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Thesis Theme 2 Seminars

Introduction to Thesis 2.3

We begin by talking about 6 features that make Thesis 2.3 special and way ahead of other themes in terms of SEO and design ability. Then we take you on a tour of the interface so that you understand what you are looking at and where to find the options you will use regularly. In each of the following videos you get a chance to see how to set basic things like the fonts, colors, dimensions, header and logo for your sites. You also get an introduction to using the text box for adding images, text and video and to using widgets to add content as well. If you are new to Thesis then this video series is a perfect place to start. These videos are available to free members.

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Thesis 2.3 for DIY Website Builders

This seminar is for the person who is building their own site and who is interested in learning some code like HTML and CSS and code concepts. We begin by introducing the 4 main concepts you need to understand to effectively use the Skin Editor and then take you on a tour of the interface so you know how to get around. You’ll learn about the types of templates and learn how boxes work. After that each video teaches you how to do specific tasks in the editor. These videos are available to free members.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Thesis 2.3 Skin Editor

Introduction 4 Main Concepts You Need to Understand to Effectively Use the Thesis 2.3 Skin Editor The Thesis 2.3 Skin Editor Interface What is the Relationship Between Skins, Templates and Web Pages? Types of Templates in Thesis 2 The Relationship of Boxes to Actual Pages HTML – Using The Template Editor Box Inheritance & Persistence […]

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Thesis 2.3 for Web Design Professionals

Thesis 2.3 is the perfect WordPress Theme for Web Designers because it is infinitely customizable and it gives you very powerful developer tools
that make creating websites over and over again easy. You can standardize your skins, design palate and set up defaults that you can implement repeatedly. Here you will learn about the File Structure, the Code Editor, creating and using variables and how to use template specific CSS with Thesis body classes. You will also learn how to restructure the layout of a skin, learn skin data management and work on responsive behavior in this seminar. These videos are available to free members.

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Thesis 2.3 for the WooCommerce Store Owner

Who is this Seminar for? What are the Benefits of Using Thesis 2.3 with WooCommerce Upgrading an Existing Store Start from Scratch with WooCommerce in Thesis 2.3 How to Make the Shop Page Full Width Make the Rest of the Store Pages Full Width Make a Specific Product Category Full Width Make ALL Product Categories […]

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Using the Agility 3.2 Skin for Thesis 2.3

Why should you use Agility? Well, Agility has been improved to be easier for both beginners and professionals. For beginners we have made it easier to layout and style the site, there is easy social networking setup and much more. There are special design options and more just for the Pros. In this seminar you will learn all the basics of using the Agility Skin. You get a thorough overview of all the options, how to use images in Agility and how to set up the header, footer, page displays and settings. These videos are available to free members.

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Thesis 2.1 Skin Editor

This guide is intended to give beginner’s not just an overview of the Skin Editor but a real understanding of what is in the editor, how it works, how the work you do there relates to the pages on your website and how you can begin effectively using it. After covering in depth the concepts you need to know to use the editor, we walk you through 7 examples of things you are likely to want to do on your own website.

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Thesis 2.1 Launch Party

This seminar focuses on the basics and is a great place to start for beginning Thesis users since no coding is required for any of the customization shown. It’s also a good foundation for the DIYer who wants to work on more extensive customization. We cover the new Thesis 2.1 interface and then dive into customizing the Thesis Classic Responsive Skin. We show how to add a header image, set site colors, change styles with the new Design Options, as well as how to add and style widgets. These videos are available to free members.

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Styling the Agility 3.2 Skin for Thesis 2

This seminar focuses on using Skin Design Options to style Agility. Here you learn how to style your site just the way you want it. We cover all the basics that you’d like to style such as fonts, paragraph text, headings, links, lists, page title, site title and tagline. Then we show how to style very specific items like your copyright, phone number, read more and call to action buttons. We finish the seminar with several videos on how to style backgrounds in different ways in Agility.

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Customizing Templates in Agility 3.2

This seminar is intended for Web Designers and the committed DIYer. The assumption is that you have reviewed our Guide to the Skin Editor and are comfortable with the concepts there. We review the tools in Agility 3.2 for customizing templates in the skin editor and show how the 23 custom boxes Agility has are designed to simplify or add additional functionality to your sites.

