Just for Newbies! Installing Thesis 1.6 for the First Time

calendar December 6, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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December 6, 2009

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 […]

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Another New Menu! CSS Multilevel Dropdown Menu!

calendar October 31, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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October 31, 2009

I just love menuing systems, and have posted my fifth one for your enjoyment. It’s a CSS-only Multilevel Dropdown Menu, meaning that there is no JQuery, no JavaScript, and no plugin. That’s right — you can now have a multilevel dropdown menu at the same time as all of your favorite plugins like Featured Content […]

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New Tip! Upgrade-Proof Your Site with the bloginfo() Tag

calendar October 17, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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October 17, 2009

Thesis has the reputation of being upgrade-proof. That is, you do not lose your work in the custom folder when you upgrade. Running against this is the necessity of putting full URL paths to images and files in the custom_functions.php file. If you use a lot of images from your /custom/images folder, it can be […]

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You Too Can Have a Fat Footer!

calendar October 17, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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October 17, 2009

Widgetized “fat” footers are a popular addition to blog sites. There have been several threads on the DIYthemes Forums about widgetized footers, but often they are complicated and hard to follow. A new article, Tutorial: Widgetized “Fat” Footer, offers a solution that is simple to set up, needs no configuration and can be used right […]

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New Menu! Vertical Multilevel Dropdown Menu

calendar October 11, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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October 11, 2009

You’ve probably noticed the vertical menu at the top of the left sidebar. It is used for supplementary navigation to help you quickly find anything on this site. It is an example of the Vertical Multilevel Dropdown Menu described in a new tutorial. You can use the Vertical Menu as your main menu or as […]

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New Tutorial! Tabbed Info Pane

calendar October 11, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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October 11, 2009

You may have noticed a new addition to this blog page. At the top is a tabbed box containing recent posts, popular articles, and recent comments widgets, as well as a coming soon tab. This addition is the Tabbed Info Pane, and I have just written a tutorial to show you how to use it […]

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Updated: Multilevel Menu with CSS and JavaScript

calendar October 11, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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October 11, 2009

The Multilevel Menu with CSS and JavaScript has had a major revision, both in its code and in the tutorial. The Menu now is much easier to install, and most of the causes of installation troubles have been eliminated. It also loads and runs much faster. In addition, the Menu has been made upgrade-proof, meaning […]

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Four New Articles on Dressing Up Your Posts and Pages!

calendar September 20, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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September 20, 2009

Let’s face it: The internet reader’s attention is hard to grab. They scan the page and if they don’t see something interesting they are gone, all in 10 to 15 seconds. How do you get the reader to look at your post or page and read past the first couple of sentences? One key way […]

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New Articles for Newbies: Basic Syntax for custom.css and custom_functions.php!

calendar August 14, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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August 14, 2009

People who are just getting their feet wet with customizations are often daunted by the strange words and punctuation they find in the code for custom.css and custom_functions.php. Even the basic format of the CSS and PHP languages are foreign. Two new articles just published in the Newbies “Getting Started” section, “Basic CSS Syntax for […]

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New Article in Tips! How to Build Two-Column Sidebar Boxes

calendar August 14, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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August 14, 2009

We often don’t think of the possibilities of two-column sidebar boxes because the multimedia box is so predominant. However, Thesis makes it easy to build and use sidebar boxes that span both columns of the sidebars. They can be placed above or below the multimedia box or at other locations along the sidebar — even […]

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New Article! Create an Element and Place It on the Screen

calendar August 4, 2009   |   author Author: Mike Nichols
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August 4, 2009

One of the most frequent tasks in customization is creating a screen element and placing it. It could be an ad, or an image, or an opt-in box. Despite all these different uses, screen elements share a basic setup — and this article shows you how to do it! “Create an Element and Place It […]

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