Live on the bleeding edge

Theme Hybrid has a new section on the site called The Lab, which is where all the latest theme developments will be up for download.

So, if you like to live on the edge, then this is something that might interest you.

What does this mean, exactly?

Basically, I’ll be adding weekly development updates to the Lab for those that like cutting-edge stuff with WordPress themes. Right now, this is only extended to the Hybrid theme, but I hope to add all themes to this repository in the future.

It’s a small section of the site, but it will grow over time.

You can think of this as the trunk version of themes. So, you’ll be seeing bug fixes as they happen. This could be great if you’ve come across a bug that needs an immediate fix.

Currently, you can download the development version of Hybrid 0.4.

What this is not

These are not official releases. They are development versions, so there’s potential for bugs and other unforeseen accidents.

I’ll be running the latest dev version on my personal blog to try and make sure nothing is seriously wrong though.

If new features are added to the dev versions, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will exist in the official version. This is not the likely scenario, but it could happen.

If you like to live on the edge

This is for you. You can head on over to the Lab and download the latest copy of Hybrid.

This will give you an opportunity to see how the development of the theme is going and let you offer advice before the official release.


  1. I like it, in a “no guts, no glory” kinda way. I’ll be partaking in this, not in the least just so I can give something back.

    I think this is a good example of bringing software closer to the end-users. Good idea, Justin.

    🙂 Ewen

  2. Thanks. I figured since I’m going to be living on the edge, then I may as well offer up the opportunity to anyone else that’s willing to do so as well.

    Once the new year rolls around and the holiday dust is settled, I’ll be really developing this section of the site.

  3. Great idea Justin – would it be possible for you to note the enhancements and bug fixes that have been done on the development versions available for download in The Lab, ie. what changes have been done so far for development version of Hybrid 0.4

    1. Yeah, I’ll add a change set file in the next update so everyone will be able to see what’s going on.

  4. What about setting up public svn repositories for the projects?

    1. I definitely want to have a public SVN repository for everything at some point. My current hosting environment doesn’t allow these to be public (only private), but I’ll probably be upgrading to a better server in January that should allow this. If nothing else, I might just put it up on Google Code.

  5. Could you also include in the change set file which “plugins” are built into Hybrid, eg. cleaner gallery, get image and etc., just so I don’t inadvertantly/stupidly double up by adding a plugin that is already inbuilt.

    1. I’ll only be adding things that have changed. So, if a new plugin gets built into it, then I would do that.

  6. good idea… its better to download and try development builds on local machines so implementators can save time…

    nice work justin.


  7. I went to the /lab page, and found hybrid there, however there is no info on, what is included ( extra ) on this lab download ?

    second question, will you be updating it on this blog, when you make a new lab project or version available ? or, do I have to subscribe to /lab ?

    thanks 🙂 I would really like to provide my help as a lab “technician” lol 🙂

  8. luison

    New to hybrid but as I’ve done with other themes an SVN is a logic need for a framework theme. Thanks for your great work. JL

  9. 🙂 Was hoping I could download the .6 bleeding edge like your site is running on. That would be cool 😉

    Thanks man!

    1. found it 😉
      Nice. Will have some feedback shortly.

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