On Monday, October 1st Thesis 2.0 was released to the general public and to honor the occasion we had a launch party. The videos below represent parts of the Launch Party and the What’s New in Thesis 2.0 videos.
Launch Party Part 1 – Introduction Tutorial
Thesis Theme 2.0 is going completely change the way you design WordPress websites. With this new system you can:
- You can have different templates for EVERYTHING – that’s right – the Thesis theme now allows you to have custom templates for any post, page custom post type, category, tag or custom taxonomy. And this requires you to write NO CODE.
- As many widget areas as you like, wherever you want them – No more plugins, no more custom code, no more register_sidebars. Custom sidebars are a couple of clicks and a couple of drags away.
- As many menus as you want, wherever you want them – like templates and sidebars you can have WordPress menus wherever you want them.
- There are NO HTML limitations – the Thesis theme lets you re-imagine the web page. Your site can be any width, it can have any number of areas, you can even incorporate those flashy new full page image sliders. If you can imagine it, you can do it.
- You won’t be writing any more code – That’s right, over 90% of the code related questions that I answer on the forums will no longer be code related. Sure, there is the odd place where you might write code. And there may be a thing or two that would be quicker if you did write some code BUT the good news is you don’t have to. However, if you want to you still can. The Thesis theme will let you work however you choose to work.
- You will be learning more HTML and less PHP. Seriously, lots of our members know way more about PHP than they do HTML. That’s because the HTML was already baked in and PHP was the only way to customize. Thesis 2 reverses that. The PHP is all automatic but your HTML canvas can be blank.
- Web designers – you are going to LOVE this. Seriously, if you are a competent designer with basic coding skills you’re going to look like a coding ninja in no time. You don’t have to tell the client that you didn’t actually write the code, all they need to know is that you can provide maximum flexibility to complement your design.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 1 – The New Thesis Interface Tutorial
The new Thesis Theme 2.0 Interface consists of 2 main parts: the Thesis Theme Settings Page and the revolutionary new Skin Editor. In part 2 I walk you through the interface and explain all of its parts.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 2 – Parts of a Thesis Site Tutorial
A website based on Thesis 2 consists of 4 parts. It consists of the theme core and site-wide settings, skins, boxes and packages.
- The skins are similar in concept to childthemes – except they are way more customizable. The skin is the combination of HTML and CSS that presents your posts and pages.
- Boxes are special plugins designed to work in Thesis 2. They bring Thesis specific functionality to the skin. An example of this is a box I wrote called the BYOB Thesis Orbit Slider Helper. This box gives the user the ability to add WP Orbit Sliders to posts and pages from the HTML editor. You can download the BYOB Thesis Orbit Slider Helper here.
- Packages are similar to boxes except that they provide snippets of CSS functionality that show up in the CSS editor. I don’t yet have an example of a package.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 3 – Create a 2 Column Layout Tutorial
The new HTML editor makes rearranging HTML elements a snap. You can easily have as many different column configurations as you want. And as soon as you figure out how the column package works you’ll be setting up columns in seconds.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 4 – Create a 4 Column “Fat Footer” Tutorial
Not only can you move columns around with ease but Thesis 2 makes creating additional widget areas dead easy. In the part 5 video I demonstrate how fast and easy it is to create and style the 4 column “fat footer” that folks seem to like. This tutorial combines both columns and sidebars.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 5 – Add a Clickable Image and a Menu to the Header Tutorial
The simple header image is a thing of the past with Thesis 2.0. Now you can style your header with as many images as you like. I’ve seen folks talking about this lately but they’ve all been talking about header images that aren’t clickable. In the part 6 video I demonstrate how to create a complex header with a menu and a clickable header image. Once again, no coding required.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 6 – Create a Custom Menu Style Tutorial
The new Thesis gives you incredible control over the styling of the menu. You are no longer forced to use a simple bar with 4 different colors. Now you can actually style each menu item separately. In this section I demonstrate how to use a background image with the menu to create an entirely custom menu style. Now you can do anything you want with your WordPress menus.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 7 – Create a Custom Header Style for the Home Page Tutorial
In part 8 of the series I demonstrate how to create a custom header that works on the front page only. Thesis 2.0 makes it easy to create different headers for different pages. It’s slam dunk.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 8 – Style the Backgrounds Tutorial
One of my favorite features of the new Thesis is the ability to effortlessly style the backgrounds of various parts of the page. This gives you a huge opportunity to make your site different from all others.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 9 – Style the Widgets Tutorial
One of my most popular plugins has been the BYOB Thesis Full Width Backgrounds Plugin. Thesis 2 makes that plugin entirely obsolete. Now you can add background colors and images to virtually anything in the Thesis theme. We show you how.
What’s New in Thesis 2.0 Part 10 – Add a Feature Box to the Front Page Tutorial
I love a good Feature Box. In part 11 I show how to create a widgetized feature box with a image slider and a call to action.