Platinum2 WordPress Theme from PhotoPressPro Image

Platinum2 WordPress theme from PhotoPressPro

July 27, 2010

Introducing the Platinum2 WordPress theme from PhotoPressPro! We’re a little loopy around here, so bear with us… the lack of sleep and gross over-indulgement in coffee and donuts, combined with the joy of releasing our best product to date (we think), is a little overwhelming. (Lawdy, I need to finish this here blog post, I’m getting the vapors!)

The main focus of this release was a major cleanup of the PPP Platinum2 Control Panel. We put a ton of thought into laying out the options in a way that is natural to the design process; for example, most people start with a logo or header image, so we made that the very first tab. Several options were rearranged, but current users will notice that most options are just the same, although some are much prettier. (Current users should also notice that we’ve dropped support for the Flashfader plugin. If you must have it, email us for instructions on getting it back. Current users will also notice that this is a free update from the Platinum theme, but it will need to be installed like a new theme.)

We’ve listed a quick rundown on the new Control Panel features below. Also, check out the video walkthroughs on the support page.

  • Tab Management. The tab you’re currently viewing gets saved when you Save Changes or upload a file. No more hunting down where you left off. Yay!
  • Improved Snapshots. Snapshot name is now saved with your settings, so it never gets out of date.
  • Revamped Notifications. Non-essential messages fade away. Important messages are highlighted.
  • 5 Default Snapshots. 5 totally different looks to use as inspiration, or as starting points for your new blog design.
  • Header Image now in the PPP Control Panel. You no longer need to go to a separate page to upload your custom header. Now it’s nicely integrated into the Control Panel, under Layout > Header. The Header Slideshow was also moved to this tab.
  • Like I said, much prettier. Hey, we think so. Let us know what you think!

What else is new?

So glad you asked! (We love inquisitive people!)

  • WordPress 3.0 Menus. The most exciting new feature of WordPress 3.0 is fully supported. You can create menus and add them to your Dropdown Menu as widgets, or create your entire menu in the fantastic WordPress menu editor.
  • Upload a Favicon. Adding a favicon to your blog could not be easier. Just upload a small, square image and the theme will handle the rest.
  • Comments customizations. You can now change the width of your comments area, as well as the comment form colors and borders.
  • Show/Hide Footer. One of the most frequently requested features. Flick the switch to turn off the footer widgets completely.
  • RSS Subscribe Link. Another oft-requested feature. Enter a text link or choose one of the included RSS icons to give your visitors easy access to your RSS feed. The link will be added to the very end of your menu. (If you don’t much care for the icons, check out the next feature. :)
  • PPP Simple Link widget: Enter an Image URL. Instead of a boring old text link, why not use a slick, glossy icon, or a fancy rotating blinking GIF you made in PhotoShop 6? The possibilities are endless. Just upload the file somewhere on the web and paste the file URL into the Image URL field.
  • Custom CSS code, right in the control panel. Custom CSS has always been possible by creating a file called my.css in the theme folder. You can still do this, but you can also enter Custom CSS in a new tab on the PPP Control Panel, on the Other page. This code will override anything in my.css (as far as CSS allows, of course).
  • my.php So, you’re looking for something cool to add to your blog, and you run across a great tutorial that involves adding code to your theme’s functions.php file. You add the code, and it works perfectly. Then you get an email from us, maybe this very email, and you update your theme, just as you should. You refresh your blog, and the cool new feature you so proudly coded, is gone. That’s because your functions.php file was overwritten by the theme update. Don’t worry, my.php is here for you! Just create a my.php file in your theme directory, and paste in the code that formerly belonged to functions.php. The next time you update, copy the my.php file from the old folder to the new one, and you’re golden.
  • Custom Post and Browser titles. This feature will evolve in the future, but it’s pretty cool now. You can change the title that shows up in your browser window for each post and page. You can also change the post or page title that is displayed to your readers.
  • Random slideshow now more random. Really? More random? Well, kinda. We used to start with the first image every time, but now that too is left to happenstance.
  • Bonus! Floating social icons. This is less of a "feature", and more of a demo of what you can do with my.php and my.css. Rename the included my.css.sample and my.php.sample files to my.php and my.css and check out some floating bookmarks! Remember to edit the links in the my.php file to link to your own pages. (Awesome icons are from Smashing Magazine and Oliver Twardowski.)
  • A lot more. Future updates will be more frequent. Then maybe I’ll remember all the changes by the time I update this readme file.

