I installed the Thesis theme on November 6, 2008.
WordPress was new to me that year, having migrated from Google’s Blogspot system a month earlier; and I wanted to display certain features on my blog. I didn’t want to spend countless hours learning CSS and PHP programming to do it on my own so it made fiscal sense to pay for a what you see is what you get premium theme.
Thesis (and the user community forums) saved me headaches.
The first two years were a godsend. But since mid-2011 I saw myself using less thematic features and creating more customized functions. These functions could as easily be manually coded into any WordPress editor. With my social networking priorities changing this year, I secretly wanted to get rid of Thesis but I didn’t know what other theme to replace it with. I knew I wanted a theme. I just wanted something simpler.
An hour before writing this sentence on the evening of January 22, 2013, I replaced Thesis with a minimalist theme authored by Leo Babauta.
Leo is the blogger of Zen Habits.
He is calling the theme zh2.
Here is a screenshot with Thesis:
Here is a screenshot with zh2:
Regular visitors will instantly notice changes, such as removal of the sidebar and navigational links from the header.
They are now in the footer.
I am slowly tweaking behind-the-scenes code to bring back some elements that should be here but are not, such as customizing the 404 error page
and displaying guest author bylines. I also want to tighten the header with better font colors and possibly bring back social sharing buttons for each post.
For now, I am savoring the change.