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Where is Rick Anderson?
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Pierre Cote
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March 3, 2019 - 5:33 pm
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Hi

So, John, how is it going for you ?

Pierre ( postrophe )

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March 23, 2019 - 10:43 am
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John, as you can see from the previous threads, it appears that Rick is busy elsewhere. Where that leaves all of us, nobody knows. As the weeks and months go by, certainly some of us are a little annoyed, as many of us paid for lifetime memberships etc.

However, there is quite a bit of technical know-how amongst the members of this forum, so if you have access to your site and you're up for learning how to make changes yourself, we may be able to help. I have quite a few sites using Agility Nude (which is the skin on your wife's site) - though only one using Woo Commerce as well. Content changes are generally very easy; layout changes if you have never used Thesis or Agility would likely be a bit confusing at first - there is definitely a learning curve. But we'd need to know what you were looking to change first!

Let us know. (I've been away in South America, or would have responded to this a lot sooner). You can also contact me privately via the contact form on my own website if you wish. paddyduncan.com

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May 17, 2019 - 11:12 am
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Yes, while I've dropped the ball on a number of folks here in the last 9 months, I've been involved in the same struggle everyone else is.  How to survive in an ever changing technological environment.

BYOB had become the best buggy whip instructor around.  Unfortunately technology has passed us by and buggy whips and buggy whip instruction is no longer in sufficient demand to be a working business model.  Perhaps it never was.  That was a very depressing realization - essentially 8 years of hard work culminating in failure.

As you probably all know by now I took a job as a software developer for Waterfield Technologies last fall.  This job has nothing to do with WordPress and very little to do with Web development.  I write software that augments the relationship between Amazon Connect and Salesforce, that adds functionality to Amazon Connect and that implements Amazon Lex. I also dabble in a roadside assistance mobile app and am starting the development of a web UI for setting up business holiday hours and their associated messages within Amazon Connect.

As all of this type of programming was new to me I spent the last 9 months doing lots of overtime trying to come up to speed.  But I'm there now and my work pace has changed to allow me time to work on BYOB.

So, I'll probably be apologizing a lot over the next few weeks but my goal is to be back helping y'all do what you need to do.

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April 6, 2020 - 5:11 pm
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My PayPal was charged for annual renewal in March but I do not have access to the site. From what I understand, Rick is essentially out of business and apparently has been for some time.

As much as I liked using Thesis, it is terribly labor-intensive and doesn't lend itself to tweaking and management by non-professional people. I do feel as thous I was sold a bill of goods by Rick, since I have paid him money for services I have not received.

Can anyone recommend a theme comparable to Thesis that is more user-friendly?

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April 10, 2020 - 9:32 am
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First of, Joe - if your credit card was used, file a dispute to see if you can get your money back. It does indeed appear that Rick won't be back - he hasn't been here for almost a year (again) now. 

Quite a few of us have chosen to move on - Thesis was great while Rick was supporting and developing Agility (in particular) but he's gone and Chris Pearson is really only interested in Focus, his new skin (which he arrogantly assumes will work for all of us - it absolutely does not) and has changed the licensing for those of us who bought lifetime licences. So I'm done - am not interested in dealing with that or the fact that I have little confidence in Chris' ability to keep Thesis going long-term. 

So...the hunt was on for another option, as clearly all my Agility sites need to be redone before something breaks (PHP, Wordpress, plugins are all getting updated - as is Thesis, though I've stopped updating that for now because of the licensing issues - sooner or later, you know there will be issues).

I considered most of the well-known options out there: Genesis, Astra, OceanWP, etc. and finally settled on GeneratePress. Sometimes using Elementor - depends on the needs of the site. I've rebuilt a former Agility site with it and it was pretty straightforward. I've built another site from the ground up (other than the content - it was on wordpress.com previously) and am part way through that. It is a straight custom site - no Elementor. It should be noted that I do have the Pro version of GeneratePress, which gives you a lot more options.

GeneratePress is very well coded - it's very fast to load (important!), the support is superb - via their very active forum or tickets and it's generally been a good experience so far. Its developer is Tom Usborne - he's the anti-Chris in terms of interactions with customers. (ie: will bend over backwards to help you, very nice, not an arrogant bone in his body).

My experiences using Elementor with GP have been a little more limited so far, but it also seems to be well-supported and I got prompt, helpful and courteous responses to questions.

I have at least another 20 sites to rebuild - no rest for me in this COVID-19 lockdown!

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April 30, 2020 - 10:56 pm
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Joe --

Just to chime in --- If your credit card was charged and you get no response from Rick to get it credited, would suggest that you go to your bank / PayPal and get them involved to help you get your money back.

I agree with everything that Paddy has posted above. Myself, Paddy, and a number of others who were one-time supporters of Rick, and users of Thesis/Agility and the BYOB website, have basically been racing to get ourselves, and all our clients, off of Thesis/Agility before something seriously breaks down.

A number of us don't see any reason to look at the new Thesis offering, Focus, as a replacement. Focus may work for some, but for most business-type websites, I think it is safe to say that a lot of us former Thesis/Agility users don't see a real application for it, as a replacement theme, for our client's business websites.

I agree with Paddy that GeneratePress is a well developed theme and easy to use -- and the developer, Tom Osborn could not try harder to be a nicer person -- he is just terrific and super nice and helpful - (and as Paddy points points out, the complete opposite of Chris, who at times, almost seems to be delighted to go out of his way to be rude, or arrogant, to someone who is only trying to find out information and get their job done.)

Another theme that has gotten some good words, reviews, etc that I have also tried is Astra. (I added the Astra Pro, low cost add on to the free theme.) Recently I used Astra to change out an old Thesis/Agility WooCommerce site that had gotten so old and outdated, the WooCommerce store had crashed for the client prior to his largest Christmas/holiday period selling season. The website had to be basically sort of 'taped together' to get it through the holiday season --- and then I worked with the client to change out all the old Thesis/Agility parts and get the website moved onto Astra --- which BTW 'plays very well with WooCommerce'.

Paddy references Elementor, which I also think is good. Beaver Builder is also a good page builder, and alternative to Elementor. For new users, I think it might be a good idea to test out the free versions of each one and see which has a 'work flow/style' that seems easier 'more friendly' to you -- then check out the pricing for the Pro add ons, which you will want to also get -- and pick one and begin to learn all the tools, tricks to make the tool work for you. I think both Elementor and Beaver Builder have their plus points -- and it sort of comes down to which is more comfortable for you to use.

That same idea could be used in comparing GeneratePress and Astra also --- both seem to be excellent themes, and as of this moment, have good support. I think it sort of comes down to what the user is the most comfortable in using.

And of course not every user will even need to consider using a tool such as Elementor, or Beaver Builder, depending on the website --  you may do well with using Gutenberg and the ever growing library of Gutenberg blocks.

Whichever theme, page builder, etc that you decide to move to, be prepared that you will have to devote some time to a learning curve, to get up to speed and make the tools really work for you. All the best as you undertake the task ahead.

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