Last week, the entire WooTeam arrived in Cape Town for a week of team building, discussions and a few outings in and around our beautiful city. Now in the new week, with the majority of the team having said their “so long”s and flown back home on the long flights from the southern tip of Africa back to their respective countries, we’ve jumped back into the saddle and are ready and invigorated to get back to exciting you all.
With that, we’d like to introduce WooFramework version 5.5.0, the latest update to the engine that powers all WooThemes themes.
As mentioned almost two months ago on our blog (and several times via Twitter), WooFramework version 5.5.0 is a release filled with lots of cleaning and a few important maintenance updates. The main two updates here are the removal of WooSEO and the Sidebar Manager from the WooFramework core, with the alternatives of WordPress SEO by Yoast (which has a built-in WooSEO importer) and the free WooSidebars plugin being recommended.
These are the updates included in version 5.5.0
- Removed WooSEO in favour of WordPress SEO by Yoast
- Removed Sidebar Manager in favour of WooSidebars
- Removed WP App Store installer
- Updated woo_pagination() function to better handle pagination of search queries and advanced term archive URLs
- Updated woo_image() function to better handle cases where the image height isn’t specified
- Code maintenance in the “Backup Settings” file. Remove WooSEO and Sidebar Manager data from the backup options.
Removal of the WP App Store Installer
WP App Store is a concept we greatly believe in, but from your feedback we heard that having this available via the WooFramework impedes your workflow. We’ve thus decided to remove this from the WooFramework completely.
How do I upgrade?
We’ve made the WooFramework upgrade process quick and painless. We’d recommend making a full backup of your theme’s files (via FTP) and then clicking the “Update Framework” link within the WordPress admin menu, to ensure you’re running the latest version.
How do I convert custom sidebars to the WooSidebars plugin?
To ensure you can quickly and easily convert your Sidebar Manager sidebars over to the WooSidebars plugin, we’ve created a converter plugin to take the manual work out of the conversion process.
This plugin is available directly via WooDojo, or available for download using the button below.Download Sidebar Manager to WooSidebars Converter Plugin
WooFramework version 5.5.0 continues our mantra of simplifying and re-focussing our code base to ensure maximum scalability and removing any bloat we come across. We hope you enjoy this update and look forward to further updates to come.