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Step 22: How to Edit the Post Byline in Thesis 2

Now let’s return to working with the Thesis 2 Theme.  We’ll address the author byline.  Just like a newspaper or other periodical, we are able to show an author byline.  Bylines typcially contain the name of the author and date of the post.  In our case we also have an “edit” link that allows you to click and start editing the post when you are signed into your site.  Below is what our byline looks like out of the box.  Let’s get to work.  No worries, this is going to be easy.

WordPress Post Byline

I don’t want to show the date on my site and I generally don’t like seeing the “EDIT” link so we’re going to remove both of these.  Date can be relevant for sites with date sensitive material, such as news analysis.  For my purposes, date may be seen by a visitor as indicating an old post and they may click away.  In fact, the post may still be relevant so I don’t want to scare the visitor off.

Go to “Thesis” -> “Home” in the sidebar.  Select “Skins” -> “Skins Editor”.  In Step 20 we learned how to get into Thesis.  We are now on the Thesis HTML Home screen.

Thesis HTML Home

Scroll down to the “Headline Area” box and place your cursor over the box.  You will see a gear icon and a black arrow on the right side.  Click the black arrow and the Headline Area box will expand.

Thesis Headline Area

After clicking the arrow the Headline Area box will expand and display the Byline box.  Again, click the black arrow to expand the box.

Thesis Byline Box

Inside the Byline box we now see 3 green boxes.  One for Author, Date, and Edit Link.  These are the containers that control the display of these items in our Byline.

Thesis Byline Box with Author

To remove the Date and Edit Link from the Thesis Byline, we do a Shift/Click (hold Shift button down then left-click) on the Date bar.  Drag it to the top right of the page to the area labeled “shif + drag boxes here to remove them from the page”.  Now do the same for the “Edit Link” green bar.

Thesis Box Removal

You will see the Byline Date and Edit Link green bars in the “remove box”.

Thesis Remove Box Byline

The Byline will only have the Author green bar in it.

Thesis Byline Box with Author Only

Our last step is to go to the top right of the page and click “Save Template”.

Thesis Save Template

Go to your home page to view your changes.  The post bylines look like the picture below.  We only see the author’s name.  Date and Edit Link are now gone.

Thesis Post Byline with Author Only


Thesis made this fast and easy.  I hope you noticed the gears and black arrows.  We will see these used throughout the Thesis HTML templates.  Please remember how these work as we will reference these in future posts.

About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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  • Lucas February 22, 2013, 11:04 AM

    Hey again Doug! So, I noticed something interesting when I signed out of my Dashboard – when I visit my site, the byline still displays the date. When I click on my site title, it goes away, but when I click on my post title, it shows up underneath it. Would you have any ideas on why that would be?

  • Doug Macklem February 22, 2013, 11:44 AM

    If you have been following this guide then you are only working on the Home page template. Step 43 will show you how to copy this template to your other pages. Thesis is awesome and provides a separate template for each page. This allows for lots of flexibility. You will want to tweak the Home template with most of your ideal setup then copy to the rest of the site. Otherwise, you have to work on each page separately which would take too much time.

  • Lucas February 22, 2013, 6:25 PM

    Got it Doug, thank you!

  • tom barney March 11, 2013, 3:26 PM

    this is what my site looks like at this point….Weird! I copied the front page( actually the only page) and pasted it below. Perhaps YOU can make heads or tails of this mess!

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  • Doug Macklem March 14, 2013, 3:48 PM

    I believe it is loading without the CSS file. Sites look very funny when the CSS doesn’t load. I don’t know if it is possible to corrupt the CSS file but the variables you created may be doing it. I would delete the variables and the use of them in your CSS colors for header/footer/etc and see if your site isn’t restored to normal.

  • Danika April 8, 2013, 2:23 AM

    Hey Doug,

    Love how easy you make it! I was just wondering if I could add something else in the Byline that isn’t currently there? For example “follow me on twitter” with a link to my twitter page?

    Is that possible as I’ve seen it on

    Thank you 🙂 Danika

  • Doug Macklem April 11, 2013, 8:59 PM

    Danika: the good news is, almost anything is possible with Thesis 2. However, I’m not sure how to do what you’ve asked without custom PHP. So far, I’ve been able to do so much without PHP. I’m really seeing how far I can take this without code. I like the “About Author” box for adding social sites. See Step 49 for creating a custom About Author box.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Steve June 3, 2014, 3:26 PM

    What is by mistake this is deleted then how can we revert it back to the original settings as it were?

  • Doug Macklem June 4, 2014, 3:54 PM

    If you drag the controls to the “drag boxes here to remove them from the page” box on the right side of the screen, you can click the drop-down and the removed pages will be there. Click the page you want, then drag it back to the page where you want it. Easy. Just don’t drag boxes to the “drag boxes here to delete them…” box. You can’t get them back after a save.

  • Sibylle May 18, 2015, 8:33 PM

    thanks, awesome help. Took me a long time to do what I wanted to do before I found your advice about changing bylines:)

  • Sergio September 11, 2015, 2:28 PM

    Hello,I have a short question for you. I’ve aealrdy managed to make my picture appear in the search results but I was wondering, if I would add the picture of a car or any other picture than mine, will Google still continue displaying my pic?Does anyone know?Thanks!

  • Doug Macklem September 14, 2015, 7:53 PM

    That is a good question. One in which I don’t know the answer.

  • Doug Macklem September 14, 2015, 8:12 PM

    Great. Thanks!

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