Awoke this morning to find a lot of traffic being referred from Mashable.
On further analysis was pleased to find out that my WordPress theme Connections Reloaded has been featured in Mashable’s 20 Great Free WordPress 2.7 Themes. Mashable is one of the top blogs on the internet with over 168K subscribers and 35K Twitter followers.
Many of you may be aware that I updated Connections Reloaded recently for WordPress 2.7. It includes complete support for WordPress 2.7 including paged and threaded comments, gravatars, tags etc. As well as complete backward compatibility with versions of WordPress as early as v1.5.
So, if you’re running and earlier version of WordPress, you don’t need to worry about upgrading.
If you’re not running Connections Reloaded, why aren’t you?
The .psd contains three layers, viz. BG, header and topnav.
header is the image of the car in the tunnel you see above. topnav is the top navigation bar just above the header. BG is the rest of the image.
BG has been placed above both, followed by header and topnav.
If you want to change the colour of the top navigation bar, all you need to do fill the topnav layer with the desired colour.
Fill the header layer with whatever colour or image you want. It has to be a minimum of 741×143 pixels in order to fill the rectangular area. Ensure that the image doesn’t go too high up or it will cover the top navigation area.
Note that this psd can be used even if you are using the original Connections theme and would like to customize the header. I have created the psd using the top.jpg file.
I guess you won’t really blame me because my day job has kept me so busy that I have had little personal life but for a few occasions.
Additionally the impetus to devote additional time for developing hasn’t been really strong.
I have been doing a lot of thinking behind the scenes. Connections Reloaded has become really famous with around 2500 downloads at the time of this post and that too only from this site. Additionally it works perfectly with WordPress 1.5.x and 2.x. Hence, I didn’t want to discontinue it.
It was but appropriate that instead of calling the upgraded theme Connections Reloaded I decided to rename it.
Being a great fan of the Matrix series, I just chose to go with Connections Revolutions.
So what will be the new features?
This is top priority on my list. While Connections Reloaded has become really popular on English blogs, I have also seen it being used on many non-English blogs.
This will also be one the most difficult features for me to implement, considering there isn’t much documentation available on it.
Estimated time for completion: 6 hours
Seperate Trackbacks and Pingbacks from Comments
I have already implemented it on this blog. And can easily do this on the new theme.
Estimated time for completion: 30 minutes
WordPress 2 Support
While Connections Reloaded is perfectly compatible with WordPress 2, I hear there are a few custom hooks available which can help you customize the theme via WP-Admin. Have still not found documentation on the same. If anyone knows about it, please do post below.
Support for Plugins
I am incorporating code for various plugins. These are a few I am contemplating:
If you have any suggestions for other plugins please do comment below.
Estimated time for completion: 12 hours (including testing the plugins)
This is one major task. I realize how important it is to have good documentation. While most users will just find it easy to simply upload and activate the theme, many may want to delve into the theme, customizing it for them. This is on a slightly lower priority and I will begin work on this only after the first release.
Estimated time for completion: 3 days
Subscribe Page Template
With more and more subscribe services springing up, having a lot of buttons on the pages is just too much. I will be creating a Subscribe Page template so that you can move all your buttons to a seperate page, something like how I have implemented here.
It will require you to just create a new page using this template.
Estimated time for completion: 1 hour
With left sidebar, right sidebar and three column.
Estimated time for completion: 1 hour each for the first two, 3 hours for the last.
A New Look
This is a “maybe”. While I have been thinking of changing the look for Connections Revolutions, I’m not so sure on how much. It could just be a few image changes or maybe the color scheme. Then again I may just stick to the old look.
Will be providing a PSD for the header image. So if you use Photoshop, it will just be easier for you to change the header image of your blog.
Estimated time for completion: 12 hours
Though in some places I may have stated more time than needed, I’m also keeping in mind any complications that I may face.
As I said before, I’m a bit disappointed in the trickle of donations that have come so far (only three). I have got a lot of promises for donations, which have been only promises!
I have put up a Donations Received page listing the names and websites of everyone who has donated. The amount is blank, so you can fill in whatever amount you choose.