I'm a big fan of two premium wordpress themes. One is Builder, and the other is Thesis. Thesis came out before builder and uses a completely different way of updating your site. For example, I can't go into footer.php and edit the footer. I have to look for the footer hook, and edit that. The good news is, almost every other feature you would want to change (color, columns, size, layout, font, sidebars, media box) are all options that you can set within the dashboard. (this site uses thesis).
The problem that sometimes happens is you know the theme does more than you currently have it doing. But that kind of customization is a bit tricky (and frustrating as its a completely different though process). Well I found the Build Your own Business Website educational site.
What kind of customizations? Stuff like
Creating floating boxes in the navigation
Creating a widget ready footer
Adding featured products to the home page
Controlling which widgets appear on what page
Creating custom templates (so maybe you want to turn off the sidebars when people go to a certain page..)
Customizing using CSS
Customizing the sidebars
Customizing background images.
This is the “Down and dirty” of Thesis. Do you need to know coding? No. Will you get into coding? Yep and its step by step.
The site also goes into like building a ecommerce site, integrating google analytics, adding contact forms, styling text boxes with css.
Being that I was just there to check out the palce, I started in the middle and was glas to see that I didn't need to watch from first to last to get something out of the videos. The videos are well produced, and get right to the point. One video actually shows a slight mistake and the video shows how to troubleshoot the issue – integrity: what a concept!
If you are looking to take your thesis theme to the next level, this is the place. The price is $95 for 6 months (less if you go for a longer subscription). There are tons of videos to watch so if you complain that there is no “one month” subscription is because if you want to watch EVERYTHING (around 340 videos), it might just take you a month.
For more information go to byob www.byobwebsite.com