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Canvas Theme for WordPress

As some of you may know, I work over at Automattic on WooThemes themes within the Themes Team. My primary project is the Canvas Theme. I’m currently in the middle of¬†making it even more awesome, and I thought I’d put my money where my mouth is and set it to be this site’s theme of choice.

I previously used The One Pager, and it was great for a while, but I no longer want to generate leads from the site – I’m just going to be blogging for a while ūüôā

So sit back, enjoy the posts, and keep an eye out for some cool updates coming to Canvas soon!

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Why Themeforest authors why….

So….all this commotion regarding the Slider Revolution plugin being bundled in themes has caused quite a few headaches for people. Myself included…

I spent a fair chunk of an evening this week “updating” a friends (staging) site using this theme ->¬†http://themeforest.net/item/chariot-professional-responsive-portfolio-theme/5817175 to make 100% sure it was secure.

Here’s what I had to do…

  1. Backup the site – obviously
  2. Download the latest theme package from ThemeForest – fair enough
  3. Deactivate all the plugins – ok then…
  4. Delete all the plugins – huh? why? Oh right….cos you have your own custom installation of plugins….right….
  5. Upload the new theme – smooth, theme options maintained, hope restored.
  6. Reinstall and active the new versions of the plugins – worked well.
  7. Pour a double whiskey – because half the¬†freaking content (such as slider images) is now gone/broken/i don’t know

So yes, I’m at a point of frustration now, because even as a seasoned developer on¬†over 100 themes I now have to sift through backups of what SHOULD have been a smooth upgrade process just to fix the content. Loving it.

And before you ask,¬†fortunately this wasn’t a live site, it’s a staging site, so luckily his live site isn’t buggered. And it’s not like I don’t like the Theme, just to be clear….just not this crappy plugin activation method.

Well now…that was fun….maybe I should start a marketplace?

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Twenty Ten Custom Taxonomy Template

I’ve been doing some modifications to the default WordPress Twenty Ten theme and I needed a custom taxonomy page template for my taxonomy archives – taxonomy.php – to take advantage of the WordPress template hierarchy. So I made a generic one for the Twenty Ten theme seeing as it doesn’t come with one.¬† So now your custom taxonomy archive pages don’t have to say “Blog Archives”, instead with this it will output the Taxonomy as well as the Term, similar to the Category archive page. Simply download the file below, extract it, and put taxonomy.php in the root of your Twenty Ten theme!

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