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.
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.
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.
After clicking the arrow the Headline Area box will expand and display the Byline box. Again, click the black arrow to expand the 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.
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.
You will see the Byline Date and Edit Link green bars in the “remove box”.
The Byline will only have the Author green bar in it.
Our last step is to go to the top right of the page and click “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 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.