One Comment

  • fiona colvin · Posted August 1, 2010 at 1:00 am · Link

    Wow, love those floating social icon. I especially like the menus ’cause I am hopeless and working out what changes to make. Yay.

PhotoPressPro Platinum 1.2: Now with CSS Fonts & Post Thumbnails Image

PhotoPressPro Platinum 1.2: Now with CSS Fonts & Post Thumbnails

January 31, 2010

PhotoPressPro has always evolved to meet photographers’ needs. Today is no exception, with the release of PhotoPressPro Platinum 1.2.

This update adds several new features, including support for custom CSS3 fonts. This is the web standard solution for embedding fonts in web pages, and it is by far the most compatible and future-proof when compared to JavaScript, Flash, or image-generation methods. Combined with the 20 web-safe fonts already built-in, PhotoPressPro is way ahead of the typography curve over any theme on the market. And it even works in IE with .eot fonts!

The other big news is full support for post thumbnails. You can upload a thumbnail that floats to the left or right of the post title, or if you assign a thumbnail to a specific post (WordPress 2.9 only), it will be shown instead.

For some great examples of both new features (and an amazing design), check out Mindy Harris’s blog at Pastel Photography. Thanks for beta testing, Mindy, you were a huge help!

Read on for the nitty-gritty!

New Features

CSS @font-face support!

Most modern browsers now include support for the CSS @font-face property, which allows you to upload your own TTF, OTF, or EOT font files to use for any text on your site. We’ve made it easy for you to use your properly-licensed font files with your PhotoPressPro Platinum theme. Just upload the font file you want to see on each Fonts page (Post title, Subtitles, Menu, Content Text, and Footer). You must upload a separate EOT font file for Internet Explorer users.

Note that some font files seem to be incompatible with CSS embedding. We’ve had great luck with all the fonts from FontSquirrel, and they have the best online font converter we’ve found here.

Post Thumbnails

Located under Images > Post Thumbnail, you can now upload a thumbnail to be anchored to the left or right of your post title. Plus, WordPress 2.9 introduced its own Post Thumbnails feature. You can upload a thumbnail for each post on the right side of the post editor, and PhotoPressPro will use this image instead of the default Post Thumbnail.
Note that the post thumbnail may not work well with centered post titles and subtitles.

Customize your footer item borders

Those blasted dots around the your footer links can now be gone forever! Or simply replaced with a dotted, dashed, or solid line of your chosen width and color. Check it out under the Colors > Footer tab on your PPP Control Panel.

Customize the menu opacity

This never works in Internet Explorer anyway (well it kinda does but it breaks other things so it’s not enabled). But for those users living in “the now”, you can make your menu as transparent as you want. Check it out under the Colors > Menu tab on your PPP Control Panel.

Post_class() support

This is for your web designer. Adds several standard WordPress CSS classes to each post, allowing a fine degree control over the styling of every post and page.

Timestamps on Pages

Added a new option under Layout > Timestamp to include your Subtitle or After Post timestamp on your Pages as well.

Enhanced SEO

Your post and page titles are now wrapped in both h1 and h2 tags depending on context, rather than just h2 tags, for better search engine optimization. For example, when a search engine reads a single post, it will see your post title as a more accurate title of the page, instead of a subtitle.

Fixes

Ok, you can have comments back on your pages now. Sorry bout that.

Minor fixes to the footer links.

One Comment

  • Rebbecca Zeiss · Posted December 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Been looking at doing some site optimization and bettering the web design on my website for a while, so this post has been really useful. Easy read also, so thank you!

