed it for anything. Now that Semiologic Pro 6.0 is launching, I'm going to say what I really think about it.
Semiologic Pro 6.0 Review
On the bright side, Semiologic has always been the best enhanced version of WordPress for Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization. People would argue that WordPress alone is all you need and that almost any theme has huge SEO potential.
On that aspect they would be correct, but Semiologic is not just a theme.
It's a highly enhanced version of WordPress with over 30 private plugins that can only be used if the system is purchased. Half of those plugins are actually improved or forked versions of the most popular free ones already out there.
It's not just a theme, it's a platform.
As for Search Engine Optimization, Denis De Bernardy (Founder and CEO) used to be a search engine algorithm developer. The guy knows his SEO. He would say that most of the information regarding SEO out there is not true.
In fact, within Semiologic's unique SEO plugin there is a small crash course on the subject. Here's the first line of the course:
Note: What follows will occasionally contradict with what you'll hear in SEO forums, SEO blogs and from SEO celebrities. Keep in mind that most who talk about SEO have learned it by reading the same forums, blogs and celebrities — and haven't the slightest idea of how a semantic indexing algorithm works.
He is absolutely right, 90% of what you read out there on the subject will be crap. I'm speaking from personal experience.
We could not have achieved top 3 Google rankings like "business consulting" if it wasn't for Semiologic, neither if we had followed what is mentioned in the famous SEO and Internet Marketing forums.
I even went out there just for the fun of it, and headed to the most prestigious SEO companies and firms to get quotes on how long it would take and how much a keyword so competitive and demanded as "business consulting" would cost.
The general consensus was the same: "…it would take years…" – "…such a broad term is impossible…" – "…would cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars…" etc..
When fact is we pulled it off in 3 months.
And basically 20% of our SEO model relies on Semiologic Pro.
Anyway, back to the review.
On the Internet Marketing aspect, the layout is fully customizable and flexible, you can do whatever you want with it.
But the best part of it is probably the Ad Manager plugin, which will allow you to block, display and/or rotate ads within different sections of your sites.
The only bad thing that I could think of back in Semiologic Pro 5 was the actual look of it. To be perfectly honest, it wasn't so appealing to the eye, and we had to bite our tongues because the other benefits it had were just far superior to the graphic capabilities.
That's not the case anymore.
Denis has installed a custom skin tool that allows you to modify the look of your site however you want, you can even get a custom one made for you, and it comes with about 20 pre-designed skin templates.
I could go on and on about all the plugins and benefits, but there's just too many of them. So I'll stop boring you.
And it might also sound to good to be true. Well, it does need a couple of fixes and tweaks here and there, but so does everything. It's still a definite must get in my opinion.
Anyway, don't take my word for it. I invite you to see for yourself: Semologic Pro
Check out the new version at the following link immediately: Semologic Pro
Dedicated to your success,