Thesis celebrated its 10th birthday in early 2018, and now version 2.7 adds another chapter to this incomparable legacy.

In the WordPress ecosystem, nearly everything grows bigger, slower, and more complicated over time. Themes, Plugins, you name it—they all succumb to feature creep, which most developers think is a necessary evil for growth and survival.

I have spent the last 8 years consciously moving Thesis in the opposite direction.

My only goal is to make it easier for you to run a faster, more accessible, and more maintainable website.

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The following interaction perfectly summarizes my vision for the Thesis community. This lady had a simple question after I helped her get acquainted with the display options in the Classic Responsive Skin:

Thank you so much! Now how can I add links to my social media profiles?

I…well…uh…err… Darn it.

Simple questions beg for simple answers, but the best I could do was tell her that two of our Skins—Flex and Promo—come with support for social media profile links right out of the box.

That’s not good enough.

Thesis makes it easy to solve problems just like this one, so instead of telling this lady to jump through hoops or buy another product from us, I created a solution that will help anyone in her situation.

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When WooCommerce released version 3.3, they broke compatibility with certain Thesis templates that run in WooCommerce stores.

In addition, Skins with Header and/or Logo Images were displaying improperly after Skin updates.

Thesis 2.6.1 resolves these issues and also includes a couple helpful tidbits for developers. For all the gory details, check out the changelog.

Thesis update trainThe Thesis update train rolls on with version 2.6, and the Theme just continues to get better at everything.

We’re talking better compatibility with WordPress Plugins, better SEO with newer and smarter canonical URLs, better design with more Google Fonts and golden ratio layout tuning, and even better customization thanks to thoughtful interface tweaks.

Let’s take a look at the gory details and see why Thesis 2.6 is the most advanced Theme in the history of WordPress (and it ain’t even close).

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Over the weekend, I re-launched the DIYthemes Blog with a new design based on the Social Triggers Skin.

Naturally, the design is mobile-responsive and optimized for speed, and I was even able to reduce the amount of custom code needed to run everything by over 90%!

But there’s something far more interesting about this redesign…

A huge part of the effort had nothing to do with CSS or pixels; instead, it was about going back through all the old content and repackaging it in a more useful, more organized way.

Today, we’ll look at the some of the lessons I learned from this experience. These are all things you’ll want to copy to improve your own sites!

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