Just Released: Theme Updates!


In advance of Gutenberg’s impending launch, we’ve just released theme updates for all <em>press themes. With this update, your theme is now ready for the release of WordPress 5.0. However, please be aware that Gutenberg is still in development, and there may be last minute changes integrated into the new platform. We strongly recommend you read through this post to understand what the changes will mean for all WordPress blogs!

While our themes are now compatible and styled for WordPress 5.0’s new Gutenberg post blocks, if you have other third party plugins or custom formatting in place, it’s possible some of Gutenberg’s blocks may still look slightly off. Once WordPress 5.0 is released, we encourage you to experiment with the blocks to find combinations you love! You can also email us at hello@empressthemes.com if you uncover any bugs you think we should know about.

How to update your theme: 

Instructions on how to update your theme and/or plugins can be found here. Don’t forget, in order to receive product updates directly to your WordPress dashboard, you must have active licenses for the products you’ve purchased! Your license key(s) can be found in your original purchase receipt email, and activation instructions can be found here . If you can’t find it, shoot us an email at hello@empressthemes.com, and we can assist you with license key activation.


Here’s the best part:

While we were in there getting things tuned up and ready for the release of WordPress 5.0, we also integrated many of the customer-submitted suggestions and theme fixes we’ve received over the last year. If you update your <em>press theme, you might notice some fun upgrades in your Customizer! Here’s a list of changes we’ve made.

PRESIDIO

In Version 1.1.0:

  • Added styling for Gutenberg editor.
  • Fixed issue where selecting the latest post as “Featured” would cause the last post on the Home Page to display again on the second page.
  • Added option to hide interstitials on paged blog pages (i.e., the page displayed when a user clicks “older posts”).
  • Added styling for Navigation Menu widget.
  • Updated category display to accommodate Yoast Primary category. You can now designate a “primary” category to display on your Home Page and archival pages! The theme will also select the first category you’ve checked off as backup if no primary or parent category is selected. You must have the Yoast SEO plugin installed to select a primary category.
  • Fixed issue affecting pagination in the Admin area.
  • Added space for a Featured Interstitial on top of the blog Home Page, below the Featured Post and Shopping widget. Users may now insert an interstitial below or in place of the Shopping widget on the Home Page! Edit this new Featured Interstitial under Appearance > Widgets. This is perfect if you’d like to use our Topics or Highlights widget to display posts, pages, or external links below the Featured Post. You can even use it to display manual product uploads and links, using our Presidio Shop Widget in the new widget area.
  • Added mobile display options for interstitials, sidebars, and the Shopping widget.
  • Added option to display the Home Page Featured Post by tag.
  • Updated Featured Posts widget with option to show posts by tag.
  • Added top menu to mobile menu.

MIRAMAR

In Version 1.2.1:

  • Added styling for Gutenberg editor.
  • Updated category display to accommodate Yoast Primary category. You can now designate a “primary” category to display on your Home Page and archival pages! The theme will also select the first category you’ve checked off as backup if no primary or parent category is selected.You must have the Yoast SEO plugin installed to select a primary category.
  • Added options to hide/display featured posts and Shopping widget on mobile.
  • Added option to hide interstitials on paged blog pages (i.e., the page displayed when a user clicks “older posts”).
  • Fixed link styling on pages.
  • Added options to display the interstitial before or after the blog feed. This allows users to move Miramar’s interstitial wherever they’d like on the Home Page!
  • Added option to choose Featured posts by tag.
  • Added top menu to mobile menu.

BREVIER

In Version 1.2.0:

  • Added styling for Gutenberg editor.
  • Updated category display to accommodate Yoast Primary category. You can now designate a “primary” category to display on your Home Page and archival pages! The theme will also select the first category you’ve checked off as backup if no primary or parent category is selected. You must have the Yoast SEO plugin installed to select a primary category.
  • Updated search bar.
  • Added styling for Archives, Categories, Text, and Navigation Menu widgets.
  • Fixed issue affecting pagination in Admin area.
  • Updated Featured Posts widget to allow for tag selection.

ARCHER

In Version 1.2.0:

  • Added styling for Gutenberg editor.
  • Updated styling for masthead.
  • Updated category display to accommodate Yoast Primary category. You can now designate a “primary” category to display on your Home Page and archival pages! The theme will also select the first category you’ve checked off as backup if no primary or parent category is selected. You must have the Yoast SEO plugin installed to select a primary category.
  • Added Top menu to mobile menu.
  • Added scrolling functionality to mobile menu.

