We switched the Electron Plumber to the Thesis WordPress theme last night and OMG. Within about 30 seconds I was able to download the theme, activate it,change the column layout to two rows, change the pixel width, reactivate all our existing plugins and widgets and everything just worked.
I’d been looking at switching from the free theme we’d been using since the birth of the Electron Plumber about 6 months ago, but hadn’t found a premium theme that both looked clean and had an easy user interface to make design and behavior changes. I’ve been a software and hardware expert for 15+ years now, but when it comes to PHP and CSS skillz, I’ve never had the time or interest to do more than some quick tweaks to existing frameworks like WordPress. I’ve always enjoyed getting content and functionality done over style and design work, so I wanted a theme that would basically do all the CSS and HTML tricks for me. That’s where Thesis seems awesome so far. I can quickly whack out changes to design without having to think about it.
So far there have been a couple of minor hiccups that I have not had time to investigate yet. The Share This plugin CSS I clumsily hacked in for the old theme seems to be showing the social media icons in a vertical list rather than a horizontal one, but I’ll look at that later, after I write some more content. That’s the other great thing, there is a VERY active Thesis community of people sharing answers to common issues, as well as great support from the Thesis designers, DIYThemes.com.
More Thesis news and reviews in the weeks to come as we more fully implement it.