Category: Arras News

Arras 1.6.1 Maintenance Release

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Arras 1.6.1

Arras 1.6 has been a big hit.

However, we’ve found a few more bugs…. and fixed them!

Most noticeably, the custom logo (if you happened to have one) was not appearing in the header.

Introducing Arras 1.6.1

This maintenance release brings you up to speed with the few odds and ends that didn’t make it into the original 1.6 release.

Enjoy!

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Arras Theme Version 1.6

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Arras 1.6

Arras 1.6 will bring the theme into compliance with WP 3.9.1 theme standards, fixing more than 25 bugs and other theme compliance issues. While you won’t see most of these changes on the front end, they will ensure that Arras will provide a stable and error-free experience and play well with an even wider range of plug-ins.

Arras 1.6 uses HTML5 doctype, making all the latest semantic markup available to Arras users. (Depending on your geekness quotient, you may or may not notice this.)

Additionally, Arras 1.6 will include a few changes you will notice:

  • Combine all Arras options onto a single options page in the WordPress admin.
  • Add new customization options in the header, including:
    • Custom header background colors,
    • Theme compatibility with WordPress’s built-in header customization will replace the old Arras Logo feature for more flexibility,
    • A new widget area in the header will replace the search bar.
  • Add “Previous” and “Next” links to single posts display.

As always, bug reports, questions and suggestions for future development are welcome.

If you have an idea for future development or new features, I’m open to suggestions.

If you’re using the theme with your own modifications, please use a child theme to avoid losing your customizations.

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(Photo by Olibac, by permission Creative Commons.)

Arras 1.6 Coming July, 2014

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Arras 1.6

After getting Arras initially stabilized for use with WP 3.9, work on bringing the Arras theme fully up to date continues.

We hope to release Arras version 1.6 in July of 2014

Arras 1.6 will bring the theme into compliance with WP 3.9.1 theme standards, fixing more than 25 bugs and other theme compliance issues. While you won’t see most of these changes on the front end, they will ensure that Arras will provide a stable and error-free experience and play well with an even wider range of plug-ins.

With version 1.6, Arras will be updated to the HTML5 doctype, making all the latest semantic markup available to Arras users. (Depending on your geekness quotient, you may or may not notice this.)

Additionally, Arras 1.6 will include a few changes you will notice:

  • Combine all Arras options onto a single options page in the WordPress admin.
  • Add new customization options in the header, including:
    • Custom header background colors,
    • Theme compatibility with WordPress’s built-in header customization will replace the old Arras Logo feature for more flexibility,
    • A new widget area in the header will replace the search bar (you can always put a search bar in the widget)
  • Add “Previous” and “Next” links to single posts display.

Arras 1.6 also lays the groundwork for moving toward encouraging the use of child themes for user customization. Arras has always been useable with child themes. Future versions will make more and more of Arras’s functionality available to customization by child themes.

Finally with that in mind, with version 1.6 Arras will be deprecating (phasing out) the current use of user.css for adding custom stylesheets. There are now several fine plug-ins that provide custom styles to override theme defaults, including John Regan’s Simple Custom Styles, and Automattic’s popular Jetpack (among others).

Arras 1.6 will still make user.css available. However, future versions will not. I recommend beginning now to move any custom styles you may have in your user.css either to a CSS plugin or to the style.css file in a child theme. (A starter Arras child theme style.css will continue to be provided with all Arras downloads.)

As always, bug reports, questions and suggestions for future development are welcome.

(Photo by Olibac, by permission Creative Commons.)

Arras Gets New Forum

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Arras Forum

As of June 1, the new Arras Theme Forum is open.

Admittedly, there’s not that much there yet. But you can change that.

Questions, comments, tips and help for other Arras Theme users are all welcome here.

Simply click above on Support Forum.

Enjoy!