One of our favorite aspects of building and maintaining a WordPress theme like Standard Theme is that we have an amazing community. It’s rewarding to see you guys run this theme, customize this theme, and blog with this theme, all while engaging with us and one another in the forums and via Twitter.
Over the past few months, we’ve continued to see more and more people migrating their blog over to Standard Theme with amazing success and tangible results. The influx of new members to the Standard family, who continue to use Standard Theme in new and (*ahem*) unanticipated ways, has given us the privilege to see some areas that needed improvement in the codebase, the user experience, or both.
The great news is that we’ve been working hard behind the scenes and today we’re releasing Standard Theme 2.5 in which we’ve introduced over 40 fixes, improvements, and features! Check ‘em out…
- Custom.css can now override css3.css.
- Modified the Standard Theme link in the footer to default to StandardTheme.com when not configured for affiliate usage.
- Updated the WordPress 3.0 custom menu functionality so that it doesn’t display home link for each menu.
- “Continue Reading…” persists through the Search and Archive pages.
- Removed PHP short tags for increased web host compatibility.
- Added CSS3 styling to the trackback / pingback container.
- Updated the framework functions to properly register jQuery if it isn’t already included.
- Changed entry list items to use bullets instead of letters.
- Removed the Flickr widget as it slowed down performance and can be installed as a plugin.
- Author box now links Twitter, Facebook, and Blog URL to the information specified in the user’s WordPress profile.
- Breadcrumbs now contained in an unordered list for easier styling.
- Removed TweetMeme and added the new Twitter sharer.
- Removed self-hosted jQuery Option.
- Localization improvements.
- Advertisements now open in a blank window.
- Page Navigation localization.
- Added ID’s to the footer and header elements.
- Equally spaced copyright, pipe, and “Powered by” in footer.
- Added spaces after commas in post_meta for easier readability.
- Added break-word to entry content and comments.
- Removed superfish.js and pngfix.js for improved page load performance.
- Added a meta description to pages and posts. Pages get the blog subtitle, posts get the excerpt.
- Removed links to header tags in the single and post pages.
- Using our own “no conflict” version of jQuery to combat compatibility issues with other plugins.
- Changed “Personal Blog” to “Website” in author box.
- Updated the Theme Version detection for those whose server’s don’t handle it.
- Advertisements have no link if no default link is specified.
- Updated custom.css and style.css to note updating the custom.css, not copying the entire stylesheet.
- Admin panel links to open targets in new window.
- Added a framework option for hiding the navigation in the footer.
- Added support for three WordPress custom menus.
- Added body_class() to the opening body tag.
- Added post_class() to the post tag.
- Upgraded to jQuery 1.4.4.
- Gave content a span tag with an id for easy Evernote clipping.
- Added “Display Website Link?” option to Author Box Settings.
- Updated the Follower Count widget to a new version. Now includes the ability to reset the cache.
- Localized the comment “Reply” link.
- Added a link to the new documentation in the admin panel.
Standard Theme is constantly under development and we want to say thanks to everyone that’s contacted us via email and the forums with feedback and general questions about the theme. Many of these fixes are based on what we’ve heard from you guys.