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.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0.3?
First, we’ve added more quicklinks to the WordPress menu in your dashboard—now you can visit your Skins and Boxes pages with a single click.
Second, we knocked out a slew of issues that you guys raised in the forums, but there’s one in particular that I think is worth mentioning:
Most of the save buttons in Thesis 2 are AJAX saves—in simple terms, this means that the page does not refresh when you hit the save button. A side effect of this process is that you have to wait for a server response after hitting the save button, and sometimes, that response can take a few seconds (mostly on slower servers).
While waiting for this response, many users were becoming justifiably impatient, and they clicked the save button 100 times in a frantic bid to get the damn thing to save!
In a couple of unfortunate cases, this caused people’s template data to be deleted. Of course, Thesis has a Skin Manager that allows you to backup your Skin data, but that doesn’t make this problem any less of an issue (especially for those folks who lost data!).
To remedy this, I’ve instituted a fix that prevents the save button from firing after you’ve pressed it once. With Thesis 2.0.3, there’s no risk of losing data on save, but I still want to encourage you to backup your skin data—it’s a best practice when working with Thesis.
Next, I’ve made it so that Boxes can now be properly nested in the inactive area of the HTML Editor. This will help Skin developers and armchair tinkerers “clean up” that part of the interface so they can focus on their templates. [the crowd cheers]
Finally—and this really only applies to developers—I instituted a check that will only allow Box admin pages to run once, no matter how many instances of the Box appear in the active Skin’s templates.
But When Do We Get to Open the Presents?
Some of your presents have already arrived, and you can start opening ’em now. Log into this site, and then check out the 6 Basic Mods for the Classic Skin—these are highly refined versions of the 1, 2, and 3-column layouts that you know and love from Thesis 1.x.
Also, version 1.0.3 of the Classic Skin contains a sweet new Landing Page template that is designed for focus and conversions. With it, you’ll be able to create landing pages like WordPress SEO or Email Marketing for Everybody in just seconds!
Next week, we’re going to roll out the Social Triggers Skin and the AWeber Email Signup Form Box.
Shortly thereafter, we’ll release our Social Media Boxes (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest) and a MailChimp Email Signup Form Box.
Assuming everything goes according to plan, we’ll drop the Pearsonified Skin before Christmas, too.
Not yet a Thesis customer? Click here and choose the plan that’s right for you!
If you’re already a Thesis customer, click here to download Thesis 2.0.3.
About the Author: Chris Pearson, Thesis creator and DIYthemes founder, is obsessed with optimizing the web and making sure every last detail receives the attention it requires. You should follow him on Twitter here.