DIY Themes, creators of the most premium of premium WordPress themes, Thesis, have finally released Thesis 2. This update is perhaps the most anticipated (I’m talking 2-3 years) that I’ve witnessed for any piece of software I’ve ever used. It is definitely a relief that the wait is over, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the weeks and months to come as all of the quirks get sorted out.
Thesis 2.0 is beautiful as far as user interface is concerned. When you first activate the theme, you see something along these lines:
I gotta say, although the “click to get started” button probably can’t be more salient than it already is, the first thing I was inclined to do was “check out (my) site now.” I was met with a blank site upon clicking this. So then I tried clicking “click to get started” and voila! Some scripts ran, and the theme was activated.
A slight bug, but crisis averted.
Templates and Template Editors
The new Template Editor is probably what I’m most excited about with Thesis 2.0. While in previous versions of Thesis and current versions of other themes allow(ed) you to create custom templates for pages with lots of ugly code (this is the current way to do it), Thesis 2 allows you to create templates with drag and drop (read: visually) for pages, posts, and categories with virtually ZERO code. This is HUGE. Not even WordPress alone allows you to do this in a remotely easy way, and Thesis 2 allows you to do all of this.
Working with a canvas
The new canvas in Thesis 2 is awesome. It allows you to make changes to your templates on the backend and instantly seeing the results in another window, without having to hit refresh and/or clear your browser cache. Take a look at the canvas in action in the video below:
Let’s get responsive
If you’ve ever checked out searchandperch.com on a mobile device, or a tablet, you may have noticed that it adjusts to a more user-friendly version. Give it a try. Searchandperch.com is a responsive website, which is all thanks to Alex Mangini over at Kolakube.com. He is the head designer for DIY Themes (the creators of Thesis), and continues to pump out awesome skins time and again.
While he has yet to release any skins for Thesis 2, they are imminent. Not only will Alex’s skins be responsive, but so will the majority of those that are being developed for Thesis 2. If you have been meaning to get at least a mobile version of your site together, now is certainly the time to do so, as web browsing will continue to grow on both phones and tablets at a rapid rate. Having a responsive site is perhaps the best way to solve this problem, and Thesis 2 will have you covered.
More to come…
In the very near future I will share my walk through of building a website with Thesis 2. The post(s) will outline all of the new features (as well as old) to show you how Thesis 2 can help you build great websites easily!