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Thesis Theme Review

by Chris on April 20, 2013

Simple put, I love the Thesis WordPress Theme. I use it for every one of my sites and it is simply the easiest way for me to setup a nice looking blog that can be customized for whatever niche I am in. I liken it more to a WordPress theme framework, rather then just a standard WordPress theme since it is so flexible and gives you a huge amount of control when designing your site. The latest Thesis Theme 1.8 release adds some great new bells and whistles, and makes working with your sites that much easier. In this Thesis Theme review, I wanted to highlight some of best things I like about Thesis Theme.

Why Choose Thesis Theme?

  • Customize Your Site As YOU Like It – There’s nothing worse then being stuck with a WordPress theme that doesn’t allow you to layout your site exactly how you want. With Thesis theme’s powerful hooks, and custom loop API you can pretty much do anything with it.
  • Easy To Use Interface – Change your site layout, upload site header, font controls, and other site settings can all be modified from within the Thesis control panel. Even if you don’t know any HTML/CSS you can still create beautiful looking sites with Thesis.
  • Excellent On Page SEO – Thesis includes all the SEO options required to achieve optimal on page SEO for achieving high search engine rankings.
  • Regular Updates – Thesis theme is constantly being update to include awesome new features. Thus Thesis will continue to grow alongside your business.
  • Over 29,000 Customers – Thesis theme is the most popular premium wordpress theme on the planet and used by folks such as Matt Cutts, Danny Sullivan, and Sugarrae

Thesis Theme – Easy Layout Customization

Thesis Theme Design Options

With most WordPress themes, you are usually stuck with whatever column layout it was designed for. So unless you are a html/css whiz, it can be really difficult to change from say a two-column layout to a magazine style three-column layout. Not so with Thesis Theme. One of the options in the Design Options page is the ability to change the number of columns you want in your layout on the fly. Just specify the number of columns you want in the settings and your blog changes instantly. If want a three column look (1 content column, 2 sidebars), just select it with one click. You have complete control over the widths of each column, and you can even change the order in which they are displayed. This is amazingly powerful, and the basis to designing your site exactly how you want it.

Thesis Theme – Change the Look and Feel

You will likely want to change the colors, fonts of the various sections on your site. These can all be changed from with the Design Options pages as well. Thesis Theme integrates an awesome color picker widget that makes choosing the color you want really simple. If there’s something you want to change that can’t be done in the control panel, then you can add some CSS styling using your site’s custom stylesheet. The Thesis developers wisely separated this out from the main Thesis stylesheet so all your customizations are easily ported over during any Thesis updates. If you really want to change the look of your site, you can also try one of the many Thesis skins available. There are many free and premium Thesis Theme skins that you can try and some of them are really cool.

Thesis Theme – Other Cool Features

Other Thesis Theme features I really like a lot are the ability to add your own analytics tracking codes directly from the control panel. So if you use some analytics software like Google Analytics or Piwik, it can be easily integrated into your site. Thesis also integrates with all the popular javascript libraries like JQuery, Prototype, Mootools and others so you can easily add cool Ajax effects to your blog. Just select the javascript library you want, and start using it – no downloading required!

You can do some really cool things with the Thesis Theme multimedia box as well. Basically, it is a place on your site which you can use to rotate pictures, show Youtube videos, or even add banner ads to your site.

Thesis Theme – SEO Ready

One thing I’ve always looked for in a good WordPress Theme is to see how SEO friendly it is. For other themes, I’ve always downloaded the All-in-one SEO pack wordpress plugin to help with my SEO efforts. With Thesis Theme, you no longer need download a separate plugin like this. The theme makes it really simple to do things like customize your blog and post titles, update the meta tags for your posts, category and tag pages, and a whole lot more. Thesis Theme is SEO ready out of the box, and another reason why I like using it so much.

Thesis Theme – The Community

Finally, Thesis Theme has a really amazing community. It is probably the most popular premium WordPress Theme out there, and adoption of Thesis Theme has grown really fast since it was first released. The developer of Thesis Theme, Chris Pearson is awesome, and you can tell by the frequent Thesis Theme updates that he is really dedicated to making Thesis the best WordPress theme available. If you ever have any questions, there is also a very active Thesis Theme forum that I recommend you join. Plus as you can tell from this Thesis Theme tutorial site and others, there are a ton of third-party sites that are built around Thesis Theme and dedicated to helping you make the most out if it. As you can see, I really enjoy using Thesis Theme and I hope you enjoyed reading this Thesis Theme review. Come join our community and start using Thesis Theme.

