Introducing Our Newest Theme: WP-Boundless

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boundless-scrnWe’re pretty excited about WP-Boundless. It was developed with the direct input of Solostream’s customers. The best ideas that have been incorporated are the feedback that you have suggested to us.

Here are some of the new features that make this a unique theme:

One-click Color Schemer – This tool enables you to select the specific color of your Site Title banner and then automagically generates a complete color scheme for your site. This is the fastest and easiest way to create a custom color layout.

Advanced Site Styling – Another set of color controls makes it possible to change many individual design elements throughout the theme. You can set up the theme to have an entire spectrum of colors just by clicking buttons — no need to muck around with CSS code!

The header can be set up to use the stylized ribbon graphic or you can easily upload your own custom image/logo for a feel that is truly your own.

The theme is perfect for a novice who wants a clean styled blog as well as power web gurus who will appreciate the speed in which design changes can be quickly implemented. The possibilities are endless!

More info and how to buy here: WP-Boundless

Check out the theme demo here: WP-Boundless Theme Demo

Demo video may be viewed here: WP-Boundless Demo Video

Solostream Themes Good To Go with WordPress 3.8

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thumb upSolostream themes have been tested for the newest release of WordPress 3.8 and there are no known problems so we are giving it a thumbs up – green light rating for our customers.

Feel free free to upgrade at any time.

If you encounter a “bug” issue with a theme, please be sure to check for any plugin compatibility issues because these can cause issues with a site after upgrades.  If the problem persists, please use the Support Forum to report it to us.

This latest WordPress release primarily focused on changes to the user interface with minimal changes to the functionality of platform itself.  In addition, there were minor bug fixes which usually accompany a version release.  For additional details you can check out the Codex for the official summary of Version 3.8.

WP-Shopkeeper – First eCommerce Solution from Solostream Released

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WP-Shopkeeper: Built So You Can Sell Anything

Over the past year, we have received feedback from our customers who suggested that it would be great if we could create an  ecommerce theme. We are very happy to announce that we have completed development on our first ecommerce theme—WP-Shopkeeper.

As with all of our themes, we put in a great deal of time and effort to get WP-Shopkeeper launched. We felt it very important that the styling, options and coding had to be just right. We carefully studied the best eCommerce solutions and determined WooCommerce was the best one available for integrating into a Solostream product. For more information about the WooCommerce ecommerce toolkit click here.

Our goal in developing WP-Shopkeeper was to create a robust, professional online store that could be easily deployed by our customers to sell any product or service. To that end, we have included several page layouts for your Shop, Single Product, Cart, Checkout, and Customer Account pages. You can be up and running in a few minutes.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to seeing all the great ways you find to use this ecommerce theme!

WP-Clear 3.2 Premium WordPress Theme Now Available

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We recently completed an update of WP-Clear, and version 3.2 is now available for download in the Solostream member’s area after you login. Here’s a list of the changes we made:

1. Bugfix for featured content sliders.

This has been an intermittent problem with many of our responsive themes when viewed on mobile devices, and we’re happy to finally have a viable solution. We’ll be implementing this fix in our other themes over the next several weeks.

2. Added 4 new Blog page templates.

We’ve had several folks requesting these of late, so we decided it was a great “standard feature” to begin adding to our themes. You can see these Blog page templates in action on the WP-Clear demo site when you hover over the Page Templates link in the top navigation bar.

3. Rewrote code to make theme more child-theme friendly.

More and more folks are using WordPress child themes as a way to customize their theme, and technically, it’s the best approach when you need to change core theme files. As such, we rewrote much of the theme’s code to make it easier to create a child theme.

4. Added some new widgets.

We added a Featured Post widget, which allows you to feature a single post in any of the widgetized areas. We also added a Featured Posts widget, which allows you to feature a number of posts with a specific tag. You can see both these widgets in action on the WP-Clear demo site.

5. Other minor bug fixes.

These bugs have mainly to do with the visual display of the theme, as well as problems with Basic Style theme settings now working as intended.

How to Upgrade to WP-Clear 3.2 from WP-Clear 3.1+

1. Download latest version after you login to the Solostream member’s area.

2. Upload the new version to your WordPress site – The simplest way to do this is via the Theme page in your WP dashboard. Just go to your Themes page, click the “Install Themes” tab at the top, then click the “Upload” link, and upload the theme zip file.

