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.
Still running Thesis 1.x? If so, you should update to version 1.8.9 as soon as possible!
If you’re still running the Thesis 1.x platform, you should update your site to Thesis 1.8.8 as soon as possible.
If you’re still using Thesis 1.x on any of your sites, you’ll be pleased to see that we’ve just released version 1.8.7, which improves compatibility with the latest version of WordPress. To ensure your site works properly, we recommend updating immediately.
But again, this is only if you’re using Thesis 1.x on any of your sites! If you’re running Thesis 2, you’re already winning.
Head on over to the downloads area to grab the update.