WP Default Test Ground

I’m happy to announce that WP Default has been converted to a multi site to facilitate demos for our products as well as give you access to test out the beta version.

What this means for you – as a member of WP Default you can now register a site i.e yoursitename.wpdefault.com and test drive any of the products before you commit them to your install.

This option will also save you the hustle of having to download the beta plugins, deactivate the original, install, test, uninstall, wait for the stable version and upgrade – what a lot of inconvenience right?

So go ahead and grab yourself a test site here: http://wpdefault.com/register/ – if you are an existing member please login first. For all new members you’ll be presented with the option to register for both membership as well a test site.

Current available for testing are both the Fourteen Extended Beta 1.2.2 plugin and the WP Default Fourteen child theme (Beta version). The child theme introduces a couple of options –

  1. Set the featured section to full width i.e. above the content area including the left sidebar.
  2. Set the home blog feed to grid format to mimic the grid featured section.
  3. A slightly modified Author page thanks to Nexia

Changes to the Fourteen Extended are mainly code based to accommodate the child theme so you wont notice much of it visually unless you are using the child theme 🙂

  1. One important change worth noting here is that the option to set the blog feed content to excerpts now includes the archives, categories, tags and search results pages too – thanks to Nicola Brennan for the suggestion.

What’s next?

The current plan is to spend the following week ironing out bugs and addressing previously reported issues to be included in the release of the stable version by the end of the week.

Once v1.2.2 is out in to the wild, work will begin on a few other suggestions made by you – will be looking at adding control on typography i.e. options to change font sizes and fonts used for various elements. In addition, some research is need to find the best way to address the handling of the theme’s colors – this might just be an add on to Fourteen Extended plugin!

Watch this space for more 🙂

P.S. For those of you that are happy with downloading and testing the beta version on your own installs then the links will be up later on today – need to iron out a couple of kinks I noticed on the demo site first.

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