Tips and Tutorials on the Thesis Framework for WordPress

Tips and tutorials on using (and getting the best out of) the Thesis framework for WordPress.

Learning to use Thesis to its full potential is an investment well worth making, particularly if you want to run a number of WordPress sites or you create WordPress sites for clients.

The articles listed below describe the processes for customising various aspects of Thesis to get the best out of both it and WordPress.

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Many versions ago Thesis introduced navigation menu controls that enabled us to easily customise the design of the nav menu, and include categories and external links. And then WordPress introduced menu controls that did the same, but did it better. None-the-less, I never bothered to switch to using the WordPress nav menu system because the […]

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If you’re not able to see the changes you just made to your Thesis theme design and layout, the chances are you’ve forgotten to resume Design Mode. Design Mode was introduced in Thesis 1.8.4. It’s a limited form of minification because it combines the style.css, layout.css and custom.css files into one in order to speed […]

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Here’s a short 2-minute video demonstrating how to display different information in your Thesis Multi-Media box on specific pages (or posts) in your site. I’ve used this to replace the default banner ad for my ecourse on setting up an online business with a message alerting people who’ve already signed up and arrived at the […]

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Landing pages (or squeeze pages) have a specific purpose: to create a conversion. Whether it’s to get a new subscriber or to close a sale, landing pages need to be free of any distractions that would give your reader an opportunity to leave the page without completing the conversion. By default, the configuration of WordPress […]

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Shortcut: if you want to go straight to the process for extending your navigation bar to the width of your content box click here. The process for extending it to the width of your entire site is here. Update – 18th August, 2012 The Thesis navigation menu bar system is being dropped when Thesis 2.0 […]

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I did a Thesis upgrade recently for a new customer, because some core files in their Thesis installation had been altered. Altering the core files of your theme, or of WordPress, will always generate problems at upgrade time because your alterations will be over-written. That means the functionality that you created through the customisations will […]

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Update – 17 July, 2012 In Thesis 1.8.4 the concept of ‘Design Mode’ was introduced. If you make design or layout changes but they don’t show up when you check the front of your site, you’re probably not using Design Mode. See how to fix it here. Original article starts here: I was asked recently […]

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The header area of your website is incredibly important. It’s the first thing that new visitors see and it sets the tone for the entire site. Whenever I’m designing a new website for a client I always start with the header area and get their approval on that. Once that’s done, the rest of the […]

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