The Ghacks WordPress theme is a free theme that everyone can download and use on his blog. The theme is optimized for SEO and monetization and could raise the income and exposure of your blog tremendously.
Everything was done to implement plugins as flawlessly as possible. All plugins that I recommend can just be activated in WordPress and the theme displays them automatically without user interaction or code editing.
The only request that I have is that you keep the Ghacks link in the footer intact. If you remove it you have to use another theme.
Download the theme here and make sure you read the instructions below.
You only need to change three elements of the site to customize it. The first is of course to remove the ghacks logo and replace it with a logo of your site. To do that you go to /wp-content/themes/Ghacks2/images/logo/ and replace the file ghacksheaderlong.jpg with an image of your choice. Make sure you keep the right size which is a width of 1000 and a height of 142.
The other change is the about text in the sidebar. To change that open the file sidebar.php in /wp-content/themes/Ghacks2/ and search for About Sitename. Change this heading and edit the text just below that line as well to reflect your site.
The last one changes the header navigation. You surely want to add links to your site there which means that you have to open the file header.php in /wp-content/themes/Ghacks2/ and look for the phrase "auto page navigator". The menu entries start below that line. Simply edit the url and the description. If you have problems doing that let me know and I explain it in detail.
Several plugins have been already implemented in the theme which means that you simply have to install the plugin in WordPress and activate it. There is no code editing involved if you like the way the plugins are played in the theme.
I list all plugins with a short explanation and link to the developer for easier implementation.
I'm recommending a handful of advertisements that work best for my blog and will most likely perform as good on your website. I provide links to every advertiser where you can signup if you are not already a member there. I will explain exactly how the advertisements will be added to the theme, this is just a matter of seconds normally.
The best working settings for me are the following:
Large Rectangle,title color the same as the link color of your blog, text color black, url color black, no border, take a look at the picture below which shows how to set it up in Adsense.
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.