We’re so excited to announce the release of PhotoPressPro Platinum3! This update adds quite a few features that have been on our wishlist for a while. Read on for the details!
- Sidebar! We’ve had tons of requests to add a widget-ready sidebar to the blog theme, to place things like advertisements or custom menus. We’ve resisted up till now, but without any real reason. Now, you can add a Sidebar to your entire site, or just to particular pages. Go to Layout > Pages to set it up. When creating or editing a page, you can now set the “Page Template” to Page w/ Sidebar, or Posts Page w/ Sidebar. Or, if you choose to add a Sidebar to your entire site, you can create pages with a “Full Width” page template to hide the sidebar on those pages. Then, go to Appearance > Widgets and drag some widgets to any of the 4 new Sidebar widget areas.
- Insert All Images, Insert Slideshow buttons. W00T!?! Yep, this means BULK IMAGE POSTING, baby. Simply upload your images as you always have, but instead of clicking “Insert into Post” on every..single..danged..image… you can now click the brand new “Insert All Images” button to throw all your uploaded images to the post editor, ninja-style, or the or “Insert Slideshow” button to add the shortcode for you.
- AJAX Commenting. Inline commenting has always been built-in, but a page refresh was required to post your comment. That is no longer the case! (If you are currently using the Ajaxed WordPress plugin, this will probably conflict with it, and you may have to deactivate the plugin. If you have any issues with the built-in Ajax comments, or just think they aren’t as cool as I’m making them out to be, well fine then. You can turn them off on the Layout > Comments page.)
- Page templates. In addition to the Sidebar and Full-Width page templates, we added an Archives template. You can now create an “Archives” (or “Sitemap”) page that lists all of your posts and pages by category, tag, year, month, or whatever you select on the Layout > Pages > Archives section. To add an Archives page, simply create a new page, choose the “Archives” page template, and Publish.
- CSS3 Text Shadows. Add a soft glow, dropshadow, or letterpress effect to any text on your blog. Used correctly, this can give a very professional effect to your text. But, different effects can look pretty bad with certain combinations of text color and backgrounds, so beware. Oh, and these will not work on any version of Internet Explorer.
- Footer title fonts. You can now change the font for the Footer titles, along with the Post titles, and Sidebar titles. Headings need not be the same!
- Improved Line Height. Before now, the line height for the post content and the menu were based on the font size. Now, they are fixed to 150% of the text height, for much improved readability.
- Less Naughty CSS for Contact Forms. Some of the CSS we applied to the comment forms were inadvertently applied to contact forms as well, usually to an ugly result. This has been fixed, so plugins with styled forms like cForms will look as they should.
- Fixed compatibility with SEO plugins. A while back, we added the option to set custom
<title>tags on posts and pages. But, we inadvertently broke the title functionality on some SEO plugins such as All-In-One SEO. Those should now be working correctly – email us if you have any issues with SEO plugins.
- Floating Icons you can actually use. The
my.phpfile must still be edited, but you can turn it on or off under Other > Floating Icons. Plus, no renaming of files is necessary! Simply edit the
my.phpfile in the WordPress theme editor under Appearance > Editor and add your own links.
Oh, one more thing – a great new default look, inspired by the default WordPress theme. Check it out at the demo.
We’re pretty happy with the way things turned out. Love something about the new look? Hate something even more? Let us know in the comments. The new Ajax comments.
Hello again folks! Back so soon, you ask? Yes, yes, well.. we thought a few of you might want to upload images again.
Many of you reported issues with uploading images.. no error message, everything looked fine, but the image just didn’t upload. But then, most of you had no problems at all.
It turns out that a security setting was added to PHP versions 5.2.12 and later called
max_file_uploads. This setting is defaulted to 20, to guard against bots attempting to overload the server with uploads.
Ok, well, we’re only uploading 1 file at a time, right? So, no problem. Right?
PHP counts empty file upload fields as uploads. This means on servers with default PHP settings, a web app cannot allow more that 20 file input fields in one form. We have a few more than that.
