Version 3.0.8 was released today. This release took time, but that was because of one of the pieces in it:
- A Featured Content Widget
So far we have had Featured Content that could be placed at the top of certain pages. By creating this widget I have extended the capability – you can even place this widget in your sidebar if you wish. Using the widget in conjunction with the Widget Logic plugin you can exclude this widget from certain pages. There is one minor annoyance – if you have both, the classic Featured Content and the new Featured Content widget displayed on a page, for some reason the “Pause” button works incorrectly. I couldn’t figure out why. But then again, I hope nobody uses both on the same page!
Also, this cannot replace the classic Featured Content yet, because there is no “narrow” widget area above the posts – the only widget area there is as wide as the header
- Latest Posts in Featured Content
You can now add the latest posts to your classic Featured Content. Of course, this has been added to the new widget too.
- Bug Fixes
I patched a WPML SitePress Multilingual CMS plugin incompatibility and fixed some minor RTL layout issues.
I wanted to outline the plan for the next few releases:
- I have some feature requests on the Magazine template and on the classic Featured Content functionality. The next release (3.0.9) will address those.
- I have also decided to embrace JQuery in a bigger way, particularly for the drop-down menus. This is because after so many months on the theme I discovered a bug on IE 6 for nested levels in the drop-down, which is a bummer for my current CSS-only menu. By letting JQuery do the menus I will be able to add things like “HoverIntent” for a delayed menu etc.
- I also intend to deprecate the option to “fix the layout” by JQuery, and instead fix it by default.
- There is a small bug in the Twitter Widget, which causes its format to go wonky if you are displaying its title and the JQuery fix is turned on. I will fix it in the next release. In the meanwhile you can disable the title for the Twitter widget if your JQuery fix is causing it some issues.
- In my previous post I spoke about the next version of the magazine layout. I have been working diligently towards that. The “Category Posts” and “Featured Content” widgets were developed as a part of that effort. Over the next few weeks you should see something for “Headlines” and a “Single Post Excerpt”.
- Very soon there should be new widget areas for you to play with. I also had some very big ideas for formatting the sidebars and widget areas.
- I will introduce the concept of a custom layout, where you will be able to define custom layouts not covered by Suffusion and build pages with those.
All in all we have a few very exciting weeks ahead!