DIYthemes, the maker of the premium WordPress theme framework Thesis, released the newest version of Thesis on Monday, Thesis 2.0. I’ve played around with it for the last couple of days with a local test installation on my desktop PC and I don’t think I’ll be using it any time soon. It’s far too complicated and cumbersome to use. Essentially, it’s nothing at all like the prior versions of Thesis.
The more I try to use Thesis 2.0, the more I appreciate Thesis 1.85.
Seriously, spend a few hours wading through Thesis 2.0, trying to make sense between boxes, skins, and packages, and you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the beautiful simplicity that is Thesis 1.85. What is simple and straight forward in the prior versions of Thesis, the versions not called 2.0, is difficult and complicated in the latest incarnation. The more I try to use Thesis 2.0, the more I wonder why it was called Thesis and not something else, like Migraine or Root Canal.
Compounding the many problems with Thesis 2.0 is the utter lack of documentation. The official user’s guide currently only shows how to install Thesis 2.0. That’s important, because like everything else pertaining to Thesis 2.0, the installation procedure is vastly different from prior versions of Thesis. If you don’t install Thesis 2.0, you’ll never really know how hard it is to use.
Thesis 2.0 hasn’t even been out a week, so I’m sure things will be improved. Until that happens, I won’t be using Thesis 2.0.