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Just for Newbies! Installing Thesis 1.6 for the First Time

Installing Thesis 1.6 may look like a difficult task — all that copying, the file permissions, the renaming.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

A new article just posted, “Installing Thesis 1.6 for the First Time” has all the help you need to install Thesis 1.6 quickly and easily. It has step-by-step directions and lots of illustrations to help you plunge into the thorn-patch and emerge unscathed!

Coming up next: Upgrading to Thesis 1.6

Installing Thesis 1.6 for the First Time

Installing Thesis 1.6 for the first time can be a daunting task, especially if you have little experience with WordPress, FTP programs, or file permissions. But setting up Thesis is not hard, and this guide offers step-by-step instructions to installation along with plenty of illustrations to help you. The tutorial follows the standard Thesis 1.6 installation process.

Before you start the installation

1. Make sure WordPress is installed on your server. This may sound silly, but there are more than a few support requests on the forum where the user has not installed WordPress yet.
2. Download the Thesis zip file from DIYthemes and unzip it on your computer. There will be a Thesis_16 folder after you do so.
3. Be sure you know how to change file permissions. If you’re uncertain, read the article “How to Change File and Folder Permissions.
4. Make sure you know how to upload files. If you use an FTP program on your computer, usually you can just drag the folder from your computer onto the proper place in your FTP program and drop it. If you are using cPanel or a similar host program, refer to “File Management Using cPanel.”

If you haven’t thought about an FTP program for your computer yet, maybe it’s time to do so. Check out the articles “FTP Programs and Text Editors for Windows Users” or “FTP Programs and Text Editors for the Mac” for free FTP and editor programs. They will make file operations and customization a lot easier.

5. Read all the instructions below before you start.

Now, for the DIYthemes instructions and my comments:

1. Upload the new Thesis 1.6 folder to your /wp-content/themes folder.

Figure 1: The /wp-content and /themes folders
Figure 1: The /wp-content and /themes folders

1. Locate the /wp-content folder in your root directory. Inside it will be a folder called /themes. The folder structure will look like Figure 1.
2. Upload the entire Thesis_16 folder you unzipped on your computer to the /themes folder. Do not upload individual files!

Figure 2: Thesis has been uploaded to the /themes folder
Figure 2: Thesis has been uploaded to the /themes folder

3. When you are finished, you will see the /thesis_16 folder within the /themes folder, as in Figure 2.

2. Locate the /custom-sample folder and change its name to /custom.

Figure 3: Thesis custom-sample folder before renaming
Figure 3: Thesis custom-sample folder before renaming

1. Open your /thesis_16 folder and locate the /custom-sample folder within it. It will look like figure 3.

Figure 4: The Thesis folder with the custom-sample folder renamed to custom
Figure 4: The Thesis folder with the custom-sample folder renamed to custom

2. Rename the folder “custom.” When you are done, your Thesis folder should look like Figure 4.

3. Locate the layout.css file inside your newly-renamed /custom folder, and change its permissions to 666

Figure 5: The custom folder's contents
Figure 5: The custom folder's contents

1. Find the layout.css file within your /thesis_16/custom folder and highlight it.

Figure 6: The layout.css file and the file dialog
Figure 6: The layout.css file and the file dialog

2. Most FTP programs allow you to right-click on the file to bring up a dialog similar to the one in Figure 6. Choose “Get Info,” “File Properties,” or similar wording. Refer to the cPanel article mentioned above if you are using that program.

Figure 7: Changing the file permissions on layout.css
Figure 7: Changing the file permissions on layout.css

1. A file properties dialog will pop up. Choose “Permissions” or similar wording.
2. If there is a box that you can enter the file permission numbers, enter 666. If not, set file permissions to Owner: Read, Write; Group: Read, Write; and Others: Read, Write. “Owner,” “Group,” and “Others” may be worded differently, but they will be close enough to figure out.
3. Click the “Apply,” “Save,” “OK” or similar button to save your changes.

4. Change the permissions of your /custom/cache folder to 775.

The full instructions read,

[optional but highly recommended] If you’d like to give Thesis the ability to auto-crop thumbnail images for you, then you’ll want to change the permissions of your /custom/cache folder to 775.

Trust me, you will want to have Thesis to do this for you, so you need to change the permissions!

1. Locate the /cache folder. Open up your /custom folder.The /cache folder is within the /custom folder within your /thesis_16 folder as shown in Figure 5.

Figure 8: Changing the file permissions on the /cache folder
Figure 8: Changing the file permissions on the /cache folder

2. Use the same procedure you did when changing the layout.css file’s permissions: Highlight the /cache folder, right-click on it, and get to the “Permissions” panel in the file dialog.

