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Have You Seen What Thesis 1.6 Can Do?

Thesis is my software project, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I’d love to show you what it can do! The latest version has been met with tons of enthusiasm, and people have been saying some really awesome things about it. Check out this video I made, and I think you’ll understand why :D

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138 comments… read them below or add one

Sam Diener October 29, 2009

A lot of work you must have put into this!

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Joe Stamford October 29, 2009

Seems a lot of back and forth checking – isn’t there a way to see what you’re doing without all the saving and then checking?

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Don Campbell October 29, 2009

Great video Chris. I can’t wait to upgrade my blog from Thesis 1.5 to 1.6 – it will make some of my nav menu customizations easier.

I also added this Thesis Ninja (a collection of Thesis WordPress tutorials and tips.)

Awesome tour of the new features in v1.6 – thanks again.
-Don

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rjleaman October 29, 2009

Thank you for the easy-peasy Code Editor thingie, in particular!

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Ed Tankersley October 30, 2009

This is a great video, Chris. Frankly, I was feeling overwhelmed by Thesis, and was thinking about jumping ship. But with the additional interface controls in Thesis 1.6 and this really enlightening video, I’ve changed my mind and am going to have another go at upgrading site using Thesis controls. Thanks!

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Ivo Ivanov November 1, 2009

Great video and awful color palette:)

I realy like the new features in 1.6,

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Kiran November 2, 2009

It does wonders! I am glad I just bought the theme, right at a perfect time :) Thanks for such a fab theme Chris!

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billy pep November 3, 2009

Are your plug ins standalone? if so what commercial ecommerce sites are compatible

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Chris Pearson November 4, 2009

Billy — Technically, I don’t have any plugins, but Thesis runs on WordPress and allows for adaptation of anything written in PHP.

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Howard November 4, 2009

Wow! Great video! How do I upgrade to 1.6? I purchased the more expensive version, I am not sure what it is called, but I had two choices and I chose the more expensive one because I want to use it on multiple blogs.

Also, when I upgrade will it change anything with my current layout and is it possible to lose my info?

I will be trying to promote Thesis soon! I just need to get these two blogs I am doing on my own straightened out. But I will definitely be using your videos on some pages.

Thanks,
Howard

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Brendan Wenzel November 5, 2009

Loving 1.6 so far. Creating some great customizations with it and working on making a video about it to place on my blog. Thanks Chris for all your work!

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Carl114 November 7, 2009

Thanks for the Thesis. Version 1.6 is great. Update lasted only a few minutes. I am satisfied. Thanks to her!

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Ramses November 7, 2009

Thanks Chris for making blogging finally a funny and enjoyable thing. And yes: I’ve seen what Thesis 1.6 can do for me ;-) It rocks my socks off. On a daily basis. Nobody achieved that amount of web development joy for me before!

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Rajesh Kanuri November 9, 2009

impressed with the work and now i am officially into thesis family

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Howard November 10, 2009

How did you make this theme look so cool? I love the categories labels and the colored tabs and navigation.

Does anyone know the easiest way to place an flv video on your blog?

Thanks!
Howard

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Chris Pearson November 10, 2009

Rajesh — Welcome aboard; we’re glad to have ya!

Howard — This is a custom design I did back in 2006. In all likelihood, I’m gonna turn it into a Thesis skin that will debut in early 2010.

As far as .flv is concerned, I use this plugin.

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enjayneer of JAYtography November 12, 2009

You’ve just taught me how easy it easy to handle that stuff that I thought then was for the techy guys only. Thanks man.

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Rocky Garcia November 13, 2009

Thesis is a very awesome theme! I love using this theme.

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ghaz iqbal November 17, 2009

Cracking video, Im hoping to get this on my new personal blog.
Keep up the good work!

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Forela Creative November 18, 2009

This looks awesome man!

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Mark November 18, 2009

I just bought thesis, and I so needed a video like this. You cut my learning in half man! Awesome video, and great work on Thesis. I can’t wait to dive in…

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Christian Toto November 20, 2009

I have Thesis … two quick questions:

Do I have to know a bit about web coding to update to the latest 1.6?

My site is running slow over the last few weeks. My hosting company says it’s a ‘script’ issue. Any tips on how I go about fixing that?

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Roland Varduhn November 20, 2009

Hi Chris,

Would like to jump into the Dev Package!

But hold on… Is THESIS working for other languages too?
Or if I use a “German WP Version” will it still working well with THESIS?
Please let me know. Thx!
Roland

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Carl114 November 20, 2009

Yes. Sure. Thesis I have translated into Czech language and it works perfectly.