GRID PLUGIN

In Version 1.2.0:

  • Fixed issue affecting pagination in Admin area.
  • Adjusted Grid’s drilldown process, so that the plugin applies to all child categories of a selected parent, including grandchildren
  • Incorporated a new descriptive area, which allows users to add a category description atop all Grid pages.

As always, thank you for your support of <em>press themes! Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

 

 

 

Free! Our 2019 Blog Plan Guide!

It’s here, it’s here! We couldn’t let the holidays sneak up on us without sharing a new version of last year’s wildly popular Blog Plan Guide! New and updated for 2019, this year’s guide includes even more spaces to dream and plan, along with new resources to help you get the most out of social media. You can download this and work on the guide as we lead up to the new year, or fill it out any time of year, and simply use the last 12 months of data to help guide you. The choice is yours!

Without further adieu, here’s our 2019 FREE Blog Plan Guide:

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE

 

Cheers, and enjoy!

xo,

Get ready for Gutenberg…

UPDATE: WordPress has officially announced that version 5.0—inclusive of Gutenberg—will be released on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. We love this post and this post from our friends at Yoast, explaining more about the release. Bottom line: if you’re worried about the update impacting your blog during the holidays, or you simply don’t have time to deal with it during this busy season, we recommend contacting your hosting provider and ensuring that automatic WordPress updates are turned off. That way, you can keep your existing version of WordPress, and update to 5.0 at a later date.

As always, we also recommend backing up your site, just in case you need to restore a previous version post 5.0 launch. Additionally, you can check with your host to see if they allow “rollbacks” to previous versions of WordPress (for example, this is a feature that Flywheel, one of our favorite hosting providers, does offer!).


After months of speculation and beta testing, the time has come—the new WordPress post editor, Gutenberg, will be released to all users in WordPress version 5.0, with a current target launch of November 27, 2018. If you’re a WordPress user, you may remember seeing prompts to try out Gutenberg earlier this summer when you logged into your Dashboard. The editor users were able to “try out” will now be the standard post editing environment for all WordPress users with the launch of WP 5.0.

If you’re an <em>press customer, here’s what you need to know about the release of WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg:

Theme updates are coming! 

Here at <em>press, we’ve been working behind the scenes to ready our themes and plugins for the release of Gutenberg. The good news is, everything is very compatible! Over the last few months, we’ve spent time writing a few new styles, so that all the fun new “blocks” you can use within Gutenberg will look great on our themes. We will be releasing theme updates later this week, in advance of the official 5.0 launch. Important note: Your theme license must be activated in order to receive our theme updates to your WordPress Dashboard. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to grab the license key from your purchase receipt, and activate it from your WordPress dashboard. Here’s more info on how to do it.


Maybe hold off on updating your WordPress…

You can definitely update your <em>press theme, and even upgrade to WordPress 5.0 in late November, but if your blog generates a lot of revenue during the holidays, we recommend holding off on your update/upgrade until after the holiday season, just in case. There’s nothing worse than a pre-holiday panic if anything were to not look right! If you want to be extra safe and see how Gutenberg will impact your blog, you can also upgrade on a staging site only. Playing around there takes all the pressure off, since any changes won’t impact your live site. Here are instructions on how to create a staging site:

1. Check with your host (Flywheel, Siteground, GoDaddy, etc.) to make sure you have staging functionality available. If you do, turn it on, and create a “staging” (or duplicate) version of your site. This will prevent any changes from impacting your live site! (Pro tip: Once enabled, many hosts will give you a staging address like staging(dot)yourblogname(dot)com. You can put /wp-admin at the end of the staging URL, then login as normal. Any changes you make to THIS Dashboard will not affect your live site.)

2. On the staging version of your site, install the Gutenberg plugin, found here.

3. Write a test post, using Gutenberg’s new features. Play around, and see what you love! Remember, Gutenberg should only affect your post editor page—it’s basically a new user interface for writing blog posts.


Check with your host if needed!

Don’t forget, many hosts include WordPress upgrades automatically, as a courtesy or “perk” of your hosting plan. If you DO NOT want to upgrade to WordPress 5.0 automatically, we recommend contacting your host as soon as possible to find out how you can disable this feature temporarily.


More resources about Gutenberg

How WordPress Gutenberg Will Impact Designers
Yoast: What IS Gutenberg?
Gutenberg 101: What the New WordPress Editor Means for Designers 
Diving Into the New Gutenberg WordPress Editor (Pros and Cons)
From WordPress: Experience the Gutenberg demo!

 

Stay tuned! We’ll be sharing more info about Gutenberg as needed here on our blog, and via our newsletter! As always, if you have any questions, please send an email to hello@empressthemes.com, and we’re happy to help you there.