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Thesis 2 Classic Responsive Theme

ThriftZizel has switched to the Thesis 2 Classic Responsive Theme.  I must admit, I was a bit intimidated by this change.  Not because it is all that hard to do, but because of the way theme switching used to be done.  Let me explain.  In the past there were a couple popular ways to test out a new theme:

  • Set up a test site at a new URL (domain) to test your changes.  When you were done, you would have to make sure you copied all the relevant files over to your real site.  It was easy to miss files and settings and end up making your site a mess.
  • Set up a test site “localhost”.  This means you would set up an environment locally, on your PC or Mac.  This has all the same problems as listed above.

Enter Thesis 2 and we now have a brand new way to do this.  Read on and I’ll show you how I switched ThriftyZizel from Thesis Classic to Thesis Classic Responsive.

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Google Page Speed

DIY Themes make the claim that Thesis 2 loads fast.  They may be right.  Google is now incorporating site speed in search engine rankings.  This means that we need a fast web host and fast software.  There isn’t much we can do to make WordPress faster.  Or is there?  While building this site I ran a couple speed tests, just for fun, using Google’s page speed analyzer.  I was very surprised by the results.

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Google Authorship

What is Google Author?

Ever wonder why some Google search results show the author’s name and picture?  This is called Google Authorship.  Google has provided a way for authors to help Google identify all of their articles.  You want to make it easy for searchers to find your content and this is another powerful tool for you to take advantage of.  Thesis 2 makes it easy to add Google Authorship to your site.  This may help with SEO.  My theory is, the the more Google “properties” you use (G+, Maps, Analytics, Author, Webmaster Tools, Custom Search Engine) the better off your are.

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Google Custom Search Engine Home Page

Most WordPress guru’s dislike the built-in search function.  But, site search is key to any site.  You want your visitors to be able to find the content they are interested in.  When our tags, categories, landing pages, nav menu, etc., fail to find the content a visitor is looking for, they will often turn to the search function.  I know I do.  In this step we’ll learn how to add Google Custom Search Engine to our site.

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Google Webmaster Tools

We are going to set up Google Webmaster Tools for our site.  Sign into Google Webmaster Tools using your Google Account.  Click the red “Add a Site” button at the top right of the page.

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