It feels like it has been a long time since the 0.3.3 release of Hybrid, but it was only just over a month ago. The amount of coding put into this release makes it seem like it’s been even longer.
I’m presenting to you a spiffy new version today though with a few extra bells and whistles that I’m hoping you’ll enjoy.
But first, I’d like to thank all of you that have been bug testing this release and giving your feedback in the forums. It has helped turn Hybrid into more of a community project.
I broke some of your stuff
I know that the promise of working with parent/child themes is that updates won’t break your blog, but there are a few things that you should note.
You need to remove your widgets and make backup copies of your text widgets into Notepad or some other text editor. This version has quite a few changes that’ll make widgets work better, but you’ll have to reset them all for them to show up properly.
Few new design features:
If you’re using Leviathan or Old School, you’ll want to note some of CSS changes posted in the support forums. These deal with adding CSS for the new widget sections if you choose to use them.
Version 0.4 packs quite a punch with its new features, so this will be the short list.
- Redesign of the theme settings page.
- New page templates
- Overhaul of the widget system
- Utility widgets
- Authors widget added.
- Some new settings for other widgets.
- Add custom trackback and pingback avatars in child theme’s
- Better use of microformats.
- Better organization of
- Ability to add custom
favicon.icofile in child theme’s
- More dynamic feeds system that depends on page view.
Like I said, that’s the short list. Quite a few other new features have been added that really help from a developer’s standpoint.
Bug fixes and other changes
I have found several bugs over the course of the last month or so and have done my best to squash them. Most of them were minimal or simply typos. There were a few other general changes as well.
If you want, you can take a look at the complete version 0.4 changelog. I won’t bore you with all the details here.
Before upgrading, remove your widget sections and make copies of all your text widgets. You’ll have to add them again after the upgrade. You can also use the Widgets Reset plugin to remove all of your widgets.
Then, simply delete your old Hybrid theme folder and upload the new one.
Get the theme
Both Old School and Leviathan have been updated as well. If you want to use the new widget features, you’ll either need to grab new copy of these two themes or follow the instructions posted in the support forums.
Remember to keep the love and adoration in the comments and the support questions in the support forums.
Next up: A magazine-/news-style child theme for Hybrid.