Category: Theme Updates

The WP Now theme option panel has finally arrived on the Huex bus, and it couldn’t be happier to finally come face to face with you! As a WP Now theme user, you should be pretty excited to come across the newly added panel as well. How come? Let me explain…

In the past, certain things like setting the featured category and editing the advertisements had to be hard coded into a theme option file. Then that file required you to overwrite the existing file via FTP… and nobody likes saving files, opening an FTP client, overwriting the old file, and so-on. The WP Now theme option panel now streamlines these tasks by adding them into the WordPress admin panel, so there is no more messing with that theme option file or FTP. We’re trying to build as many options into the custom panel as we can. Every theme will have its own specific set of options to simplify all tedious tasks just for that theme.

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When I go on a vacation, the world is lifted off of my shoulders. I get to take an extended break from work and travel to a carefree destination along with the people in life that I love the most. For me, there are so many places in the world that would suit well for a vacation destination… like thousands of beaches, majestic landscapes, renowned cities, tropical cruises, and so much more. The escape away from the everyday life is very much deserved, which is probably why most of us try to go on vacation at least once a year.

Despite how eager majority of people become to go on these vacations, trips, and holidays, it’s always nice to return home. Once settled back into your place of residence, friends and family usually ask how the trip was and they usually interrogate you about practically everything. But what if you could just setup your own blog online and handout the URL to all of those people who want to know about your trip. Then you could write-up articles and post them to your blog, where your family and friends can go everyday to catch all of your vacation updates, photographs, and tweets. Wouldn’t that be cool?

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Over the past few weeks, an epic battle between gaming websites and WordPress blogs has been progressing. On one side, the gaming beast gloats with huge game databases, reviews, news, updates, previews, and a sleek yet complex prevailing design structure. On the other side is WordPress, an orderly and methodical platform that dictates proper web standards and usability. The clash between the two giants was long and rigrous one, yet the dust has recently settled from the fiasco. We discovered that this was antonymous to a calamity… what was left behind is anything but disastrous. The lights shone down onto a sublime coalition of gaming and WordPress; we called it GameNow.

Finally, we can introduce GameNow as the gaming theme for WordPress that actually has the beauty and brawn of a real gaming website combined with everything we love about WordPress. On the outside, GameNow has a light and dark color scheme that site users can switch in-between. The fast-loading-yet-modern-looking design shares some congruity with the massively popular GameSpot, but clearly deviates with a creative and unique trail of its own.

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For those of you who might have missed it – wordpress 2.8 was released the other day. WordPress 2.8 includes some nice new features that we here at WP Now plan on implementing into our themes. First off is the cleaner widget API. The widget API now allows for multiple instances of widgets – meaning you can have more than one of any single widget on your sidebar.

WordPress’ new widget API allows us to create customizable widgets with ease. In future themes – and old ones as well (when we release updates for them) we will be including customizable widgets with individual options for each widget.

An example of one of the customizable widgets we will be releasing in updates and future themes include the adsense widget. This widget is used in almost all of our themes.

Previously you had to manually edit code in the FTP – but who likes that? We have created a bunch of options for the adsense widget that gives you total control over the colors and title of the widget with ease. An example of the widget options is below.

We plan on expanding on these and creating more advanced widgets as we move forward.

Thanks for taking the time to read,

Ryan