I know some of you have been waiting a few weeks for this, but I’ve been holding off on the release because of decisions that had to be made for WordPress 3.0 (such as whether menu management would go in).
A lot of love and care has been put into this release, all starting with a single forum topic. Thank you to everyone that has participated in this discussion for the past few months.
I’ll go over some of the bigger features below, but I’ll wait until 0.8 is officially released to cover everything.
At the heart of every new release is the idea that the code should be updated and be made as efficient as possible. So, I’m always looking for ways to cut back.
Version 0.8 steps things up a bit though. The built-in Get the Image script now takes advantage of the WordPress cache API, so using a persistent cache plugin can really speed up some of the calculations required. This is especially so if you don’t use custom fields for images.
The authors widget has been a particularly painful nuisance when listing many authors. As far as I know, WordPress hasn’t been updated to fix the problem, so the theme has a fix built right into it. Using the authors widget will only query your database once now (rather than possibly hundreds of times).
Navigation menus management
The most-asked question on the support forums: How do I change my menu to do X?
I’m not one to complain, but I sure will be ready to finally stop getting these questions. I know we’ll still have menu questions, but this will make things much easier for both me and you.
It won’t be without its initial problems though. To fully take advantage of the menus system, I needed to make some changes that would be better for Hybrid in the long run. So, a straight transition from using the current page menu and the new system isn’t going to work. So, there’ll be a new Hybrid setting to use either the new system or the old system.
Also, menus in 0.8 will collapse if there are no menu items present just like what we currently do with widgets.
Quick tip: Most menu transitions can be made by changing all instances of
#primary-menu in your
Widgets revamped and reloaded
One of my favorite things about Hybrid is its built-in widgets that replace the WordPress widgets. They pretty much allow you to do anything. However, there’s been one small problem that has been fixed in this update.
The new widgets provide much more of a point-and-click experience. No longer do you have to look up IDs for things like excluding a tag from your tag cloud. You simply select what you want.
And many more features
Those are some of the biggest features to me. Others of you might enjoy the complete overhaul of the breadcrumb trail extension or deeper integration with custom post types. There’s definitely something for everyone in this release. I just can’t cover it all here.
I’ll be documenting and writing tutorials based on these new features, so look forward to that.
Before you decide to beta test, you need to be running the latest version of WordPress trunk. No, I don’t mean that beta release from a few weeks back. I mean the newest code available. It’s important that you do this. Otherwise, your site will likely break horribly.
The biggest things I want to test are backwards compatibility and performance. Let me know if this upgrade doesn’t work with your current child theme. This way, we can make sure any issues are fixed before the official release.
My biggest concern with performance is the widgets page. If some of you with 1,000s of posts, pages, tags, categories, and/or users can test this, I’d be happy to hear your feedback. Basically, I want to put it through a stress test to make sure it’s loading optimally.
The above is the zip package. If you prefer to upgrade via subversion, the repository is here: