Thesis 1.5 on WordPress 2.8RC

Thesis Theme for WordPress The next ver­sion of The­sis will include rockin’ Word­Press 2.8 com­pat­i­bil­i­ty and work has pro­gressed toward that end in SVN. How­ev­er, if you’re want­i­ng to use the lat­est, great­est ver­sion of Word­Press, which is now avail­able in release can­di­date fla­vor, you’re either going to have to sur­vive with­out a wid­gets pan­el for the time being, or you can apply this quick fix. 

By now, I hope you are run­ning The­sis 1.5.1, which works per­fect­ly with Word­Press 2.8 (which you should also be run­ning by now) and makes the fol­low­ing code edits com­plete­ly unnec­es­sary. Enjoy. :)

Open the file wp-content/themes/thesis/lib/admin/admin.php (your thesis/ direc­to­ry may be named some­thing else), and find this block of code:

function thesis_admin_styles_and_scripts() {
	global $wp_version;
	$new_admin_version = '2.7';
	$installed_version = $wp_version;

	if (version_compare($installed_version, $new_admin_version, '<')) {
		add_action('admin_head-design_page_thesis-options', 'thesis_options_stylesheet');
		add_action('admin_head-design_page_thesis-design-options', 'thesis_options_stylesheet');
		add_action('admin_print_scripts-design_page_thesis-options', 'thesis_options_js_deprecated');
		add_action('admin_print_scripts-design_page_thesis-design-options', 'thesis_options_js_deprecated');
	else {
		add_action('admin_head', 'thesis_options_stylesheet');
		add_action('admin_head', 'thesis_options_js');

That is the block of code which queues The­sis’ admin pan­el styles and JavaScript. The prob­lem lies in that our JavaScript inter­feres with Word­Press’ new wid­get han­dling on the Wid­gets pan­el. This is sim­ple enough to rec­ti­fy. Once you’ve found the above block of code, replace it with this new block of code:

function thesis_admin_styles_and_scripts() {
	if ('themes.php' == basename($_SERVER['SCRIPT_FILENAME'])) {
		global $wp_version;
		$new_admin_version = '2.7';
		$installed_version = $wp_version;
		if (version_compare($installed_version, $new_admin_version, '<')) {
			add_action('admin_head-design_page_thesis-options', 'thesis_options_stylesheet');
			add_action('admin_head-design_page_thesis-design-options', 'thesis_options_stylesheet');
			add_action('admin_print_scripts-design_page_thesis-options', 'thesis_options_js_deprecated');
			add_action('admin_print_scripts-design_page_thesis-design-options', 'thesis_options_js_deprecated');
		else {
			add_action('admin_head', 'thesis_options_stylesheet');
			add_action('admin_head', 'thesis_options_js');

Save the file, upload it to the prop­er place on your serv­er, and enjoy!

Now for the fol­low­ing N.B., which I strong­ly sug­gest you do not skip if you are not pre­pared to trou­bleshoot things that go wrong:

If you’re not using Word­Press 2.8, there’s no need to make the above change!

If you’re not using ver­sion 1.5 of The­sis, you may not have to do any­thing. Hon­est­ly, I don’t know as old­er ver­sions are not being test­ed against cut­ting edge Word­Press code. You are urged to upgrade to The­sis 1.5.

Ordi­nar­i­ly, core edits of The­sis are not only not encour­aged but are active­ly dis­cour­aged in the inter­est of quick and easy upgrades. In this instance, because the upgrade will alle­vi­ate the need to make this core file mod­i­fi­ca­tion, there’s no risk. Enjoy.

Okay, I lied when I said there was no risk! Mod­i­fy­ing core files can com­plete­ly and utter­ly destroy your site! Ensure that you have an unchanged, work­ing copy of wp-content/themes/thesis/lib/admin/admin.php so that you can revert back to if need be.

Every­thing else in The­sis should work fine on the new ver­sion of Word­Press, but if any oth­er issues come up, please report it on our sup­port forums! Your help in report­ing bugs helps make The­sis bet­ter for everyone!

