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A new year and new WordPress resolutions for 2016

This past year was quite the success for me and developing in WordPress. I got my first theme, Nuovo, into the WordPress Theme Directory. That was followed a couple of months later by Giornalismo, and Fotographia has been submitted for review. I began developing WordPress Plugins, with a total of four in the directory now (although one is a functionality plugin for Giornalismo).

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Playing the waiting game

So this past week has been a pretty good week with the WordPress theme development. Since this time last week, I've submitted Giornalismo for the theme review to get into the WordPress Theme Directory as well as the Nuovo 2.0 update. That has gotten a lot off of my plate development-wise, but now comes the not-so-fun part: waiting.

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Complete style change for Giornalismo

So after the success of Nuovo and the JM Breaking News plugin, I've restarted working on Giornalismo full time. I ended up getting a ton fixed on it over the past couple of days, but no one change was bigger than the font and a slight color change.

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Continuing the Giornalismo rebuild

So there's not too much of an update with the themes this week. I've continued to re-code everything in the Giornalismo theme. Over the weekend I knocked out the header template, staying close to how things are to be done in HTML5 and what not.

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An unforseen diversion

So everything has been moving at a snail's pace for Giornalismo, primarily due to my busy schedule, but Thursday things came to an interesting halt. The folks who run and maintain WordPress and the WordPress directory made it official that all themes will have the use the WordPress Customizer instead of creating separate theme options page. Well shoot, right after I had finally finished learning how to make a really good theme options page, I can no longer use what I learned. Rats.

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Moving on to the Giornalismo redesign

So another week has gone by and there's still no news for the Nuovo theme either being ready for the WordPress theme directory or needing more fixes. But in the meantime I've made the decision to go ahead with the re-write for Giornalismo.

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Giving the user a helping hand

You never really know who might be using your theme. It could be a hard-core coder who knows all of the ins and outs of creating a spectacularly looking post, or it could be someone who only knows how to use a word processor. So with that in mind, one of the features I wanted to put into Giornalismo was the ability to use shortcodes so that the user can have cool looking parts of his/her post with minimal coding on their part.

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Continuing through the boring stuff

So thing have been chugging right along with work for the Giornalismo theme. The breaking news feature actually didn't take that long to figure out. After figuring out how to get the current time from WordPress and then subtracting that from the time of the post to figure out how long it's been published and comparing that to user input, display and styling the breaking news box was surprisingly easy, even for mobile devices. Now comes the boring and monotonous part: adding mobile styles.