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Roland Varduhn November 20, 2009

Great News – THX!

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Chris Pearson November 20, 2009

Christian — Two things here:

  1. You are currently running Thesis 1.4.2 and should absolutely upgrade to 1.6 as soon as possible (and no, you won’t need to know any code, but you will need to follow the instructions outlined on the Thesis download page). I’ve made significant improvements to the speed and efficiency of the codebase since 1.4.2, and that alone will speed up your site dramatically.
  2. Right now, you have obviously hand-edited your header.php file to include some JavaScript stuff, and there are two problems with this. First, you should never edit any core Thesis files. Second, you should place these scripts in the Footer Scripts section of your Thesis Options page. By placing them here instead of in the header, you will help your visitors out by giving them a much smoother page load.

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Gill November 21, 2009

Hi Chris: Thesis looks amazing and I am just about at the point of pressing the buy now button. But one question for you please: if I customise Thesis on a test subdomain I have set up, is it possible to then copy the settings across to my existing blog in one go, or will I have to make each change individually?

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Marty K. November 29, 2009

Chris,

I have a request and a question.

1) Is there any way that you can put an email link or a submission form on the DIYthemes site for people that have pre-purchase questions? I’m thinking that a lot of potential clients wouldn’t have Googled you or might feel awkward asking questions via a blog comment.

2) On the “plans” page on DIYthemes, you mention that the developer’s option gives unlimited uses on “sites that you own,” which you define as “sites where you are listed as the person (or business) who registered the domain.” Now, I’d like to purchase the developer’s option and have 2 domains on which I’d like to use Thesis, but both domains already use a “domain privacy” option that I bought before I even heard of Thesis, and therefore don’t contain any personally identifiable information. I’m assuming that you check via a WHOIS search. So, what now?

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gads.ro November 29, 2009

Chris, i’m sorry for posting this on comments but I didn’t find a contact link on your website (sory if I missed it) and you don’t have to approve it.
I’m using one of your wordpres themes – Pressrow – and I would really nead a few more widgets, like posibility to add a social share button (like addthis.com) and a contact form.
This is my blog on wp: http://unvideopezi.wordpress.com/ ( in english “it’s.one.video.per.day”). I want to bring many visitators and work on userfidelity, but I nedd more widgets or mobility, like introducing scripts in the head section of the code.

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Justyna November 30, 2009

Chris your theme is absolutely fantastic and I want to buy it. My question is: can I use this theme with wordpress software installed in other languages’ version than English? I want to create a blog in Spanish and Polish, will it work well together?

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Olivia* November 30, 2009

You are… awesome!

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Chris Pearson December 1, 2009

Gill — As of Thesis version 1.6, the only way to copy your settings to your live site is to use the Thesis Export Settings Plugin from long-time Web rockstar Greg Boser. The good news is that it’s a cinch to use!

Marty K. — I’ll see about the email link; we get a ton of mail, and I’ve instituted a new 30 day money-back guarantee that should help quell a lot of fears.

As far as your private domains go, no worries! You’re totally within the DIYthemes terms of service, and on top of that, we don’t run a police state :D

gads.ro — I no longer support PressRow; all of my theme efforts are focused on Thesis, which is an infinitely more powerful and robust platform. Give it a look!

Justyna — Thesis can be translated into other languages, and lots of people are using it this way. The owner of this site is very helpful and may be able to assist you with the translation.

Olivia* — Thanks ;)

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Marty K. December 2, 2009

Thanks, Chris. Good to know. I’ll be signing up for Thesis in the near future.

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Justyna December 2, 2009

Thanks Chris, it’s very helpful. I’ll join the Thesis community very soon:))

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M.A. Romero December 4, 2009

I am writing here as nowhere on your websites can I find contact information or where to address pre-sales questions.

It took a while to track down you down as the author of the Thesis Theme.

I notice that on FireFox if you increase the default minimum font size, say to 14pt, the Thesis Theme ‘breaks” i.e. you have to scroll right to see the rest of the page.

This happens with practically all the demo sites I have visited, except one, and this site pearsonified.com. With Thesis Affiliate this does not happen, nor does it happen with themes I have purchased from Studio Press.

I do not have a Word Press site yet but have purchased several themes and preparing to launch a few sites. I am interested in your theme but I would like your comment on my observation. Best Regards

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Joe F December 6, 2009

Very cool, very interested. I am just wondering what kind of learning curve we are talking about for a rookie blogger. I already feel overwhelmed and don’t want to spend a month learning a new product.

