WP-Forge 6.1.1 Ready for Beta Testing

First and foremost, let me apologize to everyone for the delay with this update. It has been almost two months since F6 came out. There is a very good reason why the update took so long.

Basically I wanted to keep the look, feel and functionality of earlier versions of WP-Forge. This was paramount to me. If it had taken me a year to get it right, well then we would have had to wait a year. I am not the type of person who just slaps the latest and greatest thing together and hope nothing goes wrong. I have to make sure everything is working just right. It has to meet my standards. Not only that it has to meet the standards my users have come to expect in WP-Forge.

So again, I apologize for the delay but I am pretty sure you will be happy with what I have done.

So without further ado I am happy to say that, the best WordPress Foundation Theme, WP-Forge 6.1.1, is now available for beta testing. Below is a copy of the changelog.txt

= 6.1.1 =
* Updated to the latest version of Zurb's Foundation, 6.1.1
* Increased the width of the theme from 1024px to 1200px. This is based off the new width of rows wich is 1200px.
* With the increase in width, I decided to add a fourth footer widget.
* Added fonts.css to editor. Previously only genericons.css was added. Since this was combined into fonts.css with font-awesome, fonts.css was added. Now genericons and font-awesome are available via the editor.
* Updated Font-Awesome to latest version, 4.5. font-awesome.min.css was added to fonts.css, the full version of Font-Awesome is located in /fonts/full (per WordPress guidelines).
* Genericons css was minified and changed in fonts.css - full version of genericon.css is available in /fonts/full (per WordPress guidelines).
* Added Motion-UI (https://github.com/zurb/motion-ui)
* Renamed load-foundation.js to app.js.
* Removed normalize.css - it is now part of foundation.css.
* Increased thumbnail size to 800px and full width thumbnail to 1200px.
* Removed Modernizer - The way F6 is written, this file is no longer needed.
* Added the contain-to-grid option back for the main menu area. Initially I removed it because the contain-to-grid element was removed in F6. However I was able to retain this option. All options previously available for the top-bar menu are still intact.
* Added to ability to set the font size for the footer area.
* Removed the 'wpforge_active_list_pages_class' function. This started on line 276 of functions.php - This function was not need as the 'wpforge_active_nav_class' function above it starting on line 261 added the same 'active' class to the current page item in the top-bar menu.
* Added a new version of page-navi function. Old function was not displaying properly. See http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-themes/how-to-add-numeric-pagination-in-your-wordpress-theme/ for more information.
* Removed the custom-bckground-white body class from the theme. I saw no purpose in it, so it is removed.
* Removed the postfix element from the search submit button. This element was removed from F6 and shrunk the submit button in the search form widget.
* Added new off-canvas menu. I was able to retain the look and functionality, plus all of the options in the customizer.
* Adjusted the options for the new top-bar menu in customizer.
* Added @version to all files for better version control.
* Corrected an issue in the comment form. In discussion settings, unchecking "Comment author must fill out name and email" removed the "Your Name" and "Your Email" labels from the comment form. These labels appear properly now. See this thread: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/comment-form-labels-not-visible-on-discussion-setting-change?replies=3#post-7869547 - Thanks to user "forbc" for bringing this to my attention.
* Added option in customizer to reset the comment forms back to their original poisitions. For details see http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-move-comment-text-field-to-bottom-in-wordpress-4-4/
* The separator for breadcrumbs will now show automatically via css.

If you would like to participate in the beta testing, please leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to send you a copy. However, keep in mind that I do expect some feedback in return. Break it, smash it, do what you will to it but please let me know what you find out, if anything.

Also, this is not the final version. I feel comfortable enough with the theme at this point that she can be tested. The final version will not be available until you see the update notification in the admin area of your WordPress site. So the quicker I get this sent out, the quicker I can submit to the theme review team.

Please understand, this beta is not for productions use. If you apply it to your live site and it breaks I will not help you in any shape form or fashion. Make sure you install on a local or remote testing environment and cross check files to make sure any and all changes you have made are carried over.

So remember, leave a comment, send me an email or leave a comment on my channel and I will send you the beta files. Let’s make this a great beta test.

Until next time, enjoy

35 thoughts on “WP-Forge 6.1.1 Ready for Beta Testing

  1. This sounds very exciting, Sounds like you have been very busy, I would love to have a copy to take out a test drive with.

