What’s New in Thesis Theme 1.8?

It’s time to embrace another version of the Thesis Theme and things just get better with each one.  Here’s a peek review on What’s New with the Thesis Theme 1.8.

Header Image Upload made just easier!

With the earlier versions of the Thesis Theme, you’ll have to play around with the custom.css file for setting up the Header Image.  But with 1.8, Thesis Theme makes it much easier and you can upload a Header Image using the Thesis Administration Panel.

Navigate to Thesis => Header Image and you’ll be able to Browse for and upload an Image of your choice.

Thesis 18 Header Image

Header Image Upload made easy with Thesis 1.8

Even better, Thesis can suggest you an optimum width of the Header Image that can be used, based on the existing layout settings.  Much simple, eh!

You can upload Favicons too!

Like the Header Images, Thesis 1.8 makes it easy to setup the Favicons which were earlier done using the Additional Scripts option under Document Head.

All you have to do is prepare a Favicon (a 16 x 16 Image with an .ico extension) and upload it using the Thesis Admin Interface.  If you aren’t using Thesis, here is another post to help you setup a  Favicon for your WordPress Blog.

Yes, Thesis supports WordPress Custom Navigation Menus

Wordpress Nav menu

Wordpress Custom Nav menu

Do you want to go beyond configuring Pages and Categories in Navigation Menu with the Thesis Theme?  You will just need WordPress 3.0 and Thesis Theme 1.8.

WordPress 3.0 helps you define Custom Navigation Menus which can include Pages, Categories or even External Links.

Here are the steps to use WordPress Navigation Menus with Thesis 1.8…

  • After installation of Thesis 1.8, go to WP Admin => Appearance => Menus
  • Create a new Custom Menu by giving it a Name
  • Add the required Pages, Categories and External Links to the Custom Menu and Save Changes
  • If you have more than one Custom Menu, choose the Menu to use by selecting the Primary Menu
  • Go to WP Admin => Thesis => Site Options and choose WordPress Nav Menu as Menu type under Navigation Menu

Improved and much Easier SEO Setup for Categories & Tags

Page Options, which was introduced in Thesis 1.7 is now gone with Thesis 1.8.  The primary use of the Page Options was to provide the SEO Details for individual Pages, Categories and Post Tags.  Now they’ve been moved into more appropriate locations, to make their management easier.

  • Page SEO Details can be provided in the Page Edit view
  • Category and Tag SEO Details have been moved into WordPress’ Category and Tag Edit Pages

In addition to the regular SEO Details like

and <meta> description tags, you can now provide an Introductory Headline and Introductory Content to each Category and Tag.  This definitely has a greater implication for the SEO of your Blog. <div id="attachment_1940" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 310px"> <a href="/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/thesis18review_3.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-1940" title="thesis18review_3" src="/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/thesis18review_3.jpg" alt="SEO Details for Categories and Tags" width="300" height="485"></a> <p class="wp-caption-text">SEO Details for Categories and Tags</p> </div> <p>Thesis now offers full support for custom taxonomy pages in addition to category and tag pages.</p> <h2>Other Changes from Thesis 1.7…</h2> <ul> <li>You can now enable support to use a Publishing tool like Windows Live Writer from within Thesis Theme</li> <li>Thesis now offers support for the Google Fonts Directory.  These are web-safe fonts and can be used to improve your Blog Design </li> </ul> <h2>Some Gaps… Chris are you listening?</h2> <p>Search Engines show only a certain number of characters in the </p> <title> and the <meta> description tags.  Thesis 1.8 tries to show you the number of characters as you type the <title> and the <meta> description, so that you know if to make them short.  I see 2 gaps here – <em>Thesis doesn’t suggest what is the right number (may be an alert when the number is exceeded?) and on saving the text the count reverts back to ’0′.</em> <p>If you already using Thesis Theme, 1.8 gives you another leap towards excellence If you are considering on a Premium WordPress Theme, grab Thesis and find out what wonders it can do.</p>
If you link this entry, please share it
We Recommend
Hostgator is our first choice when it comes to Reliable 24x7 Hosting, Affordable Cost, Awesome Support and Great Quality. Click here to explore and get your Own Hosting now!>


  1. Nick says:

    WordPress keeps getting better and better. But I wish they would slow down. I’m tired of constantly updating.
    The newsworthy aspect of the release is the merger of WordPress and WordPress MU (multi-user), a fork of WordPress that allows multiple blogs to operate from a single installation. These two features are fully merged in WordPress 3.0, as well as with SEO wordpress become more better.Thanks for post..

  2. Nero says:

    I have purchase Thesis 1.8 develop version. Am still in doubt about the use of “Robots Meta Tags” ( noindex, nofollow)

    I read about some hardcode “nofollow” issue in Thesis 1.7. So what is the properly set up of the Robots Meta Tags)

    Hope you can make it clear.


  3. 1001 Webs says:

    Does anyone know how to move the Navigation Menu below the Header image in Thesis 1.8?
    Without hardcoding the theme, that is
    It used to be pretty easy in 1.7, just pasting the following in custom_functions.php:
    remove_action(‘thesis_hook_before_header’, ‘thesis_nav_menu’);
    add_action(‘thesis_hook_after_header’, ‘thesis_nav_menu’);

    but it doesn’t seem to work in 1.8 any longer.
    Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Micah G Robinson says:

      remove_action(‘thesis_hook_before_header’, ‘thesis_nav_menu’);
      add_action(‘thesis_hook_after_header’, ‘thesis_nav_menu’);

      Still works in the functions_php.
      It’s what I use on one of my 1.8 sites.
      I didn’t think it worked at first either until I refreshed my browser & BOOM there it was.

      You can also use;

      ul.menu {text-align:center;}
      ul.menu li {display:inline; float:none;}
      ul.menu li a {display:inline-block;}
      ul.menu li ul {text-align: left;}

      in custom.css to center the nav menu on the page and it works with drop down menus too.

  4. Azuan says:

    Hi.. very nice reviews.. But my suggestion, thesis must add robots like index and follow.

  5. Jamie Davis says:

    This post was very helpful, I just spent 30 mins hunting around all the tabs in thesis 1.8 looking for page options ;)




  1. Ashwin says:

    What's New in Thesis Theme 1.8? – http://bit.ly/9NRWjt via @thotsunlimited #thesiswp #wordpress

  2. Ashwin says:

    What’s New in Thesis Theme 1.8? http://goo.gl/fb/gO6q1 #thesistheme #thesis18 #thesistheme #wordpress

  3. Have You Bought Thesis 1.8 Yet? says:

    [...] 5. Thoughts unlimited has been a great promoter of Thesis 1.8. In his latest review, not only does he take you through all of the new features, he also shows screenshots of the new options panels. Check it out here. [...]


Speak Your Mind