Add Social Networking and RSS Image Links to your PhotoPressPro menu Image

Add Social Networking and RSS Image Links to your PhotoPressPro menu

December 4, 2009

If you’re reading this on the actual blog and not the RSS feed, check out the Twitter and RSS links on the right side of the navigation menu. Think you might like to add some of your own? It’s actually pretty easy to do, using PPP Simple Link widgets, and just a tiny dash of HTML code.

As you may already know, the PhotoPressPro dropdown menu is widget-ready. The built-in PPP Simple Link widget is often used to add, well, simple links to the menu. You simply enter the link text and URL, and choose whether to open the link in a new window.

But here’s a PhotoPressPro-tip: You can use HTML in the Link Text box to post an image for your link, as such:

ppp_simple_link_img_url

There are a couple of things to consider before throwing this up on your blog. First, any image you use cannot be taller than your menu height, and if you want more than 1, they should each be of the same height. If the image is 32 pixels high, make sure your menu height on the PPP Control Panel > Layout > Menu screen is 32 or greater.

Secondly, you need the images. I used Handy Icons from Web Designer Depot because they are free for personal and commercial use, and I really like the look. You should search for icons with a similar license if your blog is used as part of your business. Once your images are gathered, upload them to your webserver under your WP Dashboard > Media > Add New. After uploading, click on one of the images, and highlight and copy the image URL:

media_copy_url

NOTE! This still works for the Classic theme, but the Simple Link widget included in the Platinum theme allows you to enter the image URL directly.

Follow these next steps very carefully. You’ll need to pay close attention to what gets pasted where.

Go to the Appearance > Widgets page. Drag a new PPP Simple Link widget to the Dropdown Menu widget area.

Paste the image url you just copied in the Link Text box.

Press the “Home” key on your keyboard to move the cursor to the front, then copy and paste the following text:

<img src="

Then press the “End” key on your keyboard, and copy/paste the following text.

" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" />

The Link Text field should look something like this when you’re done (replace Twitter if necessary.):

<img src="http://blog.photopresspro.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/twitter32.png" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" />

Enter the full URL for where you want to link in the Link URL field, and Save Changes. Refresh your blog and check it out, and repeat as necessary.

Pre-Black Friday Sale and Giveaway Image

Pre-Black Friday Sale and Giveaway

November 20, 2009

UPDATE:
And we have a winner!

Sarah Goblot of Black Ink Photography was chosen by Random.org as the winner, using the sequence generator and a spreadsheet.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated. We’ll have to do it again next year!

BLACK FRIDAY, BABY! We’re so excited, we literally cannot wait until the real Black Friday!

So to get prepared, we’re offering a huge $60 off our Works package, $40 off the Platinum theme, and $20 off the Classic theme! Just enter the discount code BF in your shopping cart by the end of Black Friday, Nov 27, 2009.

BUT WAIT! I mentioned a giveaway, remember? How does a $100 Amazon Gift Card grab you? Maybe you can buy that lighting setup that my wife keeps telling me about you can’t stop staring at?

1 winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, Nov 28, 2009. The giveaway is open to PhotoPressPro users only. There are 2 ways to enter:

* Purchase the theme with discount code BF by the end of Black Friday, Nov 27, 2009, and you’re automatically entered.
* Current PhotoPressPro customers can enter by leaving a comment with a link to your PhotoPressPro blog. Just make sure you enter a valid email address so we can get in touch with you if you win.

If you’re not familiar with PhotoPressPro, you should know that it’s not just another WordPress theme. It’s built for photographers – not programmers. The easy-to-use PPP Control Panel contains hundreds of design options; from a header slideshow, 20 fonts, and right-click text options, all the way down to alternating comment background colors. And the revolutionary Snapshots feature allows you to save your settings so you can pull them back up later, as many times as you want. Top it all off with world class customer service, and you have the best WordPress photoblog available today.

Now, what was I talking about before? Oh, yeah.

BLACK FRIDAY, BABY!

