Version 2.7 Theme Updates

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We’ve just released updates to our Modularity theme framework and its child themes which include some exciting new features:

Functionality Enhancements

  • iPhone Video Support
  • Theme Internationalization (i18n) and Localization (L10n)
  • Improved Theme Options Panel
  • PhotoShelter Configurator Compatibility Fixes
  • Theme Minification

iPhone Video Support

You can now add iPhone ready versions of your videos to posts by creating a custom field that contains a key named iphone and pasting the full path to your MP4 video file as its value.

Theme Internationalization (i18n) and Localization (L10n)

One of the most requested features during the last several months has been the ability to translate our themes without actually needing to hard-code any translations into our theme files. You now have that ability in Modularity version 2.7 or newer:

If you are multilingual and interested in helping us create new translation packs for Modularity and its child themes, please get in touch with us.

Note: We already have translators for the following languages:

  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Norwegian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Improved Theme Options Panel

The theme options panel has been made even better in Modularity 2.7. We’ve added in links to theme instructions files, our new FAQ page, video tutorials, and our support forum. Panels for disabled theme options have been minimized, iPhone video support has been added to Modularity and its child themes, and we’ve also added in a navigation bar link generator for Photoshelter users:

PhotoShelter Configurator Compatibility

We worked closely with our friends at PhotoShelter to increase the number of supported themes from two to seven.  PhotoShelter users can now choose from seven of our themes, including:

Just how easy is integrating our designs with PhotoShelter?  This video should give you a good idea.  Check out our PhotoShelter Integration page for all the details.  PhotoShelter is also giving Graph Paper Press users a special $70+ discount available only until April 30, 2010.  Click here to take advantage of this rare special offer.

Additional tweaks

Unnecessary Javascript functions and obsolete legacy files have been removed from Modularity and its child themes, reducing your site’s response time and increasing your theme’s overall speed. Videos contained in password protected posts are now properly hidden. The thumbnail slider in F8 now correctly responds to its selected category option and CSS tweaks to the footer allow for proper embedded image margins.

Themes Updated

What’s next, you ask?

All we can say is think big.  Think wide.  Our next themes are going to push the envelope in more directions than one. Expected release date?  C’mon, we’re designers, not prophets.

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Thad is the founder of Theme.Works and Graph Paper Press. Previously, he produced online multimedia and documentary projects for USA Today including the inauguration of President Barack Obama and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abby.

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25 thoughts on “Version 2.7 Theme Updates”

  1. Great! I’ll can probably contribute a version of the Spanish, if you’re interested.

    I look forward to playing with the new version…

  2. Great! I’ll can probably contribute a version of the Spanish, if you’re interested.

    I look forward to playing with the new version…

  3. Hi,
    I’m using modularity 2.6 and have created a child theme. What is the easiest way to upgrade to 2.7 without having to setup all the theme options again such as custom favicon / logo and colours? Is it just a case of overwriting a few files such as style.css?
    Also, in my child theme, i’ve made modifications to footer.php, page.php, nav.php and style.css. Have these changed?
    Love your themes!
    Cheers

    1. Hi Lachlan. Pretty much every single theme file in Modularity 2.7 (and Modularity’s child themes) has been updated, but most, if not all, of the theme options are handled the same way as before in your database. If you upgrade to Modularity 2.7 from Modularity 2.6, then your Theme Options will not be lost, but you will need to put in some work and update your child theme if you want to take advantage of localization.

      If you want to upgrade to Modularity 2.7, then my suggestion is to 1) switch over to the default WordPress theme, 2) backup your current installation files, 3) remove Modularity from your server, 4) upload the new version of Modularity to your server, 5) activate your child theme, and 6) debug. If you don’t notice any problems, then you’re good to go. If you do, then you’ll likely need to update your child theme’s files. Make sure to back everything up and put your site under maintenance while making changes.