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How to provide automatic updates for your skins and boxes in Thesis 2.2

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Thesis 2.1 for DIY Website Builders

In this seminar we introduce the new Thesis 2.1 skin editor. We take the site that was developed during the launch party and shown how to move and style the menu, add a widgetized feature box and how to create structures in Thesis Classic Responsive that maintain its responsiveness. We spend a bunch of time using the new custom CSS editor. These videos are available to free members.

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Thesis 2.1 for Web Design Professionals

This seminar focuses on the tools Thesis 2.1 provides for web design professionals. It demonstrates how to extend Thesis while still retaining the responsiveness built into a given Thesis skin. We also look at the new Thesis Developer Tools box and use it to copy and create new skins. These videos are available to free members.

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Develop a Front Page Layout Using Thesis 2 Query Boxes

Query boxes are really the secret weapon of Thesis 2.1. They are a tool that allows you to display content from other posts, pages or custom post types. They can be used to accomplish many tasks. Here we talk about what query boxes are and show many ways to use them to display various types of content.

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How to Customize the Post Box in Thesis 2.1

In this seminar we look at a significant restyling and reorganization of the Thesis Post Box. This involves a bunch of very simple CSS concepts as well as a more advanced concept – floats. We start by looking at the html structure of the sample site and discuss strategies for imitating it in the current site. Next we take an in depth look at the float property as a tool for arranging various elements in the post box. Then we style the resulting structure. Finally, we make adjustments to our media queries to make the whole thing responsive.

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Introduction to HTML for WordPress & Thesis 2.1 Users

WordPress is great because it doesn’t force you to learn HTML to use it. However, many folks find that not knowing HTML places limitations on what they can do. Unfortunately learning HTML can be an arduous process, especially because much of what you would typically learn isn’t relevant in WordPress. This seminar bridges the gap between learning HTML and leaning HTML that will be useful to you as a WordPress (and Thesis) user.

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Introduction to Creating Custom Skins in Thesis 2.1

Thesis 2.1 introduces a whole new set of tools for making and distributing custom skins. Those tools include a new API for Design, Content and Display options, a new developer friendly skin editor interface, new “valet methods” for incorporating custom programing and new tools for copying and distributing skins and parts of skins. In this seminar we will review some of those tools as we create a simple skin from scratch. This seminar includes some light PHP and some significant HTML and CSS.

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Introduction to Customizing Thesis 2.1 Using PHP

With the advent of Thesis 2 most folks don’t need to muck about with PHP. Most of the typical WordPress coding that people do is easily handled with drag and drop in the Thesis Skin Editor. However, there are times when DIYers and developers alike have something they want to accomplish that can only be done using WordPress functions and PHP. This seminar introduces two methods of doing this in Thesis 2.1

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Advanced Thesis 2.1 Box Development

Thesis boxes are streamlined plugins. In this seminar we show how to create a responsive accordian slider box. With the skills taught in this seminar you can create your own custom boxes based on jQuery plugins.

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How to Completely Remove Thesis 2.1 from your Database

Sometimes it is essential (especially in troubleshooting) to completely remove Thesis 2.1 from your site and reinstall it from scratch. Unlike most themes, simply uninstalling Thesis and deleting it doesn’t delete the settings it stores in the database. In this seminar I demonstrate how to completely remove Thesis so you can reinstall it as if it were installed for the very first time.

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Upgrade a Thesis 1.8.5 Site to Thesis 2.1 Using the Classic Responsive Skin

In this seminar we take an existing Thesis 1.8.5 site and upgrade it to Thesis 2.1 using the Classic Responsive skin. We do this on a clone of the actual site and once styled the way we want it, we transfer the Thesis settings to the actual live site. This seminar assumes that you already have a basic knowledge of how to use Thesis 2.1.

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Customizing Templates in Agility 3 for Thesis 2

The BYOB Agility skin 3.0 for Thesis 2 is a mobile responsive multi column skin with specially designed “smart” boxes and options to make customizing it a snap. In this seminar we show how to customize the Templates in a variety of ways.

