WP-Starter Submitted to WordPress.org and FoundationThemes.co

buffing-it-up

I am buffing up things around here, slowly but surely, a little at a time. Yesterday I had a few moments to sit down and take care of a few things. I have been so busy at work the past few weeks that I really haven’t had the time to do anything with WP-Forge or WP-Starter. There are still a few people waiting for my assistance as well. Don’t worry though I haven’t forgotten about you ;).

I did want to write this post this morning before getting up and getting around though. Yesterday, I took a few minutes and did two things. First I packaged up WP-Starter and submitted her to the theme review team. Yay! Now let’s see how long it will take to get her approved. Hopefully it isn’t 4 months. That was a very long time but I do understand. The review team is swamped with new themes every day. Its amazing how many people want to have a theme hosted on WP.org.

I also took the time and submitted an update to WP-Forge. I submitted version 5.5.1.8. This one does have a few changes coming and they are all in the changelog.txt file. For your viewing pleasure here are the changes coming in 5.5.1.8 (I am going to post the entire file):

Theme Name: WP-Forge
File Name: Changelog
Tested up to: 4.1.1
Stable tag: 5.5.1.8

== Changelog ==

= 5.5.1.8 =
* Modified the description of WP-Forge in style.css.
* Removed Font-Awesome icon set. Using nothing but Genericons.
* Adjusted post thumbnail size from 653 to 685. This coincides with the content width set on line 28 of functions.php
* Added html 5 support for gallery and caption.
* Added fix for TinyMCE editor jumping all over the place. Thanks to Matt Van Andel for the fix: https://github.com/zurb/foundation/issues/6380
* Added editor-style.css - took TinyMCE Editor styles out of style css and put them here. Post and Page editor display exactly like the front end.
* Added css to hide the smiley face for stats if using Jetpack plugin on line 1299. If using Jetpack and you select the option to hide the smiley face, additional style tags are added to the header. In my opinion this doesn't look very good and adds more bloat.
* Added the .contain-to-grid element to the top-bar color css in customizer.php. Now when you select a color for the top-bar, the contain-to-grid element will take on the new color. Thanks to BadCat for pointing this out: http://www.badcat.com/
* Added version to enqueued style sheets for security. I did this to reflect the version of the theme instead of the WordPress version
* Adjusted an issue with the theme displaying horizontal scrolling when using a header image and hiding the site title and site description. https://github.com/tsquez/wp-forge/issues/40 - Thanks again to BadCat for pointing it out http://www.badcat.com/
* Added styling for Gravity Forms plugin. In IE submit buttons look squished. Removing the padding makes the submit buttons look normal (line 1306 of style.css)
* Added back the ability to change the active hover state in top-bar. I had intended to remove it as I thought it redundent, however after user atelier_tsukee brought it to my attention (https://wordpress.org/support/topic/customiser-top_bar_active_hover_color), I decided to add it back.
* Removed customizer.css from the css folder. This was accidentally left over when I was attempting something with the customizer.
* Added the .content_container background color to the customizer. Somehow this got taken out at some point.
* Added the ability to change the font color and hover font color in the top-bar via the customizer.

As you can see, its not a very big list of changes and they really are not that major. A lot of the changes were made due to user input. Some people pointed out some things and were correct. They needed to be changed. These changes do make WP-Forge better I think. I am already working on a few changes that came up recently and I hope those are good and you like them as well. I think the next update may be the last and I will just hunker down and wait for Foundation 6. That will be a major update, but it will be fun.

Now for some other sad news. I have decided not to develop FoundationThemes.co. I had planned on creating commercial WordPress child themes for WP-Forge and offering them there, but the more I thought about it the more it didn’t seem right. What does feel right is offering those themes here on ThemeAwesome.com. The site is established and gets pretty decent traffic and besides, its the home of WP-Forge and WP-Starter. Plus, I don’t have to develop another site. That’s a good thing as I don’t have that much time for this site right now until June. And yes, I will be keepiing the domain name ;).

So for those of you who may be reading this and added your email to the FoundationThemes.co mailing list, if you don’t mind, I will add your email to the ThemeAwesome.com mailing list (if it isn’t already there). If not, let me know and I wont add it.

So there you have it, just a quick update to let everyone know what is going on and what is planned. I would like to hear from everyone about any ideas you may have about features that you feel would make WP-Forge better. There is a lot of room for improvement and together I think we can make WP-Forge the best WordPress Foundation theme available.

P.S. If you use WP-Forge please leave a rating. I’d like see WP-Forge be the highest rated WordPress Foundation theme on WP.org!

4 thoughts on “WP-Starter Submitted to WordPress.org and FoundationThemes.co

  1. Hooray – a changelog!

    (And any time I mention changelogs I always refer to one of the most complete I’ve ever seen – https://wordpress.org/plugins/bulk-delete/changelog/ It’s Dated, Versioned, Key Labeled, Issue Mapped, even Hours. 🙂

    Wondering about the choice of Font Awesome font removal… Any story to share about why removing this? Is there a way to easily convert FA css calls to Genericons? A plugin you know or recommend?

    I’m never sure which set to invest in using – I also wonder why not many folks seem to use the Foundicons from Foundation? http://zurb.com/playground/foundation-icon-fonts-3

    thanks!

    • True that is a good changelog, however, I personally see no reason to add the date or however many hours it took me to change something. To each his own I suppose.

      And the reason I took out FA is because it adds bloat, even though Genericons does the same thing, it’s not as much as FA. and I don’t know of anything to convert FA over. There is a plugin for FA you can use though.

      And in regards to Foundicons, I personally don’t like them.

  2. Thanks Thomas – just a quick note back – the “Font Awesome Icons” plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/font-awesome/ you’d mentioned did not work for me and it’s pretty old at this point – not that it always matters. So I looked for another solution and here’s what I found –

    Both of these plugins seemed to easily work on my updated installs of 5.5.1.8 using child theme (based on WP-Starter)
    AGP Font Awesome Collection https://wordpress.org/plugins/agp-font-awesome-collection/
    Better Font Awesome https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-font-awesome/

    Hope this helps anyone else who is using the new WP-Forge.

    • Your welcome Kel and wouldn’t you know it, the one I recommend is not even updated…lol Oh well, maybe in the future. Thanks for pointing out the alternatives, I’m sure those will help someone.

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