Custom Community 2.0 – First Alpha

There’s a newer post available about the current CC 2.0 status here.

Today we are very excited to show you the first Alpha Version of Custom Community 2.0!

Please note it’s not finished at all! We are at roughly 30% and just wanted to give you sneak preview and something to play with…


The Highlights

  • Based on _s by Automattic and Twitter Bootstrap 3.0
  • Truly responsive, looking beautiful on every display!
  • All Options now with Live Preview in the WP Customizer!
  • Clean design and development starting point for WordPress & Bootstrap.
  • Ready to be customized in minutes! Our original approach!

..ah, why not just take a look by yourself and download it?

Download here

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What’s missing yet?

It’s still just a starting point. So far we didn’t work on the BuddyPress areas, post loops, header and footer widget areas, widget styling options, and some more things. Also existing options like navigation options or layout options are started, but not finished yet. Maybe a few weeks more to be fully ready.

Tip: Test the Twitter Bootstrap Features

Head over to the Twitter Bootstrap demo and see a lot of examples you can copy and paste to try out on your test site!

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The whole story in short.

“Goodbye 1st Generation! It was an awesome time with you.”

Throughout the last years we’ve been working thousands of hours on this theme. Our young startup grew up with this theme. The whole team grew on this theme. And it was a great time to see all these things happen to us.

We started to make the BuddyPress theme flexible by adding the first options, and people loved it! The downloads exploded, reviews were written, and it was a great experience for us to get the chance to work with so many passionated developers and make Custom Community such a feature rich theme framework.

Yes, it felt good being a part of the era of theme frameworks. Custom Community was a great theme framework with lots of users, feedback and downloads. But its codebase comes from one of the first BuddyPress themes and won’t get younger.

Topics like Responsive Behaviour, as well as HTML5 and CSS3, were just at the beginning at this time, if existent at all. It simply wouldn’t work out to try to make this theme a fully fresh new theme by fixing endless side-effects while ripping our hairs out. No! And there are even more BIG topics like the new WordPress Theme Review Guidelines..

Build it. Again. But Better.

To make it really solid and ready for the future, there’s simply no way around building it new. Yes, from the scratch. Based on a fresh HTML5 structure and how things in WordPress are done TODAY. Altogether, there are countless issues to think of that would simply blow any mind and take ages to fix – or… the simple, better and actually only way: make it new. And this new version is the 100% answer to all hair-ripping-issues above.

…and provide an easy update!

The only missing link now: to provide you an update script for a seamless update to the new 2.0 version (as far as options can be adapted of course). We will not rebuild CC with all the exact options – rather rethink some of the old options as this is the time to throw old things out.

Also, some of the options can be reworked in a way to achieve more with less options and/or code. Such issues should not be done “the old way” just to achieve backwards-compatibility… No! We will build the update script and make it as seamless as possible for you to switch to the new theme when it’s ready. :-)

What do you think?

Do you like the new way or not? Where might you see problems? Let us know your thoughts!


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