Few days back I told you about Thesis 2.0 will be available for download from 1st October 2012 and finally if you are an existing member of DIYThemes, you can download Thesis 2.0 for free. I will be sharing a guide on how to upgrade Thesis to Thesis 2.0 in a while but for now lets look at what all is new in Thesis 2.0 for a normal user and how you can use it for your benefit. Along with this updated version of Thesis, DIYthemes also launched a plugin call “Thesis 2 upgrade helper plugin” which will help existing user to smoothly upgrade their theme to latest 2.0 version.
Update: Thesis 2.0 failed to disappoint us, and I highly recommend not to buy it. Instead opt for Genesis. Wait for my complete article.
Thesis 2 which is one of the major upgrade in last one year comes with some amazing features and if you are new to Thesis and never tried it before, you can purchase a license here and follow this guide to get started. Thesis 2.0 comes with many new feature and if you are accustomed with earlier design and theme options, Thesis 2.0 is done right from scratch.
Whats new in Thesis 2.0?
Here are few things which you should know and it will help you to make most out of Thesis theme before you purchase and download Thesis 2.0:
Now, all the Thesis configuration and settings can directly be accessed via Thesis column in WordPress dashboard. New thesis have following options:
- Site : HTML head, Tracking Script, 404 Page, Homepage SEO.
- Skins : Select Skin, Skin Editor
- Boxes : Select Boxes
- Packages : Select packages
You can start with Site options, where you will be doing most of site level settings like adding scripts, adding SEO value and so on. Here is a brief over view of Site settings in Thesis 2.0 theme:
HTML Head editor:
Almost all the inbuilt SEO settings shifted here in 2.0. You will be able to add site meta description, title, Site verification meta key. Set Google authorship, add favico and do many other things right from here. You can always drag the items which you don’t need from left to right column, if you don’t need to use it. Under homepage SEO section, you can add site related SEO settings. The most interesting thing here is custom 404 pages, which will help you to quickly design beautiful 404 pages for your blog. All you need to do is, create a page with the name 404 and select it from 404 page option, now you can click on edit and add your content/image and spice up your 404 error pages within seconds. Literally no coding knowledge require here.
By Default Thesis 2.0 comes with 2 skins. Classic and a blank skin. Classic is the same look what we used to get with old version of Thesis and with Blank Thesis skin, you can work and create your own Thesis skin without requirement of any coding language. Here is a snapshot of blank skin.
Specially when few 3rd parties Thesis skins 2.0 will hit the market, you can quickly give a new look to your Thesis theme within seconds.
Along with above two, there are two more features “Thesis boxes” and “Thesis packages” which will help you to quickly customize Thesis 2.0. I will be sharing in depth detail about the same in future post. For now, if you have not yet downloaded Thesis 2.0, you should go ahead and use your existing license and get a free copy of Thesis 2.0. If you are not an existing customer of Thesis, you can buy a single user or developer user license using PayPal and give your blog one of the most advanced and SEO optimized WordPress theme.
How many of you have downloaded and upgraded your Thesis version to Thesis 2.0? How’s your over all impression and feel of Thesis 2?
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