WP-Forge 5.5.2.2 is here and loaded with awesome new upgrades

Hi everyone. It’s been a while, a few months I believe since that last update to WP-Forge. Actually its been a whopping twelve months and during that time I have gotten quite a few emails asking me if I was still updating the theme or if I was still providing support. The answer is a resounding yes. This morning I submitted WP-Forge 5.5.2.2 to the theme review team and hopefully the update will be approved quickly. From the looks of things its taking about a week for approval.

Even though its been quiet I have been making a few changes, switching a few things around, adding some new stuff and basically making sure WP-Forge is solid. As in the previous post asking for beta testers, here is the list of changes that were made (my favorite changes are in bold):

• Fixed the search button issue. This was caused by the Foundation update. Seems they changed something and it was causing the text on the search button to display towards the bottom of the button.
• Wrapped all functions in customizer.php in "if function_exists" statements. Now the customizer can be overwritten easily with "remove_action".
• Adjusted the line height of the h1.entry-title element. I felt there was too much space when the line wrapped.
• Increased the font size for buttons, to me it looks better and is easier to see.
• Switched where the post thumbnail was being displayed in single post view. I never noticed before but the entry-meta was showing below the post thumbnail. Single post view is supposed to display the same as home (blog) view. Now it does.
• Added featured images to pages. Seems to make sense to me that if featured images are available in posts they should also be available for pages as well. Thanks to user geotn for pointing it out https://wordpress.org/support/topic/does-featured-image-work-for-this-theme-featured-image-not-working
• Removed the jQuery function that added "th" to featured images. Adding "th" to featured images added the white border. I received a lot of emails asking how this can be removed.
• Updated Genericons to 3.3.1
• Increased the size of the customizer area. I was seeing the top of the left panels being blocked a little, where some of the information in the panel or section was being blocked. Increasing the size has corrected the issue so far. It has reduced real estate in the customizer preview panel just a little.
• Added favicon to admin area and login page. This makes the favicon consistent throughout the entire site if a user uploads a custom favicon.
• Added the top-bar color to the ul when the top-bar is set to the scroll or fixed position. If there is more than one line of links and the links wrapped to  second line, the background was transparent. This looked awkward. This corrects the issue.
• Fixed an issue with the top-bar displaying along with the off-canvas menu in mobile view.
• Added the ability to show or hide categories, post meta and post tags in posts. You also have the ability to choose whether or not to show the categories above the post title or above the post tags.
• Adjusted the font size of the code block displayed at the end of the comments form. It was kind of big and blocky and didn't look right to me.
• Added a About WP-Forge admin page. This gives users a brief overview of WP-Forge as well as links to the WP-Forge Quick Start Guide, a link to the WP-Forge support forums and a link to download WP-Starter.Added the option to hide the title area of the top-bar. This only affects the top-bar in the normal and contain-to-grid-sticky positions.
• Added the option to float links in the top-bar to the right (default) or left positions when the top-bar is in the top of browser - scroll and top of browser - fixed positions.
• Added an hr to the content area. This will only display when off-canvas is used in mobile. I added this because there was no separation of header or main content area in mobile view.
• Added "hide-for-small hide-for-medium" to the top-bar in content-nav.php. This prevents the top-bar from showing along with the off-canvas menu when "Use Off-Canvas for Mobile?" is set to yes.
• Added Off-Canvas as a menu option. This means you can use the Off-Canvas menu as your sites menu.Added Off-Canvas color options to the customizer. Now users can change the colors associated with the Off-Canvas menu.
• Added the ability for users to hide the title of any page set as the Home page. Users must have the front-page template assigned to the page in order for it to work.
• Corrected issue with the bakcground color of the Nav-Wrapper showing through when Contain-To-Grid-Sticky was selected.
• Added the ability to change the color and hover color of links in the Social Menu.
• Removed the different colors from the Social Menu links. All links are one color now.
• Updated screenshot.png

A lot of changes went into this version and I would like to thank everyone who asked for help in the support forums. Some of the changes that were made, were based off of questions being asked in the forums. Some of these same questions were being asked via email. Some changes were just me goofing around, discovering something and thinking to myself “Now, that’s awesome! I should have done this before.”

Also a lot of changes came into play concerning the theme customizer. A few months ago, the theme review team made it mandatory for all themes hosted on WordPress.org to switch over to the theme customizer or the theme would be kicked off WP.org. A lot of people were upset and a lot of people (me being one, welcomed the change). So a lot of interesting articles came out concerning how to do different things with the customizer. For instance, you can make a certain section appear or a section be hidden based on choices the user makes.

Also, some changes I mad because as I was working on others and successfully made those changes, something new would pop into my mind and a new “what if” moment would happen. So there was a lot of experimenting and a lot of playing involved in this release. I think a little too much as it took me a while to push this out.

Updating

As in the past, please, please, please, before you update, make a backup of your themes just in case. If you are using WP-Forge out of the box, you will lose your edits. So I suggest you make backup first, then apply your changes. If you are using a child theme, make a note of all the edits you made and the files you copied over to the child theme. Make sure you check them and re-check them again and also make a backup.

As with everything else, I know I may have missed a few things here and there and I do apologize. If you see something, please shoot me an email or let me know via the forums. As always, enjoy.

5 thoughts on “WP-Forge 5.5.2.2 is here and loaded with awesome new upgrades

  1. Remember, if you are using a child theme and you have used the header.php file in your child theme, I recommend you back this file up, then add any edite you have made to the new header.php file, then upload the new header.php file to your child theme.

    This should prevent any double menus from showing. Thanks to Joseph Ruscitti (http://www.josephruscitti.com/) for making remember that I needed to point this out.

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