Last week Aaron Wall over at SEObook.com released the site's old design as a free WordPress template.
As a huge fan of the site, I was eager to get my hands on the design and start customizing it for an ongoing project. Unfortunately, Aaron released the design as a full fledged WordPress theme, and I'm pretty much addicted to the Thesis theme.
And, when the first comment on the SEObook post was someone else asking for the design as a Thesis skin, I realized others might get some use out of the skin if I were to convert it.
So after receiving Aaron's permission, I ported the design over (with a spot of help from my buddy Michael VanDeMar) and I'm pretty happy with the result.
If you're new to the whole Thesis skin concept, don't worry. Installation is pretty darn simple.
The first step to take is to back up your current Thesis Settings and the Custom folder within your Thesis folder. While I've tested the skin pretty thoroughly, it's never a bad idea to have a backup ready in case something goes wrong.
Once you have your backups, simply download and unzip the file.
Within the unzipped folder, you should find a thesis-all-options-20110209.dat file, and a folder named Custom. Navigate to the Thesis folder on your webserver and upload the Custom folder overwriting your current files.
Then in your WordPress admin panel, navigate to the Manage Options page under the Thesis section.
Select the thesis-all-options-20110209.dat from the unzipped SEObook Thesis Skin folder and click the Upload button.
The final step for completing the installation is to modify the date settings within your WordPress installation. Navigate to the General settings page (under the Settings section of your left hand navigation) and scroll down to the Date Format options. Select the Custom option, and enter M j as seen in the image above.
Customize to taste, and enjoy!
You know the saying you get what you pay for? Yeah, well this skin is free. Feel free to post any questions or problems you might have in the comments below, but answers are going to be sporadic at best. If the question is urgent, you're going to be better off asking it in the Thesis support forum.
More Free Skins
If the SEObook design isn't your cup of tea, don't worry.
We have several more Thesis skins for download over at WPblogger.com!