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Jump Start 2.0 Beta

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  • #19264
    Jason Bobich
    Keymaster

    Hi everyone!

    I’m posting to let you know that you’re all free to download the Jump Start 2.0 beta from your My Account > Downloads page here on the support site, if you’re wanting to play around with it.

    I’ve still got a lot of boring sort of details ahead before I can officially release it; so I wanted to make sure it’s out there for you guys to play with. The good news is a lot has changed and there are some very cool new things. The bad news is… well, a lot has changed, and this will inevitably effect your child themes, which is why I wanted to make sure it’s available early.

    See the working 2.0 change log:

    http://themeblvd.com/changelog/?theme=jumpstart


    Layout Builder 2.0

    Once you’ve got the Jump Start v2.0 beta and the Layout Builder plugin v2.0 paired together, you’ll notice that things with the Builder work a bit different than before. Custom layouts are now built and saved into pages. Additionally, there is now a separation between “Layouts” and “Templates”.

    The following new, quick videos I made today will give you the gist of how the overall system now works.

    1. Overview: https://vimeo.com/70256816
    2. Homepage: https://vimeo.com/70256799
    3. Sample Layouts: https://vimeo.com/112117385
    4. Templates: https://vimeo.com/112117384

    Here’s the full change log for the Layout Builder:

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/theme-blvd-layout-builder/changelog/


    Cool things you should know

    1. There is now a feature where you can select a “Theme Base” — Check it out at Appearance > Theme Base. For the non-developers, checkout the new “Super User” theme base.
    2. Theme options are very different. Make sure to go through those after you’ve selected a theme base.
    3. Experiment with mega menus. This’ll be more clear after I make a video tutorial, but this screenshot shows an example of a 4-column mega menu under Appearance > Menus.
    4. When editing a page, checkout the new “Banner” meta box.
    5. Also with editing a page, checkout the “Theme Layout” meta box. Try the “suck up” feature here, which will suck the content of your banner up into the header of the page, and display the “Transparent Header” logo from your theme options.
    6. There are new options for you blog authors to show your info on your blog posts. Configure this from the Edit Profile page in your WP admin, along with how posts are displayed on your author archive.
    7. Post formats are now fully supported by default. So play around with those. If you’re curious about how to utilize any formats, just ask.
    8. How posts are displayed has gotten a bit of a revamp. The new default way of displaying posts is called “Blog.” Then, your Post List and Post Grid have been re-tooled. And there’s now a new display called Post Showcase.
    9. If you edit a category or tag in your WP Admin, you’ll see we’ve added some options here. You can actually assign a specific post display for an individual category or tag archive.
    10. A small detail, that might go unnoticed — check out the new search results page when you do a search on your site.
    11. Any bbPress fans out there? Give bbPress a go with the theme!

    Important things you NEED to know

    1. Make sure all of your Theme Blvd plugins are up-to-date.
    2. The frontend styling and CSS has been completely redesigned. Make sure to take that into account in regards to any current child themes.
    3. All main template files like header.php, footer.php, single.php, etc, have been changed. All template part files like content.php, content-list.php, etc, have been changed. So, make sure to account for this if you have copies of these files in your child theme.
    4. Image crop sizes have very much changed. So make sure to run Regenerate Thumbnails plugin for images that are already uploaded to your site.
    5. There is no more option on your Theme Options page for assigning a homepage layout. You must add your layout to a static page and set that as your front page from WP Admin > Settings > Reading > Front page displays.
    6. DO use the current default “Blank Child Theme” from your Downloads; nothing has changed there in the basic setup of a child theme. DON’T use the other “Starter Child Themes”; these will no longer work right.

    My to-do list before the 2.0 release

    1. I still need to setup a live online demo. I know it’s extremely difficult to show you all of the new features without this up. Setting these up are always very time consuming for me.
    2. There’s currently a cool, new system that extends WP’s import tool to bring in all widgets and settings from the theme’s live demo with the standard import process. However, the data for this to operate still needs to be added to the theme after I’ve setup the live demo.
    3. I’m planning to add another “theme base” (or maybe two) before the 2.0 release that change the structure of the default design.
    4. I’m sure there are little Theme Blvd plugins out there that no longer work perfectly. If you find any, speak up! 😉 — For example, Portfolios and Image Sizes are ones that need to be addressed.
    5. User docs, user docs, user docs — A lot of new video tutorials need to be made.

    WARNING

    Please do not update to Jump Start 2.0 beta on your live site.

    Aside from the obvious of this not being a stable release, the way data is handled in custom layouts is different and there is a process that happens when you update which updates the data in your database. So, if you decide to switch back to the older version of the theme, you may have issues.


    If you have any questions or comments about the new 2.0 beta, feel free to post here or start a new topic about it. 🙂

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  • #19272
    elianab
    Participant

    We’re all very excited about Jump Start 2.0.

    I’m building a new site that may take several months to complete. Do you think it makes more sense to use the JS 2.0 beta, and update it to the final version before going live, or stick with the current version, which we’d also have to update to the final 2.0? I’d love to use the beta, but this is a big site, and I want to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

    Do you have any idea when the final version will be ready (even if all of the videos aren’t ready)?

    #19279
    mizzinc
    Participant

    Amazing email to receive.

    Playing with a local install at the moment. Quick first impression. WOW – The Layout Builder is powerful!

    #19284
    Jason Bobich
    Keymaster

    @elianab That’s sort of a tough question to answer. If you do use the older version, you’re inevitably going to have to re-do the design of your child theme if you ever want to update to Jump Start 2.0.

