I’ll bet that countless times you’ve seen a blog owner make this sort of announcement: Basic Blog Tips is now using Thesis Theme!
You can add me to the list because it’s true, I replaced Magazine Premium theme with Thesis 1.8 but I could NOT have done it without the help of Hesham and his revolutionary theme customization software package known as Thesis Awesome!
Let me explain what I mean when I say that. I first learned about Thesis theme from my friend Lisa Irby on her blog. Lisa is a big fan of Thesis and in her initial review, this is what she had to say.
Lisa’s Advice: In my personal opinion, knowing CSS will help you unlock the real power of Thesis. You don’t HAVE to be fluent, but the more you know, the more you’ll be able to customize your theme’s design.
As it turns out I have almost zero knowledge about CSS and even though learning CSS has been at the top of my to do list, I’m alway being side-tracked by other blogging projects. In my mind, I thought it would be best to learn some CSS first before I considered purchasing Thesis Theme for my web design. But Thesis Awesome helped change my mind.
[box type="important"] Get Thesis Awesome and you can customize the look of Thesis theme without the need for CSS![/box]
The Perfect Blog Skin for Thesis Theme
In a nutshell, when you get Thesis Awesome, the hard work of using CSS to create custom styles for your blog has all been taken care of by this powerful piece of software. Thesis Awesome will save you precious time and allow you to get back creating valuable content, social networking, guest posting and other critical blogging tasks.
Let me give you an example. For months I wanted to add “call-out” boxes within the content of my blog posts. With Thesis Awesome, this option is available to me right from the post editor menu. Here are a few samples of the different boxes I can create – without one single line of CSS or PHP code!
[box]You can use a very plain box[/box]
[box type="note"]Take note of this smart note box![/box]
[box type="important"]When someone is skimming your post, this box will surely get their attention[/box]
[box type="red"]Try using this red box it’s very eye-catching too![/box]
[box type="spacer"]The “spacer” is another cool feature you can use for transitions[/box]
Add Options to Thesis Theme Editor Menu
Installing Thesis Awesome will upgrade the Thesis options menu in your WordPress dashboard. You will now have the option to edit your Skin (in my case you can see that the last line reads Edit BlogSkin).
Navigate to this page and you’ll see that it has the same look and feel as the other options pages that come along with the basic Thesis theme. What’s new is your access to a wide variety of enhancements to choose from on the control panel. Take a look at the screen I get when I click Edit BlogSkin.
Thesis Awesome has truly made a huge difference in my experience with using Thesis Theme. Here’s a short list of my favorite features:
- I can change theme colors with ease
- I added RSS and social profiles for Twitter, Facebook and YouTube above the header
- I have cool social sharing buttons for posts that load very quickly
- I have convenient access to AdSense and other ad placement options
- I can offer guest bloggers an attractive bio box at the top (or bottom) of their guest posts
- I can easily incorporate list building opt-in forms
- I can eliminate a laundry list of WordPress plugins!!
There’s a lot more you can do with Thesis Awesome so look forward to more from me on this topic. Head over to the Thesis Awesome Skins Gallery and pick out your favorite one. Of course you can always expect the best of support from Hesham, the developer and owner of FamousBloggers.net. You might even decide to become a Thesis Awesome affiliate like me.
Are you using Thesis Theme?
What do you think about the new look of my blog theme? I’d love to have your feedback. Are you using Thesis theme yet?