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59 Thesis Theme resources to help you customize your WordPress blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by sookie, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. sookie

    sookie Newbie

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    After I downloaded the Thesis theme from BHW, I was very excited to use it on my blogs given how search engine optimized it is. But I also wanted to customize it, which is one of the beautiful things about this theme - you can customize the hell out of it without modifying the theme itself thus when it comes time to upgrade to the next version you can do so smoothly without having to re-customize the theme. Of course to do all of this customization, I needed to find some resources to guide me. And after having searched all over and having put together a nice big list for myself, what better to do than to share it with the community that has made my world from the moment that I joined it! :D

    One thing that I highly recommend you do first is install the Thesis OpenHooks plugin. That thing is the shit - allows you to do all sorts of customization without even having to modify the custom.css file. You can find it at wordpress.org with the rest of the plugins (you can find the link below, as well). You'll also definitely want to spend a chunk of time all over the thesishacker.com site -- the number of guides on there were too numerous to list individually, it's a great resource.

    Unfortunately I'm still not allowed to post links, so you'll have to remove the xx's and replace them with tt's but I guess y'all are familiar with that drill.

    I sure wish there was a save draft feature in the forums b/c I worked on this post for over 40 minutes yesterday only to have firefox crash on me - and lose everything (it takes so long b/c of having to extract the URLs, etc)!

    Anyhow, without further ado, here are all of the Thesis Theme resources that I found -- if you find this post to be of help for you, please do give rep or thanks!


    1. hxxp://rickbeckman.org/thesis-openhook/
    2. hxxp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/thesis-openhook/
    3. hxxp://w3.thesishacker.com/thesis-openhook-basics
    4. hxxp://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/hooks/
    5. hxxp://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/default-hook-usage/
    6. hxxp://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/customizing-with-hooks/
    7. hxxp://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/customizing-thesis-with-customcss/
    8. hxxp://w3.thesishacker.com/
    9. hxxp://w3.skinpress.com/category/wordpress/
    10. hxxp://gregrickaby.com/how-to-use-wordpress-conditional-tags-in-thesis.html
    11. hxxp://gregrickaby.com/get-featured-content-gallery-to-work-in-thesis.html
    12. hxxp://gregrickaby.com/thesis-hooks.html
    13. hxxp://gregrickaby.com/3-quick-tips-to-editing-thesis-customcss.html
    14. hxxp://mattflies.com/tech/thesis-skins-currently-available/
    15. hxxp://mattflies.com/tech/100-resources-for-thesis-wordpress-theme-users/
    16. hxxp://mattflies.com/tech/10-ways-to-customize-thesis-and-enhance-your-blog/
    17. hxxp://mattflies.com/tech/tabbed-widget-tutorial-for-thesis-wordpress-theme/
    18. hxxp://mattflies.com/tech/another-tabbed-widget-for-thesis-tutorial-better/
    19. hxxp://mattflies.com/tech/3-easy-and-highly-requested-thesis-theme-tutorial/
    20. hxxp://w3.howtomakemyblog.com/thesis/8-thesis-theme-design-tips-to-make-your-blog-better/
    21. hxxp://w3.bloghighlight.com/change-background-color-thesis-theme/
    22. hxxp://w3.sugarrae.com/thesis-hooks-dummies-tutorial/
    23. hxxp://w3.blogussion.com/blog/thesis/4-ways-customized-thesis-theme
    24. hxxp://w3.howtomakemyblog.com/thesis/how-to-get-magazine-style-wordpress-blog-with-thesis-theme-teasers/
    25. hxxp://w3.howtomakemyblog.com/thesis/8-thesis-theme-design-tips-to-make-your-blog-better/
    26. hxxp://w3.kristarella.com/2008/11/thesis-footers-101/
    27. hxxp://w3.bleikamp.com/2009/01/04/create-a-custom-search-box-with-thesis/
    28. hxxp://rickbeckman.org/widgetizing-thesis-multimedia-box/
    29. hxxp://w3.kristarella.com/2009/04/full-width-headers-in-thesis-15/
    30. hxxp://franklinbishop.net/thesis-tutorial-ads-in-sidebar
    31. hxxp://w3.tech-exclusive.com/2009/05/03/how-to-add-your-own-logo-in-thesis-them/
    32. hxxp://w3.edragonu.ro/simple-thesis-hooks-for-twitter-stumbleupon-digg-and-reddit/
    33. hxxp://w3.thesishacker.com/
    34. hxxp://w3.keenerliving.com/for-wordpress-bloggers-customize-thesis-theme-functions/
    35. hxxp://w3.seopscentre.com/wordpress/openhook-thesis-plugin-theme-customization-made-easy/
    36. hxxp://w3.doublemule.com/how-to-add-banner-image-thesis-theme-header-css-custom/
    37. hxxp://w3.bloghighlight.com/customizing-thesis-theme-404-error-page/
    38. hxxp://seekingff.com/thesis-skins/
    39. hxxp://thesisthemes.com/download-thesis-skins/
    40. hxxp://w3.francisraymond.com/2009/01/how-to-customize-the-thesis-wordpress-theme-header-hooks-and-social-media-icons/
    41. hxxp://w3.doublemule.com/add-custom-rotator-thesis-theme-multimedia-box/
    42. hxxp://w3.thewhyandthehow.com/integrating-facebook-connect-using-the-thesis-theme/
    43. hxxp://w3.wpbandit.com/2009/05/learn-how-to-customize-thesis-like-a-pro/
    44. hxxp://seozombie.com/seo-wordpress-themes/thesis-basics/
    45. hxxp://w3.emptycabinmedia.com/thesis-theme-add-another-menu/
    46. hxxp://w3.fouroclockproject.com/2009/things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-started-using-thesis/
    47. hxxp://w3.fouroclockproject.com/2009/beat-the-thesis-theme-learning-curve/
    48. hxxp://w3.logosforwebsites.com/2009/05/how-to-add-a-custom-background-image-to-your-thesis-wordpress-theme/
    49. hxxp://cash-bandit.com/2009/04/24/thesis-tutorial-creating-custom-categories/
    50. hxxp://thesisplayground.com/thesis-skins/looks-good-naked/
    51. hxxp://w3.slideshare.net/williamsba/advanced-thesis-techniques-and-tricks
    52. hxxp://w3.agentwp.com/2009/04/thesis-tricks-move-nav-bar-below-header_29.html
    53. hxxp://franklinbishop.net/thesis-tutorial-banner-ad-in-header/
    54. hxxp://w3.sugarrae.com/thesis-tutorial-advanced-ad-targeting/
    55. hxxp://w3.kristarella.com/2009/02/how-to-use-firebug-for-css/
    56. hxxp://w3.doublemule.com/how-to-add-youtube-video-movie-thesis-theme-multimedia-box/
    57. hxxp://w3.doublemule.com/how-to-add-twitter-follow-widget-thesis-theme/
    58. hxxp://w3.doublemule.com/thesis-tutorial-seo-for-everyone/
    59. hxxp://diyninjas.com/
     
