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!

We’ve just launched a new My Account area where you can manage your DIYthemes account and quickly access all of your Thesis purchases.

Let’s take a tour of the new features, but before we begin, go ahead and log into your account so you can follow along. [click to continue…]

Pearsonified Skin screenshotWith the new Pearsonified Skin for Thesis, you will…

Look smashing from every angle thanks to a finely-tuned responsive design.

Enjoy a big header image and a stunning way to present your videos.

Craft a feel that’s uniquely you with eye-popping color scheme functionality and one of 100+ Google Fonts available right out of the box.

Get ready to grow with custom templates for every occasion, including high-converting landing page templates.

Above all else, you’re gonna have fun with this sophisticated, savvy Skin from your detail-obsessed friends at DIYthemes.

Let’s take a closer look at why the Pearsonified Skin is so sought-after and—more important—how you can use it to rock your web design world. [click to continue…]