Point-releases (like 2.1, 2.2, etc…) are a very big deal around here, and Thesis 2.2 is no exception. You’re gonna love the new features I’ll share with you today, and you’ll have more customization options and control than ever before.

Once you finish reading this roundup, you may want to check out the detailed changelog for this release.

For now, let’s take a closer look at the highlights! [click to continue…]

If you’re interested in a detailed look at the Effectus Skin from DIYthemes, you’ll enjoy the webinar I co-hosted with Rick Anderson of BYOBWebsite.

Rick was kind enough to coordinate and record the webinar, and you can watch the Effectus Skin demo and Q&A at his site.

Also, for those of you who don’t know him already, Rick is one of the best teachers of both WordPress and Thesis, and he has helped hundreds of people learn how to control and run their own sites, without needing to rely so heavily on (expensive) developers and designers.

Enjoy the webinar!

Want more? Check out this article for more information about the Effectus Skin.

This year, Google announced that it would be increasing its use of mobile-friendliness as a rankings signal.

This is big news, but it isn’t really surprising, as the web has been heading in a more mobile direction for quite a few years. Responsive design has been the rage for a long time, and all of our Thesis Skins feature responsive designs that look great on every device.

But just having a responsive design doesn’t make your site mobile-friendly. Because mobile internet connections are, on average, much slower than broadband signals, site performance is every bit as important as having a responsive design…perhaps moreso!

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With last week’s release of Thesis 2.1.9, we also released a round of updates for our Skins and Boxes. While these updates improved functionality and performance (you know, the usual stuff), they also included new, open-source MIT licenses.

I’ll go into the licensing details in a moment, but first, I want to tell you a story about how this all came to be. [click to continue…]

This is just a quick update to let you know that Thesis 2.1.9 (changelog) is now available via auto updates and direct download for new customers.

The purpose of the new version is to enhance auto update functionality for Skins and Boxes.

And on that note, I’ve got a big announcement about Skins and Boxes on deck for tomorrow. Stay tuned!