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A course in professional skin creation for Thesis 2.1

Implement jQuery Plugins

The big difference between the typical simple Thesis skin and the cool modern skins everyone loves are the jQuery plugins.  In this class you will build a full page slider, a responsive carousel a parallax call to action and a filtered masonry layout.

All of these things are possible because of freely available open source jQuery plugins.

The trick to using jQuery plugin in Thesis 2.1

Almost all of the tutorials out there on using these cool jQuery plugins like the full page slider are wrong when it comes to implementing them in Thesis.

In the first place WordPress has a very specific method for adding scripts like this and a very specific way in which jQuery code is referenced.  You will almost never find this mentioned in the myriad of tutorials out there.

Secondly, Thesis has specific API tools for tying into the WordPress method which makes the typical WordPress tutorial also wrong.

You’ll learn the right way to implement jQuery plugins in Thesis in the course.

Don’t I need to know Javascript?

No you don’t.  Sure it helps but these plugins follow some very clear patterns.  You don’t have to be able to understand the jQuery in order to use it.  All you need to know is how activate the plugin and how to set its options.

We’ll do a whole bunch of that in the class.