Custom Community 2.0 – Current Status

 

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Okay, ready to play?

Yesterday we released the Beta Version of the Custom Community 2.0 Theme in our store. Now it’s time to develop the theme together with you!


Become a part of the development process

Custom Community is a community project, so we want to develop it together with the whole community. And we established an easy workflow to realize this:

#1 – Feedback right from your dashboard.
You can download it, play with it on a test install and give us your feedback right from your dashboard, by just clicking a button which will open a form.

#2 – Automatic update notifications, inside your dashboard.
And by downloading it from our site you will get license keys, to get automatic update notifications as soon as a next update is available!

#3 – Let the community vote for ideas.
You can add ideas and vote for other ideas here.
This way we can decide all together where we will go!

We thought this way we can have a real close communication about the CC development together. And we are really excited to test this workflow with you now! :)

So next, please download it from our store for free:


Download CC 2 Beta


The theme is and will be for free. There will be no “Pro Theme” from version 2.0, but a premium extension for the free theme (means a commercial WordPress plugin). We adjusted our business model to the meet the new WordPress Theme Review Guidelines.

I will explain it now…


The New Freemium Model of Custom Community 2

The Old Model – Free and Premium Theme Versions

In versions 1.x of Custom Community there have always been 2 versions of the theme. A free version and a premium version. We changed this freemium model a bit.

The New Model – Free Base Theme and Premium Extensions

The new premium version will not be a separate premium theme from version 2.0, but a theme extension to the free version. This way you will not have to change your theme anymore but just activate all the premium features!

In short:

Custom Community Theme = The Free Base Theme.
Custom Community Premium Features = The Premium Extension = Commercial WordPress Plugin

Benefits of this model:
  • Faster issue handling.
  • More frequent updates.
  • No need to switch your theme from free to pro!
  • No fear of loosing any theme options because of switching from free to pro!

Simply activate the plugin then and all the extra theme features will appear. :)

One of the main reasons why we needed rework our themes is due to new WordPress Theme Review Guidelines. Please read more about this here.


Beta = Don’t use it live!

Please note it is still Beta and you should not use it for a live install! Just play with it on your dev installs and let us know your feedback.


Updating from 1.x to 2.0

It is a complete different codebase and framework, so updating anything now would not work at all. You would simply switch the themes, without overtaking any old theme options.

But of course we will create an update script to make your switch to CC 2.0 as smoothly as possible! All options that can be transferred will be transferred then. Maybe 50-70% of the options will stay, some will be made different, some will have to go. Main focus on the new CC 2.0 is to have clear and easy options while still keeping things as flexible as possible.


The CC 2 – Premium Extension

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p>Custom Community 2 Premium Pack will provide you all the premium theme features like

  • No Branding / Custom Credit Links
  • More Page Templates
  • More Theme Options
  • Widgetized Homepage
  • ..and more! :)

Custom Community 2 will also be ready for the Loop Designer Plugin!


Preorder the Premium Extension now and save 50%!


When will it all be finished?

Planned release date for the free theme is end of December. The premium extension should be available as beta somewhere in December, and finished in January.


Let us know what you think

Did we miss anything? Do you have any question left? Let us know in the comments!


 
 

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      konrads says:

      Hi Tansu, thanks for your feedback!

      I couldnt reproduce your isse as in your screenshot in the support ticket.. Right now it should use the BuddyPress Legacy Skeleton Model as fallback, means it should all display correctly. But anyway there will come extra BuddyPress templates provided by CC 2.0 in the future..

      Next version now will come with a new footer and footer widgetareas, different sidebars for search, archive, pages, posts, and it will be Loop Designer ready then! Update may come today or tomorrow!

      Have a great week, Konrad

  2. Joe Palffy says:

    Can we get a live preview of the new beta theme somewhere ? or maybe at least some screenshots ?

    Also i hope the slideshow is improved (i don’t want to showcase posts or pages, i just want to scroll through banners and maybe link some to pages or other sites)

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      konrads says:

      Hi Joe,

      a demo site will come now! I added an example screenshot in the free theme (see the link to the free theme itself above in the post).

      The new slider will be a blast! Thats just the thing coming next too! :)

      I was just playing with CC 2.0 myself last night – and setup this mini-portfolio site within a few hours:
      http://konradsroka.wpengine.com/

      Just to get another impression ;)
      * but no sliders in there.. *

      Thanks for your feedback!

      Cheers, Konrad

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      konrads says:

      Hey Kirk,

      just thought about this the last days, and yes, we will offer a possibility to try before you buy.

      For now, you can just pre-order anyway, what means you will have no plugin to use yet.

      It’s just a pre-order, but with 50% preorder-discount!

      The first beta version for CC Pro Extension will come soon!

      And then also the 50% off deal will end… ;)

      Cheers, konrad

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      konrads says:

      You can actually simply switch the theme to the new version and see.

      Your old CC settings will NOT be lost.

      But your new theme will not adapt any settings also, its simply like switching theme.

      Still, its always good to make regular backups ;)

      I would make a test site, which is the copy of your live site. And start the rework to version 2.0 there.

      Hope this helps, cheers, konrad

  3. Who? says:

    ” The first beta version for CC Pro Extension might come by end of next week!

    And then also the 50% off deal will end… ;) ”

    What will be included, is there any possibility to see the product before we preorder with the 50% off, could you set a date?

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      konrads says:

      Hi there,

      unfortunately we are a bit doomed with delays, but the next beta version of the CC2 theme will be a really big update with the estimated final design, just still not fully finished from all technical parts and BuddyPress and WooCommerce sections.

