The installation process described here assumes familiarity with the use of FTP clients and the setting of file/folder permissions. You’ll see these concepts applied in the video below.
- Disable all caching plugins (W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, etc.) and, if applicable, WP-Minify.
- If you’re using Thesis 1.7 or newer, visit Thesis → Manage Options, and then click “Download All Options” so you’ll have a backup of your current Thesis settings.
- Next, back up the
/customfolder from your existing Thesis installation to your hard drive.
- Upload the new Thesis 1.8.3 folder to your
- If your backed-up
/customfolder is from version 1.6 or newer, you can upload it directly into the new
/thesis_183folder and then proceed to step 7. If your backed-up
/customfolder is from version 1.5.1 or older, please proceed to step 6.
- Rename the
/custom-samplefolder to, simply,
/custom. Instead of uploading your backed-up
/customfolder, copy its contents, and paste it all into your newly-renamed
/customfolder, which should also contain a file called
- Set the permissions of your new
layout.cssfile to 666.
- Make sure your
/cachefolder’s permissions are set to 775.
- Inside your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance → Themes, and then activate Thesis 1.8.3.
- Visit either the Site Options or the Design Options page, ensure that Thesis is not giving you a warning about the file permissions on your
layout.cssfile, and then hit the Big Ass Save Button.
- You’re done, and now it’s time to explore Thesis and run a killer website!
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