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Dear Internet…

Just thought you’d like to know, you’ve only got about 10 hours left to purchase the Thesis Theme for only $67. The pre-launch hoo-rah is over, and now it’s time to get serious about theme software.

I really can’t believe how awesome the possibilities are.

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36 comments… read them below or add one

Hafiz Dhanani April 28, 2008

The theme is amazing Chris!
But so are your free ones :)

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the log homer April 28, 2008

nice themes. chris, have you ever thought about creating blog extension platforms as add-ons for individual sites?

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Chris P. April 28, 2008

log homer — Integrating a blog as an extension of a site (like yours, for instance) is a snap with WordPress. Essentially, all you would have to do is install WordPress in a directory on your server (perhaps at /blog), and then link to your new blog from your existing site.

If you really want to receive maximum SEO benefit from your new blog, then outfit it with a great theme, and try to produce laser-focused articles pretty regularly.

The rest, as they say, is history!

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Aubrey Island April 28, 2008

Sweet Theme!

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the log homer April 28, 2008

@Chris.

Thanks for responding! Are there typically a lot of barriers to enter the realm of a hybrid site like that (a standard site mixed with wordpress blogging interface)?

Do you recommend doing something like that over creating a separate social community network where everyone can blog?

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Chris P. April 28, 2008

log homer — As long as you’re not dependent on tying together an existing user database with the WordPress database, then there really is almost no barrier to entry. From an SEO standpoint, it makes sense to go ahead and get a blog started up as soon as possible.

I would wait on the “social community network” until the free-and-easy BuddyPress is released. Personally, I don’t see any reason to dump a huge expense into development on this side of things, especially when there is so much ground to be gained in the search engines with a well-constructed blog.

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Javier Cabrera April 28, 2008

Your clean themes have opened my mind into making free themes for wordpress. I’m building one right now for everyone to use (will release soon). One thing I don’t fully “get” is what is the use of permalink in comments beyond just saying to someone “hey, look what this dude said” and pasting it on the messenger.

Javier

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Dave April 29, 2008

Chris, are you in on the development of buddypress? It looks like a great idea.

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Chris P. April 30, 2008

Dave — No, but I’m definitely keen on the idea and subscribed to the development mailing list. I first became interested in the project during Q1 of this year, when I hacked together ForgeLouisville.com using WordPress and a slew of plugins. With a bit of help, I was able to allow users to set up profiles (and individual profile pages). Of course, this led to the desire for even more “social networking” capabilities, and that development course inevitably coalesces with that of BuddyPress.

Anyway, yeah—I’m keeping an eye on the project ;)

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Chris P. April 30, 2008

Javier — Sometimes, comments prove valuable enough that you might actually want to link to them. I’ve found them especially handy on pages where I share development tips or small snippets of code, because situations inevitably arise where you’ll want to link back to those comments. On those types of pages, seeing “what this dude said” often proves meaningful for users.

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John April 30, 2008

You’re not a web developer and you have no credentials to stand by. Please stop giving out false information and telling people to “live by it”. You are not a web developer you are what many in that field would consider a “web tweaker”. You take whats already there and fix it. There’s nothing wrong with that but it is not development, it is repetition, and something any body can get done out of India for about $8.

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Chris P. April 30, 2008

I suppose my NFL Facebook app just created itself from scratch then, huh?

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John April 30, 2008

I shouldn’t have bothered. I’ve had a few to drink ;)

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Javier[EmaStudios] May 1, 2008

That’s rude John. You call him a liar? Chris, he is calling you a liar. Just give me the sign Chris, I have a big backyard and some tools in the garage, I live close to the woods too so we have some options to do this.

Come on papi, be fun, be fun!

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David May 1, 2008

Chris,

I love what you’ve done with the Thesis theme, but would love it that much more if it was two column. Do you have any plans to release anything like that in the future?

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Chris P. May 1, 2008

Javier — Laff, arguments like that are way too “fun” for me to deal with at this stage of the game, but I appreciate you having my back either way!

David — Yes, absolutely. Once I’ve got the core Thesis platform up to the level of scalability that I’m after, I’m going to diversify into two-column layouts and even new themes. The two-column Thesis will likely be the first one out of the gate, though, and it should debut before the end of May.

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David May 2, 2008

Chris – Thanks for the reply; I bit the bullet and ordered the current version of Thesis today. I’ll play with that for a few weeks and switch to the two-column version as soon as you release it.

I posted in the forum already, but in case you can’t comment out the rotating image, could you make that an option in the future, for those like myself who don’t want/need the rotating image?

Thanks!

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Chris P. May 4, 2008

David — That’s slated to be an option in the next release of the theme. When that version drops, you’ll be able to choose rotating images, video, or nothing at all. Hopefully, that will cover everybody!

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Edwin May 7, 2008

Hi, I bought the Thesis theme yesterday but when i login i still can’t download it. What do you think is the problem?

