Along with WordPress 3.0 we now have access to the really useful wp_nav_menu functionality. We can now create our own menus without resulting to several plugins or tricks.
Another cool thing we can do with this new menu is build the sitemap. I was in need the other day of a plugin that would generate a sitemap page (something like an archive page). Not an xml sitemap, just a standard page from where the visitors of the site could navigate more easily. The best solution appeared to be an WordPress menu shortcode.
Since I couldn’t find something like this I realized that I could use the wp_nav_menu function and built a shortcode to insert it into my page.
As you all know, WordPress has made the 3.0 transition, which brings the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress and a lot of new features to the table.
Trying to keep up with the goodies we developed a new version of Smarter, which runs smooth on 3.0 and takes advantage of the new feature list.
A Smart WordPress 3.0 Theme
As mentioned before Smarter theme was designed as a powerful CMS for company websites. It’s a business wordpress theme, with a SEO friendly structure.
This being said, here are some of the new things that Smarter 2.0 has to offer.
The News Items was implemented using the custom post type feature from WP 3.0. Now, adding and editing news is simple and straight forward, leaving no room for confusion.
The custom navigation menu has been set as the theme default menu, so now you will be able to insert and organize things like pages, categories, news or custom links in your theme menu.
Smarter also comes with a big package of different color child themes, giving you the option to choose the right color range for your business.
In case you’re aiming for a multilingual website, Smarter 2.0 has been tested and works great with WPML plugin.
Smarter Theme Options, which let you customize your site looks, comes with a lighter interface which includes all the options from the previous version. So you have options like: selecting between multiple theme layouts, uploading a header image, editing the featured slider page etc.
To find out more about Smarter 2.0 and it’s new features check out the screencast below:
For 25$ you can purchase Smarter 2.0, which includes all the functionality of the old version, plus the new features mentioned before. The zip also includes the psd files and the color child themes. Being released under a GPL license, Smarter can be used on an unlimited number of websites.
If you have any suggestions or questions regarding the new version of this theme, please visit our forums (http://cozmoslabs.com/forums/).
It’s been really difficult to keep track of bugs and requests for the free Themelets I’ve released. There are over 380 comments related to the free themes and since I have plans in the future to release more a forum sounded as a good idea.
Besides support for the themes I hope to discuss any issues you might have with the code snippets found on the site.
Since version 2.0 Aptana stopped supporting their own fork of the Eclipse PDT I’ve been searching for another editor. I got feed up with how slow it is, all the bloatware, installing the PDT was made me loose an entire day and I honestly believed there had to exist a better editor for Windows.
I must have lost several days searching and testing different editors!
Have you ever wanted to create your own WordPress theme? If yes then you must know of all the tutorials out there. The problem is that most of them are incomplete. But not any more!
Ian Stewart from ThemeShaper released, what I consider, the best step-by-step tutorial series for those who want to learn how to build their own WordPress theme from scratch.
In only 11 individual lessons this WordPress Themes Tutorial is going to show you how to build a powerful, up-to-date, WordPress Theme from scratch. As we go along I’ll explain what’s happening including (for better or worse) my thinking on certain techniques and why I’m choosing one path over another.
Here’s the list of features your finished theme will have:
All the search-engine optimization you’ll really need
I have Author’s Block. I doubt it’s contagious so if you’re reading this no need to worry. Now to the mater at hand, why blog about it?
For some particular reason I don’t want to write that much stuff anymore. My fear is that I don’t write enough interesting posts! Why write about something that dosen’t resonate with me? Sure some people might find my articles useful, but will they return for more?
So I’m writing about web-design and developing. This is far from being a niche. Not in the internet world at least. I tried to focus my attention to WordPress and in particular Thematic since I’m using both in my business. It helped me differentiate from other blogs out there and some even found my WordPress category interesting. But I feel I need more. I want more variety in my articles. I could write about every WordPress and Thematic trick and post short pieces of code but I wouldn’t be any happier.
Next on my agenda? Short 4 day Easter Vacation Hopefully I’ll have a clearer head when I get back! I already have “some” ideas of what to do next (starting with a redesign) so I’m not completely in the dark.
And you know what? I already feel more confident now that I’ve shared this with the world (theoretically at least). Suggestions welcomed
Version 0.9 of Thematic was launched a few days ago. Because of this the PageDrop Theme is no longer useful and will be discontinued since Thematic now offers an out of the box drop-down menu.
After quite a success with my CatDrop Childtheme that replaces Thematic’s the main menu with a drop-down menu of categories, I promised a post and childtheme in the future that will do the same with the pages menu. Although a bit late on my promise here is PageDrop Childtheme!
In order to install it you have to download the Thematic Theme (from which this child theme inherits all of the functionality), upload both themes (PageDrop and Thematic) to your server in the themes folder AND THEN ACTIVATE the PageDrop theme.
I hope that this will help you with your Thematic installation!
I haven’t wrote for some time now. I’ve been quite busy. A lot of time spent on client work but most of the time went to paperwork.
So I now present to you Reflection Media . It’s my child business. Basically it’s a web-design and developing firm with big plans for the future.
It’s a big step for me moving from freelancing to my own business even if it’s a small one.
It was thought up by me and my friend Adrian. I’m also happy to have onboard my friend Gabriel who will do all the programing we need for the web (and give me more time to design). Neither the web-site or the business plan are quite finished, but we wanted to go forward with it. One could consider this a beta version of the business :).
The website it’s built on the 2.7 version of WordPress. The theme for the web-site is also a child theme of thematic theme. I’ve changed a lot from the default thematic theme, added a single column template for my pages, and made changes to header. I have to give Ian Stewart my thanks for a great Theme Framework.
Also Gabriel made his first plugin for WordPress, WP Post Sorting. This plugin allows sorting of posts by Post Title (ascending or descending) or Post Date (ascending or descending), customizable for each category.
It’s been a slow but good start for us. We’ll have an English version of the web-site as soon as possible. Until then you can keep an eye on the Reflection Media Blog (which is in English).