Pre-Black Friday Sale and Giveaway · November 20, 2009 · Blog

14 Comments

  • Sharron Clemons · Posted December 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Thank you for the easy-to-use, fun-to-customize blog theme! I love it! And thanks again for all your help when I ran into a glitch with my hosting. You’re the best!

  • Elma Regnerus · Posted November 28, 2009 at 6:57 pm · Link

    Sarah sent me here (again) this week….. I’ll reciprocate by sending some more. And amazon – that’s a fave around here. I would be a most gracious recepient :)

  • Connie R · Posted November 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Awesome contest! And I’m so glad I bought I purchased my PPP from you, made the whole process of setting up my new blog a piece of cake! http://www.connierphotography.com/blog/

  • Amy Gray · Posted November 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Thank you for the easy-to-use, fun-to-customize blog theme! I love it! And thanks again for all your help when I ran into a glitch with my hosting. You’re the best!

  • Cindy Dover · Posted November 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm · Link

    Luke…. look what you have done!!! You have created a unique easy to use blog layout… I love mine!! You are the reason it is so successful! Congrats! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • JoAnne Bacon · Posted November 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Love my PPP blog, I get so many compliments on it. Thanks Luke for all you do :)
    http://Www.joannebaconphotography.com/blog

  • Valerie Wallace-Camp · Posted November 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm · Link
  • Sue Ann · Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Thank you for the awesome contest Luke! I love my theme! So easy to use!!!
    http://www.sueannhollandphotography.com/Blog/

  • Benoit Lavigne · Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Clearly, this is the contest to enter! Gimme some amazon love!

  • Michelle · Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Thank you for doing this! I have PPP Platinum.

  • Amy S. · Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm · Link

    I love Amazon! Keep up the good work guys!

  • justin Gilbert · Posted November 24, 2009 at 12:34 pm · Link

    You guys rock as always. Now a free giveaway. Whats not to like. Keep up the great designs and I’ll always be a customer!

  • Lori Mercer · Posted November 22, 2009 at 6:49 am · Link

    woohoo! Pick me please! I have an Amazon wish list waiting! ;) Looking forward to working on redoing my blog with my new PhotoPressPro template after the first of the year.

  • Sarah Goblot · Posted November 21, 2009 at 9:19 am · Link

    Oh no! I’m first. Well scratch me winning.

    I was so excited to see my blog on the showcase earlier this week, that I already let a bunch of my friends know. :)

    And I would love an amazon card…I’m not a starbucks…I’m not a target…I wish I was a B&H…addict…but I am me an amazon addict.

PhotoPressPro Platinum 1.1 Released Image

PhotoPressPro Platinum 1.1 Released

November 18, 2009

Things are heating up in the PhotoPressPro kitchen! We’ve added some tasty new features to the Platinum theme. And while we were at it, we chomped down on some crunchy bugs too.

I’d like to apologize to those of you who may have been grossed out by the crunchy bugs reference. Or maybe it wasn’t so much the crunchy bugs, as the chomping down, that bothered you. If that is the case, I also wish to apologize.

Enough nonsense. Here’s the rundown on the new version:

New features

Configurable Timestamps

You can now show the post date underneath the title! Or the author, time, categories, or tags. Or, show any, all, or none of these after the post! Don’t believe me? Check out the new Layout > Timestamp tab below. Just a few clicks to timestamp bliss.(©2009)

layout-timestamp

Custom Font Size

Instead of small, medium, or large, enter a custom pixel size for any font on your blog. That looks like this:

fonts-custom-size

Bugs Tweaks

Menu fixes. Large widgets, such as contact forms, should now look correct in the dropdown menu.
CSS/IE tweaks. Those of you using Internet Explorer should have a slightly better looking Control Panel. Those using Firefox or Safari will have a far better looking Control Panel.
And maybe more. That may be too embarrassing to mention.

We are always listening to our customers and using their feedback to build the best WordPress photoblog theme available today. Have an idea for a new feature? Drop us a line or leave a comment. We love hearing your feedback!

If you’re not a customer, what are you waiting for?

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