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Chris Pearson December 6, 2009

M.A. Romero — The default Thesis layout does not “break” as you’ve described. The situation you mentioned can only occur if people use substandard custom CSS on their sites. Also, if you’re using Firefox 3.5+, this behavior is completely eliminated unless you have “zoom text only” selected (which is not the default).

In other words, only users can introduce this “error,” and even if they do, the most modern browsers will mitigate most of these kinds of problems.

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Chris Pearson December 6, 2009

Joe F — It all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. If you are looking to do a full-on custom design for your site, then there’s going to be a learning curve involved no matter which platform you decide to use. However, if you’re simply trying to run a strong Website and learn about proper site building techniques in the process, then Thesis is the perfect choice for you.

Thesis is equipped with dozens of tools for webmasters, but you needn’t take advantage of (or even know about) all of them in order to run a successful site. However, as you learn more and more about what it takes to run a killer site, Thesis will be ready to accommodate you with options and controls that you’ll be able to use like a ninja.

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M.A. Romero December 6, 2009

Thanks for the response Chris. I went to http://www.copyblogger.com/ which runs Thesis according to one of the posts.

I use FireFox 3.5.5

I played around with the font settings in FireFox. Setting my default font (using my laptop) to 16pt, then going into the Advanced Tab and setting the minimum font size to “none” fixes this behavior – the site renders good.

I did not have the zoom text only enabled.

I looked at another framework theme that appears similar to yours (I will not mention it as I do not know whether this is appropriate), and their demo sites do not exhibit this little “problem” as I would define it.

If you would provide the skin you are using here it would help as at pearsonified.com as I cannot “break” it by fiddling with the FireFox font settings.

Best Regards

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Chris Pearson December 6, 2009

M.A. Romero — Thesis is em-based and not pixel-based, and that’s why it differs from other themes, frameworks, etc. Jeffrey Zeldman, Dan Cederholm, Eric Meyer, and other upper-echelon Web designers and authors advocate the use of em-based calculations in stylesheets and herald this method as the “standard.”

In other words, Thesis is a cut above the rest.

Also, this comes up from time to time, but only a tiny fraction of Web users change their default fonts away from 16 pt. In addition, the issue you experienced with Copyblogger only affected 2 elements in the entire design—the tagline (post-it note on the left) and the Twitter module (also on the left), and that’s because those elements are coded up to exact pixel dimensions. Otherwise, the site renders just fine.

Finally, Pearsonified is not yet based on Thesis because I haven’t had a full week to blow on a personal design. The next iteration of this site is going to be a major overhaul, and I’ll need a huge chunk of time to take away from work in order to pull it off.

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M.A. Romero December 6, 2009

Chris please bear with me. I am continuing to research your product,

I used the W3 validation service at http://validator.w3.org/

1. http://www.Pearsonfied.com throws up 13 errors.

2. http://www.copyblogger.com throws up a staggering 120 errors.

3. Another new framework I am looking at threw 27 errors.

4. And yet another option I am looking at which includes W.P. as part of the package came up with zero errors.

Best Regards

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Chris Pearson December 6, 2009

M.A. Romero — First, as I mentioned in my previous post, Pearsonified is not running on Thesis yet. Second, Copyblogger’s errors are due to the inclusion of third-party widgets for email signup and search, two things that I did not code up and do not control.

Despite the fact that validation is largely meaningless, especially considering its notable lack of support for tags that help the aurally impaired, I want you to know that the default Thesis framework validates like a champ.

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Ekber December 8, 2009

l would like to use thesis for my news blog because will match l think, thesis is good and fast and thats impresis me alot. well done guys.

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Ryan December 9, 2009

Huge fan,

Have used the Cutline theme for a while now, and lately have looked at the Thesis theme.

Cutline had the option to have an image open in it’s own “page” (that was of course able to be tracked via statcounter or various other counters). Is Thesis capable of this?

I ask this because it does not appear that Thesis is capable of this.

Thanks!!

Ryan

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Chris Pearson December 9, 2009

Ryan — As of version 1.6, Thesis does not contain methods to handle attachment.php-style files in the manner that you’ve described. Despite this, I do know that some savvy Thesis users have cooked up attachment.php files for this purpose, and you’ll be able to get the help you need on this in the DIYthemes forums.

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Pawel Ciszewski December 10, 2009

I’m running on Thesis and have the same problem, it gives like 50 errors and 80 warnings from css validation.

