Thesis 2.1.1: Paving the Way for Skins

by Chris Pearson · 31 comments

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.

Two New Features and a Changelog for Thesis 2.1.1

Typically, point releases of this nature only contain bug fixes, but this time, we added two new features that I know you’ll appreciate.

First, with Thesis 2.1.1, each author on your site will be able to specify their Twitter username on their WordPress user profile page.

Once that’s done, you can output the author’s Twitter profile link on each post that he or she writes, thus providing an easy way to build social media profiles and connect with your audience.

(You’ll be able to see this feature in action in the Social Triggers Skin, too.)

Second, one of the most commonly-requested features is the ability to modify the standard WordPress post excerpt by removing the trailing ellipsis with brackets […] and also adding a “read more” link to the end.

Naturally, we’ve got you covered, and now you have more control over your excerpts than ever before.

In keeping with the trend that has defined Thesis since the beginning, Thesis is the first theme to offer this functionality without the need for any custom code whatsoever.

And now, for those interested, here’s a quick rundown of the bug fixes included in Thesis 2.1.1:

  • Fixed multisite CSS issues involving stripslashes and some LESS preprocessor errors
  • Fixed a different CSS bug that was causing some legitimate slashes to be stripped
  • Moved System Status up in the More menu and enhanced data with CSS file-writing privileges and better database character set recognition
  • Fixed a bug that affected the status of checkbox options that are on by default
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some Boxes from conveying options on the Skin Content page
  • Added ability to filter the site title for easy logo replacement
  • Moved all Thesis Admin JS to the footer, which resolves a JS conflict that affected users who had CONCATENATE_SCRIPTS enabled
  • Enhanced Skin data import/restore behavior to include design and display options
  • Fixed a JS bug with options objects that resulted from updated jQuery included in WordPress 3.6

The Social Triggers Skin

The first official add-on Skin for Thesis will be the Social Triggers Skin, and let me tell you—we’re setting the bar extremely high with this one.

With 3 custom templates (in addition to meticulously optimized core templates), an attention-grabbing feature box, and built-in email signup forms in high-converting locations, the Social Triggers Skin has everything you need to start building your audience like a pro.

If you’re one of those people who think they need “landing page software” to run campaigns and become a top online marketer, this new Skin will change your perceptions completely.

Not only are the Social Triggers Skin’s landing page templates 100% integrated with your design, but you can also deploy them on any post or page of your WordPress website.

The bottom line? There’s no easier—or more optimized—way to run a top-tier marketing or business website than with the Social Triggers Skin.

Oh, and naturally, the Social Triggers Skin features a responsive design, so your message will always be tailored to your audience, no matter how they get to your site.

Finally, this new Skin is also completely integrated with Thesis’ patent-pending color scheme picker and typography controls, so you can achieve the exact look and feel you need for maximum impact.

Social Triggers Skin color samples

Figure 1. Use the Thesis color scheme picker to style your Social Triggers Skin precisely how you want. (And yes, that’s a picture of yer ‘umble author when he was just a wee baby.) Click to enlarge.

Easy-peasy Automatic Updates

You’ll see an update notification for Thesis 2.1.1 in your WordPress dashboard within the next 24 hours. Click on that, and your site will not only be instantly updated to 2.1.1, but it will also be ready for the Social Triggers Skin (…along with everything else we’ve got up our sleeves).

How—and when—can you get the Social Triggers Skin?

The Social Triggers Skin is only available as a bonus Skin to customers who have purchased Thesis Basic Plus or Thesis Professional licenses, and also to our charter customers who purchased a Thesis Developer’s Option during the Thesis 1.x era.

Finally, we’ll send you an email later this week to let you know that the Social Triggers Skin is available.

Not yet a Thesis customer? See which Thesis option is right for you.

P.S. As has become custom around here, I’ll announce the availability of the Social Triggers Skin on Twitter before we send you an email.

If you’re interested in being the first to get your hands on the new stuff, you should follow me on Twitter here.

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.

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Brad Acker

Looking forward to the new skin. You guys have done an awesome job with 2. This is the ultimate “be patient, and you will be rewarded” moment. Keep rockin the online world.

Chris Pearson

Thanks, Brad! The rewards are just beginning to reveal themselves.

Nadiar AS

Yes, it is an amazing skin. The price is worth 1000%.

I’m curious what derek halpern said about this skin 🙂 And Im so excited waiting SocialTriggers skin.


cant wait to test the social trigger skin on my website..

yeahh ! it great !

Gregg Masters

Chris, some of us on the developer’s license have yet to upgrade to v 2.0+. Where do you suggest I start? Any spoon feeding video tutorials to recommend?