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How to Create a Video Landing Page Using Thesis & Agility 3

This is a special seminar on how to create a video landing page using Thesis Theme 2.2 and Agility Skin 3. Agility has some special tools that make this process very easy that other skins don’t have. We create a landing page based on this Formstack article, The Anatomy of a Perfect Landing Page. This article […]

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Using the Carta Skin for Thesis 2

Carta is a fully responsive skin for Thesis 2. This seminar introduces all of the features and functions built into Carta. It begins with an overview of the basic elements of the skin as well as its templates. Then I discuss all of the various Skin Design options and Skin Content options. Finally, we look at the Carta Smart Responsive Columns system and the Smart Widgets system. These videos are available to free members.

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Styling the Carta Skin for Thesis 2.1

The Carta Skin for Thesis 2.1 is a fully responsive skin with a ton of built in tools designed to allow you to style it with a minimum of code knowledge. It has an extensive set of background areas that can be styled via Thesis Skin Design options as well as tools for styling the menus and widget areas. In this seminar I demonstrate how to use those tools to completely customize the look and feel of a Carta based website.

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Customizing Templates in the Carta Skin for Thesis 2

In this seminar we discuss how to use the advanced tools in Carta to customize the arrangement and layout of various templates. Carta’s responsive columns system allows you to reconfigure the structure of your templates while still retaining the responsiveness. In other words, your web pages still look good in a mobile device. We then show you many examples of how to change the structure of your templates.

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Using the Agility Skin for Thesis 2

This seminar will teach you everything you need to know about using the Agility skin for Thesis 2 so that you create your own unique website. You learn how to set it up, you get an overview of the skin and then we go through the layout and all of the available features in depth. These videos are available to free members.

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Styling the Agility Skin for Thesis 2

Here you’ll learn not just what you can style in the Agility Skin for Thesis 2 but how to style all of the elements. We cover how to use all the built in styles as well as how to create custom styling. After watching this seminar you’ll be able to make the Agility skin reflect the style you want for your unique website.

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Customizing Templates in the Agility Skin for Thesis 2

In this seminar we discuss how to use the advanced tools in Agility to customize the arrangement and layout of various templates. Agility’s responsive columns system allows you to reconfigure the structure of your templates while still retaining the responsiveness. In other words, your web pages still look good in a mobile device. We then show you many examples of how to change the structure of your templates.

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How to Upgrade the Agility Nude Skin for Thesis 2 from version 1 to version 2.1

Thesis 2.1 introduced a bunch of new functionality for skin developers but unfortunately some of that is not compatible with Thesis 2. This means that folks using Agility in Thesis 2.0 will need to upgrade their skin for Thesis 2.1. I demonstrate an upgrade process in this seminar that should help Agility owners upgrade their sites.

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Integrating WooCommerce with Thesis 2

Until now WooCommerce and Thesis 2 didn’t work together. Here we introduce a fix for that problem: the WooCommerce Thesis Integrator plugin. In this seminar, we show how to install WooCommerce and set up its pages and templates. Then we show how to install the Integrator plugin and configure Thesis 2 to use it. Finally, we look at ways to customize the look and feel of the site using Thesis 2 tools. These videos are available to the public.

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MarketPress Connect for Thesis 2

MarketPress is a powerful and simple ecommerce plugin that is especially good at selling physical products. In this seminar I demonstrate how use MarketPress with Thesis 2. I demonstrate the various boxes and packages available for customizing the appearance of the MarketPress store using the familiar Thesis 2 tools.

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How to Display Testimonials in Thesis 2.1 Using Custom Post Types & Taxonomies

Learn how to use basic WordPress and Thesis 2.1 functionality for displaying testimonials and for relating testimonials to specific posts and pages. This is especially useful if you have specific testimonials related to specific services. We walk you through each of the steps so that you can display lists of testimonials and related testimonials.

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Install, Configure and Style the Social Media and Email Signup Boxes from DIYThemes

DIYThemes has recently released a group of boxes that enable you to add social media links and email sign up boxes to your Thesis 2 site. In this seminar we download and install each of the boxes and look at the configuration for each.

