A fresh Wordpress installation + Thesis 1.6

by Matthew on December 22, 2009

I’ve made a fresh installation of Wordpress 2.9 with the theme Thesis 1.6. I have also imported ThinkDesign’s Lorem Ipsum Test Post Pack. This seems like as good a place as any to begin. I have been using Wordpress for several months, but have not delved deep into it yet. I’m totally new to Thesis; 1.6 is the first I’ve used, and I’m finding many of the resources scattered around the web pretty out-of-date, mostly relevant to older versions of the theme.

This blog is, at this moment, nothing more than a testing ground as I attempt to wrap my head around Thesis and customize it for my needs. As I go, I will try to record my explorations here for the benefit of others. This may or may not end up being useful in the end.

Because I’ve read good things about doing so, my first act is to delve into Thesis Options > Design Options > Framework Options > HTML Framework and to set this to use the Full-width Framework.

I then abandon Thesis for a time, get into Wordpress instead. Settings > General is my first stop so that I can double-check my URLs and setup my time-zone.

Using my FTP client, I then access the root of my site to create a .htaccess file. To do this, I setup my FTP client to show invisible files, then create a new file named “.htaccess”. I use the Get Info command to set file permissions to 666, not because I’m a Satanist, but so that Wordpress will be able to access the file to make changes as necessary.

Back in Wordpress, I access Settings > Permalinks, where I set Common Settings to “Month and name” because it’s my personal preference for permanent URL structure for my posts. When I save these settings, Wordpress will update the .htaccess file I have already created.

I next access Wordpress’ Plugins area. First, I want to delete the Hello Dolly plugin that comes pre-installed with Wordpress, because — let’s face it — it’s stupid. I want Akismet enabled, so activate and configure that either now or later; it really helps to mitigate spam. And now I install what I consider to be a few core plugins: Contact Form 7, No Self Pings, Subscribe to Comments, WP-reCAPTCHA (the other half of spam prevention) and WP Custom Widget.

And that’s basically where it stands at the moment. Things to be done between now and next time: setup the contact form using the Contact Form 7 plugin, enable and setup the reCaptcha plugin, setup Akismet.

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