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Chris P. May 7, 2008

Edwin — When you paid for the theme, you used an e-Check, which typically takes 3–4 business days to clear. Once the e-Check has cleared my PayPal account, the DIYthemes software will send you an email alerting you to the fact that you can now download the theme.

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Banago May 12, 2008

Just thought you’d like to know, you’ve only got about 10 hours left to purchase the Thesis Theme for only $67

You mean the theme would cost more. If so, how much? Thanks :)

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Drew May 21, 2008

Chris, I saw the $67 special too late. I am doing work on a site for a kids band group and was hoping you would let me take advantage of that special since I am donating my time and the fee to the kids. They are a great bunch and I really want to give them a quality site. I will likely buy the theme regardless, but would love a little help

Thanks..

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CBM May 31, 2008

Hi Chris, I have been trying to access DIYThemes. com for two days now. I am thinking about purchasing your developer package. Is the website down? It’s not coming up for me.

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weave June 1, 2008

I’m trying to get to the site as well. DNS servers appear to be unreachable. Both are one IP apart, on same net, mbe on same host even. Not a good practice. :(

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Chris P. June 4, 2008

CBM, weave — My server crashed while I was traveling across the country, and I was not able to fix it until late Sunday. Sorry about the access problems, but everything should be up and running fine now!

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Jeevan June 23, 2008

Not bad, looks plain vanilla to me … it would need some bells, I guess. Perhaps, it’s left for more customisation?

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Chris Pearson June 23, 2008

Jeevan — For people with a little bit of HTML/CSS knowledge, Thesis is an incredibly flexible framework that can be styled quite easily. The reason why it looks “vanilla” is because design is a subjective art—if you like color, graphics, and a more customized look, you can achieve that with Thesis. If, however, you like a more minimalist approach, Thesis can accommodate you there as well.

The bottom line is that in order for a theme to be maximally applicable, its default version cannot contain a bunch of graphical embellishments that constrain the design to look a certain way.

And if your portfolio is any indication, I bet you could create a wicked Thesis mod!

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Paulo June 24, 2008

Pearson,
I love much of its themes, mainly by printing and the code clean and optimized. Because, after that I spent reading your blog and analyzing their subjects realized how much are good.
The drone is very good, but you must offer other subjects.
Preferably, free, here in Brazil since my blog is not earning enough to pay for another topic.
Unfortunately the Thesis is paid …
I will await the news.

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Jeevan June 28, 2008

Ah! the operative word here is ‘framework’ …

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Chris Pearson June 28, 2008

Jeevan — People need to understand that it doesn’t make any sense to buy a design and all your code in one fell swoop. The odds of someone coming off with a code base that is as optimized, flexible, and feature-rich as Thesis on the first iteration are literally nonexistent.

This is not just me blowing smoke, either. Thesis is the evolving result of feedback from hundreds of savvy users. Each day, I get to see it operating in different environments, and on top of that, I get to see where it falls short of fulfilling people’s needs. Of course, the goal moving forward is to accommodate those needs and then some.

As much as I love the pure art of design – and clearly, you are a talented, competent graphic designer – the Web does not run on design. The Web runs on search, indexing, and people’s ability to digest large amounts of information in a short time. Thesis is equipped with all the tools necessary to get any site up to speed in the areas that are critical for doing business and connecting with others online.

If you gave it half a chance instead of bashing it, you would see that you could quickly and deftly modify the design, providing your own unique touches. This would allow you to not only roll out client sites faster, but you would be giving them a far superior product that can truly help their business establish itself online.

About half of the code behind the scenes is strictly for designers and folks who are most interested in sweeping customizations. I’ve gone to great lengths to provide an environment where creatives can excel and do what they do best.

And believe it or not, some people actually like the default design.

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Jeevan June 29, 2008

Chris: Nope! not at all bashing, okay … :) Honestly, that would be a honest reaction and a question that most people would have at the beginning. Oh yes, (I repeat) I definitely understand it’s a framework and not a theme … a means to an end, and not an end in itself, everything false into place. Say, that’s a new way of helping people with making websites, eh? Also, helps designers do some kung fu with design. :)

Accept my apologies, the verbal communication of the Internet doesn’t convey the nuances of emotions and is open to misunderstandings.

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Gregory Nemer August 14, 2008

Hi Chris,
I am really interested in your thesis theme and want to know if you will run a special pric e soon.
Thanks

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Chris Pearson August 19, 2008

Gregory — The $67 special was a pre-launch only kinda thing, and I don’t foresee a price below $87 in the future. If anything, it’ll probably increase to something like $97 before the end of September.

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Gregory Nemer August 19, 2008

Thanks Chris,
I purchased the theme and really like it. I am tweaking it now and look forward to your updates.

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4ALL2ALL August 29, 2008

A nice template, I love it.

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Roy Scribner October 14, 2008

Hey Chris – blogged a blurb about Thesis today.

Cheers,
Roy

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