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Kat December 11, 2009

Chris,
I would love to purchase the Thesis theme. I’ve done a lot of research and have a background as a web designer and your theme looks stellar. I would like to use it on a new blog…..but….I have one small-ish issue.

The save button. I work on my blogs a lot when my kids are around and I’m not terribly excited about having a big green cuss word on my laptop for my 7 year old to see. Picky, I know…but I was wondering if it’s possible for me to change the text on that button.

I’m not afraid of digging into the code, but I just wanted to make sure it’s an easy change and not something that’s on 50 different files.

Thanks so much.

Kat

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Chris Pearson December 14, 2009

Pawel — Your “errors” are due to code that you’ve added and not to anything that exists in the default Thesis layout. Unfortunately, people who develop widgets and things you can simply drop into your site generally do a poor job of coding, and you end up with the errors you see on your site.

Kat — You’ll be happy to know that you can change the save button text from within the options panel. It’s incredibly simple :D

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Kenneth Jung December 15, 2009

Chris, you really need to come up with a new post!

You didn’t write a single post for ages!! Arghhh!

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Bacteria Buster December 16, 2009

Chris,

have been trying to log into DIY themes but says our account has been disabled. contact webmaster for details. Our account is webpuppies. Also, there is nowhere to contact the webmaster to resolve this issue. can you please help?

Thanks

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bacteria buster January 15, 2010

Hi Chris. I talked to my “web guys” at webpuppies and wanted to upgrade to the developers edition so I could log in at home or while I’m traveling. However, I tried logging in at home and it says my account has been disabled again. Please tell me how I can fix this because I want to upgrade & I am flying to Switzerland tomorrow for a week and would like to be able to log in while I’m there.

Thanks

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Chris Pearson January 22, 2010

Bacteria, you need to limit the number of computers from which you log into your DIYthemes account. We use IP checking to ensure that people aren’t sharing their accounts, and you triggered this filter.

In order to activate this filter, you had to log into your account 5 times from 5 different IP addresses within a 24 hour period, which is no easy feat!

As long as you’re not sharing your DIYthemes account, this is no big deal, but if you are, then you’re going to run into this problem again. I will not be able to reinstate you if this happens.

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bacteria buster January 23, 2010

Chris,
I don’t know what to tell you. I just logged on and it let me in. Bought the developers version addon, receipt #4407526066331252, and when I went back to DIY themes, it locked me out again! I’m the only one who has a password for this now so this shouldn’t be happening.

I am at an absolute loss. I really like thesis but if I can’t use it I’ll have to switch to something else. Please feel free to contact me via email or give me another way to contact you so we can get this sorted out once and for all.

Thanks

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Chris Pearson January 24, 2010

For some reason, your IP address is constantly changing, and that’s why the auto-lock kept getting triggered. In any event, I’ve fixed this issue for good, so you shouldn’t have any more headaches. Thanks for supporting Thesis!

Bacteria Buster January 25, 2010

Thanks Chris. I just tried to log in and it still wont let me. I click on the login link, it says loading then brings me back to the http://diythemes.com/ main page. Any ideas?

Thanks

Chris Pearson January 25, 2010

I just logged in using your account. The “login” button isn’t a link—it opens a small box where you then input your username and password. Once you hit the green button under the password field, you’ll be logged into the DIYthemes site.

Bacteria Buster January 25, 2010

When I click on the “login” button on the top right corner nothing happens, it doesn’t open a box it just re-directs me to the same page. I know there is supposed to be a box where I can input my user name & password, it just doesn’t appear.

Chris Pearson January 25, 2010

Try a different browser, or else try this link, and once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to access everything on the site.

Bacteria Buster January 25, 2010

OK, I’ve been using firefox. Using the link you provided I was able to access the forums. When I used explorer and clicked on the “login” button it dropped down into the user name and password and then went to the diy dashboard. Hopefully this is all I’ll need now and won’t have any further headaches.

Thanks for your patience and help!

Chris Pearson December 20, 2009

Bacteria — Your account got auto-locked because you tried to log in from too many different IP addresses. I’ve manually unlocked the account, and you should be good to go.

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Isaac | GoBlogger December 28, 2009

Nice video Chris, looks solid. The tutorial is clear and easy to follow. Good job!

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Bacteria Buster December 29, 2009

Thanks Chris. I appreciate your help!

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Robert January 4, 2010

Thesis 1.6 seems to be too good! Thesis theme has always been blogger-friendly and featured a lot of customization options without the need for coding.

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Collette January 5, 2010

Your demo on Press Row has been hacked by a spammer dude. Check it out.

