After a couple of months of grueling tests, complete code rewrites, and a rethinking of the direction of the Hybrid theme, I bring you version 0.5. And, I must say that I’m happy with this release.
Before getting into the details, I want to say thanks to all of you that participated in the testing phases, gave feedback, reported bugs, and discussed how you’d like to see the theme work. This release would still be a couple of weeks behind if I didn’t have help from all of you.
Everybody’s always interested in the new features, right? Here’s a list of some of the major things:
- Cleaner, faster code.
- Inline documentation that explains nearly every file and function.
- Utility: 404 widget area added.
- Ability to hardcode widget areas instead of only using widgets.
- More action and filter hooks.
- More dynamic CSS classes added.
- Revamped the default WordPress calendar widget.
You are welcome to view my notes on the changes in version 0.5 for all the details.
Coding the perfect theme
We all know that no theme is perfect, so when I say “the perfect theme,” I’m talking about perfect for me. Hybrid has gone through some major changes in this version to make it easier for me to create the kind of child themes I’d like to create. I felt that the previous versions were holding me back a bit.
Version 0.5 is much more flexible than previous versions. And, I’ve laid the groundwork for the new features that’ll be coming in version 0.6, which we’ll probably be discussing over the next month or two. I’m happy with the result thus far, but there’s still a ways to go before it’s exactly how I want it. I’ll discuss the future at another time though.
I just want to mention that I’ll be out of town for the next few days, so if you think you might break something with your upgrade, feel free to wait until I return. I won’t be around to help out as much this week. It’s horrible timing, but that’s what life dealt me this week.
If you are upgrading, the upgrade process is pretty simple. Just delete your old
hybrid folder and upload your new one. You can also follow the upgrade guide.
Get the theme
I hope you all enjoy this release.
As always, keep the love and adoration in the comments and the support questions in the support forums.