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February 11, 2012

Thesis 1.8.3, GoWebBaby and UberMenu

Trying to Get Back to the Forest – Image from Imgur.com/2IaHG

I’ve been waiting for Thesis 2.0 to be released, just like many of you, for quite some time.  Chris Pearson finally had a great update post and announced Thesis 1.8.3 was being released!

Yeah!  I always like seeing what new toys I have to play with.

Naturally I couldn’t wait

I’ve already installed thesis 1.8.3 on a few site I manage.  Overall the experience has been excellent.  Thesis is pretty easy to upgrade as long as you DO NOT MODIFY THE CORE FILES!

OK.. now I’m upset…

GoWebBaby did the design and thesis implementation for ExperSignal.com.  I really like their design but their Thesis implementation was … how shall I say it???  Non-standard?

I didn’t realize it at first, but they Modified the Thesis core files!

Why would they do that?  (I actually have stronger words but I’m restraining myself now… calm down..)

I asked them for a list of core file changes they made so they sent me a list of two or three things.  Not TOO bad, but still just isn’t the right way to create a Thesis site.

After a little digging, I found about 5 other core files they modified.   GRRRRRRRRRR.

After a few hours of repair coding, I’m down to one or two core file changes I have to think about how to implement.  I’ll get there but I’m still P.O.’d I have to do this at all.

For the time being, I’m holding off on upgrading expersignal.com to Thesis 1.8.3 until I solve the final pieces and correctly customize thesis totally in the /custom folder.

Let’s talk about UberMenu now.

I found UberMenu on CodeCanyon and it’s pretty awesome.  My son is a composer and building a website for sound effects (sfxfoundry.com).  Spencer wanted some pretty cool menus and I bought UberMenu for him.  What’s a dad for? 🙂

UberMenu looks pretty sweet.  However, when I upgraded to Thesis 1.8.3 it totally died.  I wrote to the developer of UberMenu in hopes he has an Uber-Simple way to fix the upgrade problem.

Bottom line: If you use UberMenu and Thesis 1.8.2 or earlier, hold off on upgrading to 1.8.3 until this issue is resolved!

I’m sure it’s probably something easy like deactivating the plugin and reactivating it, but I don’t want to mess up Spencer’s menus to test it…but I do have a good backup.. hmm…. something to try!

OK.. back to fixing GoWebBaby’s induced Thesis problems…..

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Veronika Freeman, dotcalm - July 30, 2012 Reply

Have you gotten an answer to your question? I’d like to buy Ubermenu as I’m having a horrible issue with a client’s menu but want to be sure it works with latest version of Thesis.

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