    • Hi Andrew,

      Greatly appreciated. Its coming at you in a few minutes. Please make note of anything and everything you can. Keep in mind she is not completely ready just yet 😉

  2. Me too, please! I run a slightly modified version of the current WP-Forge on my live site, and I’d love to test this out on a local backup I keep just for such daredevil work – so I volunteer a clone for the experiment.

  3. Yes, I would like to have a look at it! And don’t forget to put a donation button in your download page – you deserve some appreciation…

  4. A big thumbs up, Thomas! Thank you very much for all you hard work! I have two sites based on WP-Forge child themes and they are somewhat customized (lots of overwritten css, some hooks) so it will be interesting to see what will happen when updating. I hope nothing will break too much 🙂

  5. I’d like to do some beta testing. I use WP-Forge in a production environment. I love it! I’d like to keep on using it. I have a dedicated test environment and would be pleased to give the new version a spin.

  6. Hello Thomas

    i would like to join in for Beta Tester
    i use wp forge since 6 month and i find a very lightweight and fast theme
    i use wordpress since 2007


  7. Thanks Thomas. Looks great! I’d love to get hold of a copy to try locally. By the way, are there any plans to incorpate flex grid? I read in the Foundation docs that the standard grid and flex grid don’t play nice together. I’m particularly interested in the source ordering for mobile devices.
    Thanks again,

      • I have to apologize Phil, I totally forgot to address your question about the flex grid.

        Yes I do have plans to incorporate it, but not just yet. I have to figure out just what exactly needs to be done in order to make that available. I’ve already tried to do it and just like the docs site stated, they do not get along. Everything blew up…lol

        So I think I am going to get everything I need to get fixed for 6.1.1 ready and out the door, then I can focus on getting this added as an option in the customizer.

  8. No worries amigo, I have done a lot of work on 6.1.1 since the beta started, so issues with the nav have been squashed our at least I hope.

    I’m holding out for this weekend to give people time to send me any feedback as I haven’t gotten any thus far.

    So we shall see what the next few days bring.

    Thanks for all the help.

  9. Dear Mr. Thomas,

    I really appreciate your hard work, and I wish you success in your life.

    I will like to test beta version of your WP-Forge theme.

    • Hey there, things are going fine amigo. I just downloaded 6.1.2 yesterday, updated the theme, however it is very, very buggy and it totally destroyed the the nav menu.

      I reverted back to 6.1.1 and everything is fine. I may release tomorrow. Just going to go over a few things today and if everything goes good, you will see 6.1.1 in a few days 😉

  10. Actually I take that back, with 6.1.1 there is one issue that needs to be resolved and that is with the off-canvas menu, which has been opened here https://github.com/zurb/foundation-sites/issues/7993.

    With 6.1.2 there is an issue with the top-bar menu in general, which has been opened here https://github.com/zurb/foundation-sites/issues/7978

    So as you can see there are two issues that really need attention. I think that once these are addressed, WP-Forge will be ready to go. So far all of the beta testing has gone well and no one has reported any issues whatsoever, which I am really pleased with. There were a few issues, but those were my own doing…lol.

    Right now, I am working on a few improvements to the customizer as well as adding some much needed options that I think everyone will enjoy, well at least I hope so 🙂

  11. First of all, thank you so much for your work on this theme! I’ve been using Foundation for hand-coded sites and with the latest versions of MadCap Flare, and I’m really happy to leverage that experience with WordPress.
    If you are still looking for guinea pigs to try out 6.1.1 I would love to help out.

    • Hi Todd,

      Sorry about the delay, just been busy at work. I’m glad you want to help out and have a look at 6.1.1. – I’m at work right now but when I get home later I will def shoot you a copy. Don’t forget that 6.2 is slated for release on the 28th and possibly the next day is when I will release WP-Forge 6.2 – Right now I am just in a holding pattern until that happens.

      Thanks again and if possible please leave a rating and review (if you havent already done so) and let everyone know how much you like WP-Forge.

      Thanks again. It’s greatly appreciated.

    • Hey there,

      Sorry for the late reply. I have been busy at work. Unfortunately the beta testing should have been closed a few days ago and I never got around to it. Foundation 6.2 is coming out tomorrow, so there is no need to continue beta testing 6.1.1. My apologies. Make sure you sign up for the newsletter so you can be notified when a new release comes out or if I out the word out for other beta testers.

      Thanks again.

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