Thesis v1.8 Beta
For Thesis users who have not kept an ear tuned to Twitter today, Chris Pearson announced there the release of the first beta version of Thesis 1.8. This release, like all beta versions of the theme, is available only to holders of the Developers Option. As an affiliate of DIYthemes, I am practically obliged to mention that anyone anxious to lay hands on version 1.8b1 is encouraged to purchase the Developers Option to Thesis (or the upgrade from the Personal Option to the Dev Option) through the Buy Thesis page here. (This includes one free installation of Thesis on a self-hosted WordPress site, courtesy of ThesisLab.)
Note, however, that ThesisLab is still running on version 1.7 and will continue to do so until 1.8 goes gold. That’s not because of any fear that 1.8 will cause the site to explode. Rather, it’s simply common sense. The ‘b’ in 1.8b1 stands for ‘beta,’ and ‘beta’ means ‘not yet declared stable.’ Running a production site on a platform not yet determined to be stable is reckless and foolhardy, and cannot be excused by any amount of enthusiasm for something new and shiny. I am currently running 1.8b1 on a test installation. It is performing well, and the new features are appealing. Anyone who reads this and decides to give the new beta a try is welcomed to do so, as I am doing, on a test install.
I’ll post info on my experiences with all beta versions of 1.8 as it moves towards the final version. Once 1.8-final is released, I’ll update the installation guide here to reflect the new version.
PS – I’ll mention just this one this improvement for now: The file layout.css, which many Thesis users have been editing with abandon even though they certainly shouldn’t, is no longer available for editing in the Custom File Editor. Huzzah! That’s worth an upgrade all by itself.
thesis_18b1.zip (337.50 KB)