Version 4.3.0 of Suffusion was released last evening. This version has one correction – the suffusion.js file had an incorrect selector specified in a particular line, which caused problems for newer versions of JQuery. I have taken care of it.
I released an update to Suffusion BP Pack. Version 1.11 fixes a rather odd AJAX issue that was preventing BuddyPress tabs from working properly. I have also corrected some minor formatting quirks.
Do give it a try and let me know if other AJAX issues persist.
I pushed through a minor version of Suffusion today. Version 4.2.9 addresses just one issue: the “Edit Post” / “Edit Page” screen was causing CSS conflicts for some plugins that were using JQuery. I have addressed this issue.
I have had a few insanely hectic weeks and I am in the process of getting back my bearings. Please put up with me in the meanwhile – I will get to most issues that have cropped up in this time.
Version 4.2.8 of Suffusion was released on Saturday. This is a minor version with the following updates:
- The Previous / Next post buttons were not clickable – only the text for them was clickable. This has been addressed.
- The way the CDATA tags were being used to mask the CSS was correct from a standards and compatibility point of view, but minification plugins failed to understand them, causing issues in IE. This has been changed.
As I sit alone in a large house with no furniture save a sleeping bag, a couple of suitcases and an internet modem, Suffusion is celebrating its third birthday. These have been 3 long years of toil and happiness, and I have all of you to thank for its success.
During this year Suffusion has crossed several milestones:
- Over 800,000 downloads – The default themes TwentyTen and TwentyEleven get the benefit of being bundled with all WP installations, but them apart, the only non-default theme with more downloads than Suffusion is Atahualpa, which has been around for about 2 years more than Suffusion.
- A 5-star rating – It is one thing to have one rating of 5 stars. Slight credibility is gained when you have 10 ratings averaging close to 5 stars. But doing it for over 270 ratings is, well, impressive. As things stand, Suffusion is second in the list of all-time number of ratings, and very few in the first page come close to Suffusion’s average rating. Thanks to all of you who have rated Suffusion so highly!
- Alexa-verified popularity – In a study done of the top 1 million visited websites in the world, the ones using WP were analyzed. And Suffusion featured very prominently among the top 20 WP themes used on these most popular websites.
During this year I took away some development focus from Suffusion and managed to release a bunch of plugins:
- Photonic – A year back I pulled out the planned photo-blogging features of Suffusion and released them as Photonic a few weeks later. By far my favourite plugin, this is an absolutely fantastic way of including photos from Flickr, Picasa, Smugmug and 500px.com on your site. More importantly, I am working on a few enhancements that will let you include from Facebook, Instagram and some other sources too!
- FontMeister – This was something I had promised in the second birthday announcement. It is a very simple yet fully functional plugin that lets you include fonts from various sources in your sites. More importantly, this integrates with Suffusion’s font drop-downs too.
- Suffusion Commerce Pack – This helps users use popular e-commerce plugins with Suffusion.
- Suffusion bbPress Pack – This lets users use bbPress with Suffusion.
- Suffusion Custom Post Types – This is more of a basic transitional plugin to help users use custom post types that they have formerly defined in Suffusion with new themes. The whole objective is to not make you feel shackled by Suffusion.
Of course, Suffusion received some nice additions too:
- New Skins – I added the “Photonique” and the “Scribbles” skins. The former is ideally suited for a photoblog.
- HTML5 Support and Semantic Markup – This was the big addition of the year, obviously, and the only one that could potentially break things. And I am happy to report that the transition was generally smooth, thanks to the extensive testing by Mark van Jaarsveld.
- More Framework-like Features – There are some things that you cannot customize via Suffusion’s options panels. For those rare situations I have been steadily adding framework-like features to Suffusion.
- Custom Post Types – I have added some good support for Custom Post Types, letting you define their layouts and take advantage of custom taxonomies associated with them.
- Custom Layouts & Mega Menus – These are features that are hard to find in commercial themes, and Suffusion gets them to you for free.
As for the future, obviously there is the whole aspect of responsive design. For once I will be coding something I don’t believe in. I have also been promising some interesting sidebar concepts for a while now. With all my work I never got around to delivering those.
To close, I reiterate something I said last year – very few big features will be added, apart from the ones committed. Of course, you will see responsive design. But apart from that you will mostly see new skins and support for new WP features.
Lastly, thanks are in order to all the ardent supporters of the theme:
- To Colin and Drake for the awesome job on the support forum
- To Mark for extensive testing during the beta releases
- To all the fine folks who donate to and / or vote for the theme
- To all of you who write to me in person thanking me for a release, or help me out with snippets of code that I can add to my theme or plugins (Bart, Marcel etc.).
If nothing else, Suffusion and my other projects showcase the power of community collaboration.
Version 4.2.7 of Suffusion went live earlier today. The following are the changes in this release:
- If users entered incorrect paths for the “rotating header” this was causing their site to crash. I have made a modification that will simply report an incorrect path if this happens and will not bring the site down.
- I have also added a few fonts to the list of inbuilt fonts.
There were a few problems with the forum not sending out notifications and activation mails the last couple of weeks. I have fixed that.
I am currently in the middle of a major move from Vancouver to Houston. As a result I haven’t taken on any major changes to Suffusion. As I see there is only one major aspect left to tackle – responsive design. But I don’t want to work on that until I have settled in Houston.
I released version 1.01 of Suffusion bbPress Pack with a couple of updates:
- Viewing group forum topics was causing an error, thanks to changes that bbPress made with their 2.1 version. I have taken care of it at my end.
- I put in a sanity check so that even if you haven’t got bbPress, the activation of the plugin will not cause an error.
OK, my vacation is almost up. As I prepare to board a series of long flights coupled with run-or-you-will-miss-the-next-flight connections from Kolkata to Vancouver (two international airports with abysmal international connections), I see that a minor release, version 4.2.6 of Suffusion has gone live. As far as the size of releases is concerned, this is a tiny one. It has one plugin-dependent change – the last release of bbPress, 2.1 was breaking Suffusion. Coupled with the release of Suffusion bbPress Pack last week, many users incorrectly surmised that the bug was in Suffusion bbPress Pack. In truth the problem arose because bbPress changed how it defined its global variables.
I have modified Suffusion to match up to this and I have also modified the translation file slightly.
I have released an update to the Suffusion Commerce Pack. Version 1.10 has one key feature: WooCommerce integration. So, the supported ecommerce plugins at this point are Jigoshop, WooCommerce and Prospress. Give it a shot and feel free to provide me with your feedback.
Please bear in mind that I am not a Jigoshop / WooCommerce user, so it is likely that some scenarios will not work perfectly. But that is what the support forum is for.
The “coded-during-a-layover” plugin, Suffusion bbPress Pack is now available for download. Much like the Suffusion BuddyPress Pack plugin, this is aimed at providing you with modified plugin markup suitable for your Suffusion-based site. It copies over a bunch of template files to your theme folder and makes your theme work with bbPress. It is best you try the plugin with a child theme. Give the plugin a shot and let me know what you think.