Thesis 1.8 Coming Soon To A Blog Near You!
In my opinion 1.8 is the release that should have occurred while WordPress 3.0 was in beta and is only a “bridge” release to bring in those features, and patch the known incompatibility, before the major 2.0 upgrade is released. While its got some useful features its kinda so-so as far as something to get excited over for an upgrade.
Thesis 2.0 upgrade is coming soon as well (although we have no estimation date) and with it will be a MAJOR increase in the price of at least the developer edition. I highly suggest picking up your copy of Thesis developer before this occurs even if you do not plan to put it into use immediately. The license is for lifetime updates and with the developer you can install on as many of your own blogs as you wish.
The official release notes and link for those eligible is here on the DIYThemes site.
Hesham over at FamousBloggers.net has a really complete review of the Thesis 1.8 beta, with a lot of screenshots if you’re interested. (He and I are both affiliates, so depending on who’s purchase link you go through will determine who gets the cheeseburger!)
In keeping with traditional Thesis style the most interesting changes (beyond the addition of the WP 3.0 header uploader, background color picker and menu system) is even more SEO improvements, this time to the Tags and Categories pages. Also, while it doesn’t appear to be in place yet, more improvements to upload and use Thesis Skins (which are like themes for Thesis and make Thesis much more attractive) are also coming!
Thesis is definitely my theme of choice. While I don’t believe the WordPress moon rises and sets on Thesis, I still think that for ease of SEO and for integrated functionality, you can’t go wrong. (Yes I will be back on my much-loved Thesis very soon, just having to wait till I get done changing hosts. I can’t wait!)
Have questions about Thesis and installing or upgrading it? Confused about how themes can play a role in SEO? Wonder what the benefits are to premium paid themes? Got a current favorite theme that you think rocks the house? Let me know about it in the comments below!
Make it a great day!