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How to Create a Feature Box with Graphics, Text and an AWeber Form in Thesis 2

We demonstrate how to create a highly customized AWeber opt-in form in a feature box in Thesis 2. We go through the steps of taking the HTML from the AWeber form, adding it to the site and customizing the code. We then show how to add a background image to the form, add and style a submit button and style the form fields. This is an intermediate level seminar due to the amount of time we spend working with and refining the css code.

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How to Create a Custom Opt-in Form with MailChimp & Thesis 2

We demonstrate how to create a highly customized MailChimp opt-in form in a feature box in Thesis 2. We go through the steps of taking the HTML from the MailChimp form, adding it to the site and customizing the code. We then show how to add a background image to the form, add and style a submit button and style the form fields. This is an intermediate level seminar due to the amount of time we spend working with and refining the css code.

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How to Create an apple.com Style Menu in Thesis 2

In this seminar we show how to create a simple, clean menu with no drop downs for a Thesis 2 website just like the menu you see on the apple.com site. We take you through the steps of adjusting menu item widths so they spread evenly across the page, creating a gradient background using your own color scheme in ColorZilla and adding border and radius to the menu. We demonstrate how to create this type of menu in our Agility Nude skin but you can do this in any Thesis 2 skin.

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How to Create a Landing Page in Thesis 2 & Agility

This seminar demonstrates how to create, style and add content to a landing page using the Agility skin but these lessons can easily apply to other skins as well. We recreate a landing page example from www.formstack.com, taking you step by step through the process. Landing pages are perfect for focusing visitor’s attention on taking a specific action so they are great for sales pages, for capturing emails, or whatever specific action you want them to take.

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Skin Management in 2.0.1

This seminar covers the aspects of skin management in Thesis 2.0.1. We show how to install and preview a skin and how to use the skin selector interface. Then we talk about how to update a skin and what the updates do. From there we show how to use the skin manager to backup, restore, export and import skin data and, finally, how to copy and export a full skin.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Thesis 2.0 Skin Editor

This seminar is for beginners, who don’t know HTML or CSS and who don’t want to learn them just to customize their sites. It teaches the main concepts you need to know to effectively use the Skin Editor. It’s true, whether you are starting from an existing skin or starting from scratch regular folks can build effective custom websites without learning how to code. The Thesis 2.0 drag and drop skin editor makes it possible for anyone to create their own unique WordPress website.These videos are available to free members.

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What’s New in Thesis 2.0

Thesis 2.0 has been redesigned from the ground up. So EVERYTHING is new in Thesis 2.0! In this series we look first at the new interface and then step by step work our way through the process of altering and styling the default Thesis Classic skin that comes pre-installed. These videos are available to the public.

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Thesis 2.0 Launch Party

Thesis 2.0 was released on October 1, 2012. In celebration we held a party and looked at all of the new features of Thesis 2.0. We discuss how to work your way through the interface, how to change templates, how to style various elements of a page and how to create custom sidebar configurations. These videos are available to the public.

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How to Create a Full Width Skin in Thesis 2.0

Learn how to create a Full Width skin from a “page width” template layout in this 9 part seminar. We demonstrate how to add full width background images, how to customize the front page template and how to add full width sliders to the skin. We also include demonstrations of a clickable header image and menu customization.

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Thesis 2.0 Technical Review

Thesis 2.0 has entirely changed the way we develop and customize our Thesis theme sites. Thesis 2.0 has revolutionized the way we layout and assign templates and the way we apply styles to our design. These kinds of back-end changes come from an entirely new code base. In this seminar we examine that new code base and tackle a couple of customization tasks.

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How to upgrade from Thesis 1.x to Thesis 2 Using the Thesis Classic Skin

Learn how to upgrade from a customized version of Thesis 1.8.5 (or below) to Thesis 2 using the Thesis Classic Skin. In this seminar you will learn how to take an inventory of your site, use Thesis 2 built in functions to change the appearance of Thesis Classic and to migrate custom CSS and PHP.

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