Just look at what you get:
- Template-based, drag and drop styling tools that enable you to create fantastic, individual designs quickly and easily, and then save them as skins
- Style any element of any page individually: widgets, sidebars, footers, headers
- Save and export your skins
- Lay out each page type differently with drag and drop ease
- A support team that’s second-to-none
And you don’t need to write a lick of code – Take a look at Thesis 2.0.
Why am I qualified to write about Thesis?
I’ve used Thesis on this, and all WordPress sites I’ve built, since 2008.
It’s a platform that’s built specifically to enable you to create your own unique WordPress designs with point and click, drag and drop ease.
Since I started using Thesis I’ve not used any other themes, and I’ve developed a lot of sites over that time!
What can Thesis do for you?
The advantage Thesis gives you is that, whenever you’re developing a WordPress site, you don’t need to develop any code to create the styling or functionality you want. It’s already there, and it’s both highly efficient and SEO optimised.
All you need to do is focus on the design and layout, which you can do with the drag and drop, template-based functionality.
Creating a design on Thesis 2.0
The second version of Thesis was released in October 2012. It truly revolutionises the way you can build websites on WordPress by using drag and drop, point and click technology to enable you to create or edit templates for any type of page you want.
Need a landing page? No problem – edit the built in Landing Page template or create your own.
Need a different layout for your category pages? Edit the template or create your own.
Need a different layout for your front page? No problem – you get the idea.
If the mood takes you, you could create a different layout for every type of page on your site: single posts, landing pages, your front page, your home (blog) page, category pages, tag pages and even custom taxonomy pages.
And you can do it all through point and click, drag and drop technology. You don’t need to write a single lick of code:Drag and drop page elements to add new ones, remove them or change your page layout!
Creating design colours, setting font types and sizes, designing borders and setting margins can all be done simply by selecting options:
Of course, if you like playing with code Thesis has you covered there too!
Check out Thesis 2.0 here.
You can now customise every part of your WordPress site, making each element appear differently on each page type: you could have two widgets with ads on your post pages and 1 widget with additional navigation on your home page – or whatever you need.
And the functionality you can add through hooks and boxes enables you to create unique functionality on your site without using a gazillion plugins
And minimising the use of plugins further speeds up your page-load times!
In fact, even on the old version of Thesis (which is still running on this site), I reduced the number of plugins I was originally using by more than 30%.
And the fact that you’re not touching the WordPress core code means that WordPress upgrades are straightforward and all your customisations are preserved.
If you’re already using Thesis (on version 1.8.X), there’s no direct upgrade path to Thesis 2.X: the two platforms are entirely different. So this site and most of my sites will stay on 1.8.5.
However, I did convert one of my sites (or, more accurately, I re-created it using Thesis 2 on a development server and then moved it to the live server), which you can see here.
That Home page was done without needing to use a scrap of PHP. I used minimal (and basic) HTML and some CSS (some of which I did copy from the custom stylesheet in 1.8.5). But most of it was done using drag and drop to lay out the pages and selecting options from the design packages.
Top quality documentation and fantastic support
Complementing all that functionality is extensive documentation and a thriving support forum, with new user tutorials being developed all the time.
And if you can’t find what you need in the documentation, simply post a question in the support forum and you’ll have an answer within hours.
How does Thesis differ from other frameworks?
The biggest difference is that Thesis doesn’t use Child themes. Instead it uses skins that you can create, save and export.
This is fantastic if you’re making sites for other people: create the design on a test site and then save and export the skin, import it to your client’s site and you’ve immediately implemented the design on their domain!
To sum up
Long story short: if you’re building sites regularly, either for yourself or others, and you need:
- Extensive control over your SEO
- Fast page-load speed
- The ability to create fantastic designs quickly and easily
- High quality typography
- Superb support
… you need to take a close look at Thesis 2.0.
Now more than ever, it’s the last theme you’ll ever need – click here.