      So I guess it will be few more weeks at least.

      With the next beta version i will also write up a clear new blogpost about all the details of the current status.

      The CC2 Premium Pack will need a bit more too.

      Unfortunately I cannot give any concrete release dates for the stable versions right now – let’s just see how things develop. What I can say is that we talk about some weeks delay, and not half a year, that I can say for sure now! ;)

      Sorry for anyone who got a very tight time frame right now – but WE need to focus on 100% well-thought and stable code and don’t take any shortcuts to save time – just make it rocksolid future-proof.

      Some areas are new and I just digg myself through until I can go to sleep knowing the 100% best solution is implemented for CC2. :)

      Cheers, konrad

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      konrads says:

      I forgot to add:

      See all details about the CC2 Premium Pack here:
      http://themekraft.com/store/custom-community-2-premium-pack/

      More details will follow soon, but now it’s too early ;)

      Also, you cannot see the product before you pre-order, then it would be no pre-order anymore also.. ;)

      Cheers, konrad

  4. who? says:

    ty for the fast reply and update.

    Well i am very exited but also there is a chance that me and others goes with an other theme and forgets your since all facts there is about it is…

    No Branding / Custom Credit Links
    More Page Templates
    More Theme Options
    Widgetized Homepage
    ..and more! :)

    and thats actually not much to be exited about:)

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      konrads says:

      Thanks for your honest feedback!

      1.) I will update the product description soon with more details and the first beta version of the Premium Pack will also come as fast possible now!

      2.) I know promised the first beta version for this weekend, but it will be another week more now :(

      Please allow us a bit more time, you will not be disappointed ;)

      Let us know if you have more questions, thoughts, feedback on this,
      cheers, konrad

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    waterelizabeth says:

    I have purchase the CC2 Beta 5 license with also the Premium Upgrade (still waiting for this) and from I can see the CC2 does not seem to have the same ability for fine tuning the site customization of the theme settings, which is available now in the Custom Community free theme.

    I would strongly suggest that you DO NOT lose this ability to fine tune. This function is tremendously important to me; in fact this is the primary reason the Custom Community Theme is my ‘go to’ theme and why I was ready to spring cash for a 5 license for the CC2 Premium. I would be very sad if it disappears. If this fine tuning is no longer in the CC2 free theme, then I would hope you will be keeping it in the Premium Upgrade. Thank you for your fine work.

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      konrads says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      first off, YES, we will take care it will offer mostly the same and rather new and more possibilities!

      Just some options are simply old and will not be transferred or done differently. For example, there will not be an option to turn on/off “responsive mode”…

      And some other functionality needs to be separated into plugins, as they are not allowed in themes anymore by WordPress Theme Review Guidelines.

      This targets all plugin functionality, for example shortcodes, option-fields for adding scripts to header or footer, and few things like that.

      To explain in short: the theme is just a PRESENTER; but in the last years themes have evolved to “groups of plugins” rather than real theming in terms of how things are *presented*. Many themes carry a big bulk of plugin functionality with them..

      But in the end – as mentioned above already – we will ensure the theme (and especially the Premium Pack) provides all these fine-tuning possibilities that users loved in the old Custom Community versions!

      And I guess this in mind of most users too..

      Cheers, Konrad

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    yecats says:

    Very confused… what is the difference between x2 Premium Pack and CC2? I am currently running a wp site with Custom Community Free Version and would like to upgrade so that I can access support when i need it. Currently the slideshow for posts is not operating properly. I paid $39 for the x2 thinking it was the upgrade to CC. Help, please! Thanks!
    Stacey

  7. Nathan Pinno says:

    Konrad and Team,

    Any idea when we can expect the release of this theme for use on commercial sites? I’d really love to see that (and if you could add a widgetized page template, I’d appreciate that ;) ).

    Thanks,
    Nathan Pinno,
    President, CEO, and Founder, Leet Link Inc.

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      konrads says:

      Hi Nathan,

      we have just made a big step, see the latest beta here:

      http://themekraft.com/blog/custom-community-2-0-get-ready-to-play/

      Ready for use on your live site: depends on you ;)

      The officially stable version should be finished around the next 4 weeks.

      Cheers! Konrad

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      konrads says:

      P.S. Widgetized Page Template coming too, please post your further concrete ideas or wishes on that here, too, if you have more :)

      I would say a 3 column widget page template should come first, did you think of something like this?

      • Nathan P. says:

        Konrad, that’s exactly what I need for a site’s home page. Right now I can’t do that because any plugin I use uses the embed code, which throws off my arcade games size (it shrinks them and makes them unplayable),

  8. Laura C Candeloro says:

    Hi, I have enjoyed this Theme, but with the possibilities of so many free themes out there, the price point of the new “upgrades” seem quite steep per year for the theme (no matter how good it is or the support offered.) The slideshow on the old one has never worked correctly, anyhow, despite lots of wiggling on it. I’d love to keep this theme, but if it’s going to cost so much to keep it, I’ll just start looking elsewhere. I’m not being mean here – just wanted to put in my two cents as to why a lot of users may not sign up. All the best, Cheers…

    • Mike says:

      Hello, I too have the same thought. There are a lot of free quality themes to use. It almost seems with this theme, you are forced to upgrade to the paid version or your out of luck and stuck with a less then a quality outdated theme. In addition there is one plugin that I need to use on my site and it always has problems in this theme, I Have to disable it to put up a post or I can not add a new post or edit it. As of right now, I am considering looking for something different with less to worry about for the future. For me, if you build a site, you shouldn’t have to always worry if its going to keep working, Who has the time.

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