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Canvas 2.0

Written by Magnus Jepson on April 6, 2010 Product News.

Magazine page template

We have had a lot of people request some extra functionality in Canvas, and we promised to deliver on some of the requests. After a bit of a delay, we can now finally show you a couple cool new features that will add an extra layer to this popular theme.

Magazine Page Template & Business Page Template

The two major updates in this version are the custom page templates. You can now add a magazine (view demo) or business (view demo) page template to your Canvas theme.

Both page templates have a featured jQuery slider, that can show posts or pages. The slider on the magazine template shows posts which have been marked with a tag, and the business template shows pages that you have setup in the options.

We hope you enjoy this update, and let us know how we can improve this theme even more in the future!

Important! After you have uploaded the new version, you need to make a new page and add the “Business” or “Magazine” page template first before the options for the specific template becomes available in your options panel. Read full instructions in our documentation.


47 Responses

  1. wp themes
    April 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    Oh yea, very nice.

  2. Gino Pulgar
    April 6, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    yon naman!

  3. Johan Swarts
    April 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    ah, excellent!

  4. Matthias
    April 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Wow, /REALLY/ great update! You guys rock!

  5. Scott Webb
    April 6, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Nice. I’ve recently just loaded up canvas on my website that I want to use for helping people with design, newsletters and building online presence.

    Those updates are pretty awesome. I use thesis and I’ve learned how to do this type of stuff with the theme, but this makes it so easy. Beyond easy. So many people would benefit from this and the amazing woo-widgets that come with it too.

  6. Magnus
    April 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Not sure I understand what you mean. You need to check the documentation on how to add the page templates. If you still can’t figure it out, please post in the forum and we’ll help you out.

    • Magnus
      April 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm #

      I can’t edit via the editor either. Will look into it!

    • Magnus
      April 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

      Found a bug in includes/theme-widgets.php that messed with the theme-editor in WP. Updated the theme with a fix now, so just download and replace ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for spotting it!

      • Pedro
        April 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

        cannot see the themes to change (business, magazine…). Had installed v1 before.??

        • Magnus
          April 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

          Not sure what you mean… If you are having trouble it’s best to post in our forum so we can better help you.

  7. Michael Krapf
    April 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Worth the wait! Can’t wait to explore V2.

  8. Mscott
    April 6, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    I bought Canvas 1.0 last week and was just thinking it would be nice to have a mag style template. I feel like I won the lottery with this upgrade. WOO!

    A links page template would be nice too.

    Thanks guys.

    • Magnus
      April 6, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

      Great! E-mail us some info on what a links template would look like, and we might include it in a future update.

  9. downsouth
    April 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Wonderful ! Just what the theme needs to round it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve recently heavily modified a canvas site (with a custom slider!), should I be able to export the current settings and import them into version 2 alright ?

    • Magnus
      April 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

      Export/import of settings should work yes ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Ryan Riatno
    April 7, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Awesome, I’m concerned to buy the single package for the lifetime updates ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Mike Baker
    April 7, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I was pleased with Canvas 1, but now you’ve updated it with the magazine-style front page option and the slider, it’s nothing short of brilliant.

    If anyone wants to see how I’ve used it, it’s at

    I’m particularly pleased with the clean design, the flexibility of the layout/typography and the speed.

    Great work guys!


    P.S. I see lots of SEO options in the latest framework. I have All in one SEO currently installed, so I will look at what the Woo framework can do as a replacement.

    • Mike Baker
      April 7, 2010 at 11:36 am #

      Having looked at your SEO options and seen the output, I now don’t need any SEO plugins.

      You should make something of this – some other themes use their SEO as a big selling point.

      • Magnus
        April 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

        We will market it a bit more, as soon as WooFramework 2.7.0 is deployed to other themes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Magnus
      April 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

      Great site you got there ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. pedro67
    April 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    the changelog says 2.0.3
    Version to download is 2.0.2

    • Magnus
      April 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

      latest version is 2.0.4

  13. Ronny
    April 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    This is a nice Theme ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Doug Barned
    April 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Brilliant! Keep up the great work ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Zatz
    April 8, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    Will this be on the test MU site any time soon? Thanks!

    • Magnus
      April 8, 2010 at 8:28 am #

      deployed it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Melanie
    April 8, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    This update may very well have sealed the deal for me. I’ve been contemplating buying a Woo Theme and I think this new Canvas theme is going to be the one for me for a site redesign. The other is Magnus…I just like Norwegians. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Magnus
      April 8, 2010 at 8:31 am #

      Heia Norge! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Melanie
        April 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

        Ha. Thanks. Keep up the good work!

  17. Trousseau Packing
    April 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Hey Magnus,

    The playground still has old canvas 2.0.5, can you update that for us please ๐Ÿ™‚

    We would love to play around and then buy this awesome theme for our trousseau packing site! we were using mortar, but now need to get more handy with customisations


    • Magnus
      April 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

      2.0.5 is the newest version!

      • Trousseau Packing
        April 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

        But I am unable to see the magazine and business templates. Either #iamstupid or #blind ๐Ÿ™

        • Magnus
          April 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

          You need to add the page first and select Business or Magazine page template in Attributes. Options will then become visible.

          • Trousseau Packing
            April 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

            Thanks for clearing my doubts and ensuring I look down upon myself. Cheers man.

  18. WP Premium
    April 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    Hey.. really a nice theme.

  19. anekn
    April 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    hey ,how can i from 1.02 upgrade to 2.0.4??

    • Adii Rockstar
      April 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

      Simply download the new version from your user dashboard.

  20. Joris
    April 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    This is sooo awesome! Bigg kiss to you Woo! :=))

  21. Victoria
    April 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    Canvas for EE in the works?

    • Adii Rockstar
      April 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

      Not quite yet, but hopefully in the near future.

      • Victoria
        May 22, 2010 at 8:15 am #

        I hope so! I think this is an essential theme every platform should have!! Don’t let the EEusers go without ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Adii Rockstar
    May 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    We always consider all new feature requests, whilst being careful not to bloat the theme. At this stage there are no to-do’s waiting to be added to Canvas.

  23. Josh
    May 24, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    Hey there! This theme looks terrific. Can someone help me decide between Canvas, Thesis, Thematic, Carrington and other similar looking themes or what they call frameworks, eh?

    Please help – Need to buy today ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks in advance,

    • Magnus
      May 24, 2010 at 8:14 am #

      Sure, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us via the contact page.


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