WordPress is an elegant CMS that is utilized by the world over, and Thesis is one of the most popular frameworks among its users. Designed by the highly respected Chris Pearson in 2008, Thesis quickly became the foundation of a majority of premium designs due to its built-in SEO and simple, point-and-click control panel.
Thesis was quickly emulated around the extremely competitive WordPress design scene, becoming the inspiration for other impressive layouts and frameworks. As time moved on and the WordPress theme world became stagnant, Pearson began thinking on ways to improve Thesis beyond the superficial and decided to rebuild the entire thing. The project took two years and will be released as Thesis 2.0 on October 1, 2012.
Problems Solved With Thesis 2.0
Anyone who has ever run a WordPress site at any time tends to run into three key issues while keeping up with the times.
- Refreshing the layout to keep the site visually appealing.
- Making the site function better through the use of plugins and add-ons.
- Ensuring that the first two things work together properly to give the best user experience.
All three can cause serious problems if they are not implemented in the correct way. The site can take a performance hit or break down altogether.
The following new features are intended to help the user easily make changes without compromising the website.
Thesis Skin Editor
Prior to the new Thesis, the skins and child themes were handled through the use of PHP code or different template files to achieve a certain look. It was an excellent way to create stunning customizations, but it presented a high learning curve for those who were not developers. Pearson solved this problem by making the Thesis Skin Editor, which allows users to interact with the design they are building.
By being able to click and drag elements into place, users are presented with an actual visual layout of what they are creating and not just a bunch of code that makes no sense. Changes can be easily made by anyone regardless of skill level.
The idea behind Thesis Boxes is the ability to painlessly and seamlessly add functionality. Previously, this was accomplished by the use of plugins, which sometimes required the insertion of code into templates. Done incorrectly, the entire site could derail.
Thesis Boxes helps avoid plugin uncertainty by the use of “boxes”, which are activated and may be placed anywhere in a skin adding functionality without error. The user may change settings and get the exact result that is desired without having to plow through code. The user never has to worry if a critical function will be supported by a certain skin. Everything works together in Thesis 2.0.
The fact that CSS has not seen any new innovation in the past decade has led to larger, more complex stylesheets. For people with minimal coding skills, this has made running a modern website very challenging.
Thesis Packages allows the user to implement even complicated CSS without having to hunt through code. The process works through the use of dropdown menus, offering simple choices such as fonts and colors alongside more complicated elements related to structure and functionality across different browsers. Packages do all the heavy lifting while affording the user more time to have fun and experiment with the visual aspects of a skin.
Future versions of the framework will allow the user to control menus, forms, typography and other elements through the use of Thesis Packages. The end goal is for the user to never, ever have to touch any code or be intimidated by a lack of technical skills.
Thesis 2.0 will be available for purchase October 1 on the DIY Themes website. The pricing structure has changed to be more in line with current market and is outlined below.
- Those who already own the Developer’s Option do not need to do anything.
- Those who own the Personal Option will get a free upgrade to the new Thesis but will be required to upgrade to the Developer’s Option in order to receive the top benefits package. This is a $77 cost.
More new features will be released later, meanwhile click below to check out the new Thesis 2.0.