A popular WordPress design and template manager, Thesis gave its followers a cause for celebration several months ago by releasing a feature-packed update, Thesis 2.1. The latest version is easier on the eyes, lighter and faster. To top it off, it also gives users a lot more control over every detail of their websites. The 2.1 release reinforced the theme’s position as the most powerful framework currently available for WordPress.

A drop-down menu in Thesis 2.1. provides better access to your skin, RSS feeds and SEO features of your site. The new version has a streamlined interface, high customization level and documentation that is extremely developer-friendly. The theme provides powerful tools for any experienced user, but also has a simple interface for beginners, ensuring that those with little to no coding knowledge can still have access to the same advanced features.

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1. SEO Optimization

Thesis 2.1 uses the latest developments in schema markup – the right HTML tags to make your website more recognizable by search engines. The codes are automatically embedded into your Web pages, so that’s one less thing for you as a Web designer has to worry about. The new version also makes it a lot easier to link your website to your Google account, allowing you to take advantage of all the features that come with it in a matter of seconds.

2. Classic Responsive Skin

The Classic Responsive skin is designed to optimize your WordPress website for every mobile device. In addition, you can make changes to the skin if you want to customize it, and this will not interfere with its responsiveness in any way. The code to automatically resize any images or videos, optimizing them for mobile devices, is already included in the skin. You don’t need any advanced technical knowledge to customize the skin either; it is simple to work with and intended for a user of pretty much any skill level. Its lightweight responsive menu works great even if you add multiple navigation levels to it.

3. Drag-and-Drop Interface

While developers can still use HTML when they need to, they have a very simple and user-friendly alternative with Thesis 2.1, involving the theme’s drag-and-drop interface. Writing PHP is no longer needed, since the drag-and-drop feature takes care of this as well. An unlimited amount of widgets and menus can be added to any WordPress template by simply moving them around and placing them anywhere you like. Sidebars and menus can be registered and theme locations can be created without having to use any code.

4. No Need for FTP

Working on your website no longer requires an FTP client nor a text editor. With Thesis 2.1, you can now use your dashboard to install and configure everything. You can use the skin editor to do all of this and more, practically eliminating the need to know FTP to take full advantage of the theme.

5. API Documentation

Any advanced web designer can take advantage of the new API documentation feature introduced by Thesis 2.1. Marketed as “a toolbox that contains everything you need to create incredible websites that do anything,” API is a great feature for those who like to work with code and build things on WordPress. It allows developers to write better CSS, generate designs and save their data, among many other possibilities.

6. Customization Level

Thesis 2.1 makes it extremely easy to customize the layout and content of your website. While customization was available in the 2.0 version as well, it was mostly only useful to developers with advanced skill level. Thesis 2.1 makes it easy to customize your site’s appearance whether you are a beginner or an advanced user, providing different options based on your skills.

Adding extra convenience for the advanced Web designers, Thesis 2.1 took out any limits on HTML, allowing users to do pretty much anything they like with their sites. Custom templates can now be applied to pages, posts, archives and every other category on the site.

If you are a beginner, Thesis 2.1 will allow you to change every font on your website, including its type, color and size without having to deal with any coding. You can also change the colors around the site and test how certain color combinations go together with the help of the theme’s color scheme generator. You don’t need to have any programming skills to be able to take advantage of these and multiple other customization features. And if something goes wrong in the process of customizing your site, Thesis 2.1 has a solution for that, too. It allows users to easily restore the defaults of the skin. It’s a great feature to have when you are first starting out with the theme, as it allows you to experiment with things without destroying anything in the process.

7. Thesis 2.1.1 Updates

Thesis released its most recent update a couple of months ago, fixing several bugs and throwing in some additional features. One of the most notable updates in Thesis 2.1.1 involves the ability to make changes to WordPress post excerpt. You can now remove the ellipses in brackets and create a Read More button. The second update allows all the authors on your website to put their Twitter usernames on their profile pages for additional social media exposure.

8. Social Triggers Skin

Much-awaited by the Web designer community since last year, the Social Triggers skin has also been recently released by Thesis. The skin has three custom templates, built-in e-mail sign up forms, a feature toolbox and a convenient color picker to even further customize the look of your site. The landing page templates of the skin are fully integrated for any design, and can be used on any post or page of your website. Similarly to the Classic one, the Social Triggers skin also features a responsive design. The new skin is integrated with the Thesis color scheme picker, allowing you to easily mix and match colors for a great overall color combination.

The Social Triggers skin is available as a bonus to users who have bought the Thesis Professional or Thesis Basic Plus licenses, as well as those who purchased the Thesis 1 Developer’s Option.