New ‘My Account’ Hub Is Your Key to All Things Thesis

by Chris Pearson · 44 comments

We’ve just launched a new My Account area where you can manage your DIYthemes account and quickly access all of your Thesis purchases.

Let’s take a tour of the new features, but before we begin, go ahead and log into your account so you can follow along.

What License Do I Own?

When you visit the My Account page, the first thing you’ll see is your Thesis license level and an associated license key. We’ll talk about the license key in just a bit, but first…

If you’re a Basic or Basic Plus license owner, you’ll also see a button you can click to upgrade to a Professional license at any time.

If you’ve already got a Professional license, you’ll see a button you can click to purchase Client Site Licenses, which you’ll need if you want to deploy Thesis on sites for clients.

Underneath your license key, you’ll notice a collection of helpful links that you’ll visit frequently. Use these links to download Thesis, access the documentation, open a support request, or visit the members-only community forums.

Where Are My Skins?

Any Thesis Skins you own will appear in the My Skins area of the My Account page, along with quick links to downloads, documentation, and even a live demo so you can see each Skin in action.

And what if you want to purchase a new Skin? Simply click on the Get Skins button (it’s next to the My Skins heading), and you’ll be able to purchase any Skins you don’t already own.

And What About My Boxes?

Like your Skins, your Boxes are conveniently located under the My Boxes heading, along with download and documentation links.

From now on, you won’t have to peck around the downloads area of the site to find what you want; instead, you’ll be able to access everything directly from your My Account page.

Oh, and once we start selling add-on Boxes, we’ll include a Get Boxes button similar to the Get Skins button described above.

Account Management Menu

When you visit the My Account page, you’ll also notice some new navigation links—namely, Edit Account and Purchase History.

If you want to change the name or email associated with your account or modify your password, you can do that on the Edit Account page.

Also, you can visit the Purchase History page to see everything you’ve ever purchased from DIYthemes, and you can also download a .pdf invoice for any purchase. (I know our friends in the EU will be happy about this!)

Now, About that License Key…

When we released Thesis 2.1.8, we included a new License Key page in the More submenu (where your System Status is located). This is in preparation for our new license key system, which will become active in version 2.2.

Important: From Thesis 2.2 onward, you will only be able to receive software updates if you’ve entered a valid license key on your site.

To prepare your site, you should copy the license key from your My Account page and paste it into the License Key page in your Thesis installation.

If you own a Basic or Basic Plus license, your license key will be valid on one site that you own. If you own a Professional license, your key will be valid on an unlimited number of sites that you own.

If you have a Professional license and also use Thesis on sites for clients, you will receive a license key for each Client Site License you purchase. Please note that you should use these client site keys—and not your primary license key—on all of your clients’ sites.

To access your Client Site License keys, simply click on the “manage →” link underneath the license key on your My Account page.

Once we activate the license key system with Thesis 2.2, you’ll be able to view all of the sites using your keys on the license key management page (login required).

Still using Thesis 1? License keys do not apply to Thesis 1, so you don’t have to do anything.

Additional Housekeeping

In the process of organizing and simplifying your My Account page, we realized that the Developer portion of the site was no longer necessary, so we nuked it.

The Developer Tools Box (which you get with a Professional license) effectively replaces the old Developer area, and it includes all our developer-centric tools, including beta version updates, Skin creation tools, and more.

What’s Next for Thesis and DIYthemes?

Right now, we’re working on Thesis 2.2, two new Skins, and a special starter Skin for designers and developers who would rather start from scratch than modify an existing Skin.

In case you’re curious, the big highlights from Thesis 2.2 are the license key system and complete support for the WordPress SEO Plugin (it will “just work”).

At least one of the two new Skins will be business-centric rather than blog-centric, and the special starter Skin will actually be a collection of Skins designers and developers can deploy when starting a new project.

Ultimately, we’ll have a little something for everyone, and we’re looking forward to bringing you more of the highest quality, most optimized designs on the planet!

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. You should follow him on Twitter here.

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Nathan Monk

Do you plan on multi-user accounts? In an agency setting, it’d be great to get my team able to have their own login credentials to access our developer account. Perfect for my finance director to purchase licenses etc.

Chris Pearson

Nathan, likely not, given the constraints of our membership software and also the economics of the situation.

If one account could become 5 or 6 (for a small agency), then we now run the risk of answering 5 or 6 support requests for the price of 1. If we charged on a recurring basis, this would be a no-brainer, but since Thesis is a 1-time purchase, we are not in a position to sacrifice more of our resources.

I definitely understand your point here, and I can see how such an arrangement would be beneficial. In the absence of such a system, though, you can simulate it simply by having your entire team use the same login. Simultaneous logins are allowed, so this may work for your purposes.