3. Activate the new version – You can do this immediately after you upload the theme, or do it from the Themes page in your dashboard.

4. Update your custom menus – You may have to visit Appearance >> Menus in your WP dashboard and reassign your custom menus.

5. What to do if you modified the previous version – If you modified the previous version of the theme, you may have to carry those changes over to the new version. If you made modifications via the theme settings page, those changes should appear in the new version automatically. If you made changes via the custom.css file, you will just need to manually copy those changes over to version 3.2 custom.css. If you made changes to any other theme files, you will need to manually copy those changes over to the new theme as well.

How to Upgrade to WP-Clear 3.2 from WP-Clear 3.0 or Older

If you’re still using WP-Clear 3.0 or older, please read this post.

Questions?

If you have questions about anything in this post, feel free to post them in the comments section. If you have theme-specific support issues, please login to the members area and post your question(s) on the support forum.

Hurricane Sandy – An Unwelcome Visitor

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We are about to feel the brunt of a major storm for the second time in a little over a year. Last time it was Hurricane Irene. This time it is Sandy and apparently this storm is going to make last year’s experience feel like a dry run.

All of the Northeast is under alert to prepare for this massive storm. The authorities are predicting major power outages throughout the region that are going to last for days.

Since our team is based throughout this area, we expect that it will be a challenge to provide our normal level of support.  Please bear with us as we weather the storm and do our best to find ways to support the Solostream community.

 

WP-Professional – Premium WordPress Theme for Coaches, Consultants and Other Independent Professionals

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We’re please to announce the release of our latest Premium WordPress theme, WP-Professional. As the name implies, this theme is geared toward Personal and Business Coaches, Consultants, Authors and anyone else who’s in the business of sharing ideas.

If you take a peek at the theme demo site, the first thing you’ll likely notice is Featured Content slider at the top. In this slider, you have the option to show any one – or all – of the following components:

  • Video Email Capture Form
  • Standard Email Capture Form
  • Featured WordPress Pages with a featured image or video.
  • Featured WordPress Posts with a featured image or video.

What you’ll also find is a clean, modern-looking design with big, beautiful fonts, minimal graphics and plenty of white-space to show off your most inspiring ideas. Also, like our other recent themes, WP-Professional is built on a responsive design framework, which means it will look great on mobile devices as well as desktop machines.

If you’re not a coach, consultant or other independent professional – but you still like the look of this theme – you’ll be happy to know that it’s versatile enough to serve very well as a standard business website, blog or online magazine.

All-in-all, we’re really happy with the way WP-Professional turned out, and we hope you will be too.

WP-Clear 3.1 Premium WordPress Theme Now Available (Plus Upgrade Guidance)

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We recently completed several upgrades to WP-Clear, and version 3.1 is now available for download in the Solostream Member’s Area.

If you’re using WP-Clear currently, you should read over this before you upgrade.

Most of the changes we made are relatively minor, but there is one major change that may impact how you use the theme going forward. Lets get started with that one major change.

If you’d rather check out the WP-Clear demo site first, find it here.

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Premium WordPress Theme: WP-Bold 1.0

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Solostream is pleased to announce the release of our latest creation, WP-Bold. Like our other recent themes, WP-Bold is loaded with options and is built on a responsive design framework, so you can be sure your site will look great on mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops.

If you’re already a Premium Themes member, you’ll find the download link on the member’s page after you login.

For a closer look, check out the WP-Bold demo site here

WP-Ellie 2.0 Premium WordPress Theme Now Available

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We’re happy to announce the release of WP-Ellie 2.0. Just like WP-Prosper 2.0, which we released earlier this month, WP-Ellie has been completely rebuilt on top of the WP-DaVinci theme framework.

Check out the demo site here

If you’re currently using WP-Ellie 1.0, the really good news is you’ll get a great deal more functionality with version 2.0. The not so good news is that the upgrade path may not be a simple “upload and activate” process.

In fact, if you decide to use version 2.0, you should consider it an entirely new theme. That means any theme settings or customizations you’ve made on version 1.0 will not be carried over. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this might cause you, but we hope the additional functionality will more than make up for it.

Keep scrolling down past the screenshot for a list of the major changes we’ve made with version 2.0.

1. Overhauled Image Handling

For featured content images and post thumbnails, we’ve combined the Get the Image (GTI) plugin with native WordPress functionality. You may wonder why we still use GTI plugin with the theme, and the simple reason is that many of our existing customers don’t use the built-in WordPress Featured Image function. For those folks, the GTI plugin will extract an image from the post (or page) and use it as the post thumbnail or featured image.

