Must Get Thesis OpenHook Plugin to Customize Thesis Theme

By Posted 2010 Updated   BloggingWordPress

If you want to customize Thesis WordPress theme easily, by far the single most useful plugin is Thesis  OpenHook WordPress plugin. It makes new Thesis theme users get a hold of the Thesis hooks easy.

Thesis Hooks and Crashing custom-functions.php

I have been playing with our amazing new SEO optimized Thesis WordPress theme for the last week, and have edited out custom-functions.php file hundred of times to get the right look while customizing Thesis theme. But if you read our Thesis review, its clear that custom-functions.php file is a powerful file and any error can cause PHP errors and bring your site down instantly. No wonder it comes with a warning.

Edit thesis php files

Since the Thesis theme lacks common files like single.php or sidebar.php, it is difficult for new WordPress users to edit the Thesis hooks.  We had the opportunity to edit this file and bring our site down over 8 times!

The biggest problem is your wordpress admin also becomes inaccessible and the only way to fix it is via FTP,  keep a back up of the custom-functions.php file before editing and restore it to get your site working.

Then I started keeping back files of custom-functions.php on the server by date, to restore them in case I messed up. I also always edited the file via FTP only (instead of WP admin), just  in case I need to restore it via FTP. This was getting very cumbersome.  No wonder many Thesis sites look all alike.

Moreover, if you really need to customize Thesis theme, then chances are you will keep on adding custom Thesis hooks and your custom-functions.php file become huge, cluttered and unmanageable.

Thesis OpenHook Plugin: The Single Best Thesis Plugin You Need

As I was getting frustrated, a few readers suggested the Thesis OpenHook wordpress plugin and customizing Thesis has never been simpler. OpenHook gives each hook its own box with various options like “Execute php on hooks” and some commonly used options like Remove Thesis default 404 content, remove Thesis attribution or add debug information etc.

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Now my custom-functions.php file is back to default as I have scattered all my Thesis hook to their respective slots and no longer have to worry about messing the code. Whenever I want to change something, I know exactly where the code has to be changed. I never knew there were so many Thesis hooks and drop down menu make navigating Thesis hooks easier and gets you exactly where you want to edit.

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If you buy Thesis theme, then like me don’t suffer the agony of customizing Thesis yourself –  immediately after downloading Thesis wordpress theme – install your first plugin Thesis OpenHook. I suggest the Thesis designers should incorporate this wordpress plugin by default, it will sell more Thesis themes.


7 comments on “Must Get Thesis OpenHook Plugin to Customize Thesis Theme

  1. Mayur says:

    Thanks for the mention. QOT thesis theme looks really cool and optimized now. The font used in content looks better too!

    • QuickOnlineTips says:

      I am glad it is looking less like the thousands of Thesis blogs out there thanks to your tip.

  2. Thesis Theme Customization says:

    well its always easy to customize the thesis using the open hook plugin it provides a better functionality and even a dumb fellow after understanding the thesis open hooks can customize the thesis theme. Well its a pleasure for me if i can help out in customizing thesis theme.
    you got my email address email me if you require me?

  3. Ngan says:

    ur doing a great job customizing it. the only problem i had with any design be it brochure, business cards, websites, blogs and many more is the number of fonts used.

    if possible, try not to have more than 3 different type of fonts.

  4. Gojeg says:

    Yeah.. I’m using this plugins now. Easier to customize thesis. :D

  5. Christian Guico says:

    Is there a way to customize advertising manager to thesis open hook? I want to show amazon products to different post into different categories. It seems like I can put the amazon product ads, but I think its impossible to differentiate it in each post.

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