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Goodbye Timthumb, thanks for the memories

December 11, 2014 in Blog. 5 Comments

tl;dr  The image resizing script, Timthumb, has been retired. We’re removing Timthumb from the WooFramework. Please update your copy of the WooFramework and run the “Remove Timthumb” feature we’ve added, to ensure your website remains secure and up to date.

At the beginning of October we announced that we would be officially retiring Timthumb, the image manipulation library that has been used in many popular WordPress themes for years, from our themes including our WooFramework.

Why?

The main reason is ultimately improved security, as Timthumb itself is no longer under development, and this means that no improvements, bug fixes, or security holes will be patched by its creators.

WordPress has also come a long way in terms of how it handles images, and there is no reason to use a third party library anymore.  We’ve kept Timthumb in our themes for a long time mostly due to our commitment to backwards compatibility in all our products.

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WooFramework version 5.5.0 released

November 5, 2012 in Blog, Product news. 54 Comments

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.

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Every line of code audited

September 10, 2012 in Product news, Team news. 126 Comments

Over the past few months we’ve been working very closely with the Sucuri Security team who we commissioned to do a full audit of our core products’ codebase. We’ve already released WooSlider and WooDojo with Sucuri Security’s stamp of approval, and today we are happy to announce that the WooFramework – the engine that powers each and every one of our WordPress themes -is now also Sucuri safe.

WooFramework Version 5.4.2 Update

Version 5.4.2 of the WooFramework is now available for download through the “Update Framework” link in your WordPress admin area. This update fixes bugs mentioned in customer feedback since the release of version 5.4.0.

If you note bugs after upgrading to WooFramework version 5.4.2, please post them in a ticket directly to our support desk.

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Framework shortcode exploit has been fixed

April 29, 2012 in Product news, Team news. 227 Comments

There are a few tweets going around about an exploit in our WooFramework. It happens to be making news around the same time we were hacked so naturally it could cause some hysteria about a possible link between the two and a vulnerability on our user’s sites. Rest assured there is no link and the exploit was actually fixed a few days before our website was hacked. 

We have however issued another update to the WooThemes framework (V5.3.11 V5.3.12) to tighten the security of our themes even further. We recommend all users update their themes to the latest version, it’s really easy. Click the “Update Framework” button in our theme framework in the WP backend to grab and install the latest version.

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Theme upgrades, WooFramework updates, version numbers and what they all mean

March 16, 2012 in Blog, Product news. 15 Comments

Here at Woo, we have a few components that make up each theme we release. The two main components are the theme’s design and code and the WooFramework. Our themes and the WooFramework alike, are updated regularly with improvements and bugfixes to enhance our products and keep them up to date with current trends and developments, as well as code improvements and refinements. Each theme, as well as the WooFramework itself, carries a version number, which is increased with each update or bugfix.

As the WooFramework is so seamlessly integrated into all of our themes, it can be confusing at first as to which pieces are what, which files to upload when upgrading your theme and how the WooFramework fits into the bigger picture. While we have support documentation that explains theme upgrades, the rest of the pieces may require a bit more explanation. Today, I’ll be explaining what the version numbers mean, how to keep your theme up to date and what role the WooFramework plays in our themes.

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Sidebar Manager, now your sharpest tool in the shed

September 28, 2010 in Product news. 78 Comments

We’re ecstatic to launch the latest addition to the WooFramework – Sidebar Manager.

The Sidebar Manager comes from years of my own personal experience with WordPress themes, having been frustrated with the rigid sidebars and widgetized regions. Blog sidebars quickly become static, boring and life-less when every page renders the same widgets time after time on every page – not giving your users a very dynamic or targeted experience.

The Sidebar Manager gives you the power to create a unique sidebar for specific pages of your site. You can now tailor make each page with specific content and functionality across almost every aspect of the template.

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