  4. Hi,
    I’m using modularity 2.6 and have created a child theme. What is the easiest way to upgrade to 2.7 without having to setup all the theme options again such as custom favicon / logo and colours? Is it just a case of overwriting a few files such as style.css?
    Also, in my child theme, i’ve made modifications to footer.php, page.php, nav.php and style.css. Have these changed?
    Love your themes!
    Cheers

    1. Hi Lachlan. Pretty much every single theme file in Modularity 2.7 (and Modularity’s child themes) has been updated, but most, if not all, of the theme options are handled the same way as before in your database. If you upgrade to Modularity 2.7 from Modularity 2.6, then your Theme Options will not be lost, but you will need to put in some work and update your child theme if you want to take advantage of localization.

      If you want to upgrade to Modularity 2.7, then my suggestion is to 1) switch over to the default WordPress theme, 2) backup your current installation files, 3) remove Modularity from your server, 4) upload the new version of Modularity to your server, 5) activate your child theme, and 6) debug. If you don’t notice any problems, then you’re good to go. If you do, then you’ll likely need to update your child theme’s files. Make sure to back everything up and put your site under maintenance while making changes.

  5. I’ve made a Norwegian translation of the po file but it won’t show up. Did the job through Coda (Mac App). Do I have to translate an mo file into Norwegian too? Where can I find a template for this?

    1. Hi Geir. Thanks a ton for chipping in and helping us out. You actually need to use Poedit to edit and save the PO files, which will automatically generate MO files. Don’t edit MO files directly. I’ll email you in a bit and help you out. Thanks again.

  6. I’ve made a Norwegian translation of the po file but it won’t show up. Did the job through Coda (Mac App). Do I have to translate an mo file into Norwegian too? Where can I find a template for this?

    1. Hi Geir. Thanks a ton for chipping in and helping us out. You actually need to use Poedit to edit and save the PO files, which will automatically generate MO files. Don’t edit MO files directly. I’ll email you in a bit and help you out. Thanks again.

  7. Great to hear about modularity enhancements. I see a lot of effort and great results. Way to go!

    I just wonder though – if you’re going to migrate fullscreen into a child theme for modularity? I understand that the future is with the modularity, but love fullscreen and would love to see them both combined.

    Especially since fullscreen needs to be manually configured and lacks options like internationalization.

    Any plans for that?

    1. Thanks Pawel. With regard to Fullscreen (which will be called Fullscreen Pro), the answer is a resounding Yes! Thad is the genius behind the upcoming theme, and it’s a lot different (and better, in my opinion) than the current version of Fullscreen that’s out. I won’t commit to a release date, but I can say that it will be here sooner than later. That’s for sure.

  8. Great to hear about modularity enhancements. I see a lot of effort and great results. Way to go!

    I just wonder though – if you’re going to migrate fullscreen into a child theme for modularity? I understand that the future is with the modularity, but love fullscreen and would love to see them both combined.

    Especially since fullscreen needs to be manually configured and lacks options like internationalization.

    Any plans for that?

    1. Thanks Pawel. With regard to Fullscreen (which will be called Fullscreen Pro), the answer is a resounding Yes! Thad is the genius behind the upcoming theme, and it’s a lot different (and better, in my opinion) than the current version of Fullscreen that’s out. I won’t commit to a release date, but I can say that it will be here sooner than later. That’s for sure.

  9. Walla, good news. I also like the Fullscreen very much. Can’t wait to see the Pro.
    Do you have any news about the RTL support? Does the modularity support RTL languages?

    Thanks so much,
    G.

    1. Not yet, Gaston. We may discuss RTL in the future but it’s just not a high priority feature right now.

  10. Walla, good news. I also like the Fullscreen very much. Can’t wait to see the Pro.
    Do you have any news about the RTL support? Does the modularity support RTL languages?

    Thanks so much,
    G.

    1. Not yet, Gaston. We may discuss RTL in the future but it’s just not a high priority feature right now.

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