This is all looking great and organized. If I could make one big suggestion, I find it really time consuming and frustrating to have to re-read the “DIYthemes Software Extensions License Agreement” every time I download something from the site.

Isn’t there any way you can have an agreement on one page and not every time.

Burt Gordon

Chris Pearson

Hi Burt, great suggestion! We’re working on a new cookie system that will work as you’ve described.

Each Skin you download will still require an agreement, but you’ll only have to agree once for each Skin (and of course, only once for Thesis).


I did not choose to upgrade to the new version of Thesis because I don’t need it for my site. I don’t seem to have a “System Status” or “More” submenu on my site.

Do I need to worry about entering a license key anywhere?

Chris Pearson

The license keys do not apply to Thesis 1, so you don’t have to worry about them.


License Key page in your Thesis installation?
Please give steps, I don’t know where to find this. I hate when people do sh*t like this assuming everyone knows what they know …. kinda like going to Thesis 2.0 originally.
Sure hope I don’t have to do this on every website I have Thesis on, what a PITA that would be.

Chris Pearson

Steve, nice to see you, too.

I mentioned where to find the License Key page in the post:

…we included a new License Key page in the More submenu (where your System Status is located)

In your WordPress dashboard, click on the Thesis icon in the menu on the left side. This will bring up the Thesis Admin.

Once you’re in the Thesis Admin, you’ll see menu items across the top of the page, and the rightmost menu is the More menu. Hover over that, and more links will appear. The first link is to the License Key page, where you can enter your license key.

Chris Langille

Super pumped for the Wordpress SEO compatibility, although the native SEO functionality is still bad ass.

Can’t wait for the business centric theme. I just built a pretty awesome one on Thesis myself. It’s an underserved niche with everyone building blog and portfolio sites all the time.

Stoked for the future of Thesis homeh

Chris Pearson

Thanks, Chris!


Wow.. finally license keys for Thesis!

This is a good step towards securing the framework and give a kick to the bad guys, good one!

Sergio Felix

That was my same exact thought, nice to see DIYThemes finally hardening and protecting their very hard work.

Chris Pearson

It’s about time, huh? 😀


I’m using Thesis version 1.8 basic plan. Should I do anything from my side?

Chris Pearson

Giri, the license key system does not apply to Thesis 1, so you don’t have to do anything.


Thanks Chris


Assuming that this menu disappears after one enters a license key? I don’t see it, running 2.1.8 on two sites.

Chris Pearson

Jason, that menu item does not disappear. If you’re not seeing it, you’re either [1] not looking in the right place or [2] not running version 2.1.8. If you need assistance, please drop us a line via support request (login required).

Martin Malden

Hi Chris,

I’m a professional licence holder and I have a couple of subdomains on which I do sites for other people. I then transfer the completed site to the client’s domain and server.

I assume, therefore, that I add my professional licence key to my sites on those subdomains and then replace it with the client’s licence key after moving the site to their domain – is that right..?



Chris Pearson

Martin, you are correct! That’s the exact procedure you’ll follow when working with client sites.

Martin Malden

Great – thanks!




So what happens to folks like me who paid for a developers licence for Thesis 1 so they could use it on several of their own sites? I have three sites using Thesis, all my own, and no clients. I’m not a developer, just a blogger.
Can I continue to use Thesis on all of these sites with my developers licence? If I’m forced to upgrade to a pro licence then I’ll probably wave goodbye to Thesis all together – because it would feel like I’m being asked to pay again for what I already purchased. Can you clear this up?

Chris Pearson

Simon, a Developer’s license is a Pro license. If you log into your account, you’ll see that your license is shown as “Professional.” (We consolidated the old term with the new one for simplicity.)

Since you’ve got a Professional-level license and are using Thesis only on sites that you own, you don’t need to upgrade your license or pay for anything extra. You are already in the clear.


Can i know what happens to the “Thesis Theme Personal” license holders? As i see mine license seems to be moved to basic one.
Do i get all the benefits as said here by Derek Halpern? –

Chris Pearson

Varma, your Personal license is special because you purchased before we released Thesis 2. Therefore, you have lifetime updates, lifetime support requests, and lifetime access to our members-only forums.

In other words, you get all the benefits Derek described in that post, and you don’t lose anything.

Bilal Ahmad

I was always wondering why there is no such activation mechanism for thesis theme. But here we go.

This is the right step towards securing the theme.

Chris Pearson

Thanks, Bilal—we agree 😀


Thesis was installed by a talented woman who moved our site from Blogger to Wordpress two years ago. She felt that Thesis was essential to her work and I don’t doubt it, but she is long gone.