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Thesis 1.8 Released

by Chris on August 10, 2013

Last week, Chris Pearson released Thesis 1.8 to the world. It includes a bunch of exciting new features that makes Thesis even easier to work with. It was painless to upgrade this site to the new version and I’m really liking some of the new changes. Below are my favorite Thesis features of this new release.

New Header Image Uploader – The best way to distinguish your site from other Thesis site’s is to add your own custom header image. Thesis 1.8 introduces a new Header Image menu item where you can upload you own custom header with a click of a button. What’s nice is that it also tells you the optimal image width for your header based on your current layout options.

Meta Field Character Counts – For anyone into SEO, you know how important it is to write good title and meta description fields. However, each search engine limits the amount of characters to display for each. Now Thesis 1.8 keeps track of the character count for these two fields so you will fit these constraints. A small thing, but really useful!

New Google Fonts – Thesis 1.8 now supports 28 additional fonts from the Google Font Directory. Each of these fonts is web-safe, so everyone will be able to see them correctly.

WordPress 3.0 Menu Support – If you haven’t played around with the new WordPress 3.0 menu support, you are really missing out. It’s a superior method of customizing your navigation menus the way you like them. With Thesis 1.8, you can now choose between using the standard Thesis menus or WordPress 3.0 menus. No matter which style you choose, you can still tweak how they look through the Thesis nav menu controls.

New Category SEO Options – With Thesis 1.8, you can now customize the titles and descriptions for each of your category and tag pages. This really useful for SEO purposes if you silo your sites in this way.

Favicon Uploader – Works almost like the new header image uploader. It’s a very simple way to setup a favicon for your site which is extremely important for branding purposes.

Thesis Custom Loop API – Thesis 1.8 now allows you to include custom html/php inside the content of any page on your site. For anyone that know how to code, this gives you unparalleled flexibility for your designs.

If you haven’t purchased Thesis yet, what are you waiting for? As you can see, Thesis is constantly evolving and some great new stuff is being added to each new release.

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Customizing the Thesis Number of Comments Display

March 18, 2013

One question I always get asked is how to change the way Thesis displays the number of comments for a post. By default, Thesis displays the number in curly brackets like this: { 0 } comments. I am personally not a fan of how this looks, but fortunately Thesis makes this extremely easy to customize. […]

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What’s New With Thesis 1.7

March 13, 2013

It took a little longer than we thought, but Thesis 1.7 was just released today. So what’s new in this latest version of Thesis? Thesis 1.7 is faster and more efficient. Developer Chris Pearson has rewritten a significant portion of the code to make things noticeably faster. You should see the page load times in […]

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Customizing the Thesis Nav Menu

February 2, 2013

In Thesis 1.6, the navigation menu design was given an overhaul. Now the basic Thesis Navigation Menu looks like this: <ul class="menu"> <li class="tab tab-home current"> <a href="">Home</a> </li> <li class="tab tab-1"> <a href="">About</a> </li> </ul> There are also a bunch of new navigation menu customization options in the Thesis Design Options interface. All the […]

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Thesis Hooks Explained

February 1, 2013

To really customize Thesis the way you want to, you need to understand Thesis hooks. At first glance, hooks seem like a daunting concept to learn, but they really are quite simple. In this article, let me explain to you what Thesis hooks are, and how to take advantage of them on your site. Hooks […]

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Swap Thesis Navigation Menu and Header

January 31, 2013

In the default Thesis Theme configuration, the navigation menu is at the top, and the header is right below it. However, using Thesis hooks, it’s quite easy to swap them with a couple of lines of code. Just open up the file wp-content/themes/thesis/custom/custom_functions.php on your server and add the following to the bottom of the […]

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Installing Thesis Theme

January 31, 2013

Installing Thesis is quite simple. In this Thesis Theme tutorial, I’m going to show you how to install Thesis onto your blog. This assumes you’ve already installed WordPress already, but if you haven’t, check out this WordPress installation tutorial. Downloading Thesis Theme The first thing you will need to do is download is download the […]

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Upgrading To Thesis 1.6

March 10, 2013

I recently had to upgrade one of my older Thesis 1.5 installs to Thesis 1.6. Here are the steps to do it. In your existing Thesis install, make a backup of your custom folder and any images you may have added to your rotator folder Upload the new thesis_16 folder to your wp-content/themes directory. Rename […]

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