WordPress 2.7 theme updates

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And we’re back.

Modularity and High-Def have been overhauled and updated for WordPress 2.7. As a special treat, I’ve included a new “app” in the multimedia theme framework, but you’ll need to download and replace your current version to see it. You can check the new theme options page for details. The update makes use of the following features included in WordPress 2.7:

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The new release of Modularity is a must have for current Modularity and High Def users. NOTE: This release is for WordPress 2.7 only. Upgrade now.

In other news, new “child themes” for Modularity will be released very soon. Child themes are perhaps most well known amongst WordPress developers and designers. Let me try to explain how they work, what they do, and why you should use child themes.

A child theme uses all the code of its parent theme, but has the capability of overriding each and every file or style in the parent theme. Consider this example: Tom downloads Modularity (a parent theme) because he thinks it would work for his site. But, Tom wants to make changes to the colors, tweak the archive page and change the header. Tom should create a child theme for all of his changes. Why? Because when a new version of Modularity (the parent theme) is released, Tom can simply replace Modularity (the parent theme) and maintain all of his original customizations in his child theme. Make sense?

During 2009, Graph Paper Press will focus on building a handful of minimal, feature-rich parent theme frameworks with equal, if not more, time and energy spent on building child themes. What this means for you is more theme designs. What this means for us is more streamlined development, quicker updates and better themes. Plus, Graph Paper Press is no longer just a one man show. I’m teaming up with designers and developers to provide you with customization options, private support, and a leaner, meaner theme building team. I’ll post details here soon.

Quite a few of you have asked if your “Get All Theme Package” will continue into 2009. The simple answer is yes. For 2009, Graph Paper Press will become a subscription-based web design and support system for our WordPress themes. This will enable us to continue to focus on minimalist themes for WordPress that provide you with maximum functionality and flexibility. The proof is in the pudding.

Parallax is the name of our next child theme for the Modularity framework. It will hit the streets next week. In the mean time, what functionality would you most like in a theme?

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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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37 thoughts on “WordPress 2.7 theme updates”

  1. Excellent!!! Child themes sound awesome. Look forward to it next week.

    Questions: How do I have pictures open on the page instead of a new window?
    I am not able to see Mag layout, even when blog is disable?

    I will update my theme and let you know if theses are still issues.

  2. Excellent!!! Child themes sound awesome. Look forward to it next week.

    Questions: How do I have pictures open on the page instead of a new window?
    I am not able to see Mag layout, even when blog is disable?

    I will update my theme and let you know if theses are still issues.

  3. Ok, to have the pictures open in the same window without having change the page is to add the pictures from a gallery, correct?

    I am able to get Mag and blog layout working.

    I like that the Blog style now is default to a “more” type. It would be nice to have an option to turn that off when the Blog style is on.

    Thanks.

  4. Ok, to have the pictures open in the same window without having change the page is to add the pictures from a gallery, correct?

    I am able to get Mag and blog layout working.

    I like that the Blog style now is default to a “more” type. It would be nice to have an option to turn that off when the Blog style is on.

    Thanks.

  5. Ok, another idea. It would be neat to move the Welcome under the slide show and change the font and size.

    Thanks….Loving it.

  6. Ok, another idea. It would be neat to move the Welcome under the slide show and change the font and size.

    Thanks….Loving it.

  7. Thad I have a few questions if you don’t mind. LOVE your themes!! Is this 2.7 upgrade also applied to modularity lite? Also I really, really would love to purchase a theme however in this economy the price, though very reasonable, is also EXTREMELY high for me. IF I were to plunk down the 99$ for the “get all themes package” would that include membership so to speak in the site when you go subscription based? sigh…still don’t know if I could do that amount!! ugh…hope for all of our sakes times get better SOON.

    Oh and as for options in a new theme?? Well I think yours are pretty perfect as is:) For me well written, detailed instructions and prompt support are the #1 priorities in a premium theme!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  8. Thad I have a few questions if you don’t mind. LOVE your themes!! Is this 2.7 upgrade also applied to modularity lite? Also I really, really would love to purchase a theme however in this economy the price, though very reasonable, is also EXTREMELY high for me. IF I were to plunk down the 99$ for the “get all themes package” would that include membership so to speak in the site when you go subscription based? sigh…still don’t know if I could do that amount!! ugh…hope for all of our sakes times get better SOON.

