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Thesis 2.0 Launch Party Replay

If you are looking for the Thesis 2.1 launch party videos you can find them Here

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.

For seminars we’ve created since the launch party, select this link to our Thesis Theme 2 Seminars.  For videos where we address a single question, select this link to our Live Answer page.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. As many menus as you want, wherever you want them – like templates and sidebars you can have WordPress menus wherever you want them.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Launch Party Part 10 – Q&A

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  • Meghan @JaMonkey February 11, 2013, 5:21 am

    Thank you for the amazing tutorials! I’m trying to create a “Main” Nav menu above my header with the Thesis Search Widget on the right in the same bar. I’ve tried everything and I can’t seem to get it right. The closest I got was creating a columns container with but thesis put the search bar underneath the nav menu and made it full width (900px) Any ideas?

    • Meghan @JaMonkey February 11, 2013, 5:59 am

      I figured it out. I had to input some additional CSS coding to make it work!!!

    • Rick Anderson February 11, 2013, 5:59 am

      Megan, what I would do is create 2 columns and place the nav menu in the left and a widget area on the right and then put the search widget in that widget area. If you properly configure the columns (1 column wrapper, 2 columns + columns package) they will sit side by side. If you post a link to the site in question with the 2 column configuration I can help you troubleshoot it.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 13, 2013, 1:54 am

    I’ve been dragging my heals on creating the 4-column footer I’ve wanted for ages. With your tutorials, I finally bit the bullet. Awesome!

  • Meghan @JaMonkey February 14, 2013, 8:31 pm

    When I follow the Footer Background video, instead of the Color being put underneath the footer image into to the Footer Columns section it’s filling the transparent section. Any thoughts?

    • Rick Anderson February 17, 2013, 6:58 am

      Meghan, I need a link to the site in order for me to help diagnose this.

  • Tony March 3, 2013, 5:24 am

    Thanks for the vids.

    How can I create a single column page, and assign it to,say, the Contact Us page?


    • Rick Anderson March 3, 2013, 5:27 am

      Tony, if you are using Thesis Classic, it comes with a custom template that is essentially a single column page template. It is called the “Landing Page” template. You can assign that template to the About Us page by opening up that page in the WordPress Editor and selecting the template from the Thesis Custom Templates dialog (generally in the right hand column)

  • Mike Smith March 8, 2013, 6:11 pm

    Hi I’m currently using the free kippis theme for workpress can I easily put thesis using that site?
    Thank you

    • Rick Anderson March 10, 2013, 11:09 am

      Yes, Thesis, like any other WordPress theme can be used on any WordPress site. It can easily be switched however easy is relative as soon as you start customizing it to look the way you want it to.

  • Mike Smith March 13, 2013, 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the info, can you tell me is there any info relating to filling in all the areas below where you have written the post or page? Thanks.

  • Andy March 16, 2013, 10:26 am

    Hi Rick,

    Hope you are well.

    Could you give me a clue as to how to remove the white grid-lines from the header and columns divides.

    Many thanks, as always,

    • Rick Anderson March 21, 2013, 10:26 am

      Andy, that is the border inside of the Header package. Remove all of the border settings from the package and they’ll be gone.

  • Janice Schwarz May 31, 2013, 7:23 am

    Thank you! The fat footer tutorial saved my bacon. I was missing the containers for the widgets. Heading over to like you on Facebook now too. Again, thank you!

    • Rick Anderson June 4, 2013, 7:22 am

      I’m delighted it worked for you.

  • Horace June 6, 2013, 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. Without this, I had no clue where to start…….

  • NjGhtMaRe June 29, 2013, 8:03 pm

    Amazing, this really helpful for me, I’m trying to use thesis 2 with Marketer Delight 3 and now I almostly custom it in my idea 😀
    Thank you

    • Rick Anderson July 2, 2013, 10:10 am

      That’s great, I’m glad you found it helpful

  • Richard Takemura July 9, 2013, 9:19 pm

    Thank you for these tutorials! Much appreciated!