It has been my goal for a while to add some of the features of our newer themes to our existing themes like Sophie, Felicity, Phoebe and Heyden. I finally had a bit of time to sit down and wrangle the code. The first updates have been rolled out for Sophie (version 1.4.0) and Felicity (version 1.5.0).
Some of the new features are behind the scenes: updates to the newest versions of scripts, etc. Other updates include Customizer options, new widget areas and page templates.
The following new features have been added to the Sophie and Felicity WordPress themes:
- Added logo height option in Theme Customizer
- Added new widget areas: Above Promo Boxes, Below Promo Boxes, Landing Page Sidebar, Lading Page Above Promo Boxes, Landing Page Below Promo Boxes, Landing Page 2 – Left, Landing Page 2 – Right
- Added Landing Page 2 and Landing Page 2 w/Sidebar page templates
- Added Custom Post Fields for Shop the Post type feature
- Added Facebook Open Graph, Pinterest Rich Pins, Twitter Cards and Google + Post format protocols with option to disable
- Updated to most recent version of Fontawesome – 4.6.2
- Added ability to hide page titles in Theme Customizer
- Changes to text logo styles for greater responsiveness
More About the Updates
Some of the most requested updates are the new widget areas.
Full Width Widget Areas
Instead of the included Featured Posts sliders, some bloggers would rather have a slider that can be configured with other images and linked to pages or outside shops, etc. We have added a Full width widget area above the Promo Boxes. Sliders that offer a widget like Smart Slider 3 (our current favorite free slider), Meta Slider or Revolutions slider can be inserted into this widget area in place of the Featured Posts slider. Other great options for this area are a full width MailChimp newsletter subscription widget.
We have also included 1 other full width widget area below the Promo Boxes. Another great place for a MailChimp widget.
These widget areas have been added to the Home Page and Landing Page Layouts.
Special Widget Areas
All themes will now include the under post widget area, a widget area just above the post footer. This is a great place to add your signature image or a newsletter signup form.
The Landing Pages also now have their own unique sidebar area separate from the main sidebar so you can feature different widgets on the Landing Pages vs. blog pages.
New Landing Page Template
We’ve added a 2nd Landing Page Layout. It is a fully widgetized layout available with and without sidebar.
The new Landing Page has a unique layout. It has 2/3 width + 1/3 width widget areas at the top. This layout is great for a slider + profile widget or slider + newsletter form layout. Beneath the 2/3 + 1/3 widget columns is a fullwidth widget area followed by the Promo Boxes. Another full width widget area is placed beneath the Promo Boxes. Below the final widget area, you can add any page content you want. And the template is available with or without a sidebar.
Here’s what the layout looks like (this is from our newest theme, Maryanne). Felicity and Sophie now both have this option:
Shop the Post
You’ve seen them. They’re everywhere, those Shop the Post widgets, galleries or carousels at the bottom of posts with links to purchase items featured in a blog post. They’re a great way for bloggers to earn affiliate money.
We’ve added a Custom Post Field where you can insert a Shop the Post widget, any other HTML widget or even a plugin shortcode to add unique widgets in each post that will appear below the Read more links on the home and archive pages.
Get the Update
We offer updates right through the WordPress Dashboard. Go to your Themes page. The theme box should display a red bar with an update notice. Click on the theme box to update your theme. The process is automatic and a success message will appear when done.