Updates! Updates! Updates!

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.

Theme updates

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.


  1. Thanks for all your hard work Justin. I really appreciate all you do for the Hybrid and WordPress community.

    1. You’re welcome.

      1. In reply to Justin Tadlock

        First I would like to tell you awesome theme(s). I have been reacnrehisg wordpress themes for a while now and this and Okinawa Sky are by far the best I have come across. Much thanks for putting these together. I have a few questions about the Falkner Press theme, brought on by setting it up for my website. I am not sure if it’s best to ask them each in their own post or all in this one. I’ll try it this way let me know if it would be better to create a new post per each question and I will do so.Again, these all pertain to the Falkner theme.1) Is there a way to set up the Features articles slide so as to carry only 1 Featured article (as you can in Okinawa Sky)?2) I would like to move the RSS Feedburner widget down into the bottom bar to replace the Advertisements widget. Is that possible and, if so, how would I go about doing so?3) I am trying to get the Twitter widget to look the same as it does for Okinawa Sky meaning I would like to change the >>>’ link to read Follow Me’ instead and have it link directly to my Twitter Profile and not to the individual Tweet. The plugin is the same for both Themes, but it changes for each. It’s a minor issue, but would really like to tweak it.Again, I really appreciate the help. Thanks again.

  2. I see there are 1.5 already coming up with some great code! Is it coming before or after WP 3.5?

    1. Possibly before 3.5, but I’m not entirely sure yet. I’ve got a long list of features and enhancements I’m working on at the moment. Let’s just see where it goes.

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