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A Beginner’s Guide to the Thesis 2.0 Skin Editor – Part 1 – 6 Main Concepts

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Well, good morning everybody and welcome to our new seminar, A Beginner’s Guide to the Thesis 2.0 Skin Editor. And if you get value out of this class, I would really appreciate it if you either liked this page or you Google +1 to this page or you know, share it on Twitter or something like that. That would be a great help to us. So if you found value here, please pass this page around because that will help us get more people to view our stuff.

So having said that, I think we’re just going to dive right into it. When I started with Thesis 2, I found it to be incredibly intuitive and so the first several times I described how to use Thesis 2. I realized that I didn’t explain it very well because I found it to be intuitive and so I left all of the stuff that was intuitive out of my conversation. And then as I’ve looked at the way other people have talked about Thesis 2, I realized that inspite of the fact that you don’t really need to know very much code or you don’t need to know any code really, to use Thesis 2… and inspite of the fact that it’s built that way, all of us who came running out of the gate with Thesis 2 and still talked about it in terms of code.

And so this seminar is an attempt to remedy that and just to talk about how you can use Thesis 2 to customize and to create your own website without having you know HTML or CSS. And that’s what our objective here today is.

Now in order to effectively use Thesis 2 though, you do need to master 6 main concepts. I’m not going to be particularly difficult and none of them are going to be related to syntax. But nevertheless, there are these 6 main things you need to learn.

You need to learn what a skin is. You need to learn the relationship between templates and web pages. You need to learn how boxes are used to create templates. You need to learn how packages are used to style templates. You need to learn how to link up boxes and packages. And then of course, you need to learn just how to manage and get around the Thesis Skin Editor interface. Really, those are the 6 things you need to learn. You don’t need to learn what a div tag is. You don’t need to learn how to write a CSS rule. You don’t need to learn what the proper HTML syntax is. You don’t need to know any php. Those things sometimes are helpful and there are some things you may be able to accomplish because you know that stuff. But you don’t need to know any of that. What you need to know is these 6 things: what a skin is, the relationship between templates and web pages, how boxes are used to create templates, how packages are used to style templates, how boxes and packages are linked and then how to use the Thesis interface.

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  • jamie mondestin December 19, 2012, 10:41 am

    Wow, nicely put together Rick.

    • Rick Anderson December 19, 2012, 2:32 pm

      Jamie I’m glad you got some benefit from them.

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