42 thoughts on “Thesis 1.5 on WordPress 2.8RC”

  1. Nathan W. Bingham

    Rick: I’ve just upgrad­ed to WP 2:8RC1 and am run­ning The­sis 1.5, but can­not repli­cate the prob­lem you’re refer­ring to above. Could expand on the exact issue so I can see if I’m “suf­fer­ing” and whether I need to make the core code change.

    Fur­ther, do you know when an update will be released that fix­es any WP2.8 issues officially?

  2. Rick, this is great stuff. I invite you guys to con­sid­er it for a The­sis 1.51RC, if for no oth­er rea­son that when 2.8 goes final on Tues­day, many WP auto-installers will default to it. Any­how, thanks!

  3. The exact prob­lem was that the Word­Press Wid­gets pan­el did­n’t work; the JavaScripts includ­ed by The­sis pre­vent­ed the drag and drop func­tion­al­i­ty of the wid­gets which pret­ty much defeat­ed the whole pur­pose of the page.

    Also, I have no con­trol over releas­es or our sched­ule — my per­son­al sched­ule is crazy over the next few days, that’s all I know — but Chris may push for a release. I dunno. :)

  4. Rick is just right the drag drop wid­get is not work­ing in wp 2.8. I already have this prob­lem with beta. I was think­ing it is the bug from wp 2.8 but its the prob­lem of thesis.

  5. Thanks, Antho­ny. My fix above was the quick­est, eas­i­est thing to get The­sis work­ing right away. Enqueu­ing the scripts via Word­Press’ func­tions is def­i­nite­ly the way to go, and I sent Chris a point­er to your site and fix. Thanks again!

  6. Hi Rick,

    I’m writ­ing a plu­g­in for a client, in which I add an admin page for options under Appear­ance. (add_theme_page())

    On this page, I use wp_enqueue_script('jquery-ui-tabs'), and I’ve dis­cov­ered that this still clash­es with the fix you describe here. I real­ize there’ll be a new The­sis ver­sion released soon­ish, but fig­ured you should know.

    In the The­sis file /lib/admin/admin.php is a func­tion called thesis_options_js() which echo’s [script] tags. Bet­ter to use wp_enqueue_script(), and to use the jQuery that comes with Word­Press, instead of the ver­sion you includ­ed with Thesis.


  7. Jessica The Rock Chick

    Thank you for post­ing this, Rick. Com­plete­ly solved my drag and drop wid­get problem!!!

  8. Thank you rick, i was almost wild when i saw wid­gets not work­ing in my Admin pan­el with The­sis installed.

    Your fix worked great. Thank you again

  9. Anoth­er way to get around this for the time being is click on “screen” and “acces­si­b­li­ty mode”. This lets you move your wid­gets to the side­bars and con­fig­ure them for the time being until The­sis is updat­ed. It’s a LOT eas­i­er and requires no code modification.

  10. Updat­ing to The­sis 1.5.1 makes the above fix com­plete­ly unnec­es­sary. Word­Press 2.8 and The­sis 1.5.1 play per­fect­ly togeth­er. :D

  11. I just tried this fix, and it killed the stylesheet for my The­sis options pan­el. Any ideas for how I can fix the wid­gets and keep the same func­tion­al­i­ty in my options panel?

  12. King­dom,

    You state above ‚” Updat­ing to The­sis 1.5.1 makes the above fix com­plete­ly unnec­es­sary. Word­Press 2.8 and The­sis 1.5.1 play per­fect­ly together”. 

    Well I have The­sis 1.5.1 and upgrad­ed to W2.8 but I still have a wid­get problem! 

    ie: I drag a text wid­get over to side­bar #1 or even to #2 and enter a title then copy/paste a link with an image and click save. Instead of see­ing a green save progress bar on the brows­er bot­tom tool­bar, I see a whirling cir­cle. The cir­cle whirls and stops BUT noth­ing gets saved. More save attempts meet with­out suc­cess. Redo­ing the entire exer­cise also fails to result in a new and save wid­get to my side­bar. No evi­dence appears on the side­bar either.

    What could this be? Any ideas?


    [email protected]

  13. This is def­i­nite­ly a The­sis issue. Until this is fixed, you can tem­porar­i­ly acti­vate a dif­fer­ent theme, drag and drop your heart out and then reac­tive Thesis.

