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Thesis Skins are the realization of over 5 years of dedication to a single cause: Providing you with optimized, beautiful, and customizable designs that you can use without sacrificing any mission-critical functionality or having to learn a new system (as is the case when you switch from one WordPress theme to another).

On that note, today is a banner day here at DIYthemes because we are releasing the first official add-on for Thesis. It’s called the Promo Skin, and it’s the initial offering in our premium designers’ series. (These Skins are collaborations between top designers and Thesis creator Chris Pearson.)

Designed by Thesis expert Nina Cross, Promo is informed by years of freelance work and common requests from people just like you. The result is a Skin that has everything you need to build an audience, promote yourself, and look like a pro in the process.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can use Promo to improve your site immediately:

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As you know, we’ve been on fire for the last month and a half with the release of Thesis 2.1, a fresh new home page, the Social Triggers Skin, and the forthcoming Pearsonified Skin.

But we aren’t the only ones who’ve been crushing it.

Some of the power users in the Thesis community have been hard at work on their own Skins, too.

Today, I’ll introduce you to a few of them, and I’ll also highlight some Thesis designers/developers who can help you take your site to the next level.

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Looking for a Social Triggers Skin demo? Check this out.

Social Triggers Skin screenshotI’ve been waiting a long time for today, and I know you have, too.

Today, I get to introduce you to the first official add-on Skin for Thesis: Social Triggers.

These days, most theme companies brag about responsive designs, SEO, and other nifty features like HTML5 and microdata (markup schema).

But in 2013, we believe that’s the just price of admission when it comes to creating a Thesis Skin.

So naturally, the Social Triggers Skin offers you a level of value that goes deeper than that.

I’ll go into the details in just a bit, but first…

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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.

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