WP-DaVinci 2.0 Premium WordPress Theme Now Available

Posted on Apr 26 2012 by in News WordPress 

We’ve made several upgrades to WP-DaVinci, and I’d like to take a few minutes and talk about the major ones. If you’re using WP-DaVinci already, you’ll want to read over this to see what you’ll need to do to upgrade. Don’t worry though. It should be a relatively easy upgrade.

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

1. Overhauled Image Handling

For several reasons, we eliminated the Timthumb script and replaced it with native WordPress functionality. We’re still using the Get the Image (GTI) plugin, but we’ve built it into the theme to make install and set-up easier for our users.

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-DaVinci 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-DaVinci, you’ll want to copy those over to the custom.css file in DaVinci 2.0. If you’ve made style changes via the Theme Settings page, those should transfer automatically.

3. Separated Subscribe Box Widget and Social Media Icons Widget

This is a relatively small change, but we’ve moved the social media icons out of the Subscribe Box widget and given them their own Social Media Icons widget.

What To Do Upon Upgrade or Initial Install

Just know these are now two separate widgets, so you’ll want to be sure to add the Social Media Icons widget, in addition to the Subscribe Box widget.

4. Redesigned the Default Style

We created a new default style for the theme. It’s the one you are viewing now. The previous default style is still available via the Theme Settings page under the Basic Site Settings. It’s style4.css under the Alternate Stylesheet field.

What To Do Upon Upgrade or Initial Install

If you liked the previous default style and would like to keep it as the design for your site, simply go to the Theme Settings page and select it under Basic Site setting.

5. 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.

6. Redesigned the Featured Videos Slider

Again, because of the responsive design elements, we had to rework the featured video slider. If you’re attached to the previous version of the Featured Videos slider, let us know in the forum, and we’ll see what we can do to help you.

7. Added Some New Page Templates

We added a few new Page templates, which you can see on the demo site.

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-DaVinci, you will likely have to visit the Menus panel in your WP dashboard and re-assign your custom menus.