Things on the Standard Theme front have been relatively quiet as of late. Engaging with the ever-growing community and working to develop our monthly customizations have been more than welcome time bandits, but it’s also hard to talk too much about your core software project when it’s under heavy development.
For the past couple of months, we’ve been heads down, hands designing, and fingers coding the next version of Standard.
We as a team have tried to be transparent about our processes and products and in keeping consistent with that ideology, let’s take a look at what’s coming down the pipeline for the next iteration of Standard Theme.
A Better Look & Feel
One of the things that we attempted to achieve with the first version of Standard was an administration panel that made it easy for anyone to customization aspects of their site.
For the most part, I think we were successful. As we pushed our bug fixes and new features, it became clear that there was room for improvement, so we took advantage of that opportunity and have literally rebuilt the entire administration system.
Aside from a total visual overhaul, the administration functionality is much more streamlined – it’s more usable, it’s faster, and it even supports a few new features (that you’ll see soon enough).
Design Without Coding
From the beginning, we attempted to make sure that Standard was developer-friendly and designer-friendly. We bundled a stylesheet with the theme that allows you to make any customizations you want and then bring it with each time the theme is updated.
Of course, not everyone is comfortable with CSS or perhaps would prefer to adjust the placement of some other elements of the page. Standard 2 is going to make it much easier to make UI customizations without having to write a single line of code.
This includes native WordPress 3.0 functionality along with some brand new features we’re building out.
Standard Functionality For All
Finally, we’ve noticed a few requests on how we’ve achieved certain pieces of functionality across the 8BIT properties. Sure, we can talk about certain things in blog posts or podcasts, but if there’s a felt need for something then we’d love to provide.
So we’ve created some of our own functionality that we’re going to be making available and compatible for any WordPress theme. Of course, this will be available out-of-the-box with Standard 2.
Although Standard Theme is core product and all of our properties are running on the codebase, we’ve consistently been about community since the initial beta of the theme. To that point, we’ve attempted to take the most popular feature requests and build them in to make sure we’re creating the most solid product that we can.
But stay tuned. We’re just getting started.