Tomorrow, I will be removing Font Awesome from the TotalPress theme via version 1.0.23. Yeah I know, I like the icons myself for some strange reason but they do need to come out of TotalPress and hopefully you will be happy it did.
One of the reasons I am removing Font Awesome is there was an update to the Kirki plugin over the weekend. I am sure you saw it and if you updated way to go. I updated the minute it came out but after I did so something strange happened, all of the social icons I had added to the Top Sidebar disappeared. It took me a while to figure out what had happened. After it was determined that the update was the issue, I immediately created a support thread on the plugin forums. As you can see, it wasn’t a problem with TotalPress. So after some thought and debate with the person who helps me test the theme and TP-Primo, it was decided that the removing Font Awesome was the way to go.
Since Font Awesome has been taken out the theme loads super fast and I do mean fast. And now, compressed the theme is only 185KB! Nice.
Keep in mind that the whole idea behind TotalPress was to give the end user something that was simple and easy to configure. I mean seriously, why do we need to add something that is going to bog the theme down when it loads? We don’t. Honestly, the only part of the theme that was hurt by removing Font Awesome was the Back to Top button. I have already replaced that for you.
I know there are a lot of you that have added social icons to your nav menus. When you update the theme, these will sadly disappear if they haven’t already. I do apologize for that and believe me I do feel bad. I think you will like the boost in load time however unless you have some plugin that takes forever to load.
I recommend that you do a search on WordPress.org for a social icon widget. There are a ton of them available and I don’t think I should choose on over another. Just do your research and choose the one that best suits your needs. As you can see, I switched the icons in my Top Sidebar to text. I kind of like it, it’s different I think.
So be on the lookout tomorrow for the 1.0.23 update. Again, this will be removing Font Awesome from TotalPress completely. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Until next time, enjoy!