Monthly Theme Updates Report

It’s the middle of summer already! Time flies and we’ve been very busy again with new theme releases and recent pricing change. I’ve been forced to skip the Monthly Theme Updates Report for June. Hence, I’m updating you now for June & July together.

17 themes received updates, so most probably the one you’re using is among them. 33 updates altogether, wow! That is a record number of updates we’ve rolled out in 2 month window so far.

We’ve got lots to cover, so let’s get straight to it.

Notable Changes That Landed in Multiple Themes

There have been some bigger changes that landed in most of the themes. I’ll list them here first, avoiding to repeat them in each of the individual theme updates.

New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

A new gallery style has landed in WooCommerce 3.0. The gallery of a single product was changed dramatically, so we’ve implemented the changes and tested it against multiple themes that support WooCommerce. It works flawlessly now. The new gallery is much better than the previous one. Update the theme to the latest version (if you haven’t already) and enjoy the new superpowers.

The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag

There was a minor bug, regarding the responsive images and the sizes attribute on the <img> HTML tag. This is fixed now in multiple themes, resulting in improved performance of your website and better delivery of responsive images.

New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality

We’ve developed and implemented a new theme registration functionality, together with the automatic updates. Upon the theme activation, there’s a screen, where you enter your license code to unlock the full functionality of the theme: One Click Demo Import™, customizer settings and seamless automatic updates. It has been implemented in most of our themes and we had no point of failure so far.

Enforced Security of the Output in <head>

The HTML code the theme outputs in the <head> part of HTML has been revisited. Security of the code outputted has been enforced, preventing XSS attacks.

Portfolio Grid Widget When Numbers Are Used as Categories

There was a bug, which prevented to use only numbers as category names in the Portfolio Widget. It’s one of our most advanced and beloved widgets. We’ve come up with a solution that fixed the bug.

Individual Theme Updates

Adrenaline

Version v1.4.1 – We’ve fixed many WooCommerce compatibility issues, like style issues with the sidebar in My Account page and we now automatically set the shop page after the One Click Demo Import™. This makes the setup of the theme even easier and more straightforward. We’ve also improved the appearance of slider buttons on mobile, which improves the UX.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag

Version v1.5.0 – Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery
  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality

Auto

Auto hasn’t been updated for a while, so many fixes and new features landed in the two updates.

Version v1.5.0 – Sticky menu got a fix for IE. We’ve removed our own Custom CSS field from customizer in favor of the native Additional CSS editor. Font Awesome icons set has been updated to version 4.7. Output for front page slider is now a static image (not a slider anymore) if only a single image is set – it improves performance. We’ve fixed the Portfolio Grid (widget) navigation. The Latest News widget was updated as well, there was a fix for the featured images on mobile.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag
  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>

Version v1.5.1 –  We’ve fixed the non-linked breadcrumbs bug in the NavXT breadcrumbs plugin.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

Beauty

Same as Auto, Beauty hasn’t been updated for some time as well, hence the changelog is quite long.

Version v1.5.0 – Opening Times widget has been fixed, allowing the non-Latin characters. The Tabs Widget has been updated and improved, ensuring compatibility with the new Page Builder version. Two minor issues with the WPML compatibility have been resolved. The active state of the primary button has been fixed, to respect the setting in the customizer.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag
  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>

Version v1.5.1 – Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

Bolts (Construction and Transport)

Version v1.7.0 – The display of the featured image in the News Widget has been fixed on mobile. In One Click Demo Import™, the preview screenshots have been added for each of the demo imports.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery
  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag
  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>
  • Portfolio Grid Widget When Numbers Are Used as Categories

BuildPress

Version v5.2.0 – We’ve fixed the Icon Box style for the top bar. We’ve added control for transparent header sticky menu background color. The new One Click Demo Import™ preview screenshots and links were added.

Version v5.2.1 – We’ve bundled the latest version of the Essential Grid and bumped the minimum version in the configuration, which triggers the plugin automatic update. We’ve fixed the Visual Composer’s deprecated function calls. Then, we’ve refactored the MailChimp widget to a standalone MailChimp widget plugin and added it as a plugin that BuildPress recommends. We’ve fixed the jumbotron title margins. One important SEO change, that the BuildPress users have pointed out several times, has landed as well: slider title HTML markup has been changed from h1 to p for BuildPress classic.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

CargoPress

Version v1.11.0 – We’ve fixed mobile paddings for header elements. Updated the Font Awesome icons to the latest version. Fixed Icon Box widget HTML output for title and text.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>

Version v1.11.1 – We’ve updated the Visual Composer compatibility.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

ConsultPress

Version v1.3.3 – We’ve fixed the featured page CTA selection sanitization – it’s a security improvement.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag

Version v1.4.0 – Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality

GymPress

It’s our new theme for gyms, fitness studios, and personal trainers, released on June 30!

