For this Two Cents Tuesday…talkin’ about Thesis 1.8.
I’m sure you have heard that the long-awaited Thesis 1.8 has been released this week and it’s at the same price as it was before, so there are sighs of relief going up all over the blog world. I use Thesis on BizChickBlogs and am an affiliate, also.
Prior to this release I was really hesitant about recommending it, and for awhile I chose not to use it on BCB because I didn’t recommend it. I used it for clients when they bought it and I also have a developer license and have used it on just a few of my own sites before, but I didn’t want to say to everyone, buy Thesis.
The biggest change in this release is the ability to upload a header image using the options panel rather than having to FTP it and rely on customizing the CSS or custom_functions.php file yourself (and if seeing “custom_functions.php” written out just made your eyes cross, that’s why I didn’t recommend it). Now, easily customizing the header, which is undoubtedly one of the most desirable features of any theme, is in there. Like Prego, it’s in there.
Thesis 1.8 Features
Thesis 1.8 has all sorts of features that make it much more user-friendly. I’m only listing the ones that are most desirable from a non-developer standpoint. For developers, there are a few more that make it useful. View All Thesis 1.8 Features Here.
- Header image upload feature (clickable and search engine optimized as well)
- Favicon upload feature
- SEO character counts (very nice; similar to All-In-One-SEO except this count both title and description characters)
- Google Font Selector
- All of the features of previous versions, including highly customizable fonts, colors, and layout.
If you were frustrated about the header thing, that part is taken care of.
Thesis Theme Ideas
If you’re concerned about your theme looking like everyone else’s, you don’t need to be. Thesis is a framework; customizing it completely will give you your own custom theme, essentially.
Examples of things I’ve done with Thesis. Compare these against BizChickBlogs:
See how different each of them looks? There are many, many more examples. FamousBloggers.net, Kikolani.com and CopyBlogger.com blogs use Thesis, and you can check out a few Thesis Theme Galleries for more examples.
Share Your Thesis Experience
Usually people who have Thesis really like it, but on occasion, people have concerns or different experiences to share. I know that many of you use Thesis, so if you have any advice or warnings, share them here so people can be fully prepped. Thanks!