If there is a box that you can enter the file permission numbers, enter 775. If not, set file permissions to Owner: Read, Write, Execute; Group: Read, Write, Execute; and Others: Read, Write, Execute. “Owner,” “Group,” and “Others” may be worded differently, but they will be close enough to figure out.

3. Click the “Apply,” “Save,” “OK” or similar button to save your changes.

5. Inside your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance -> Themes, and then activate Thesis 1.6.

1. To get to your Administration panel, type “your-domain-name/wp-admin” in your browser. For example, I type in the following to get to the Thesis Theme Tools Admin panel:

thesisthemetools.com/wp-admin

2. In the menu on the left in your Administration panel click on “Appearance,” then on “Themes”

Figure 9: The themes panel with the Thesis 1.6 theme
Figure 9: The themes panel with the Thesis 1.6 theme

3. Click on the Thesis 1.6 theme image shown in Figure 9. You will be taken to a simulation of how it will look (but believe me, it never looks right!). Click on “Activate Theme” in the upper right corner to make Thesis 1.6 the active theme.

Figure 10: The Thesis 1.6 Options panel
Figure 10: The Thesis 1.6 Options panel

4. You will be taken to the Thesis Options panel, as shown in Figure 10.

6. You’re done!

The full instruction reads,

You’re done, but make sure you check out both the Thesis Options and Design Options pages that now exist inside your WordPress Dashboard. You’ll be able to do things like set up your navigation menu, set fonts and font sizes, select your layout, and much, much more. To put it simply, this is the part of Thesis you don’t want to miss!

Now it’s time to see your blog in Thesis 1.6 for the first time! It will be the spartan look of the fresh install, but you will change that, won’t you?

I hope these instructions have been clear and helpful. Feel free to make a comment, or if you want to email me, click on the “Contact” button in the nav bar.

©2009 Michael L Nichols. All rights reserved.

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Four New Articles! Thesis Tabs, Statistics, Subdomains & Installing Thesis

Here are 4 new articles for you on various subjects. As always, they are liberally illustrated with images that help you see as well as read the instructions:

  • Color Individual Tabs on the Thesis Nav Bar” Many users want to color the individual tabs on their Thesis navigation bar. This illustrated tutorial shows you how to do that, along with changing the font color. Also, you can change the selected tab and font colors. The article is found under the Tricks > Menus category.
  • Installing Thesis for the First Time” Installing Thesis can be a scary task for a newbie. This tutorial is a step-by-step guide with lots of illustrations that makes installation easy.
  • Find this article in the Newbies > Getting Started section.

  • Statistics Plugins and Services I Use” There are many questions on the Forum about SEO plugins and services. This article lists the ones I use, describes why I do, and rates their accuracy.
  • Look for this article under Tricks > Stuff I Use.

  • Subdomain Setup Using cPanel” Setting up a subdomain off your main domain can be a smart thing to do, especially for testing your Thesis customizations. This article steps you through setting one up with cPanel, the most popular program used by hosts. The information will be of use for other host programs, too. The article is found in Tips > Administration.

Coming up are articles on upgrading Thesis, editing files for newbies, tools for color schemes, creating favicons and more! Stay tuned…

Installing Thesis for the First Time

Installing Thesis for the first time can be a daunting task, especially if you have little experience with WordPress, FTP programs, or file permissions. But setting up Thesis is not hard, and this guide offers step-by-step instructions to installation, along with plenty of illustrations to help you. The tutorial follows the standard Thesis installation process.

Before you start the installation

1. Make sure WordPress is installed on your server. This may sound silly, but there are more than a few support requests on the forum where the user has not installed WordPress yet.

2. Download the Thesis zip file from DIYthemes and unzip it on your computer. There will be a Thesis folder after you do so.

3. Be sure you know how to change file permissions. If you’re uncertain, read the article “How to Change File and Folder Permissions.

4. Make sure you know how to upload files. If you use an FTP program on your computer, usually you can just drag the folder from your computer onto the proper place in your FTP program and drop it. If you are using cPanel or a similar host program, refer to “File Management Using cPanel.”

If you haven’t thought about an FTP program for your computer yet, maybe it’s time to do so. Check out the articles “FTP Programs and Text Editors for Windows Users” or “FTP Programs and Text Editors for the Mac” for free FTP and editor programs. They will make file operations and customization a lot easier.

5. Read all the instructions below before you start.

Now, for the DIYthemes instructions and my comments:

1. Upload the new Thesis 1.5.1 folder to your /wp-content/themes folder.

Figure 1: The /wp-content and /themes folders
Figure 1: The /wp-content and /themes folders

1. Locate the /wp-content folder in your root directory. Inside it will be a folder called /themes. The folder structure will look like Figure 1.

