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Is this compatible with Thesis 2.1.x ? If not, any plans to update this?
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Angelo Rinaldi
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August 18, 2013 - 2:18 am
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Looking for a way to add widget areas to my posts / pages. - They seem to be the easiest / simplest way to manipulate the appearance of my sites quickly and practically into (almost) a "WYSIWYG".

I was going to add the Simple Responsive Columns to my site and invest time with that as a substitute.

However, when going to upload the package, Thesis had warnings at the top about packages being depreciated and phased out by 2.2.

The versions are changing pretty quick, so I don't know if 2.2 is in two years or 2 days.

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August 18, 2013 - 6:50 am
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Angelo, welcome to the forum.

No, the shortcode content widgets plugin isn't compatible with Thesis 2.  The Simple Responsive Columns may work with Classic Responsive, although they do rely on different media queries, and were originally developed for Thesis Classic.

It is likely that I will create a new version of that for Classic Responsive soon.

You might look at Agility.  It has the responsive columns system built into it.  I will be releasing a "page width" skin called Carta, in the next couple of days with similar functionality.

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Thanks for that Rick! 

 

When I look at Agility, (Just to confirm) - does it have a way to put (Responsive?) Widgets into my posts / pages?

The example shows Footer Widgets, so I think I didn't fully appreciate that Agility can insert Widgets into the posts.

 

I think I'm catching the drift that everything needs to be responsive in order for mobile devices to view my web pages.

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Angelo - no, nothing I have replicates the shortcode content widgets plugin.  In Agility you can't place widgets within the content of a post or page.  However you can place responsive elements, including widgets anywhere you want in the template.

What specifically are you trying to accomplish?

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Hi Rick – Thanks for the quick reply!

 

This is with primary regard to my Home Page.

I spent Hours on your videos over the last year (all excellent!) learning about CSS Sheets, FTP, ColorDropper?(In firefox), etc. To that end I must admit, I have a day job that doesn't really keep your teachings in my frontal lobe, and a lot of the Thesis related learnings go out the window if I get caught up in things for a week or two. (Especially at the end of financial year – maybe longer than a week or 2?). When I come back to it, I spend almost as much time again re-trying to remember what padding is vs margin, what darn video was I looking at?, etc…

Out of frustration – I deleted everything, and just wanted to start over. I just walked away for a while and got busy doing other things…And along came Thesis 2! Seemed much easier, but still bits to remember that I thought I would need to make cheat sheets for… Thesis 2.1 seems like I will need even fewer cheat sheets.

- No cheat sheets required for a Widget!!! Now THAT is something I "get". It's a little box, and you put whatever you want in it, you can move it, change it, or get rid of it all together. Easy to update, easy to move around.

So, I figure if I make my whole front page out of widgets, I can more easily make it look how I want, and also more easily change the appearance to suit.

 

Contextually -

The biggest thing this is for is to build a genuinely high quality site that offers some affiliate products and possible forum.

This site is not going to change the world, or pay for my retirement...

I think these products are pretty darn good, and I want my site to reflect that as a reflection of me. When I tell my friends and family about the site, I want it to look professional, rather than a fly-by-night snake-oil ripoff factory.

It seems most of the affiliate templates that I see available are cheesy, and all seem to look the same. I don't think most of the high pressure sales-type sites are helpful, and always seem to try to force someone into buying, or guilting them into doing something. Those sites may be financially "successful" but I don't think they are actually helpful.

I'd like to offer quality content, guest bloggers by way of the creators of my offerings, etc and offer products that people are after without all the "Congratulations!!! You are the 1 Millionth Visitor" (with the weird blinking colored stars) or counting down "You have 10, 9, 8 etc....to respond to this one-time offer!!" crap that is out there.

 

I think if I can offer good information that is easy to find, and my products / reviews are decent and honest, people will come back, and this site can turn into a hobby that can pay for itself.

 

I think making it Widget based will help me update the appearance of the home page quickly and easily by being able to "drag and drop".

I believe using Thesis will help me change the overall appearance and feel quickly and easily. (Christmas colors, Spring Colors, Summer Colors, etc).

 

Attached a link to a picture of the rough idea I have in mind (Used Excel for the rough blocks I would like).

http://screencast.com/t/26sX1tVer

 

(I couldn't figure out how to get a pic in here).

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OK, so really what you are saying is that you want to customize the template and put various pieces of text in various places.

Thesis 2.1 should make this quite a bit easier and either Agility or Carta will make the process of making it responsive quite a bit simpler.  Whether you use widget areas or text boxes or a combination of all of them with query boxes.

If you were doing this in Agility you would do something like the image below:

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August 21, 2013 - 6:04 am
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Thanks Rick!

 

I'll give it a shot!

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