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Just a quick post to let everyone know that the much awaited DIY themes Pearsonified has been released.  I am looking forward to trying this theme and seeing what it has to offer.

http://diythemes.com/thesis/pearsonified-skin/

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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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I have just installed Thesis 2.1 theme update.  This is the official release and not the beta.  So far, so good.  There are lots of subtle changes and several items have been moved.  The menus are a little different too.  What I’m most excited about is the release of the upcoming responsive skins.  There is a responsive Classic skin included in the Thesis 2.1 update but the forums I read suggest waiting for the release of the Pearsonified skin so this is what I’m going to do.  I have not used this update enough to write a comparison to 2.0 but my site still works so that part is good.

You can read more here http://diythemes.com/thesis/version-21/.

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Thesis 2 Theme WordPress BackupBy now we’ve created a lot of content for our site.  We need to learn how to backup a Thesis 2 WordPress site.  I’ve probably waited too long to cover this step.  Especially since I’ve been waiting a good bit of today for my site to come back online.  Apparently, my shared hosting server came under a DDoS attack.  Even after changing the IP address for my site, the attack started up again.  I’m probably not the target, but this is the risk of a shared hosting plan.  Many sites are sharing the same server so if one gets attacked, they all can suffer if the attack is large enough.

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Thesis 2 Contact Form 7 Plugin

A website isn’t a website without a home page, an about page, and a contact page.  In this step we’re going to learn how to add a contact page to our website using the popular WordPress plugin Contact Form 7.

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