  14. Yay! Indeed, the upgrade fixed it beau­ti­ful­ly! For those who need a tuto­r­i­al on how to download/install, just jump over to the down­loads page and you’re good to go. Thanks for the quick fix! LOVE THESIS!!! :)

  15. I’m on The­sis 1.5.1 and I don’t get the text wid­get work­ing either. Has Chris sneaked anoth­er fix into the cur­rent down­load since 1.5.1 was first released?

  16. I upgrad­ed to The­sis 1.5.1 with ver­sion WP 2.8 run­ning and still get frozen wid­gets. Do I also need to upgrade to WP 2.8RC to fix this? Please let me know I need to launch my new site in a few days!

  17. The wid­gets should work fine with the first avail­able ver­sion of The­sis 1.5.1 — that whole release was moti­vat­ed by the wid­gets-fix — with Word­Press 2.8 (2.8.1 dev ver­sions aren’t required).

    If the wid­gets are still not work­ing, chances are that some oth­er plug­in’s JavaScript is break­ing things. The source of the prob­lem with frozen wid­gets was The­sis’ JavaScript being includ­ed on that page. The­sis 1.5.1 pre­vents that, and because The­sis does noth­ing else to the page, I’m not sure that The­sis *can* break the pan­el in any oth­er way.

    Ver­i­fy all the usuals:

    * All plu­g­ins disabled
    * All The­sis cus­tomiza­tions removed
    * All The­sis files uploaded properly
    * All caches (brows­er, Word­Press plu­g­in) cleared
    * Google Gears dis­abled (“Tur­bo” link in the upper-right of admin panel)

    and so on.

  18. Rick,
    We tried those sug­ges­tions but my wid­get side­bars are still frozen. I think­ing of upgrade to 2.8 beta 1 — but wor­ried it may break some­thing else. Any oth­er suggestions?

  19. I just fig­ured out what the prob­lem was… I only had to do this for the wid­gets to work again:

    If you are using Word­Press 2.8, try this:
    1. From the Admin pan­el click Appear­ance, then Widgets.
    2. Click on the but­ton labeled “Screen Options” in the upper right hand corner.
    3. Choose “Acces­si­bil­i­ty Mode.”

    Just in case any­one else has the same problem!!!!

  20. pdg: That’s already been report­ed above. How­ev­er, if you’re using The­sis 1.5.1, the wid­gets will work just fine. If not, there’s anoth­er plu­g­in or cus­tomiza­tion con­flict­ing. It’s not The­sis’ fault. Promise. :)

  21. Hmm, the only thing I’ve changed is to com­plete­ly remove Google Gears (it was already dis­abled, but not unin­stal­lable from with­in Fire­fox, so I used Con­trol Pan­el -> Add/Remove Pro­grams to nuke it, and now my text wid­get seems to be work­ing just fine. Very odd.

  22. Thanks, pdg for your easy rem­e­dy, I was able to make my wid­gets work with­out any cod­ing changes. I was about to look for a new WP 2.8‑ready theme even if I liked very much my old Rev­o­lu­tion theme.

  23. Rick,

    try as I might, I don’t know how to get The­sis to s=display teas­er posts beside each oth­er instead of ver­ti­cal­ly down the left margin.

    How do you group teasers in hor­i­zon­tal lines of two or three?

    Be well & kind regards

    [email protected]

  24. Side-by-side is the default set­up. If they aren’t work­ing that way, there may be a cus­tomiza­tion or some­thing inter­fer­ing. You’ll need to ask on the The­sis sup­port board for fur­ther help, though, as this isn’t the thread for gen­er­al The­sis sup­port matters.

  25. Hi Rick,

    I am run­ning the­sis 151 and am get­ting this prob­lem?? i tried the script you gave and all hell broke loose on my back end. Do you have any sug­ges­tions on what could be caus­ing the problem?


  26. You prob­a­bly have either out­dat­ed scripts cached in your brows­er or an incom­pat­i­ble plu­g­in acti­vat­ed. For fur­ther help, you’ll want to ask at the DIYthemes sup­port board. Thanks.

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