Chris Pearson

Gregg, first, you should decide if you want to keep your site as it currently is, or if you’re ready to change up your design a bit and move your site into a new era.

If you’re ready to switch things up (ie, moving from a 3-column to a 2-column design), then you’re ready to dive into Thesis 2.1.

Our Getting Started Guide (with videos) will introduce you to the new interface and functionality, and our forums are abuzz with people just like you who are moving from 1.x to 2.1.

On top of that, Thesis power user Rick Anderson has created over 8 hours of in-depth video that explores just about every aspect of Thesis 2.1.

Finally, feel free to ask any questions you have about the upgrade in our forums. If you are uncertain about anything, please ask us before upgrading so you can proceed with maximum confidence!


A new release in just a few days?

Last time around I made the mistake of updating Thesis from 2 to 2.1 and boy did it mess up things like design and alignments and font.

Please test before bringing out new releases. The bugs should not have happened in the first place.


Well if you are againts improvements stop updating then. Thesis is getting more stronger and better. Bugs are part of development and it is normal as long as developer fixing them. Wordpress itself has always bugs and they keep fixing and updating..

Brett Lee


There’s no silver bullet to make 100% bug-free software on this planet. Operating systems, application software, web apps and other software components are regularly updated by their creators. And “almost” every update contains performance improvements and bug fixes.

Can you name “ONE” commercial software with large scale consumption that has never received an update addressing performance improvements and bug fixes?


The problem is, they say its one click update, which it is but it spoils so many things, it took me as long to re-setup things like I did when I went from Thesis 1 to Thesis 2.

Chris Pearson

Faisal, you are specifically talking about 2.0.x to 2.1, and we told you there would be minor CSS changes.

And note, once again, that none of those changes affected your site’s functionality.


Yes, none did but it took me a week to find out what all went wrong.

So does this mean I can simply one click update now without having to worry about things going for a mess?


Wow, and now we have 2.1.2!!


Awesome! Just updated and works perfectly.


Very great Theme with great Feature and Function . Thanks 🙂

Bruce Cat

I have the developers license and am very much looking forward to the social triggers theme

Andrew Stark

This sounds awesome.

For those of you who are worried about changes to your site I would suggest that you learn how to use localhost. That way you can update the theme and make sure that nothing changes.

I learnt the hard way going from v1 up to v2 and it’s not a mistake I’m going to make again. When you start to think like a developer it’s amazing how much better your output with thesis becomes.


David Alexander

Love the changes Chris, though kinda feel the most important control for the excerpts is a word limit option “hint”. Some want more, some want less, not many people want to get their hands dirty and put the required filter in custom.php.

Initially I would say well I could make a box that extended on the excerpt but then in the boxes drop down there would be excerpt and excerpt+ and duplication annoys me and can confuse the end user.

This led me to consider whether there was a function or filter you can use when developing a new box which says something like IF excerpt+(new) installed and active then remove the defunct standard thesis excerpt box?

Would be useful further down the line for all sorts of boxes which simply take the default thesis 2 boxes and build off their functionality to add more options.

As always keep up the splendid work.




There is a filter to remove default thesis boxes. thesis_boxes has all boxes classes passed as an array. Just hook in and filter out what you need.

David Alexander

Ah okay nice. I will have a look for this. Nice to hear from you Serge. Come on skype for a catch up sometime.


great to hear about the news skin. and about the read more link, can you also provide an option that will allow the link go to the full post?

Chris Pearson

Selam, by default, the link goes to the full post and not to #more, which is the way the Content “read more” link works by default.


thanks Chris. then whats wrong with me or my website, it goes to the rest of the blog part, not to the full post. and aha, nice username for me 🙂

Hans Braumüller


i update with success from 2.1 to 2.1.1, i am currently using WordPress 3.5.2. , an upgrade to WP 3.6. is without problem or must i take care about something?


Chris Pearson

Hans, you’ll be able to update to WordPress 3.6 without any problems at all.

Rajandran R


When i upgrade from Thesis 2.0 to Thesis 2.1.2 i get a blank white screen. Can you guide me where iam going wrong? Does Autoupgrade advisable?

Chris Pearson

Rajandran, you should definitely use auto-updates when moving from 2.0.x to 2.1.2.


Thanks Chris,

Upgraded to 2.1.2. Got Crashed last time when i try to upgrade from 2.0 to 2.1.1. This time happened successfully.

Gowtham V

I have downloaded and tried out the new Social Triggers Skin. It looks simple and neat. The feature i like the most is the built-in email signup forms and the color scheme picker.

Great work 🙂

Nick Pineault

Amazing Work! I just updated my Blog it’s look great 🙂


Just started working on 2.1 after being away for a while; the last update was 1.8 and WOW have you guys made a lot of changes. Looks great!