Now featuring big video support on the Front Page template, the Flex Skin is ready to help you deliver a rich multimedia experience for your visitors. This new video support is a nice complement to the big image + action button that has made Flex so popular since we first introduced it.
Other significant enhancements include new design controls for the Call to Action area along with a redesigned Latest Posts area on the Front Page template (with more control over the output, too!).
See all the changes here, and read on for specific details about how to get all the new functionality associated with this update.
Flex version 1.3 is an automatic Skin update like any other, but existing Flex users will also need to update their Skin data to take advantage of all the new features.
First, all Flex users should update their Skin CSS and CSS Variables after applying the version 1.3 update.
Second, in order to incorporate the new video functionality, users will need to update their Boxes and Templates, but it’s important to note that this process will overwrite any data changes you’ve made to Boxes or Templates.
Attention! Because of the nature of Box and Template updates, we do not recommend this process to people who have heavily customized Flex sites! If you are one of these people, please open a support request so we can assist you with this update.
If you have not made Box or Template modifications while running Flex, then you can use the Skin Data Manager → Restore Defaults → Select Boxes and Templates to complete the update.
Once again, if you have made extensive modifications to Flex but would still like to incorporate the big video functionality without compromising your existing work, then you can open a support request, and we’ll help you out!
Don’t have Flex yet? Here’s how you can get it…
If you’re an existing DIYthemes customer, simply log into DIYthemes and visit the Get Skins page. From here, you’ll be able to purchase any Thesis Skins you don’t already own.
If you’re not yet a DIYthemes customer, now is a great time to consider purchasing a Thesis License so you can run the fastest template engine on the planet.
Remember—speed, performance, and responsiveness are the most important aspects of your site both now and in the future. All the bells and whistles in the world don’t matter one bit if your visitors can’t access your content quickly and conveniently.
We built Thesis around these principles so you can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are running the most efficient, customizable, and maintainable website possible.
Finally, if you have any questions or comments about this Flex update, please let us know in the comments below!
About the Author: Chris Pearson, Thesis creator and DIYthemes founder, is obsessed with optimizing the web and making sure every last detail receives the attention it requires. Follow DIYthemes on Twitter for the latest tips and info on building effective websites.
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