The next version of our framework is ready. 1.2 brings a lot of new features, all of them aimed at making life for the site’s owner easier.
The video above is a quick walk through that shows you each of the new features and how to use it. If you’d like a summary though, here’s what we’ve added:
- Code Editor Panel – Want to tweak your CSS or add a new hook? You can do both from the admin panel now.
- Update Notifications – It hasn’t always been clear when new versions are out. Now you’ll see a message on the PliablePress > General page, and it will even tell you what’s new in this version!
- Style Options – We’ve paved the way for a full style options panel here. The first step, available in this release, is a new way of choosing your color schemes. No more separate themes for each color, it’s all in the one location.
- Import/Export Your Settings – Have a test site as well as your live site? Develop sites locally for a client first? Now it’s easy to copy your PliablePress settings between the two.
- Easier Install and Upgrade – Installing is easier now (Mostly because the color schemes are all one theme!), and now upgrading just means overwriting the old folder with the new one.
- Improved Security – We’ve added nonce checks for everything now, so PliablePress 1.2 is that bit safer as well.
There are a few other bugfixes and updates, but those are the main ones!
Important: Upgrading to 1.2
Version 1.2 has a lot of fundamental changes in our themes, specifically in how we make customizations. For that reason, upgrading from a previous version has a few extra steps (Don’t worry, you’ll only ever have to do this once! Upgrades from them on will be simpler than ever).
Here is the process to follow to upgrade to 1.2: (Be careful to do this in order so that you don’t lose any customizations you made before!)
The framework has been renamed to pliablepress, based on your feedback here, so the Chameleon folder is no longer needed.
- Download the PliablePress theme from your members area, as well as your theme of choice (Oracle, MyBiz etc.).
- If you had made customizations previously, copy your style.css and functions.php files to your computer (All future customizations will be in pliablepress>custom folder).
- Upload the pliablepress folder and your new theme folder to your wp-content>themes directory.
- In the pliablepress folder, rename the “custom-sample” folder to “custom”.
- In the custom folder, modify the permissions of style.css (And optionally functions.php) to 777 (Read more on how to do this here).
- Activate your theme via Appearance in the WordPress dashboard.
- Use PliablePress > Style to choose your color scheme.
- If you copied customizations over in step 2, you should now enter these into the two boxes on PliablePress > Code, and then hit save.
I know that upgrade process is more involved than you would normally like, but these changes are important for us (Particularly for building the full style options panel), so it will be well worth it!
If you have trouble making the upgrade, or you’re worried about losing your customizations, post in the forum and I’ll help out. I’ll even go as far as to make the upgrade for you. That’s how much I want to bring everyone up to 1.2!
What Will Happen to Chameleon?
With the framework renamed to the simpler PliablePress Framework, it means that Chameleon as we know it is gone. I love the name though and as you can see clearly on this site, the Chameleon is still a big part of our image.
So here’s my promise; Chameleon will be back. It won’t be our framework again, instead it will be a new theme which lives up very well to its name. In other words, it’s going to make very good use of our style options panel when we finish developing it!
Your Thoughts on 1.2
I’d love to hear what you think of the updates! Could we have done any of them better? Anything we’ve missed out that you’d like to see next?