Turbocharge Your Thesis Installation with the Thesis Compatibility Suite

Note: The fol­low­ing code is no longer main­tained. Use only if you know what you’re doing, and you should prob­a­bly only use the code to see how sim­ple plu­g­in com­pat­i­bil­i­ty can be attained in The­sis. This add-on was made for The­sis 1.x.x; don’t expect it to do any­thing for The­sis 2.x.x.

In my quest to help The­sis users out as much as pos­si­ble, I have put togeth­er an add-on to the The­sis frame­work which I hope to con­tin­u­al­ly update to pro­vide sweet com­pat­i­bil­i­ty improve­ments for plen­ty of Word­Press themes.

I’m doing this to make using plu­g­ins and The­sis togeth­er as sim­ple as pos­si­ble, espe­cial­ly for the non-coder. 

Cur­rent Ver­sion: 1.0


  • Down­load the The­sis Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty Suite.
  • Extract the supported/ fold­er from the archive.
  • Upload supported/ to your thesis/custom/ fold­er. When you view the thesis/custom/ fold­er on your serv­er, you should then have the fol­low­ing fold­ers and files (plus any oth­ers you may have added): 
    • images/
    • supported/
    • custom.css
    • custom_functions.php
  • Add this line to the very top of your custom.css file:
    @import url('supported/supported.css');
    It is impor­tant that the line is at the top in order to keep up valid­i­ty (@ state­ments must appear before any oth­er code in stylesheets) and to allow you to over­ride any of the styles via the rest of your custom.css file.
  • Add this line to the top of your custom_functions.php file on its own line, just after the open­ing <?php:
  • Enjoy!


Requests are no longer being tak­en as the The­sis Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty Suite is no longer being maintained.

Current Plugins

The fol­low­ing items are account­ed for in the The­sis Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty Suite; don’t wor­ry if you don’t have any of these installed, as the Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty Suite will work regardless!

  • Bri­an’s Lat­est Com­ments 1.5.8: Adds a wid­get w/​ options so that you can eas­i­ly add your lat­est com­ments to your side­bar, with­out muck­ing around in code.
  • OpenID 3.1.2: Places the OpenID box above the com­ment for­m’s sub­mit but­ton where it’ll be more notice­able. Also, tweak the styling to blend bet­ter with Thesis.
  • Pop­u­lar­i­ty Con­test 1.3b3: Adds a wid­get w/​ an option to con­trol how many posts to list so that you can eas­i­ly add your pop­u­lar posts to your side­bar, with­out muck­ing around in code.
  • Pos­si­bly Relat­ed Class­room Projects 0.4: Tweaks the styling to blend bet­ter with Thesis.

Super Stylin’

As a bonus to users of the The­sis Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty Suite, the fol­low­ing styles are includ­ed just for the fun of it!

  • Image cap­tions: Ensures your images & cap­tions look slam­min’ in The­sis when using the “Cap­tion” field of Word­Press’ media manager.

12 thoughts on “Turbocharge Your Thesis Installation with the Thesis Compatibility Suite”

  1. As always — you deliv­er. This is awesome.

    I’m plan­ning on mess­ing with this (par­tic­u­lar­ly image cap­tions). My ques­tion is: What is the least destruc­tive way to change styles to the text dis­played in the cap­tion under­neath an image?

    Thanks for a great add-on to an awe­some theme!

    1. Nev­er­mind! All you have to do is go into the supported.css file and mess with all the set­tings there. Genius? Check. Sim­ple? Check. Idiot-proof? Well, I did it!

  2. Hi Rick,
    I’m using WP 2.6.2.
    I recent­ly down­loaded The­sis 1.3.2.
    And I can’t get text to wrap round images (even when I tick the left-align box etc.).
    So … I’d like to imple­ment your com­pata­bil­i­ty suite.
    But I’m sor­ry I don’t under­stand step 2 in your instruc­tions because I don’t have a compatability/​ fold­er when I extract files from your .zip.
    For exam­ple, I have a supported/​ fold­er and a _​MACOSX folder.
    With­in each of these are 3 .php files and a _supported.css file.
    Can you please help?
    I am not a pro­gram­mer so please will you excuse dim­ness on my part?
    All the best,

    1. My bad, Stephen, I mis­spoke in the instruc­tions. It’s the supported/ fold­er that you need to upload. The .DS_store thing you can ignore com­plete­ly or even delete. It’s a rem­nant from Mac OSX which I did­n’t think would make its way into the down­load file. (I’m still get­ting used to Mac’s quirks.)

  3. Rick, first thanks for the com­pat­i­bil­i­ty suite; it cured my prob­lems with images not align­ing properly.

    I’m hav­ing one prob­lem, though. My site and admin areas now print “include(‘supported/supported.php’);”. I fol­lowed your direc­tions and put the line at the very top of custom_functions.php and placed it in thesis/​custom.

    Did I miss something?

    1. Argh. Now I get this error when­ev­er I update or pub­lish an article:

      Warn­ing: Can­not mod­i­fy head­er infor­ma­tion — head­ers already sent by (out­put start­ed at /xxx/xxx/xxx/xxx/wp-content/themes/thesis/custom/custom_functions.php:2) in /xxx/xxx/xxx/xxx/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 850

      1. Ed, line 850 is like­ly very near the bot­tom of your file; have you made sure that there is no clos­ing ?> tag at the bot­tom or, if there is, that there is noth­ing what­so­ev­er (no line breaks, no spaces, no any­thing) after it?

  4. Thanks for this. I was hav­ing align­ment issues and could­n’t fig­ure out why things weren’t work­ing. Con­tri­bu­tions like your work here makes the world a bet­ter place. Real­ly, I mean it.

  5. ack did not wk I got

    Warn­ing: include(supported/supported.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or direc­to­ry in /home­/lau­rel­wr/pub­lic_htm­l/­word­press/wp-con­tent/themes/the­sis 1.3.2/custom/custom_functions.php on line 25

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