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  2. bijikpalir

    bijikpalir Regular Member

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    Very good list but I need to download the theme first!:)
     
  3. sookie

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    You can find it here:
    hxxp://w3.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/templates-themes/81826-get-wordpress-thesis-1-5-a.html :)
     
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  4. unselfishfan

    unselfishfan Registered Member

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    THANKS! MUCH APPRECIATED!
    And here's a reup of all 59 resources with their URLS available for all.

    Code:
       1. http://rickbeckman.org/thesis-openhook/
       2. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/thesis-openhook/
       3. http://www.thesishacker.com/thesis-openhook-basics
       4. http://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/hooks/
       5. http://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/default-hook-usage/
       6. http://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/customizing-with-hooks/
       7. http://diythemes.com/thesis/rtfm/customizing-thesis-with-customcss/
       8. http://www.thesishacker.com/
       9. http://www.skinpress.com/category/wordpress/
      10. http://gregrickaby.com/how-to-use-wordpress-conditional-tags-in-thesis.html
      11. http://gregrickaby.com/get-featured-content-gallery-to-work-in-thesis.html
      12. http://gregrickaby.com/thesis-hooks.html
      13. http://gregrickaby.com/3-quick-tips-to-editing-thesis-customcss.html
      14. http://mattflies.com/tech/thesis-skins-currently-available/
      15. http://mattflies.com/tech/100-resources-for-thesis-wordpress-theme-users/
      16. http://mattflies.com/tech/10-ways-to-customize-thesis-and-enhance-your-blog/
      17. http://mattflies.com/tech/tabbed-widget-tutorial-for-thesis-wordpress-theme/
      18. http://mattflies.com/tech/another-tabbed-widget-for-thesis-tutorial-better/
      19. http://mattflies.com/tech/3-easy-and-highly-requested-thesis-theme-tutorial/
      20. http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/thesis/8-thesis-theme-design-tips-to-make-your-blog-better/
      21. http://www.bloghighlight.com/change-background-color-thesis-theme/
      22. http://www.sugarrae.com/thesis-hooks-dummies-tutorial/
      23. http://www.blogussion.com/blog/thesis/4-ways-customized-thesis-theme
      24. http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/thesis/how-to-get-magazine-style-wordpress-blog-with-thesis-theme-teasers/
      25. http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/thesis/8-thesis-theme-design-tips-to-make-your-blog-better/
      26. http://www.kristarella.com/2008/11/thesis-footers-101/
      27. http://www.bleikamp.com/2009/01/04/create-a-custom-search-box-with-thesis/
      28. http://rickbeckman.org/widgetizing-thesis-multimedia-box/
      29. http://www.kristarella.com/2009/04/full-width-headers-in-thesis-15/
      30. http://franklinbishop.net/thesis-tutorial-ads-in-sidebar
      31. http://www.tech-exclusive.com/2009/05/03/how-to-add-your-own-logo-in-thesis-them/
      32. http://www.edragonu.ro/simple-thesis-hooks-for-twitter-stumbleupon-digg-and-reddit/
      33. http://www.thesishacker.com/
      34. http://www.keenerliving.com/for-wordpress-bloggers-customize-thesis-theme-functions/
      35. http://www.seopscentre.com/wordpress/openhook-thesis-plugin-theme-customization-made-easy/
      36. http://www.doublemule.com/how-to-add-banner-image-thesis-theme-header-css-custom/
      37. http://www.bloghighlight.com/customizing-thesis-theme-404-error-page/
      38. http://seekingff.com/thesis-skins/
      39. http://thesisthemes.com/download-thesis-skins/
      40. http://www.francisraymond.com/2009/01/how-to-customize-the-thesis-wordpress-theme-header-hooks-and-social-media-icons/
      41. http://www.doublemule.com/add-custom-rotator-thesis-theme-multimedia-box/
      42. http://www.thewhyandthehow.com/integrating-facebook-connect-using-the-thesis-theme/
      43. http://www.wpbandit.com/2009/05/learn-how-to-customize-thesis-like-a-pro/
      44. http://seozombie.com/seo-wordpress-themes/thesis-basics/
      45. http://www.emptycabinmedia.com/thesis-theme-add-another-menu/
      46. http://www.fouroclockproject.com/2009/things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-started-using-thesis/
