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Nearing the end of work on Sports Bench

The last two-and-a-half months have seen a lot happen with the premium WordPress package I’ve been working on. Here’s where things stand with that.

A soft opening for Giornalismo

Roughly 10 months after sketching it out in a journal and just barely starting writing the code, the heavy duty development with Giornalismo is over.

Diving into the realm of plugins

After succeeding in getting a theme into the WordPress Theme Directory, I’m trying my hand at doing the same with plugins.

Finally in the WordPress theme directory

Ten months after submitting it to the WordPress Theme Directory, my number one goal with Nuovo finally got checked off.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Nuovo was finally accepted into the WordPress Theme Directory and is available for anyone to download and use.

Rebooting Giornalismo

So the semester has ended for me and with it comes more time to do stuff. With the extra time, I started the re-coding for Giornalismo.

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.

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.

Still changes to be made to Nuovo

Another two weeks have gone by and still Nuovo isn’t into the WordPress Theme Directory yet. I believe almost all of the necessary changes have been made and I’m just waiting for the reviewer to reply with either the okay or more things that need to be changed.

Getting closer to the end for Nuovo

So it’s been a while since I gave an update for Nuovo, but here we go.

Since the last update, the theme has gotten even closer to being included in the WordPress theme directory. It’s to the point that I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel for the theme, which is nice since I’m almost ready to get started on rewriting Giornalismo any day now.

Almost done with the latest round of edits

So it’s been a while since I’ve gotten around to writing an update for how the Nuovo theme edits are going, so here we go.

As things stand now, things are actually moving along well. The edits are happening slower than I would like, but it’s steadily getting down, which is an accomplishment given my schedule this semester.

Another review, another set of changes needed

So once again with Nuovo there is good news and there is bad news.

The good news is that Nuovo underwent another review by one of the WordPress Theme reviewers last week and the reviewer did a very good and thorough job in review my mistakes. The bad news is that those mistakes, though not huge, are a bit numerous and tedious to fix.

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.