Theme Hybrid has had a whole slew of updates over past four or five days. There’ve been so many that I haven’t had the time to actually let you all know about them. I’m pretty excited about how things are moving along and hope you are as well.
So, let’s get down to it, shall we?
Theme author pages
Since several community members have now contributed themes to the themes section of the site, I figured it was time to add an official theme authors page. Please do check it out and thank all the theme authors for participating.
If you’re interesting in learning how I used the WordPress Rewrite API to create these pages, I have a topic going in the forums.
All theme repositories now on GitHub
In June, I announced that the Hybrid Core code would be hosted on Github. Since then, I’ve been trying to learn the ins-and-outs of the new system.
Today, I can excitedly announce that all parent themes have a repository on GitHub. They’re all listed on my GitHub account.
The great thing about this for you all is that you can more easily get involved with the codebase. You can send in bug fixes and enhancements through the mechanisms the site has in place. That’s if you’re into that sort of thing.
Hybrid Core 1.4.2
I’ve actually pushed two new versions of Hybrid Core out since 1.4. These releases address a few minor bugfixes and one major bugfix for bbPress development. You can view the commit log for all the details.
Theme developers, updating to 1.4.2 should be a quick update with no noticeable changes that you have to worry about. Just push it live to your users.
These are the last updates I have to announce today, but they’re certainly not the least. Most of you are probably most excited about the theme updates. All my parent themes have been updated (notice how “theme author” pages are already coming in handy).
What’s in the updates?
- Updated to the latest and greatest code from the Hybrid Core framework.
- Full compatibility with WordPress 3.4+.
- Minor bugfixes and enhancements from theme to theme.
Most of the changes will come from the updates to the framework. I think the theme customizer is my favorite integration between WordPress and Hybrid Core. It’s neat to be able to live preview changes to your site. Plus, I’ve got a few more enhancements planned for this in upcoming versions.
What happend in the News theme?
News theme users might get a little shock when they update. When the theme was originally created, it had Video and Slideshow post types (against my recommendation not to add them). Now that I’m in full control of the theme’s development, I have removed these post types.
Don’t worry if you’ve been using those features. You still can. I’ve included a plugin and full instructions for handling this in the
news/docs/readme.html file. Just follow those instructions and everything will be fine. If you don’t understand, don’t hesitate to open a topic in the support forums. I’ll be happy to assist in any way.
Post types simply do not belong in themes because you lose the portability of your data. With the plugin method, you’ll be able to access that data even if you change to another WordPress theme.