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I’ve got some great news—we’ve completed development on the much-anticipated Social Triggers Skin, and you’ll be able to get it later this week.

In order to pave the way for this exciting new Skin, we had to make a few tweaks to the Thesis core and also fix a few minor bugs that surfaced since the 2.1 launch.

Today, we’ll take a look at the specific changes for Thesis 2.1.1, and then I’ll tease you with a little bit of what the Social Triggers Skin has to offer. [click to continue…]

Introducing Thesis 2.1

by Chris Pearson · 119 comments

Five years ago this month, I released Thesis 1.0—the first premium theme with an options page. The WordPress landscape would never be the same.

With Thesis leading the way, themes took a turn for the positive by focusing less on idiosyncratic design and more on SEO, performance, and flexibility. The success of this approach led the market to demand theme “frameworks” (a term pioneered by Thesis), and that’s gotten us to where we are today.

Systems that Thesis 1 introduced, such as custom CSS, layout/design options, and the widespread use of hooks and filters to control HTML, have become the standard in WordPress themes everywhere.

But the foundation for this landscape was laid in 2008, and structurally speaking, very little has changed since. In other words, innovation within the WordPress theme space has almost completely stagnated.

Ultimately, we’re all running old code, and I’m sure you’ll agree—it’s time for an upgrade.

It’s time for the next big thing in WordPress themes.

It’s time for Thesis 2.1. [click to continue…]

Christmas is right around the corner, and here at DIYthemes, we’re busy filling our sleigh with Boxes, Skins, and everything else you need to run a killer website.

In addition, we’ve been testing Thesis day in and day out, and we determined that we needed one final update to the core before we could begin shipping our highly anticipated Skins and Boxes.

Let’s take a quick look at what’s new, and then we’ll explore the forthcoming goodies that would even make Santa jealous. [click to continue…]

WordPress 3.5 is scheduled to debut on December 5, 2012, and you’re probably curious to know if your version of Thesis is going to be compatible with it.

Well, I’ve got great news for ya…

Both Thesis 2.0.2 and Thesis 1.8.5 are perfectly compatible with WordPress 3.5, and thanks to some WordPress dashboard tweaks, both versions will appear to run a little bit faster than they did before.

So, no matter which version of Thesis you’re rockin, you’re good to go. Huzzah!

Let’s talk about pain.

Specifically, let’s talk about the pain that we’ve all felt while working with our web designs. If you’ve run a website for any length of time, I’m betting you’ve felt…

  • Insecure about giving FTP and WordPress login details to a designer
  • Worried about making new design changes or implementing new design elements
  • Frustrated by how time-consuming and difficult it is to create a design on a development server and then move it over to a live server
  • Devastated when you lost design work and were unable to recover it

Thanks to the new Skin Manager and a clever little feature called Preview Mode, Thesis 2.0.1 is turning these pain points into areas of unprecedented control and stability.

Those negative emotions I listed above? They’re all tied to 3 specific problems—the 3 dragons of web design.

Let’s take a closer look at these dragons and see how Thesis turns web design weaknesses into strengths. [click to continue…]