Hey Themefusiasts, I’m Dragosh, one of the developers here at ThemeFuse. I’ve been working here as part of the team that develops the Fuse Framework, which is the base for all our WordPress themes.
Not many of you know that we’ve been hard at work, for the last couple of months, on a major update to our framework. Now that we have the new framework ready to roll, we’ll build it into all our future themes (starting with PhotoArtist), and we’ll also start updating all the other themes, one by one, over the next couple of months.
Before I start going over the most important changes, you should know that we’ve built the new framework on the principle of MVC pattern. Simply put, we’ve tried to split the logic part (functions, classes, etc), the database management part (model), and the visual part (HTML, CSS, JS) into three separate areas. This results in a much more organized framework that is easy to understand for everyone, and also allows us to integrate new major features more easily and much quicker.
What follows is a list of the newest and most important changes:
Custom posts and options
Now you can create custom posts that have different options that are specific to them.
For example, in our Medica theme you will be able to add a Doctor or Speciality type of post, which will have specific options for each. This way, we are done with general posts that have all the possible options for all the possible types of posts.
Moreover, we’ve added more customization options for posts. Now you can disable/enable a specific post’s sidebar, image, comments, publication date and many more.
Embed video from anywhere
Now you are able to embed videos from any website out there. All you need to do is copy/paste the embed code or the video link inside the desired post. Keep in mind, though, that only YouTube and Vimeo will work when pasting just the video link.
Custom headers and backgrounds
With the new framework you can change the header or the background of each page, post or category, thus you get full control over the level of customization you need.
We’ve extracted the slider info from the posts – where it used to be – and we’ve created a separate main menu entry called Sliders. All the sliders can be managed from there.
Now you can select from different designs and different population methods. For example, if you don’t want to use the manual option and want to have total control over the images of the slider, you can choose to populate the slider with images from posts or categories that you’ve already added to your theme.
Homepage as a category
Now you can choose to display a category on the homepage. This is a very useful feature for bloggers, for example, if they want to display the blog on the homepage.
This is a separate main menu entry that enables you to populate your pages and templates with countless different built-in shortcodes. You only need to select what shortcode you want to use, and our framework will generate it for you.
We’ve rewritten the newsletter extension. Starting from now, you can use MailChimp or CampaignMonitor as your newsletter service. The only thing you need to do is provide the API code in the Newsletter setup page, and you’re ready to add the newsletter widget wherever you want.
From now on, all the important updates to your theme and framework are just one click away, from inside your WordPress admin. No more hassle downloading archives, unzipping them and uploading them manually. This will make your life easier for sure.
NOTE: It is mandatory to use child themes. All the changes you make to your theme should be made in the child theme. This will prevent any loss or damage to your changes and content when updating. More on child themes.
We’ve added a new concept of using sidebars. You can now group multiple sidebars into one column (or placeholders, as we currently call them). This makes it a lot easier for you to select specific sidebars that repeat themselves in different places.
Also, from the sidebar management section, you can choose specific sidebars, that will appear on specific pages of your WordPress site (on pages, pages with specific IDs, posts with specific IDs, the 404 error page, etc). In a sentence: you have total control over where you display your sidebars.
We’re not done with nifty features yet. We wanted to make widgets really user-friendly, so the framework now allows you to add a widget wherever you want in your site, just by using a simple shortcode.
News & Promos Section
You can stay up-to-date with our development, freebies, free plugins, and get the latest news and promos from this new section implemented directly into your WordPress admin.
WordPress admin style
We were not happy with WordPress’ default admin look, so we’ve created one of our own. Now all our themes come with this new style enabled by default, but you can always revert to the original version anytime you want … we doubt that you will, though.
Everyone likes to be in total control of their site. And with the new framework you are… Through hooks, actions and filters without the need of editing our files. Of course, this should be used by programmers and users that have extensive knowledge on how hooks and filters work. More info on the WordPress.org website.
That being said, I hope you’ll find all the features we’ve added helpful and as awesome as we do. We have already started to discuss our next steps in terms of framework updates. It’s gonna be an exciting 2012, that’s for sure. We’ll keep you all in the loop. Cheers.