Since 2015, the WordPress development teams have settled into a disturbing pattern of adding “stuff” to your site’s HTML output without giving you a choice about whether or not you want or need it.

In some cases, these items can add nearly 2kb of code to every page of your site!

We now live in an era where performance is paramount, especially on mobile devices where connections are slower and attention spans are shorter. On top of that, search engines like Google preach speed and optimization above all else, and this means you need to be vigilant about keeping your site fast and fresh.

Given this reality, it seems odd that WordPress—the most widely-used platform for building and running websites—is so blasé about adding cruft to your site without your permission. Worse, WordPress fails to provide you with an easy way to get rid of the stuff you don’t need!

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Starting today, you will have access to Thesis 2.2.4 via automatic updates in your WordPress dashboard.

While it’s primarily just a compatibility update, this new version includes some subtle enhancements to the Thesis Admin as well as refinements to various Thesis API components. Check out the 2.2.4 changelog for details on all the changes.

One particular bugfix worth mentioning is the return of Thesis options on WordPress terms pages. The WordPress 4.6 update knocked out the Thesis functionality for extended category/tag/taxonomy SEO + content, as well as the ability to select custom templates for these pages. This functionality has been restored in Thesis 2.2.4.

Finally, I noticed a CSS bug in the Classic Responsive Skin while preparing the Thesis 2.2.4 update, so I went ahead and squashed that as well. After installing the update, be sure to save your design options to take advantage of this particular bugfix.

First time learning about Flex? Be sure to read the original launch post, too.

After we launched the new Flex Skin, you guys had lots of good ideas about how we could enhance the Skin and make it even better. Thanks to your feedback, Flex 1.1 now includes optimized video support, an optional desktop navigation menu, and a more customizable call-to-action area.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at these new features, and if you’re an existing Flex user, we’re also going to walk you through the process of incorporating these features into your existing site. (If you’re a new Flex user, you can just install the Skin and start winning immediately.)

Let’s dig in!

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Thesis Skins are primed for performance right out of the box, but developers and tinkerers can still apply a number of “pro tips” to their sites to improve overall performance.

Let’s take a quick look at three of these tips and see how you can enhance your site speed today.

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After reading about Flex below, be sure to check out everything that’s new in the Flex 1.1 update!

Flex Skin screenshotFor years, we’ve been providing you with the best-performing designs in the business. From SEO to speed, we’ve focused on the details and given you Skins that look just as good on the inside as they do on the outside.

But now that we’ve nailed the fundamentals and can guarantee you the best out-of-the-box performance in the business, we’ve shifted our focus to what you really want—more gorgeous designs!

Today, I’m proud to introduce you to our newest creation, the Flex Skin for Thesis. Matthew Horne (the guy who brought you the Effectus Skin) has been working on it for months, and I know you’re going to love what you see. Let’s take a look!

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