The most significant change you’ll notice when you spin up WordPress 3.8, is the re-styled admin dashboard, previously previewed via the MP6 plugin. Such changes always come with a degree of controversy, though most of the changes at this point are rather cosmetic. For new users the WordPress back-end can be a little overwhelming at first and while some of the changes in 3.8 have the effect of bringing clarity to the interface, there is a lot more that needs doing and some things that shouldn’t have been changed! read on
This is the first theme we have released that was built with SASS and Compass, tools we have become fond of using on other projects. The theme also comes with a bag load of new elements to spruce up your content including things like tabs, toggles, icon fonts and all the usual buttons. It is of course responsive and uses a grid based off the 1140 grid that we have used on several of our themes.
It even has some fancy graph elements for building content with an info-graphic flavour. These elements are built on top of on bar-graphs and Easy PieChart, providing a neat little shortcode to add a fancy graph you your page.
People often under-estimate the amount of work that goes in to building a theme that is fit for public release. Life is easier these days, thanks to our own theme framework on which all our themes now sit. This certainly speeds development and reduces early release bugs (which we always fix by the way).
All our WordPress themes come loaded with a set of widgets that we have developed over a number of years. They are particularly useful for laying out content in Responsive themes, which is why we built them in the first place. Following feedback from users, we decided to release them as a plugin too, so you can use them in other themes.They comprise a set of useful widgets created for adding more fluid content to any theme.
- Show Posts Widget – for showing posts excerpts, thumbs and post formats.
- Show Pages Widget – Shows thumbs/excerpts of child pages of defined parent page.
- flickr Widget – Show flickr thumbs
- Twitter Widget – show your latest tweets
- Facebook Widget – show your facebook page feed
And also adds a powerful shortcode for using the show posts/pages functionality in a post or page.
Check out the plugin’s home page in the WordPress plugin repository for more details.
On May 27th WordPress is officially 10 years old. The world’s greatest content management system started as a fork from the B2/Cafelog blogging software by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and has grown exponentially since to become a huge community and industry.
By way of celebration I thought I would share our part in that journey. read on
The variety of devices and screen resolutions with which web sites are viewed is getting more and more varied. The rise of smartphones, tablets and ever increasing desktop resolutions has given rise to a new movement in the web design world known as Responsive Web Design. read on