WordPress 2.6.3, of course, came out today. I say “of course” because fate’s funny like that. She likes to catch me with my hands full and throw me an apple right then. Does she wait for my hands to be empty? No, man, she just doesn’t roll like that. I think she peeks around corners waiting for me to get as busy as I can humanly be, then BAM! WOMAN YOU NOW HAVE 18 BLOGS TO UPGRADE.
Hate it when she channels Emeril.
Anyway, get thyself to wordpress.org and do the whole upgrade thang. However, if you don’t already have the WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin, get it first. It’s the easiest plugin in the blogosphere to work with. Unlike many plugins, it’s never bitten me once. Good boy.
Another Upgrade: if you’re part of the Thesis WordPress Theme Community, you may already know that Chris Pearson has made improvements to the amazing Thesis Theme. He has made everything so freaking easy and so highly manageable that it’s as though he’s sitting at your desk with you, showing you how to basically click a button to whip up the specifications you want.
What I, personally, love about the udgrades is that he has created a theme that is so highly customizable that you can make your blog just that – YOUR blog. I’ve noticed that lately I’ve found myself on a few great-looking blogs and wondered, “Is this Thesis?” – then I scroll to the bottom to check it’s ID bracelet. Some are and some aren’t, and that’s the point. With the newest customizations, each blog can really get its individual groove on.
The only ways you’ll really suspect that it’s Thesis is if the content is highly readable, the layout and overall look is brillaintly clean, and if the blogger seems to exude a high sense of “I take this very seriously…”
Speaking of originality, I have to say this about your’s truly – for better or worse, I don’t hesitate to dance to my own music. I crave individuality and had rather stand out than blend in any day. That’s why, when I first began blogging, I literally had a different theme for each blog! I wanted each to be 100 percent different from their brothers and sisters.
Only recently have I switched EVERY SINGLE BLOG I HAVE to the Thesis Theme. The reasons? First and foremost, it’s clean and easy to read and a cinch to navigate. For anyone with their visitors at the top of their priority list, Thesis is their obvious choice.
Secondly, I have over 16 blogs I desperately want to update, post on, and keep current. Of all the blog and website devolopers out there, I trust Chris Pearson the most. Hands down. My blogs and websites are my career – they’re all I (personally) have in the way of generating income. Can you imagine how important that makes them to me?!?! If they don’t do well, I don’t do well.
I know all the research Chris does with SEO and I know that he knows wordpress and blogging inside out and upside down. Because he’s a blogger, himself, and works so closely with bloggers, he knows that one of the things we need the most is for everything to be as convenient, fast, and easy as possible. We all have lives, after all!
It’s also great that I only have to be familiar with one theme – I no longer have to get into the html of a blog and wonder, “Now where is xxxxx located on this blog?” Not counting a few business blogs I do housekeeping for, Thesis is the only blog theme I work with.. so I know where everything is. Makes everything so much easier.
Yet another huge benefit of Thesis? Remember earlier I made reference to the Thesis Community? That’s honestly what it’s like. The guys and gals on the Thesis theme forum couldn’t be more helpful if you promised them a lifetime supply of chocolate, coffee, and neck rubs. They even give you the EXACT code for customizations most of the time, all you have to do is copy/paste. During those rare times when virtual Chris isn’t standing behind your chair helping you, his forum team gathers around and helps you out. After all, he can’t be everywhere all the time – if he were he’d be Tyra Banks. And, fierce as he may be, he hasn’t the cleavage to pull it off.
With the customization options and the many choices you now have, you can make your Thesis-themed blog as unique as you are.
Finally, below are a few Must Reads for bloggers. They’re amazing posts and I know you’ll get a lot from them.