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Road block for Nuovo

So Nuovo was almost home free. After getting initial approval by the first reviewer, the thought was that the second and final round would be quick and painless and that it would be put up on the WordPress Theme directory relatively soon. Except that the second review brought up a few more issues that have to be fixed before it can be accepted into the theme directory.

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And it goes on and on and on

So my suspicions with how easy it would be to fix the errors found in Nuovo in the theme review turned out to be correct. The biggest issue, the errors being kicked back when no options were saved in the theme options, wasn't that hard of a problem to fix. For the text input, all that was needed was a simple if statement using the built-in function "isset" to display what's in the option if there is something. For the check boxes and select menus, I had to write a small function, again using "isset", to get those error messages to go away.

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Needing to fix Nuovo for theme directory

So there's good news, pretty good news and bad news with the Nuovo theme. First, the good news is is that it was finally reviewed for the WordPress Theme Directory after six weeks of waiting around. I'm not going to lie, I was a good bit nervous when I got an email saying someone was reviewing the theme. The last time this had happened, it came back an absolute dud. But the pretty good news is that it came back fairly well. There were issues, as always, but it made it mostly past the process and wasn't torn apart into shreds, which was my biggest fear going in.

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Done with the designs, now onto the production

So even with the busy and crazy schedule I have now with college starting up again and essentially three jobs to juggle, I've found the time to finish off the mobile designs for Giornalismo (not that's anything too hard given the fact that I need only one design per template). But with that done, it's now time to the most fun part of the build, and I say that sincerely: the coding.

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Still waiting and still creating mock ups

So the news on the Nuovo Theme is that there's no news. It hasn't been reviewed yet, although it seems to be in good company as there are many more themes as old if not older that have yet to be touched by the WordPress theme reviewers, which is understandable given the scope of how many themes need reviewing.

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Now the waiting game begins

So a little after posting last week's update on the Nuovo theme, I finally really reached the point where it wasn't really worth getting into the super fine details of cleaning up the theme and decided to test the waters of the WordPress Theme Review and see what happens. And now the waiting games begin.

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Juggling two themes at once

To say things have been a bit slow in trying to clean up and fix up the Nuovo theme might be a bit of an understatement. While I finally got rid of the vast majority of HTML markup on the homepage, doing that for the rest of the templates has been much more slow going. The biggest reason is that I've just been busy with other things--including getting ready to head back to Austin and the web design job I picked up a couple of weeks ago.

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Nitpick cleaning on one theme and starting designing another

So in the past couple of weeks, I've found that it's easier to create a theme than it is to go through and nitpick and clean it. Case in point, this week it's taken me a while to knock down the number of HTML validation errors from 160 to 91, though a good majority of that came Thursday. And that was on the homepage alone. I assume that validation errors aren't that exciting, but there's some good news on the computer front.

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Coming down the home stretch with Nuovo

I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Roughly six months after beginning this project to create a WordPress theme, I'm almost done with it and ready to submit it for the WordPress theme directory. All that remains now is the official debugging by following what the theme reviewers do to make sure a theme is eligible for the directory or not.

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Decisions abound with Nuovo mobile/tablet design

I've always hated making tough decisions. There's always that nagging feeling that the other option you didn't make was actually the better decision. That's sort of what I have to deal with going forward with this Nuovo theme. Right now, I'm filling the mobile styles for screen sizes between 320 pixels (the width of the iPhone and minimum width of virtually all smartphones) and 650 pixels (the lowest screen width the tablet styles can work without breaking the main content areas).