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Thesis Theme for WordPress:  Options Galore and a Helpful Support Community

I’ve done enough reading to know that while the learning curve for the Thesis WordPress theme may be a little bit steep, it’s worth it in the end.  I’ve also read that once you ‘get’ it, it’s easy to make new changes in the future.

I’m still at the head scratching phase, but I’ll document some of my early learnings in the event that it may help somebody else at this phase in the process…  ( when this post was written, this blog wasn’t on Thesis yet – these changes refer to Outdoor-Game-Reviews.com )

Adding a header image.

I’ve found a couple of ways to do this.  I started off using method found on the Sugarrae site.  This got me up and running, and will work just fine, but I ended up making the transition to a CSS based method like the one on the Mattflies site.  The Mattflies way just involves added a few lines of CSS.

Remove Thesis Attribution

You’re only allowed to do this if you’ve purchased the Developer option, I think, but if you have… this is how to do it and add in copyright and privacy policy information.  Info also from the Sugarrae site.

remove_action(‘thesis_hook_footer’, ‘thesis_attribution’);
function add_custom_footer () {
?>
<p>© 2009 OGPN – All rights reserved. – <a href=”http://www.outdoor-game-reviews.com/privacy/”>Privacy Policy</a></p>

<?php
}
add_action(‘thesis_hook_footer’, ‘add_custom_footer’);

Remove the multimedia box

Not difficult, but I had a heck of a time figuring out how to remove the Multimedia box that contains rotating images by default.  In case you run into issues… it’s WP dashboard > Appearance > Design Options > Multimedia Box > Do Not Show Box

Moving the Navigation Bar

Just add the following code to the custom_functions.php file.

remove_action(‘thesis_hook_before_header’, ‘thesis_nav_menu’); add_action(‘thesis_hook_after_header’, ‘thesis_nav_menu’);

Plugins

I’m sure you have your favorite plugins, as I have mine.  Here are a few I’ve found helpful latey. ( Use the “Add New” search under the Plugins menu to find these )

Easy Adsense – let’s you place adsense wherever you want, and has great controls.

Contact Form 7 – gives you a really easy contact form to put on a contact page so you don’t have to give the world ( and spammers ) your email address.

Google XML Sitemaps – a big favorite of mine.  This creates site maps of your site as you add new pages.  Google will be able to index your site better, and you don’t even have to do anything.

PS Disable Auto Formatting – This one I just started using, but it’s been helpful.  When you’re creating pages using HTML, it can be really annoying when WordPress removes your paragraph tags or empty div’s.  Installing this plugin should stop wordpress from removing code that it finds ‘unnecessary’.

Basic CSS Tweaks for Thesis

The big “secret” when changing the CSS on Thesis is to use the custom class before anything you’re changing.  ( i.e. – .custom a:link )  As long as you include the .custom class, you should get the changes you want.  I use the Firebug plugin for Firefox a LOT when I’m playing with CSS.  It’s great to tell you what certain elements are, and where they’re grabbing their CSS elements from.

Changing the background.  I won’t go into it, but there’s a great tutorial on the DIYThemes site

Modernizing the Nav menu. Found GREAT information on this HowToMakeMyBlog.com article

That’s all I have for now, but there will be more.  I needed to keep track of all of this information for the next time I would need it, so I figured I might as well share these links and this information with anybody else who happens upon my site. Will be writing a LOT more about the Thesis Theme in the coming months!


{ 1 comment }
  • CoreBloggers March 15, 2010, 6:03 pm

    very useful post… its really going to help me in customizing the thesis theme

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