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mathan January 6, 2010

I was feeling overwhelmed about thesis

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Chris Pearson January 11, 2010

Collette — It’s not a spammer or a hacker; it’s where PressRow was originally hosted. Apparently, they’ve decided to take down the theme, and since I don’t have the source files anymore, I reckon you can toss the original PressRow into the dead pool. No worries, though—I’ll be resurrecting the design as a Thesis skin within the next couple of months :D

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Stephen Hamilton January 12, 2010

Chris,
How do you find Thesis goes with the client logging into the WP CMS? Is there the ability to lock down some functionality so the client doesn’t accidentally destroy/ruin the site? Do you even think this is necessary?

Otherwise, looks great!

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Chris Pearson January 12, 2010

Stephen — I advise clients not to change settings without asking. In the next version, you’ll be able to backup and save settings for clients, and this will allow you to reinstate the proper settings if the client has a field day with the options :D

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Stephen Hamilton January 12, 2010

The backup/reinstate option sounds like a winner. As some of my clients will be logging into WP to add blog posts etc, I think this will sooner or later be very useful indeed! Thanks Chris!

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Rob McCance January 15, 2010

Chris,

You’re way more patient than I.

LOL.

RM

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Ponturi Bune January 15, 2010

Hello,

Please, can you explain me how can I put a link behind the top page banner from my blog (Theme Cutline) ?

10x.

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Chris Pearson January 19, 2010

I sold the Cutline theme in March of 2007, and I no longer have control over the source files or specific knowledge of how it works. Contact the support team on the Cutline site for help with your question.

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Kenneth January 17, 2010

Hello Chris,

I purchased Thesis 1.6 Developers’ Edition last year and now, I find that my account has been disabled for starting new threads on the Forums.

I get the following error while trying to start a thread.

“If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.”

Please look into this matter for my account, ‘kennethjung’

I was able to start new threads just few months back, but I don’t know what happened now.

I know comment on your blog is not a best place to write this, but I couldn’t go anywhere since I was unable to post new threads even on Support Forums section.

Please look into.

Thanks :)

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Chris Pearson January 22, 2010

Kenneth, did you know that we reorganized our forums recently? Girliegeek, the forum admin, posted a thread about the recent reorganization. I checked on your account, and everything is good to go.

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Kenneth January 23, 2010

I see that some categories have retired. But why? I have an issue with customizing and if official Support and Customization have been closed, where should I go?

Shouldn’t there be official and consistent support for customers who have paid a hundred bucks for a theme?

If I have an issue with customizing, which else section should I post on? PHP&Programming?

Now that half the sections of Official Support is closed, how will the customers get the support?

It’s really surprising to see something like this which I have never expected from Thesis.

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Chris Pearson January 23, 2010

We reorganized the forums to make them more useful and more accurate. “Support” and “Customization” were too broad, and we found that in most cases, people didn’t even know what they were asking.

If you have an issue with design customizations, you’ll want to post in the new CSS & HTML Design section. If you have an issue with hooks, adding code, or other things of this nature, then you’ll want to post in the new PHP & Programming section.

For questions about using anything in the options panels or in-post options (basically, anything that’s actually in Thesis), your destination is the new Configuration forum. Finally, if you need help understanding or troubleshooting Thesis’ custom files, then you’ll want to visit the new Custom Folder section.

By streamlining people’s support requests, we’re making progress toward helping people find more accurate information more quickly. Also, this will make it easier for you to search for the answers you need rather than wading hopelessly through dense, disorganized forums.

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Pascal January 20, 2010

Hi Pearson,

Thesis rocks. I have dedicated my time to create lots of tutorials for thesis. I have done more than 60+ thesis video tutorials in my blog. Check it out.

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Chris Pearson January 22, 2010

Dude, nice work—you’re a tutorial machine! I dropped you a link on Twitter that oughta get you a few more visitors; best of luck with the site!

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Pascal January 25, 2010

Hi Pearson, Thanks for tweet . Got good sum of visitors. Soon I am going to publish a pdf ebook which contains all our thesis tutorials. Once i done , i will shoot you a email with pdf download link.

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Pascal January 30, 2010

Hi Pearson, another help from me to thesis. I prepared a cool 100 pages thesis tutorial guide which contains our 60+ video tutorial links. I need to send it you for your kind look. I need your contact email to send it you. Please leave a message to my mail.

Thanks for your kindness.

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saran January 21, 2010

Chris, can you enable the email subscription option in Feedburner? Thanks.

