WordPress theme evolution, plugin updates and discount coupons

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We have been so busy making new stuff and improving old stuff that we just about forgot to tell you all about it. So, although this note might seem late and a wee bit long, the update below is priceless if you use WordPress and our themes.

Discount coupons

We have extended our 30% off subscription coupon for annual and annual developer membership subscriptions until Dec. 1, 2009. Only a limited number of coupons are still available, so please sign up soon so you don’t miss out.

Theme updates

Last week, we released updates to Modularity and all of its child themes, High-Def, F8, F8-Remixed, Modfolio, Modslider, and the newest of the bunch, On Assignment (more on this theme tomorrow). These updates provide users with a massive amount of flexibility and customization that didn’t exist before including the following:

You can download these themes from your member page. If your membership expired, you will need to re-activate your subscription.

Tim Thumb (a thumbnail generating script) was removed to prepare our themes for a new and exciting feature in WordPress 2.9, which is just around the corner. You can read more about the new cool photo cropping and thumbnail functions over at WPEngineer.com. It’s good to see WordPress take a more unified approach to image and thumbnail management for posts. I was beginning to loose track of all the available image and thumbnail plugins. This will undoubtedly make WordPress more user-friendly for visual folks.

Photo Galleria Plugin Updated

Yesterday I spent a few hours updating our Photo Galleria plugin to work with the latest version of WordPress and the latest version of jQuery. Here are the major changes:

  • Javascript is now added via the enqueue_script function, which WordPress introduced a while back to help resolve javascript conflicts in plugins & themes.
  • What this means to you is the plugin won’t conflict with themes containing existing javascript libraries nor should it conflict with any plugins
  • Same simple activation: Simply activate the plugin and all of your existing galleries inserted into posts will use the script. No configuration needed.

PhotoShelter Plugins

We are currently beta testing and squashing server-specific bugs on our new PhotoShelter plugin. The new plugin merges all three previous plugins into one plugin. Here is an overview of the changes:

  • Merges all 3 plugins into 1 plugin.
  • Improved navigating through thousands of archived images
  • Adds photo display options (lightbox overlay or direct link to PS photo page)
  • Improved Searching
  • Improved error handling

We would like to have a bullet-proof version for public consumption available by the end of next week. If you want to help beta test the new version, please get in touch.

New theme and plugin changelog

Curious to see how we work? Want to follow our theme development? Please check out our new and improved changelog: http://graphpaperpress.com/changelog/

Kudos to Philip Arthur Moore and our friends at Codebase on this project.

Wordcamp & Future of Web Design in New York

This weekend, I’m heading to New York to attend Wordcamp NYC and the Future of Web Design to, well, frankly, mingle with people who are way smarter than me. Hopefully some of it will wear off on me. I’m really looking forward to sharing ideas and meeting folks who I’ve been tangentially connected with over the last four years. Follow us on Twitter if you want to receive news snippets and updates from these events.

Next month

The next month is going to be massive for Graph Paper Press. We are releasing four new themes, each of which caters to the visual crowd. You can expect to see a few things that you have yet to see in WordPress themes in our upcoming releases, including resizeable, full screen images, crazy cool modern portfolio designs, and best of all, continued killer support.

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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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4 thoughts on “WordPress theme evolution, plugin updates and discount coupons”

  1. Hi,

    I am thinking about signing up for a yearly membership, but see I missed the 30% coupon by a month. Any chance I can get the discount applied if I sign up.

    Thanks for your consideration,

    Michael

  2. Hi,

    I am thinking about signing up for a yearly membership, but see I missed the 30% coupon by a month. Any chance I can get the discount applied if I sign up.

    Thanks for your consideration,

    Michael

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