I’ve done a lot of theme and plugin releases over the last 10+ years. Too many to count. Today may have been the toughest day I’ve ever had getting a release out. I think I’m at about 7 hours and counting as I write this post.
A family member passed away this morning. Not someone particularly close to me but family nonetheless. I thought about dropping this for a few days, but there’s not much I can do for the family today. And, I’ll likely be busier in the coming days.
I also crashed my entire demo site and had to get that back up and running. That, coupled with some other issues, has made for an interesting release day.
But, I’ve been promising this release for a few weeks now and was determined to get it into your hands one way or another.
Let’s dive right into the features.
Sticky Header and Mobile Menu
Previous versions of the theme had a horizontal scrolling nav menu. Personally, I’m a fan of it. However, it wasn’t meeting everyone’s needs. Based on tons of feedback from you all, I switched it to a hamburger-style menu on smaller screens.
The header area is sticky by default on mobile, which means it’s available for quick navigation no matter where you are on the page. There is also an option to enable this for desktop views too via the customizer.
New Background Options
I’ve added color, image, and pattern options for the following sections:
- Footer Sidebar
Currently, there are 80+ SVG background patterns to choose from with loads of customization options. Check out the following video for a walk-through of how it works.
Other features of note
Most other things are pretty minor compared to the above-two items, but that doesn’t make them less useful for some folks.
- Gutenberg version 6.4 now supported.
- New branding separator option for the character entity that separates the site title and description.
- 9 shades instead of 7 for each editor color (may not be present in some child themes).
- Content layout options for custom post type archives are now available in the customizer.
- New color options for pagination and the primary nav menu.
This is enabled by default with standard PHP installations and should be a non-issue for the vast majority of users. I only mention it because it is something that can be disabled. If you’re unsure whether this is enabled or run into an error, you’ll want to check with your Web host. They can either enable it for you or provide instructions for doing so.
Download the Theme
If you’re already a member who has purchased Exhale or the All-Access Bundle, head over to your account page. You can grab the latest copy from there.
If you’re not a member, hop over to the Exhale theme page and sign up.
I hope everyone enjoys this release.