Following your step by step instructions to Steve, above, I found and clicked on the Thesis icon. The page that comes up presents a “Big Ass” save button and “Big Ass” toggle switch. But it does not display the top menu you described to Steve.

However, the page shows I am have installed Thesis version 1.8.4. I am hopeful this means I do not need to pursue the registration key issue or problem?

My main concern is, I don’t want to be suddenly denied access to something important, such as my site, because I don’t have a Thesis registration key installed.

Thank you for your insights. Michael

Chris Pearson

Michael, you’re using Thesis 1, so the license key information does not apply to you, and you don’t have to do anything to your site.

Erica Franz

Stoked, love all the progress being made with Thesis and on the DIYthemes site. 🙂


I have looked, and I have no idea where the License Key is supposed to go. I’m using Thesis 2.0. I’m happy to put it there, but I don’t know where it goes.

Chris Pearson

Hi Tara, open up a support request, and we’ll walk you through it!


Well, the license thing is more for Thesis themselves to prevent people using it on multiple sites!


“Ultimately, we’ll have a little something for everyone” ?
Seriously, is that all to expect? I don’t write codes, don’t intend to, and I bet a high percentage of Thesis loyal users like me are people who would rather spend most of their time on producing contents, and very little on site design.

I want a Skin or Child Theme that will let me change the basic look of a site in simple steps without coding. A dynamic point and click Skin options in a page, just as in this new My Account page, allowing me to make changes like:
– Add a Nav Menu, change the color, move it above or below header.
– A add footer, Fat footer, change the color
– The type of site design tweak options we had in Thesis 1.x

Will these new Skins have any of these and simple to use?


I’m loving the themes and looking forward to purchasing. What theme is used for your home page. Feels like a landing page and that’s what I want to do. Thank you for your help!

Chris Pearson

Padrica, the DIYthemes home page is a custom Skin that is not for sale (it’s not nearly robust enough to be its own product).

Despite this, all of our official Thesis Skins come with landing page templates you can use to create a landing page quickly and easily. Better, you can use these templates to turn any WordPress post or page into a landing page, so you have a lot of flexibility there.

Finally, here’s a great example of a landing page based on the Classic Responsive Skin’s landing page template.


Hi Chris, Need a suggestion. I am running investment and financial advice blog. Currently I am using free theme (techmaish). However in google web master and other SEO reports it shows HTML errors. Even it has several CSS files which is reducing my speed score. Is there any theme in diy themes where it would solve my problem to zeroin HTML errors and increase my speed score by reducing errors and cut down CSS/JS files loading. If yes, can you ask one of your team to send the quote for such theme to be installed on my blog. Thank you for your patience in reading this comment.

Alexandra McAllister

I have Thesis 3.9 Do I need to add the the license key and if so, how do I access this on my website? I have my key number but I don’t see where (Dashboard) to insert the key. Thank you.

Chris Pearson

Alexandra, you’re running Thesis 1.8. License keys only apply to Thesis 2+, so you needn’t worry about them until you start using the new platform (whenever that may be).


Hey Chris- How do you get the author avatar and explanation to appear after your posts?


And more specifically, where does one upload a headshot so it appears next to that description?

Chris Pearson

Hi Mike, we call that an author description, and we’ve made it really easy to add this to your design. I see you’re using the Pearsonified Skin, so I’ll provide instructions for that Skin, specifically (but the process is pretty much identical with our other Skins, too).

In your WordPress Dashboard, visit the Thesis Admin area by clicking on the Thesis link in the left-hand navigation. Once the Thesis Admin has loaded, look for the Skin menu at the top of the page, and then click on the Content link (it should be the first item in your Skin menu).

Once you’re on the Skin Content page, you’ll see the Pearsonified Skin Display Options at the top. Click on the Posts button to reveal display options for your Posts, tick the checkbox next to “author description,” and then click the blue “OK” button in the upper right to close the Posts window.

Next, click the green save button in the upper right that says “Save Display Options,” and you’re done! Each of your Posts will now be followed by an author description that you can control from each author’s WordPress user profile page.

Finally, the headshot is automatically pulled from the universally-recognized Gravatar image associated with your email address.


I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to
get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100% sure.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Appreciate it

Dena Peters

Hello, I have a professional account; I created a website back in 2010-11. Have to admit I haven’t kept up much on what is going on with DIY Theme upgrades. At this point in time, I want to create a new website using DIY theme . . . would appreciate a quick up-to-date on what I need to do . . . think I last had 1.7 version, not sure. I’ll have to go back and take a look. Appreciate your feedback.