    I would say to use 2.0 beta. It should be safe to use at this point. My only concern is about what possibly will change from now until the release. But knowing that people are using it right now, and building with it, I am going to do my best to keep an account of all things changed from now until the release. This way, I can give instructions for updating from beta to 2.0 release (if there are any; there may not be).

    @mizzinc Awesome! Let me know if there’s any issues that you run into.

    #19292
    Julie Kuehl
    Participant

    I’m in the same position as @elianab, except that the site(s) are not so big. It sounds like either way there may have to be some rejigging when the final version comes out. I’m thinking my folks will get less whiplash if we just go with the beta, and manage expectations, rather than switching from version 1.x to 2.0 in the matter of (hopefully) a few months.

    Besides, I’M SO EXCITED TO USE THIS!

    #19304
    elianab
    Participant

    Do you have a child theme for 2.0 beta?

    #19305
    Jason Bobich
    Keymaster

    @juliekuehl @elianab Awesome! Make sure you guys let me know how things are going as you use it to create a real-world sites.

    @elianab Nothing has changed for the structure of how you’d setup a child theme. You’d just use the “Blank Child Theme” that you see in your Downloads section.

    #19306
    Paul Littlewood
    Participant

    Thank you for the Beta release it looks awesome. It looks like a fantastic amount of work has gone into this, can’t wait to try it. I also have a big project that I’m considering using it for, I’ll have a play today…

    #19312
    Joseph Sellers
    Participant

    This is really fantastic! Thanks for the beta.

    I have had a look and the only issue so far is that on a mobile (or if you squeeze the desktop browser down) the toolbar obstructs the mobile navigation.

    That is all so far!

    Thanks again.

    P.S. not a clean install, happy to test further if nobody else has this issue.

    #19338
    Jason Bobich
    Keymaster

    I have had a look and the only issue so far is that on a mobile (or if you squeeze the desktop browser down) the toolbar obstructs the mobile navigation.

    @rokesmith Yeah, I was messing around with this last month, but it didn’t seem really worth jamming all the hacky CSS into the theme to fix, just for the WP admin-logged in user viewing the site at mobile viewport. But with that said, there are several things in the framework in regards to the WP admin that don’t work on mobile, which as WP goes more mobile in the future, will be something I’ll want to address.

    #19360
    mizzinc
    Participant

    Again Jason, Wow! So much control with Sections and Elements, it appears you have really made customisation and flexibility a high priority.

    After spending just a little bit of time with Jump Start 2.0 beta here are a couple notes. Minor at best.

    – Padding Sliders: Please offer a text input field as well.
    – Font Awesome for Social Icons would be welcomed. Would allow for more styling options?
    – Jumbotron Title Size: Offer text field input and increase available value (108px ?)
    – Button Styling: Border hover colour would also be welcomed.
    – As mentioned in another thread: Theme Options > Footer – Template Sync. Columns element does not display.

    Questions
    – I have a One Page website. What is the best way to anchor navigation items for scrolling (scroll_to)? Might be a native resource to use.
    – Wishlist: being able to apply different menu’s to a Page/Template?
    – Will the WooCommerce Patch be required with Jump Start 2.0?

    Exciting times.

    #19372
    Jason Bobich
    Keymaster

    @mizzinc

    What is it that you don’t like about the slider selections? Is it that you find it difficult to pinpoint an exact value quickly? Did you know when you’ve click the little slider dot with your mouse, you can click the arrows on your keyboard to pinpoint the value left/right, in addition to dragging?

    Jumobtron text limit increase is something I can probably make happen. I will play around with larger values.

    I have a One Page website. What is the best way to anchor navigation items for scrolling (scroll_to)? Might be a native resource to use.

    Using section labels might be one way. With each section of elements, you can write a custom label. The ID of the section will then section_ plus the label turned into an ID. For example, if your section was “Contact Info” you’d link your menu button to #section_contact_info.

    Wishlist: being able to apply different menu’s to a Page/Template?

    This doesn’t really feel like a very main stream thing to do. I only get people every once in awhile that ask about this. Maybe an idea for a little plugin that adds a meta box to the Edit Page screen.

    Here’s how you could do custom menu locations per page from your child theme:

    https://gist.github.com/themeblvd/8235b2028229272ed7f3

    Will the WooCommerce Patch be required with Jump Start 2.0?

    For now, yes. In the future I’m going to add on built-in WooCommerce support, similar to how I’ve done with bbPress (there’s now a section in the framework that holds little directories targeting specific plugins, to be built on in the future). This is something I have planned for after the 2.0 release though.

    #19380
    John
    Participant

    Having problems with custom theme options in new version. Using the same code as previously, but the color pickers turn out to be just text fields (they do work):
    [url=http://postimg.org/image/rpu2w8pm5/][img]http://s30.postimg.org/rpu2w8pm5/color_pickers.jpg[/img][/url]

    the social media is not working and layout selector is just radio buttons:
    [url=http://postimg.org/image/3nd91d8z1/][img]http://s30.postimg.org/3nd91d8z1/social_media_layout.jpg[/img][/url]

    None of the image selectors work (including logos). When clicking remove, nothing happens.

    I am hooking the code to ‘after_theme_setup’, priority 5 (I’ve tried 15). My Radio buttons, dropdowns and text fields all continue to work as expected.
    thanks,
    John

    #19381
    John
    Participant
    #19384
    mizzinc
    Participant

    What is it that you don’t like about the slider selections? Is it that you find it difficult to pinpoint an exact value quickly?

    I did find it difficult to pinpoint the exact value. Thanks for the tip and also link to displaying other menus.

    #19389
    Jason Bobich
    Keymaster

    @johnnya23 Can you put all the relevant code you’re using for your custom options into a pastie or something so I can see exactly what you’re doing and reproduce the issues on my end?

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