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Chris Pearson January 23, 2010

I’ve been meaning to get that set up since I ported this site over to Thesis (which I just did last week). I’ll go ahead and flip the switch on the Feedburner end of things now, so you should be able to go ahead and subscribe!

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Coe Douglas January 26, 2010

Chris-

Now that I’ve used Thesis for a few weeks and gotten familiar with the functionality, etc. I gotta say, “Damn, what a theme.” You’ve really raised the bar on what a theme is and can be. Major props.

I haven’t had this much fun blogging and working within Wordpress since I first installed my blog years ago.

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Chris Pearson January 26, 2010

Awesome, dude—thanks so much. Ironically, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks porting this site’s ancient design over to Thesis (a task that I kept putting off because I knew I’d go overboard), and I had a helluva good time in the process! Like you, I may get back into this blogging thing after all ;)

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justin February 8, 2010

Hi, Chris..just want to know is any of custom_function.php code you put in your theme to make the tab menu HOME lift up when in front-page?? i manage to make it in other pages…yes it lifts up when at ABOUT page etc… but when in home page it just not lift up! but the hover effect still working..help me to get the same HOME lift up effect like you.. i wanna the HOME tab lift up as the visitors entr my homepage..please!

thank you!

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krin February 8, 2010

Hi Chris, thanks so much for making this tutorial and putting it online. I was feeling very overwhelmed yesterday after my first Wordpress/Thesis install and now I can see the fun things that can do with the interface and how I can easily integrate my css knowledge.

Much, much less overwhelmed!

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Tony February 11, 2010

I’ve been using Thesis on a number of sites and it’s the best Wordpress theme that I’ve ever used. It has SEO done right and is easy to configure. With what version 1.7 seems to have coming is good news and I’ll continue to use this theme on future websites that I create. I enjoy it a lot and keep on going!

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Ulibali February 13, 2010

i have low connection, i can’t see the video. (sad)

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Vesna February 18, 2010

Hello, I want to buy developer pack, but my country is not on PayPal list :(… Please, let me know about payment alternative (moneybookers, 2CO, Share-it!… )

Thank you!

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Jeremy February 20, 2010

Chris – Very nice video! I’m going to update to 1.6 this weekend and immerse myself into the new features. Currently running Thesis 1.5 for a Veterinarian, which he absolutely loves! I tried it with a motorcycle entrepreneur/writer, but 1.5 didn’t have enough Hells Angels, fire, and leather to accommodate his taste. However, 1.6 might bring the goods, regardless of business background.

Best,
Jeremy – Louisville, KY

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Marty February 20, 2010

Chris,

I have a Thesis pre-purchase question.

I’ve recently started a blog, one of many – I hope, and I’m really interested in Thesis. I’ve set up Wordpres, and I was wondering if there was a way to tinker with the Thesis design options (and blog design in general) without it being done on a “live” blog.

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Chris Pearson February 21, 2010

Marty, you can (and should) set up Thesis on a test site or even on a sub-folder of your live site for testing. This is something that pretty much all Web developers do, and it basically just involves you setting up another WordPress installation (which can be on your primary domain, on a subdomain, or on another domain) and installing Thesis there.

The forthcoming Thesis 1.7 has a handy additional feature here—it’ll let you save and restore options so you can migrate from a test site to a live site with little or no hassle!

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Marty February 22, 2010

Regarding future versions of Thesis, I think that adding a page that details a rough outline of future Thesis features would also add value to the purchasing decision. If people knew that Thesis 1.7 was adding some cool stuff, 1.8 was adding a useful feature, etc., then they might take a greater interest. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

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Chris Pearson February 22, 2010

Marty, the truth is that I have no set development course for Thesis. I know a lot of the things that I want to change in the future, but oftentimes, when I start digging into the code, I see that I need to fix/modify some things before I can build others. Also, while improving the code, I tend to spot things that I can improve that I hadn’t even thought about before.

In the past, I ran into some problems with “predicted features.” Basically, people develop major expectations based on what you tell them, and if you deliver something that is a little different than what they expected, anger and frustration ensue. I’ve found that there is more positive energy in my customer base when I just develop what I need to develop and then announce the new features while trumpeting a new release.

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Marty February 22, 2010

Sorry for yet another question, but this one’s a dealbreaker. I work exclusively in Linux, specifically Ubuntu Karmic running Chrome 5. Is Thesis compatible with these?

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Chris Pearson February 22, 2010

I have no idea if Thesis works with that combination, but if WordPress works in that environment, then you can expect Thesis to work there, too. Also, keep in mind that we have a 30-day money back guarantee, so I invite you to test out Thesis and see if it’s right for you.