2. Upload the entire Thesis folder you unzipped on your computer to the /themes folder. Do not upload individual files!

Figure 2: Thesis has been uploaded to the /themes folder
Figure 2: Thesis has been uploaded to the /themes folder

3. When you are finished, you will see the /Thesis folder within the /themes folder, as in Figure 2.

2. Locate the /custom-sample folder and change its name to /custom.

Figure 3: Thesis custom folder has been renamed
Figure 3: Thesis custom folder has been renamed

1. Open your /Thesis folder and locate the /custom-sample folder within it.

2. Rename the folder “custom” as in Figure 3.

Figure 4: The Thesis folder and all its files and folders
Figure 4: The Thesis folder and all its files and folders

When you are done, your Thesis folder should look like Figure 4. If it doesn’t, I recommend you delete it and start over.

3. Locate the layout.css file, and change its permissions to 666.

Figure 5: The layout.css file and the file dialog
Figure 5: The layout.css file and the file dialog

1. Find the layout.css file within your /Thesis folder and highlight it.

2. Most FTP programs allow you to right-click on the file to bring up a dialog similar to the one in Figure 5. Choose “Get Info,” “File Properties,” or similar wording. Refer to the cPanel article mentioned above if you are using that program.

Figure 6: Changing the file permissions on layout.css
Figure 6: Changing the file permissions on layout.css

3. A file properties dialog will pop up like the one in Figure 6. Choose “Permissions” or similar wording.

4. If there is a box that you can enter the file permission numbers, enter 666. If not, set file permissions to Owner: Read, Write; Group: Read, Write; and Others: Read, Write. “Owner,” “Group,” and “Others” may be worded differently, but they will be close enough to figure out.

5. Click the “Apply,” “Save,” “OK” or similar button to save your changes.

4. Change the permissions of your /custom/cache folder to 775.

The full instructions read:

[optional] If you’d like to give Thesis the ability to auto-crop thumbnail images for you, then you’ll want to change the permissions of your /custom/cache folder to 775.

Trust me, you will want to have Thesis to do this for you, so you need to change the permissions!

Figure 7: Location of the /cache folder within the /custom folder
Figure 7: Location of the /cache folder within the /custom folder

1. Locate the /cache folder. Open up your /custom folder. The /cache folder is inside the /custom folder within your /Thesis folder as shown in Figure 7.

Figure 8: Changing the file permissions on the /cache folder
Figure 8: Changing the file permissions on the /cache folder

2. Use the same procedure you did when changing the layout.css file’s permissions: Highlight the /cache folder, right-click on it, and get to the “Permissions” panel in the file dialog.

3. If there is a box that you can enter the file permission numbers, enter 775. If not, set file permissions to Owner: Read, Write, Execute; Group: Read, Write, Execute; and Others: Read, Execute. Note that Others: Write will be the only option left unchosen. “Owner,” “Group,” and “Others” may be worded differently, but they will be close enough to figure out.

4. Click the “Apply,” “Save,” “OK” or similar button to save your changes.

5. Inside your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes, and then activate Thesis.

1. To get to your Administration panel, type “your-domain-name/wp-admin” in your browser. For example, I type in the following to get to the Thesis Theme Tools Admin panel:

http://thesisthemetools.com/wp-admin

2. From your Administration panel click on “Appearance,” then on “Themes.”

Figure 9: The themes panel with the Thesis theme
Figure 9: The themes panel with the Thesis theme

3. Click on the Thesis theme image. You will be taken to a simulation of how it will look (but believe me, it never looks right!). Click on the button to make Thesis active.

4. You will be taken to the Thesis Options panel. Although it’s not strictly necessary, click on the “Big Ass Save” button at the bottom of the panel to complete the installation.

6. You’re done!

The full instruction reads,

You’re done, but make sure you check out both the Thesis Options and Design Options pages that now exist inside your WordPress Dashboard. You’ll be able to do things like set up your navigation menu, set fonts and font sizes, select your layout, and much, much more. To put it simply, this is the part of Thesis you don’t want to miss!

Now it’s time to see your blog in Thesis for the first time! It will be the spartan look of the fresh install, but you will change that, won’t you?

I hope these instructions have been clear and helpful. Feel free to make a comment, or if you want to email me, click on the “Contact” button in the nav bar.

©2009 Michael L Nichols. All rights reserved.

What next?

Your comments are always welcome, and are important to this blog’s community! Leave a comment now, or read the comments.

You can find several related articles in the “Related Articles” list below. In the footer you will find a lists of Popular Posts, Recent Posts, and you may browse by Categories, or tags. There’s also a Google Custom Search box to help you find just what you want.

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