When ever it comes to recommending WordPress theme, there are many great options and depending upon your blog design requirement you can always select any of pre-designed premium WordPress theme. When it comes to my personal recommendation, I always recommend Thesis theme because that’s one theme which I have been using it for almost 3 years and Thesis makes SEO of your blog very easy. I keep sharing customization tips for thesis here at ShoutMeLoud and realized, I have never shared basic Thesis theme installation guide for newbies.
One can install Thesis theme in WordPress like any other theme but to start with it’s customization using custom_functions and custom.css, you need to do more. In this guide, I will cover all the basic details which you need to get started with Thesis and in upcoming tutorials, I will share more tips and making most out of it. If you have not purchased thesis yet, you can download it from official store from below link.
If you are still not sure why to use Thesis theme for your site, below are few tutorials and guide for you reference where you can learn more about this awesome SEO optimized theme.
- Thesis WordPress Theme review and features
- Why to use Thesis theme for your WordPress sites
- How Thesis theme helps you to lower down WordPress plugins
Now, lets start with our tutorial and if you have any query, feel free to ask me via comments.
How to Install Thesis WordPress theme:
So, I assume you have already downloaded the official Thesis theme and not pirated one. If you have downloaded thesis or any other premium theme from file-sharing or torrent sites, I recommend you to get an official copy. You can read about it in our earlier discussion on: How hacked WordPress theme harms your blog.
Install Thesis from WordPress Dashboard:
Like any other theme, we will be installing Thesis from Dashboard. Once you have downloaded Thesis theme from official downlaoded center, you will get a Zip file of it and you can go to Appearance > Theme > Install theme and browse the zip file and install it. Once installation is done, you can activate the theme.
Now, you can go ahead and configure all SEO and design settings directly from Thesis design and option panel. You can read about it on my earlier guide on : Overview of Thesis and design options. You can add logo, add favico, define the layout, define the size of sidebar and Font and text and color and any other basic design changes you can think of. Infact you can do most of design changes from here, but wait, there is more to the complete installation.
Caution: If you are using W3 total cache plugin, either disable the plugin while making design changes or atleast disable the browser cache option of the plugin.
- Read: How to style single posts in Thesis theme
Thesis Hooks Editing:
Power of Thesis customization is in Thesis hooks. Thesis offers two file to make more changes in your Theme which is accessible from WordPress dashboard under Thesis > Custom file editor. To activate the custom file editor feature, you need to edit one file name in Thesis theme from FTP, which is also easy. You can either use FileZilla to rename it from desktop or simply login to your Hosting cPanel, browse to Wp-content > Theme > Thesis folder and rename the custom-sample folder to custom.
Once, name is changed to “custom” you will be able to start editing custom functions and css file directly from WordPress dashboard.
Unlike other themes, you just need to customize these two files
- Custom_Functions.php : Where all codes for hooks and functions code will be palced.
- Custom.css : Where all CSS code will be placed.
Well, that’s it and you have just successfully installed Thesis theme. Now, you can refer to some of my customization tips and start editing your theme. There are many Thesis skins are also available, which will help you to give instant new look to your Theme, but if you are good with CSS, you can give a custom look yourself. You can find many Thesis customization tips on Web, and a simple Google search is your best friend for customizing Thesis theme.
Do let me know if you have any query regarding Thesis theme installation, and I would love to answer it. Also, Thesis 2.0 is going to be release sometime in September 2012, so make sure you grab your copy of thesis now, as prices for 2.0 is going to be higher than current price.