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SKK February 22, 2010

This is awesome video i was having problems with Thesis 1.5 so now i think that 1.6 will help me make me happy! Thank again and keep it up!

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Kathy February 26, 2010

Hi Chris,

My father just purchased the Developer option, and we need to know if we can use this on his one blog (I’m his developer), and my own blogs.

I searched the forums, and found nothing, and can’t find a way to contact anyone at DIYThemes. Hope you don’t mind me posting this question here, but I wasn’t sure if this was something for the forums.

Thank you,
Kathy

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jem March 9, 2010

How does someone get EMAIL answers about Thesis .. I can not find any where to email to get some basic answers about it without paying fist ..

Chris are do u have an email address for questions ?
jem

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jem March 9, 2010

Where can I get some email answers about THESIS ?

jem

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Vesna March 9, 2010

Here it is: diythemes@gmail.com , but I didn’t get positive answer :( and cannot buy this template bcz. they haven’t alternative payment solution – only paypal – and my country is not on PayPal list :'( . Anybody interested to earn extra 10%? I will send you money via Moneybookers or 2co or whatever (I cannot use only PayPal) and you only have to to buy developer pack for me via PayPal? Thanks.

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Stephen Hamilton March 9, 2010

Jem,
As Vesna pointed out, try diythemes@gmail.com. Before I purchased Thesis I got answers to the questions I had by asking them via that email address.

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เสื้อ ผ้าแฟชั่น March 10, 2010

Great video Chris.

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Juan Carlos March 10, 2010

Stop Blogging.

I mean it. All of you people are writing fantastic, useful articles about code, methods, and technologies, but you’re putting them in blog posts, a date-based format that encourages us to leave things as they were, historically.

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Brent Glover March 13, 2010

Thesis does look good…..and user friendly

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Cemil March 14, 2010

Chris, when are you going to stop teasing us and finally release 1.7??

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Russell March 15, 2010

1.7b2 is fine. More than fine actually.

Publish and not be damned.

Beware the Ides of March , Chris, NOT.

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jem March 18, 2010

still haven’t gotten any #^@% answers back from the gmail address above.. Does anybody answer question or is the support this bad with the purchased product ?

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Vesna March 19, 2010

Hey Jem, I get answers very fast (in a few hours) and personaly think they have a good suppor. Btw, did you check your junk folder?

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mike March 19, 2010

Hi Chris, has your site been hacked?

Try to search for pearsonified on google and it shows: “Prozac On Line – We Always Offer Lowest Prices on Internet”

Just wondering. Best regards. Mike.

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Chris Pearson March 22, 2010

Yeah, I got hacked a couple of weeks ago, and Google hasn’t updated their caches yet to reflect the recent fixes.

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Robin April 6, 2010

Chris, I’m a fan of your work and wish you nothing but the best! I know what I am about to say is unrelated to thesis but in your videos, there’s a loud snoring/creaking noise and I think it’s either your chair or someone breathing really hard. If it’s your chair, WD-40 helps! :) Take care.

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Wahyu Kodar April 11, 2010

Chris I really like all your videos, I’m learning to design websites that look very attractive and beautiful and in accordance with the title of the website. I found several articles which provide information along with rare video .. Thanks Chris.

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Marcy from The Glamorous Life Association April 18, 2010

I die a little everytime I have to go in and MANUALLY upload my url or file for my teaser thumbnail photo.

I am begging. No pleading.

Can you make the teaser thumbnail work from the traditional Wordpress uploaded photo?

I will be your BFF if you do.

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Meedo Taha April 30, 2010

Hi Chris.

First off, kudos on developing what I think is the most powerful and user-friendly theme (though I find framework more appropriate) out there!

Quick question, I can log into DIYThemes but have no access to the forums yet. I got the confirmation email and all. Apologies if this isn’t the place to ask this, but I could not find any other means of contacting you!

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Chris Pearson May 1, 2010

Meedo, on April 21, PayPal returned your payment due to insufficient funds, and at that time, your account was frozen. In order to reinstate your account and access the forums, you’ll have to set up a new account and complete the purchase process again.

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Meedo Taha May 2, 2010

Oh! I’ll have a look… Yep. You’re right! OK, would you mind deleting my old account (meedot) so I can reuse the same user name for my new one? Many thanks.

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Meedo Taha May 2, 2010

Oops never mind. Seems I can do it from current account. Thanks again.