      47. http://www.fouroclockproject.com/2009/beat-the-thesis-theme-learning-curve/
      48. http://www.logosforwebsites.com/2009/05/how-to-add-a-custom-background-image-to-your-thesis-wordpress-theme/
      49. http://cash-bandit.com/2009/04/24/thesis-tutorial-creating-custom-categories/
      50. http://thesisplayground.com/thesis-skins/looks-good-naked/
      51. http://www.slideshare.net/williamsba/advanced-thesis-techniques-and-tricks
      52. http://www.agentwp.com/2009/04/thesis-tricks-move-nav-bar-below-header_29.html
      53. http://franklinbishop.net/thesis-tutorial-banner-ad-in-header/
      54. http://www.sugarrae.com/thesis-tutorial-advanced-ad-targeting/
      55. http://www.kristarella.com/2009/02/how-to-use-firebug-for-css/
      56. http://www.doublemule.com/how-to-add-youtube-video-movie-thesis-theme-multimedia-box/
      57. http://www.doublemule.com/how-to-add-twitter-follow-widget-thesis-theme/
      58. http://www.doublemule.com/thesis-tutorial-seo-for-everyone/
      59. http://diyninjas.com/
     
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  5. sookie

    sookie Newbie

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    thanks for the re-up, unselfishfan! Was so wishing I could have posted the links w/o people having to fix them!
     
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  6. anonymousartisan

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    Hey, thanks for putting that together. That list is a wicked helpful bunch of resources. If I test it out, I'll let you know...
     
  7. sookie

    sookie Newbie

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    my pleasure -- it's nice to finally have something to give back to the BHW community. Would appreciate the 'thanks' ;)
     
  8. sookie

    sookie Newbie

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    the more I go through these resources, the more excited I am about figuring out how to master Thesis customization!! I am going to become the Thesis skin queen!
     
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    blackhit Super Moderator Staff Member Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    There's already one...some girl who promotes this stuff heavily and really knows here way around this theme.

    But there's room for an Empress.......:D
     
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  10. sookie

    sookie Newbie

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    Hey, Empress would be fine by me! Or Goddess ;)

     
  11. farticus

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    Thanks for the resources sookie. :)
     
  12. sookie

    sookie Newbie

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    Glad I could help out, Farticus! There are some real gems in there. Still working my way through all of them, myself (I checked 'em all out before posting, but hadn't had the chance to thoroughly read through each one yet)
     
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    Hey Sookie,


    Thanks much :)
     
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    Whats up with the theme it looks like you cant sell a site with this theme even if you buy the developer license?

    ???
     
  15. sandycat

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    woa nice post
     
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    redim Registered Member

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    super share. i just downloaded the hook plugin and also some reading material. well done. :)
     
  17. ericshan777

    ericshan777 Registered Member

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    great share dude... always been using thesis... and this list would be a great help...")
     
  18. Moosehead

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    New guy here...thanks for the download. When I install it I get this damn error. "content/themes/thesis-15/lib/functions/teasers.php on line 49". :confused:

    Can someone help me out with this?

    Thanks in advance
     
  19. lebastard25

    lebastard25 Newbie

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    thanks a lot. I've been using thesis for a long time and I didn't knew how to customizing it until now.

    and the hook plugin is awesome because you can easily make changes to the theme
     
  20. nato76

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    This is a freakin great. Thanks for sharing. I am in the process of building landing pages with Wordpress.