Fortunately, my years of rigorous Google Fu training placed me at this blog post by a similarly frustrated Drew McLellan. He offered up a nifty jQuery-based workaround that keeps any empty file input fields from getting to the PHP side by disabling them.
Thank you so much, Drew. Now I can enjoy my birthday.
We’re exhausted, but super-excited to announce the latest release of Platinum2 WordPress theme, version 3! We mostly focused on the new slideshow feature for this release, but we also cleaned up a lot of cruft. Here are some of the more notable changes. First, the most important, yet rather boring one:
Now, the exciting stuff!
- Removed old PPP Link, PPP Multi-pages, and PPP Search for Menu Bar widgets. These widgets had more than a few problems with WP 3.0, and they were actally replaced a few versions back. If you were using any of these widgets, you’ll need to replace them with the PPP Simple Link, PPP Simple Search, and the vanilla WordPress Pages widgets. Or, take advantage of the killer Menus feature and use Custom Menu widgets.
- Fixes to bring full iOS support to the navigation menu.
- Fixes to pass the WordPress "Theme Check" plugin. Hence, the WP 3.0 requirement. Also fixed some PHP warnings that showed up in the WP debug log.
Check out a working front-end demo on the previous post of this blog.
Or, “Why you should keep your blog up to date.”
As I’m sure most photographers can relate, if you don’t carve out a time to post on the blog, you can easily fall behind. So here’s what’s going on, starting with the time-sensitive stuff first.
Thanksgiving / Black Friday sale
We LOVE Black Friday. So we’re having a sale too! Get $50 off our Works package, or $30 off the Platinum theme by entering the discount code BF in your shopping cart, starting NOW until the end of Black Friday, November 26, 2010.
Google Checkout $10 off promotion
Google invited us to participate in their Holiday “$10 off $60″ promotion, so naturally we accepted. If you pay with Google Checkout between November 23 and December 16, 2010, and your cart total is over $60, you’ll get an automatic $10 off, no coupon required!
If you’re no Math major, that means you can double-dip and use the BF code and purchase with Google Checkout to get the Platinum theme for only $59!
Upcoming feature preview: Built-In Slideshow
Here’s just a sneek peak at what we’ve been working on since Platinum2 was released. This is by far the most requested feature, and we still have some work to do, but I wanted to get some feedback before the next release in December. So, what do you think?
We can’t resist a chance to throw a fun contest. So we’re giving away TWO (2) free Platinum themes! The first will be given away to the first person that solves the riddle below in a comment:
Three of the slides in the slideshow preview
Are not like the others, so they must be the clue!
Put together, the words that describe all three,
Form a sentence said by this character on TV.
This may require some specific pop culture savvy, but I imagine it will be solved very soon… so if you know the answer, don’t delay! (Btw, sorry for the stupid riddle. I like riddles.)
The second free theme will be chosen by a random drawing on Black Friday. To enter, you can do any of these 3 things:
- Leave a comment on this blog post. Let us know what you think of the slideshow!
- Tweet about our holiday sale or contest (mention @lukeweese or #photopresspro)
- “Like” our Facebook page
We’ll compile all the entries around noon on Black Friday and let Random.org choose a winner! (Even if you already bought the theme, feel free to participate… you could win a new blog theme to gift to a friend!)
This isn’t the most frequently asked question; but it’s a really good one, so we thought we’d answer it here on the blog.
Basically, WordPress provides the content of your blog, and PhotoPressPro provides the look and feel. When you first install WordPress, the default theme is installed. You can customize some things by using widgets on the sidebar, or editing the menu; but there’s no theme options panel. So if you want to change the look, you have to edit code.
Our theme adds a “PPP Control Panel” page to your WP admin, where you can customize the entire look of your blog. You can create a totally unique blog design using just the options in the control panel, and most people do. We also provide an easy way to add custom CSS code if you want to change something that’s not covered in the panel.
In other words, you could say that WordPress is your blog, and PPP is your blog design. All of the text and images in your actual blog are added through WordPress (except the about me section)… your header slideshow, fonts, colors, and backgrounds are all done with PhotoPressPro.