What To Do Upon Upgrade or Initial Install

After you install and activate the theme, you’ll be taken directly to the Theme Settings page. There, you’ll see a link to regenerate your post thumbnails. You’ll want to click that link and on the following page, click the Regenerate All Thumbnails button. It should only take a minute or so, depending on how many images you have on your site, and it will ensure your post images are sized correctly for the theme.

If you’re not doing so already, you’ll want to use the WordPress Featured Image function going forward. This will ensure that all your post thumbnails and Featured Article images are a consistent size.

The “Featured Image” metabox should show up on the Edit Post and Edit Page screens. If it isn’t, make sure “Featured Image” is enabled in the screen options on the top right corner of your WordPress dashboard.

2. Mobile-Friendly, Responsive Design

Like most of our recent themes, WP-Ellie is built to respond to the browser size of your site visitor. That way, your site will look great no matter what sort of device it’s viewed on.

What To Do Upon Upgrade or Initial Install

Nothing much for you to do here. The theme should handle all the heavy lifting for you. That said, if you’ve made customizations to an earlier version of WP-Ellie, you’ll want to copy those over to the custom.css file in WP-Ellie 2.0. If you’ve made style changes via the Theme Settings page, as I mentioned above, those will not be carried over.

3. Moved the Social Media Icons

This is a relatively small change, but we’ve moved the social media icons out of the top navigation bar to allow more space for links. The social media icons are now available via the Social Media Icons widget.

What To Do Upon Upgrade or Initial Install

Just know we’ve moved the icons, so you’ll want to be sure to add the Social Media Icons widget to your sidebar or any of the other widgetized areas.

4. Redesigned the Header/Logo Area

Because of the responsive design elements, we had reconfigure the header/logo area. If you’re currently using a full-width header image, along with a 468×60 banner ad in the header, this could prove to be a problem for you. If this is the case, please post the issue on the support forum, and we’ll do as much as we can to help you find a solution.

5. Added Some New Page Templates and Layouts

We added several new features and page templates to the theme. Rather than list them all here, I’ll direct you to the demo site. For a list of the various page templates, just hover over the top navigation link labeled “Page Templates.” We also added several Post and Page layout options. To see those, hover over the link labeled “Post/Page Layouts.”

That about covers it. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post a comment below. If you have any support-related questions, please login to the Solostream Member’s area and click the Support Forum link.

If Upgrading, Be Sure to Update Your Custom Menus

If you are upgrading from a previous version of WP-Ellie, you will likely have to visit the Menus panel in your WP dashboard and re-assign your custom menus.

WP-Prosper 2.0 Premium WordPress Theme Now Available

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We’re pleased to announce the release of WP-Prosper 2.0. If you’re using WP-Prosper currently, you’ll want to give this a good read before you upgrade.

If you’d like, you can check out the demo site first here.

WP-Prosper 2.0 is Completely Rebuilt

If you’re using WP-Prosper currently, the first thing you should understand is that version 2.0 is a total rebuild. In other words, although it looks nearly identical to the original version, the underlying code is completely different. Therefore, you should treat it as you would a brand new theme.

That means any customizations you’ve made to version 1.0 will not be carried over if you decide to use version 2.0. Also, any settings you’ve changed on the Theme Settings Page will not be carried over to version 2.0.

The reason for the total overhaul is that WP-Prosper 1.0 came out before we created the WP-DaVinci theme framework, which is the codebase that underlies all our latest themes.

WP-Prosper 2.0 Has Many New Features

If you take a peek at the list of features available on version 2.0, you’ll see we’ve added a bunch of new stuff. Here’s a short list:

  1. Responsive Design Framework
  2. Featured Pages Slider
  3. Featured Photos Slider
  4. Featured Videos Slider
  5. Alternate Home Page Template for Business Sites
  6. All Authors Page Template
  7. YouTube Videos Page Template
  8. Portfolio Page Template
  9. Built-In Author Page
  10. Multiple Post and Page Layout Options
  11. Featured Page Widget
  12. YouTube Videos Widget
  13. Category Posts Widget
  14. Social Networking Icons Widget
  15. Footer Widgets

With these added features, along with a cleaner, more efficient codebase, we’re pretty sure you’ll love this new version even more than the original.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.