Release 1.3.8 is currently available on WordPress.org and includes the following fixes and improvements:
Fixed bug with customizer feature to hide bylines
Added four new customizer options to hide posted-on dates, post-formats, categories, and tags on posts
Added CSS to show posts flagged as “sticky” with an ivory background
Made a subtle change to the background color to make it a bit lighter and very slightly ivory.
Add CSS for printing – it removes most of the header and all of the sidebars and footer so that you are printing the content, not the stuff around the content. It also tries to add a Google QR code to the top-right of your printout.
Introduced a new menu for mobile use that improves usability and accessibility. The previous menu had issues with spotty double-tap support on some mobile devices and the menu fonts were too small to easily tap. The new menu utilizes the same accessible JavasScript but clicking the menu button creates a simpler tree of all menu links. The size and visual contrast of the button and menu links have all been substantially increased (100% white on 100% back). Like the previou menu, the menu is accessible by keyboard navigation even on mobile devices.
Replaced triangle .gif files with use of WordPress’s built-in Dashicons font.
Added control to the customizer that allows users to clear all theme customizations.
Mobile CSS now kicks in at 782px just like WordPress’s mobile UI
Release 1.3.6 has been submitted to WordPress.org and should be released to users shortly. This release is largely related to customization of font sizes and font families.
Added extensive controls in the WordPress Customizer that allow users to pick both font-sizes and font-families. The theme now includes customizer controls for the font-sizes but modifications to font-families is done through theme support for the Typecase Web Fonts plugin. There are also separate customizer controls for all the font-sizes when viewed on mobile devices. The theme defines many different theme regions and each region can have a different font-family (through the plugin), font-size, and mobile font-size.
Synced theme with recent updates to the _s framework.
Cleaned up a lot of CSS that was in the way when customizing fonts. The theme now sets the default font families in only two places. Any changes the theme was making to the default _s font sizes have been removed from style.css and are now set by the customizer CSS.
Improved CSS for the new version of Featured Articles Lite plugin. Fixed issue that was causing large gaps when post titles wrapped. Like elsewhere, users can now control the font sizes and font families for the plugin in the customizer.
Fixed issue in the post editor where the screen flickered when you clicked in the editor and CSS styles were applied. The editor is much more likely now to display exactly like posts on the front-end.
Improved support for post formats. Image posts are displayed in single posts and lists using the new content-image.php template.
Eliminated the content-single.php template and added an if condition to content.php to handle single posts. Single.php now uses post formats to pick the best content template.
For post types other than standard, content.php will now display a link that users can click to display posts of that type.
Release 1.3.3 has been submitted for review to WordPress.org and users will hopefully be notified shortly about the new version. This release includes the following updates:
Added two additional widget areas. The new areas are above and below the primary content area on pages and single posts. These areas are ideal for slideshow widgets (both Cyclone Slider and Featured Articles Lite work well) or social media sharing buttons. These areas address issues that slider plugins can have when they try to automatically inject themselves in posts/pages.
Added tight integration for the Page Builder plugin by SiteOrigin. This plugin is now automatically recommended by the theme but is not required and you can disable the prompt to install it. This plugin allows users to create advanced responsive, multi-column layouts very easily. You can see the plugin in use on the homepage of uuwp.org. A row-style has been added that surrounds widgets in a border. Users who do not use a primary left sidebar on pages should especially find this plugin helpful for laying out their full-width pages. This plugin can cause issues with other plugins that attempt to hook into the main loop and that is one reason I added the new content header and footer widget areas.
Fixed CSS for the Featured Articles Lite plugin when used with this theme. The theme has specific CSS rules to optimize both the 2.4.x and new 3.x versions of Featured Articles Lite. Be aware that the new version of the plugin has fewer FA themes. For version 3.x only the new “Simple” theme is optimized but it looks modern and polished so that isn’t a big problem. New instructions with recommended settings for the plugin will be posted to uuwp.org.
Further optimized images with the EWWW plugin to reduce size
Fixed a missing function for posts with the image post-type
Removed Meteor Slides customization since it has not been needed since implementing a header widget area
Updated TGM Plugin Activation library to avoid theme check errors
This release includes a lot of changes to make the theme accessible for users who need to use keyboard navigation or a screen reader to view sites. The theme has also gone through the independent review to have the accessibility-ready tag on WordPress.org. UU2014 is only the tenth WordPress theme to complete that process.
WordPress.org deployed this version promptly but made me take out the lines that required the GitHub Updater. I wasn’t too surprised with this requirement. The theme does still support GitHub Updater but you are not prompted to install it now if you don’t already have it. I have also switched the GitHub name from UU2014 to UU-2014 because WP.org has been putting a dash for the folder name in their own zip files. I believe this difference causes some unexpected behavior when updating using both WP.org and Github.
Updated screenshot, optimized images and packaged for WordPress.org
Going forward, I will publish updates here whenever an official WordPress.org release is out. This release included the following changes:
One of the more significant cosmetic changes since release. In response to a request I received, I’ve updated the theme to be a bit cleaner and less “rectangular”. Essentially, the background of the primary sidebar now is the same color as the main content dashboard. The background to the left and right of the header has also been converted into a semi-transparent gradient and the edge of the main content now appears to float above the page background.
For the UUKent website, we transitioned from using Meteor Slides to Cyclone Slider for our header images. Instead of adding integration for Cyclone Slider, I have created a more flexible widget area for headers. If you add a widget for Meteor Slides, Cyclone Slider, or any other slider plugin to this area it will replace the WordPress header image with your widget. If you were using Meteor Slides, you should go into your Widgets control panel and add your slideshow to the Header Widget Area.
The CSS for the theme has been improved in several places to utilize more CSS gradients and fewer images. This reduces the amount of downloads and improves the look and feel on high resolution displays.
I have make the “EDIT” buttons smaller and less obnoxious for editors
I have added a new favicon option to the theme. It won’t automatically change your favicon but you can pick one in the customizer when you choose between other images for the look and feel. I have provided both old and new style UUA favicons.
The top menu has been adjusted so that it starts further to the right unless there is not enough room.
Due to delays in getting updates published to the WordPress.org repository, I am now making GitHub Updater a “required” plugin for the theme. If you don’t have it, the theme will help you download and activate it. You can still choose to not install the plugin but that will now require more effort. The theme is now published publicly on WordPress.org and I will periodically submit additional versions to WordPress.org but I encourage websmasters to get the updates through GitHub.
It is highly recommended that people update to this version of the theme so that you get future updates automatically. Since the process to install the plugin is now integrated, it is no longer necessary to install GitHub Updater manually.