Fresh News is the all time most popular theme here at WooThemes, so we thought it should deserve to be one of the first themes to receive the new Woo Framework update treatment (see video of new framework). What this basically means is that the theme is now easier to setup and use because of the improved functions in the framework (options panel, new widgets, easier image upload, easier to update in future etc.).
We also reworked some of the coding on the front page of the theme, so it now acts more like Busy Bee in functionality. To be more specific:
- You now don’t have to setup a “featured” category and add posts to it for them to look like featured posts.Â Simply set X number of posts that you want to look like a featured post (basically just a bigger image). If you want them to stay featured, just use the sticky post function in WP.
- The front page now uses the standard navigation (prev/next) instead of a link to the archives, and if you install WP-PageNavi plugin, then it will also work like in our demo.
- You also have the option of showing the normal posts in 2-column default fasion, or showing them as 1-column posts, so it looks more like a blog.
- You can specify if you want the featured/normal posts to show the full content or only the excerpt of the post (default).
The next big improvement is that the sidebar is now widgetized except for the sidebar tabs. This makes it way more flexible than the older theme, and you have 4 widgetzed areas (Sidebar Top, Sidebar, Sidebar 2-col left, Sidebar 2-col right).
The video player widget is also a lot easier to use, since all you need to do is drop the embed code for your video into the posts “Custom Settings” field under “Embed”, and the widget will resize the video to fit in your sidebar and also resize it to show in your archive/single post. Check demo for examples.
See our documentation for instructions on the new features and also the changelog for current users who wish to upgrade their theme (also found in the theme zip file). There are a lot of changed/new files so if you haven’t done any major modifications to your theme, we suggest thatyou simply install a fresh copy instead of trying to upgrade.