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Responsive Skin & Child Theme Starter Now Available for Thesis

Responsive Skin & Child Theme Starter Now Available for Thesis

May 27, 2012 · 3 comments

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Thesis 1.x Notice: Thanks for reading this post! So, here's the deal. I wanted you to be aware that this post was written prior to the release of Thesis 2. So that means the instructions or other information provided applies specifically to Thesis 1.x and not the latest 2.x version. Thanks!

A responsive skin for Thesis was recently released by everyone’s favorite Thesis ‘wiz kid’ Alex Mangini. It’s great to see that we now have a Thesis Skin and Child Theme specially coded to make your website or blog fully responsive.

What is Responsive Web Design

In a nutshell, a responsive website will adapt to the size of the screen you’re viewing it on. Typically certain elements of the page will be rearranged when viewed on smaller screens. For example, the sidebar might get pushed down below the main content, or the navigation will adjust so that it’s more readable.

Sometimes when viewing websites on an iPad or iPhone, I’d rather just see the whole site as it is supposed to appear on larger screens. So you may want to make the choice when you start out designing and building the site if you want to make it responsive or not. There’s an interesting article asking Why is Responsive Web Design Such A Big Deal? Seriously…You Tell Me. And you can google it for a lot more information if you’re interested.

Thesis Responsive Skin & Child Theme Starter

If you’d like to make your site responsive and you’re running on Thesis, you now have this resource available to you. You can read the official post over at DIYthemes, or here are direct download links:

In addition, Kolakube offers numerous Thesis skins as well as one that is fully responsive.

How to Make Your Existing Thesis Site Responsive

A word of caution here. If your Thesis site has extensive customizations, you will want to be careful about replacing the custom.css and custom_functions.php files. In fact, you must avoid doing this if those files have any custom coding for your site. Ideally you want to start with a fresh installation of Thesis and then replace these default files with the responsive versions from the download.

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If you're someone who doesn't understand a lot of PHP, HTML, or CSS, Thesis will give you a ton of functionality without having to alter any code. For the advanced user, Thesis has incredible customization possibilities via extensive hooks and filters. And with so many design options, you can use the template over and over and never have it look like the same site.

If you're more familiar with how websites work, you can use the fantastic Thesis User's Guide and world-class support forums to make more professional customizations than you ever thought possible. The theme is not only highly customizable, but it allows me to build sites with a much more targeted focus on monetization than ever before. You can find out more about Thesis below:

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