In this session we answer the question, “Should I move my site to a Thesis 2?” and we discuss the different interfaces in Thesis 2. There’s really no reason to move to Thesis 2 right away from an existing site unless you intend to redesigning the site. We also discuss the skin that we have now created that will automatically make any site responsive.
Rick: Lisa, I’ve just unmuted your microphone. How are you doing, Lisa?
Lisa: Hi, I’m good. Can you hear me?
Rick: I can hear you very well, yes.
Lisa: Okay. This is a very useful class and…
Rick: Of course it is. I’m teaching it.
Lisa: I know. But I still have some questions that are sort of, I think structural at the very front end.
Lisa: I’ve got a bunch of sites that I built with Thesis 1.8.
Lisa: So… and the interface is completely different in 2.0. So I think it’s going to take me a moment to get the hang of the new interface and I’m wondering, strategically how to go about this.
Rick: Well strategically, I wouldn’t update any site that you weren’t changing the style of. There’s no reason for you to upgrade from 1.85 to 2.0 until you are ready to change the style of the site.
Lisa: So there’s no way which is… is there anything that I need to you know like… there’s no errors or anything that are getting fixed with 2.0? It’s not a bump thing?
Rick: 2.0 is really an entirely different thing, works entirely differently than 1.85 does. That’s what it really is. There’s no clear upgrade path from 1.85 to 2.0. You have to learn everything new and you start from scratch. So there’s no reason to do that on an existing site until you’re ready to redesign that site.
Lisa: So the biggest reason I was thinking of you know, bumping up some of these sites is that I thought 2.0 was responsive to mobile devices in a way that 1.8 is not. Is that accurate?
Rick: No, it’s not accurate. 2.0 is a blank canvas and the artist makes it responsive or not. But 2.0 is really just a canvas. And if you want to start off with a responsive skin, you want to wait a couple of weeks and use the skin I’m creating for members to do just that. And then it will automatically be responsive and all you have to do is change out stuff that you like and…
Lisa: Well, I’ll be happy to wait and have you do the work.
Lisa: So… but I’m correct at thinking that the 1.8 sites are not automatically responsive, correct?
Rick: No, they’re not.
Lisa: Alright. So I just need to wait a few weeks and look for an email from you.
Rick: Yeah well, I’m going to be teaching the beginner class again and beginner class, I mean you know, how to create a professional website using Thesis. I’m going to be teaching that class here starting in a week or so. And in order for me to teach that class, I need to have my skin in place because I’m going to teach it based on that skin. So that when people are done with that class, they’ll have their own customized version of a responsive skin.
Lisa: Alright. And that’ll be like a series like 8 or 10 weeks or something?
Rick: There’ll be an 8-week series on it, yeah.
Lisa: Okay, alright.
Rick: Most of which you don’t need. You really don’t need very much of it. I mean, it’s a beginner series so it’s how to create a post, how to create a page, how to make a menu, how to organize your site. It’s going to be all that stuff.