    Oh and as for options in a new theme?? Well I think yours are pretty perfect as is:) For me well written, detailed instructions and prompt support are the #1 priorities in a premium theme!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  9. @ chill_pill – You can use a lightbox plugin, like shadowbox, to create modal window overlays. The magazine layout appears above your blog area on the homepage. One post at left, three at right.

    You can easily move the elements around on the homepage by editing the home.php file like the following, which would move the slideshow above the welcomebox:

    <?php
    $slideshow = get_option('T_slideshow');
    if($slideshow == "On") { include (THEMELIB . '/apps/slideshow-static.php'); }
    ?>
    
    <?php
    $welcomebox = get_option('T_welcomebox');
    if($welcomebox == "On") { include (THEMELIB . '/apps/welcomebox.php'); }
    ?>

    @ Emmanuel: The only difference between Modularity and High Def is the name. Modularity offers much much more in terms of functionality and so forth.

    @ eRed: There will be a different pricing structure for 2009. Support, upgrades, customization can be purchased separately. Glad you like the themes!!!!

  10. Still love your themes and am I about to get Monochrome Gallery Pro but it isn’t listed here. Is it upgraded to 2.7 or will you stop support for it?

  11. Still love your themes and am I about to get Monochrome Gallery Pro but it isn’t listed here. Is it upgraded to 2.7 or will you stop support for it?

  12. I would like to see an option to have the sidebar on the left or right, selectable from the options page.

    And I agree with chill_apple: The option to have full blog posts or excerpts would be amazing. This would totally open up the themes. If this is something that would be impossible to code into an option, how about creating a child theme with this functionality?

  13. I would like to see an option to have the sidebar on the left or right, selectable from the options page.

    And I agree with chill_apple: The option to have full blog posts or excerpts would be amazing. This would totally open up the themes. If this is something that would be impossible to code into an option, how about creating a child theme with this functionality?

  14. @Rziesing – you should have received it along with the Modularity. If you didn’t email me and I’ll resend it.

    @Tapeleg – Good suggestions. I might make a child theme with a left sidebar. To change between full blown posts and excerpts, simply replace:
    <code>__abENT__lt;code__abENT__gt;__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;abENT__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;lt;?php the_content(); ?__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;abENT__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;gt;__abENT__lt;__abENT__#8260;code__abENT__gt;</code>
    with
    <code>__abENT__lt;code__abENT__gt;__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;abENT__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;lt;?php the_excerpt(); ?__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;abENT__abENT__#95;__abENT__#95;gt;__abENT__lt;__abENT__#8260;code__abENT__gt;</code>

  15. @Rziesing – you should have received it along with the Modularity. If you didn’t email me and I’ll resend it.

    @Tapeleg – Good suggestions. I might make a child theme with a left sidebar. To change between full blown posts and excerpts, simply replace:
    <?php the_content(); ?>
    with
    <?php the_excerpt(); ?>

  16. Thanks for the tip.

    You know what I would like? I would love to see the the older themes (especially the monochrome themes) updated with the options of Modularity. Mostly the theme options page.

  17. Thanks for the tip.

    You know what I would like? I would love to see the the older themes (especially the monochrome themes) updated with the options of Modularity. Mostly the theme options page.

  18. Hello
    I have always 24 posts per page, no way to change ?
    even if i change “Blog pages show at most”

    Need your help.

    Thanks

  19. Hello
    I have always 24 posts per page, no way to change ?
    even if i change “Blog pages show at most”

    Need your help.

    Thanks

  20. Hey,
    I love the themes and really like to become a member of the theme club. I need the “f8-theme” for wordpress 2.7

    Is it usable for it? or will there be an upgrade? If so I’ll become a member for sure!

    keep up the great work!

    colin

  21. Hey,
    I love the themes and really like to become a member of the theme club. I need the “f8-theme” for wordpress 2.7

    Is it usable for it? or will there be an upgrade? If so I’ll become a member for sure!

    keep up the great work!

    colin

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