New Thesis Tutorials (and Other Awesome Links)

by Derek Halpern · 20 comments

Today I’ve got a few links for you, and they’re broken down into three sections:

  • Thesis Tutorials
  • Marketing Tutorials
  • General WordPress tutorials

So, let’s jump right in.

New Thesis Tutorials

How to Add Google Authorship Markup to Thesis

Now that Google has been pushing Google Plus and Google Plus Buttons, their new Google rel=”author” microformat is more important than ever. Not only does this alert Google that your website is linked to your Google Plus profile, it also adds a nice little profile picture next to your name in search results. Why’s that picture important? It helps increase click throughs.

How to Add Pinterest “Pin It” Buttons Into Thesis

It’s no secret that Pinterest is a huge deal right now. We’re actually working on some great content for you about Pinterest, and will hopefully have that out sooner than later. The question is how can you add Pinterest in WordPress? Well, with Thesis, it’s extremely easy.

How to Turn Thesis Into A Responsive Web Design

Right now responsive web design is hot. While I’m not sure that responsive design is the “right” answer, for now, it’s the best we’ve got. That’s why we tasked Alex “the kid” Mangini to create the first Thesis Responsive Design skin + child theme.

Blog Marketing Tutorials

How to Get More Twitter Followers

If you have to choose between building an email list or building a Twitter following, I’d choose the former over the latter every single time. However, that doesn’t change the facts that people want more Twitter followers. And instead of relying on “fluff” advice, we ran an article that shows you how to get more twitter followers… with hard data.

How to Create an Amazing Blog About Page

Here’s the facts: Your about page is one of the most visited pages on your blog. Now’s the time to create an about page that works for you and your business… instead of works against you. Read the tutorial I just linked.

Are You Using A Feature Box Yet?

Over the last year, I’ve talked about the importance of using a Feature Box in your web design. Not only is it great for conversions, it’s also great for showing your new readers what your site is all about. While it’s extremely easy to include a feature box in Thesis, even if you don’t have Thesis, you should use a feature box. Don’t believe me? Learn how the feature box increased our conversions by 51.7%.

General WordPress Information vs

One of the most common questions people ask me is “what’s the difference between and” The short of it is this: when you use you control everything about your website. And that control is priceless. For more, simply read the new article here.

The Lowdown on Managed WordPress Hosting

The other day, a friend of mine asked me “how do I fix my WordPress blog after it has been hacked?” The truth of the matter is this: Most blogs get hacked for one of two reasons: Either your software is out-of-date or your hosting is insecure. One of the easiest ways to solve that problem is by using a Managed WordPress Hosting service (in that link you can learn all about it).

What’s the deal with WordPress Plugins?

One of the biggest mistakes people make ont heir blogs is this: They use too many WordPress plugins. So the questions, what WordPress plugins are vital to the success of your blog? Read the article.

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Franklin Bishop

Thanks for this. Always looking for new tuts.

Gregory Ciotti

Quick Q: is there an optimal spot for pasting the code for AWeber lightboxes?

Thanks for the round-up, and shout out to Sean Davis as another great Thesis tutorial writer.

Sean Davis

Man thanks for the shout out! It’s funny that you say that because I totally missed the release of this article because I was writing a tutorial. 😛

I also appreciate the shout out in your recent guest post. Thanks a lot, man!


Hey Derek.

The feature box is something I’m definitely going to implement now, I had read about it before but didn’t give it much thought.

I do have one question. Below your opt-in form you display “join xx others”. How do you get that number automatically from aweber, or do you change this manually (like I have done) ?


Hi Derek,

Thanks for these helpful articles. I am sure they will help a great deal and I’m on my way right away to see what I can do to improve.

I am particularly interested in the blog marketing section and would also like to check which plugins you recommend. I wish I knew where to find a decent article about Google Authorship for non-Thesis users. I could use something like that. I guess I’ll just have to expand my search; I might get something worth looking at.

Thanks again for these, as always, you’ve over-delivered!


With respect to Pinterest, there are serious issues to consider with their Terms of Service. Any photo that is Pinned becomes the property of Pinterest, and all rights are then lost (for all intents and purposes).

Is there a way for Thesis users to be Pinterest-friendly, without losing our content rights?



I agree there are potentially serious issues with sharing on Pinterest — and all other social sharing platforms. However, public backlash against Pinterest’s initial stance caused a clarification and rewrite of their terms of service.

This isn’t the place to get into a lengthy discussion, nor am I lawyer, and again, like you, I do maintain reservations about all forms of “giving away” any rights, of any kind, to anyone. However, I will quote briefly from their revised (April 6, 2012) TOS:

“You retain all of your rights in all of the User Content you post to our Service.”

Of course, that won’t satisfy everyone, and I’m sure there will be future tests and challenges and changes as Pinterest continues to mature as a social network. But in a general way, I feel this was progress in terms of phrasing that is more “friendly” to content rights.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


That’s fantastic. I was sorely out of the loop! Thanks for the update.


Some awesome tips. The authorship is easy to implement, expecting it to be default in Thesis 2.0


Hi, Derek!
I would like a tutorial about how to put the “popular articles” on the sidebar.
Thanks for sharing your expertise!



Suggestions for “next time?” from the Thesis community are always welcome!

Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate

Thesis Rock On!

Charles Victor

Thank you so much for this Derek! I’ve been playing with Thesis for a couple of months and your tips and articles are invaluable for someone like me who’s an absolute novice!


Thanks, this is one of the reasons why I love Thesis – you guys have been keeping at it for so many years and always been at the edge (and helped me to be there too). Keep pushing!

steven kanarian

How would Thesis help bring my blog to the next level. I want to increase participation and visits to my blog.

Sean Mal

The Google Authority trick is the one that catches eyes on the SERPs. Going to work on G+ and use that feature. Thanks for sharing.


Quick Pinterest question – what if the blog post has multiple images and I want the user to pick the image?


Great links…making a website responsive is up most priority now with the variety of devices out there in the market.


“One of the biggest mistakes people make ont heir blogs is this: ”

That was kind of cute for a typo. I do the same, run my words together when I’m typing as fast as I’m thinking.

Storm Cestavani


I can’t wait to see what you put up about Pinterest!