Top 25 Tutorials for Thesis Newbies

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Last Updated on August 1, 2019

The Thesis Theme from DIY Themes is hands down the most versatile WordPress theme on the market. There’s really no arguing that point. However, it can be a bit of a daunting task for newbies to get started. There’s a ton of information out there. Let me point you in the right direction!

I have a list of the top 25 tutorials for all of you Thesis newbies. They cover topics ranging from the basics to specific, commonly used blog design elements in Thesis. Let’s get started!


Installation and Optimization

Installing and Optimizing the Thesis Theme for WordPress – The first thing you need to do is install Thesis. This guide will help you install and optimize Thesis for the best possible performance in terms of your blog’s speed and search engine optimization.

Thesis SEO for Everyone – This is another guide to optimizing your blog for search engines. It speaks in-depth on both homepage and general blog optimization as well as optimization for individual posts.

Restoring Thesis to Default Settings – If you ever need to reset your Thesis options, we got ya covered!

What is the Thesis Full-Width framework? – What’s the difference between the page framework and the full-width framework? Which one should you use? This video tutorial has the answers.

Thesis Hooks

Thesis Hooks 101: An Introduction to Thesis Hooks – This is the guide to Thesis Hooks. If you’re a complete beginner with hooks, this is the place to start.

Hooks for Dummies – Another great beginner tutorial for Thesis Hooks.

Thesis Hook Reference List – This is a complete list of available hooks for Thesis with descriptions from the DIY Themes website. This is absolutely crucial for finding the right hook to place content where you want.

A Quick Introduction to the Thesis OpenHook Plugin – If hooks are a bit overwhelming for you, check out this tutorial. OpenHook lets place content just like you would with hooks, but without having to know any PHP. For the long-term health of your blog, I don’t recommend using this, but in a pinch it’s a great solution.

Thesis Custom CSS

Customizing Thesis With Custom.css – This is a simple guide from the DIY Themes website to help you get started with Custom CSS in Thesis.

Introduction to Custom CSS in Thesis – This is another Tutorial you can find here on It takes you through the basics of CSS, using custom CSS in Thesis, and offers a couple of very simple example tutorials.

Thesis Design Tutorials

Clickable Logo in Header – Want to replace that boring title and tagline with your flashy logo? It’s as simple as a few lines of CSS.

Adding a Banner Ad to Your Thesis Header – You’ve got the logo, now ad the 468×60 ad to monetize your blog!

– Need to keep a certain category off of your homepage? Here is the solution!

10 Useful Answers to Common Thesis Questions – A collection of simple solutions to mostly simple Thesis problems. This one is also from

Creating New Widgetized Areas – This tutorial will show you how to widgetize areas of your Thesis installation. You can apply the principles learned here to widgetize virtually any area of your blog.

Take Thesis from Standard to Unique in 6 Easy Steps – Need to make your blog unique? This tutorial offers 6 very easy ways to do so. You won’t need much coding knowledge to get these done.

How to Make a JQuery Image Slideshow in Thesis – This tutorial will show you how to create a slideshow in Thesis using JQuery. If you’re intimidated by javascript code, don’t worry. This is easy!

How To Add a Carousel To Your Thesis Blog – Have you seen those blogs with the post images and captions across the top before the content? Pretty sweet for bumping your page views up a bit. See how!

How to Add Breadcrumbs Without a Plugin – Add simple breadcrumbs to Thesis. This is great for your blog’s SEO performance, and it cuts down on the plug-ins you’ll use.

Using the Thesis Feature Box – There’s not as much out there about the Thesis feature box as there should be. Its an extremely useful tool, and this will get you started.

Creating Useful 404 Error Pages in Thesis – You need to have a solid 404 page to direct visitors who find broken links on your site. Another tutorial has you covered!

How to Make a Cool Social Media Box for Thesis – Want to add links to your social media profiles to your the bottom of your posts? Its usually a good idea, and this tutorial will show you how to do it.

How to Set Up Numbered Page Navigation in Thesis – Adding numbered page navigation will increase your page views which is always a good thing! This tutorial makes it as simple as copy and pasting!

Custom “After the Post” Box – Another tutorial for adding elements below your posts on single post pages.

How to Use WordPress Conditional Tags in Thesis – Conditional tags allow you to specify that certain elements of your design only appear on certain posts/pages of your blog. This tutorial will show you how it’s done.

Multiple Custom Page Templates in Thesis – Thesis allows you to create custom page templates to do just about anything you want. This takes a bit of imagination and a bit of coding knowledge, but this tutorial will get you started.

So that’s it! Thesis will let you do just about anything. The only thing holding you back is a lack of knowledge. Now you don’t have that excuse, so get after it!

Adam has a decade of experience as a WordPress designer, developer and one of the original contributors to “ArtofBlog” — the forerunner of