After weeks of being pushed back, this blog is now running on the latest version of the Thesis theme framework which has been rolled out since last month. Yes, contrary to what most believe, the Thesis theme framework is still alive and kicking.
The latest version is Thesis 1.8.2 which I was able to implement rather easily earlier this afternoon. The problems I ran into were caused by third-party plugins like the W3TC which handles the caching needs of this blog and the WordPress Firewall plugin which, well handles the firewall protection.
After disabling both plugins to make way for the upgrade, everything went according to plan and it’s just a matter of waiting for Amazon’s CDN network to fully propagate all the changes made to the theme files and everyone should have no problems with the site’s layout. If you still do see some quirks or CSS disasters, do drop me a line. I’d very much appreciate the help.
Putting on Jetpack
Afterwards, I installed the Jetpack plugin from Automattic which incorporates the WordPress.com stats plugin along with other plugins like Sharedaddy, Gravatar hovercards, etc.
It was worth the switch or upgrade as I’ve noticed a great improvement in the load times of the backend or WP Admin area of this blog. Plus, the upgrades to the WP.com stats plugin itself is a great treat.
What else? A few code clean up with the CSS and custom hooks this and there all designed, at least intended, to make this blog purring along smoothly.
That’s it for this blog update bulletin. Now back to our regular programming.