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Dhikru May 17, 2010

Hey Chris,

Howdy dude, was wondering if you could tell me exactly what sandbox is, and how do you put an image in your wordpress mate… :)

Thanks in advance…please could you get back to me quick please! please!. Super Ultrasonic thanks.

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Dhikru Kareem May 17, 2010

I meant put an image in your background sorry for the confusion

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George Lucas May 18, 2010

Wow! Look’s very user friendly great job their mate!

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Honey May 21, 2010

Hi Chris,

I just purchased the latest Thesis theme 1.7, was able to login but then my browser froze so I had to restart and when I tried to login with my username/password it said “Your account has been disabled. Contact site webmaster for details” I’m not sure what to do now!!

I tweeted to you and the DIYthemes account from @midaymasala. I would really appreciate some help because I don’t know what I did!

Thanks alot.

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Tom Tyler May 28, 2010

Didn’t know that Thesis is that elaborate. Great tutorial, Chris and thanks for opening up my eyes. You are bringing Wordpress design to the next level! Cheers

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Danielle May 31, 2010

Hi Chris, I am considering purchasing Thesis based on your tutorial and on the great themes that you’ve designed in the past. I would buy the Developer option, despite the fact that I’m a very basic, hobby developer… evidenced by this question: can I run thesis on a free WP blog, or do I need to buy a domain and have it hosted to use Thesis? This is the only question holding me back from purchasing this minute! Many thanks.

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Chris Pearson May 31, 2010

Hi Danielle, Thesis only works with the self-hosted version of WordPress that you can acquire for free from WordPress.org.

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Colleen McCaffery June 3, 2010

Hi Chris,

Recently purchased Thesis and I have my blog designed and currently residing on my hard drive. The only thing driving me nuts is that I can’t figure out how to get the Lifestream plugin working with Thesis (and I REALLY like that plug-in)… It works with the other themes and I am assuming this is because header.php is where lifestream expects it to be. (I am really new to this so I realize the resolution should be obvious).

I get this:

Warning: require_once(C:\wamp\www/wp-content/themes/default/header.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in C:\wamp\www\wp-includes\theme.php on line 996

Any advice would be great. I’d love to be able to use the Lifestream plug-in with Thesis.

Cheers,
Colleen

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Chris Pearson June 7, 2010

Colleen, this question is perfect for the Plugins section of the Thesis forums (login required).

Also, you cannot expect to get the plugin working properly on your hard drive—you may as well upload the site to the web and test it there. A lot of people are hesitant to do this, but there’s absolutely no good reason unless your site is already established and has a lot of traffic.

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Colleen McCaffery June 3, 2010

BTW, your site looks great. And it is fast. Sort of humbling for a newbie like me.

Colleen

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Qavi June 9, 2010

Thank you for the easy-peasy Code Editor thingie, in particular!

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Dorel June 11, 2010

Thesis 1.6 looks good

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Kathy June 22, 2010

Hi Chris,

How soon will there be a fix for “Fatal error: Call to undefined function use_codepress() in /…/html/blog/wp-content/themes/thesis_17/lib/admin/admin.php on line 42”?

We’ve been given a work around here, but I’d like syntax highlighting back.

Please let me know when you think you might have a fix (update) in place.

Thanks,
Kathy

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Chris Pearson June 26, 2010

Kathy, syntax highlighting was a feature that was offered by WordPress in versions prior to 3.0. Basically, WordPress elected to remove the highlighting because it did not work in all major browsers.

Also, because the syntax highlighting project was open-source and not for profit, the developer abandoned it; as a result, WordPress really had no choice but to adopt the project as their own or else abandon it. Of course, they chose the latter, so now I don’t have the ability to add a feature like this with ease.

At this time, I have no plans to develop a syntax highlighter of my own, so I would not expect to see it in future releases of Thesis for WordPress.

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Kathy June 26, 2010

Thanks for the info Chris.

So we should go ahead and follow the instructions in the link to the post?

Or should we just delete that line entirely?

Thanks again!
Kath

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Chris Pearson June 26, 2010

Kathy, please refer to this post in the DIYthemes support forums (login required) for simple steps on how to remove the error.

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Kathy June 26, 2010

Oh ok, that’s exactly what’s said here.

I’ll comment it out.

Thanks!
Kath

James Fields August 1, 2010

I agree, it does look like a lot of back and forth checking. Would love to see a solution to this. Thanks for this!

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David November 14, 2010

I just watched the video in this post and I am really amazed by the capabilities of this Thesis 1.6. I am gonna use it for my project as well.

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Jin March 6, 2011

Great video Great idea

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