Version v1.0.1 – We’ve fixed the parsing of the MailChimp data center from a MailChimp API key.

Version v1.0.2 – Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

Version v1.1.0 – We’ve refactored the MailChimp widget to the plugin and now the theme recommends it upon activation.

Version v1.1.1 – We’ve fixed the style of the pingback comments, WordPress widgets’ styles in the footer, and spacing in articles and posts.

Hammer

Version v1.4.0 – We’ve fixed the primary customizer color for menu widget, Icon Box widget and Featured Page widget title color. If WPML is in use, we’ve fixed the Post Tiles widget. We’ve removed the latest news widget custom view, because the default HTML markup from the ProteusWidgets is sufficient.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery
  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag
  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>
  • Portfolio Grid Widget When Numbers Are Used as Categories

LegalPress

Version v2.2.0 – We’ve improved security by adding appropriate sanitization callback functions everywhere for the customizer settings. The second issue we’ve fixed, was that customizer was stripping away script tags in custom JS code. And we’ve updated the Visual Composer code base, making it up to date with recent changes in the plugin.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery
  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag
  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>

Version v2.2.1 – This release has fixed the Featured Page widget filter applied in inc/filters.php.

MedicPress

Version v1.4.0 – We’ve fixed the <p> margins for the new WP core Text Widget. For the Page Builder, we’ve fixed the 1 px gutter in the flexbox row. And lastly, we’ve added support for RTL (right-to-left) text direction.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery
  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag

Version v1.5.0 – We’ve fixed the Featured Page CTA button when no page is selected.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality

MentalPress

Version v1.9.0 – We’ve updated the ProteusWidgets plugin and removed the external URL for the same plugin in TGMPA (it was causing nothing but confusion).

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>

Version v1.9.1 – We’ve improved the whole theme for smaller code style inconsistencies. Secondly, we’ve fixed the Layer Slider issue where the submenus were overlapping.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

Readable

Version v1.7.3 – We’ve removed obsolete WordPress Importer and Widget Importer & Exporter plugins from the list of plugins the theme recommends. They were not needed anymore, since the One Click Demo Import™ solution has been implemented. We’ve fixed the featured image display on pages.

Version v1.8.0 – We’ve updated the theme registration & automatic updates’ code base.

RepairPress

Version v1.4.0 – We’ve updated Font Awesome – enjoy the new icons 😉 – fixed the Latest News widget style, fixed the microformats markup (no more validation errors in Google Search Console), migrated the custom CSS to the WordPress native Additional CSS field. Lastly, we’ve fixed the Google Maps script – it was not loading on WPML-translated pages.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>

Version v1.4.1 – We’ve updated the Visual Composer’s code base, making it up to date with recent changes in the plugin.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

Shaka

Version v1.9.0 – We’ve fixed, improved and added quite some things from the latest update. We’ve fixed the HTML output in theme slider title, fixed the Featured Page image styling, fixed the testimonial title styling on mobile, added an option to display current weather on selected location. We’ve checked and fixed everything related WooCommerce 3.0: deprecation notices, widgets and shortcodes styles. Lastly, we’ve fixed the PHP notice for sticky menu in the WPML plugin

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag
  • Portfolio Grid Widget When Numbers Are Used as Categories

StructurePress

Version v1.9.0 – We’ve added captions to a single portfolio gallery, updated the Font Awesome icons pack, fixed the portfolio grid widget navigation and fixed the WPML flags style in the navigation.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • The sizes Attribute on the <img> Tag
  • New Automatic Updates and Theme Registration Functionality
  • Enforced Security of the Output in <head>
  • Portfolio Grid Widget When Numbers Are Used as Categories

Version v1.9.1 – We’ve fixed the Featured Page CTA button when no page is selected.

Changes implemented from the notable updates above:

  • New WooCommerce 3.0 Gallery

WebMarket

Version v2.5.2 – We’ve fixed the Featured Products widget. Yes, even our oldest themes still receive updates.


Phew, the list was long. Thankfully, we have a great automated system in place, which allows us to roll out updates quickly and efficiently. I know what a bummer it is if the theme author is not responding to the bug reports and if they are not able to roll out updates within days, like we do.

We want to be your reliable business partner, not a random guy, who sold you a theme.

So, have you updated your theme yet? 😉

P.S.: Don’t forget to use the child theme, if you’ve made any changes in the code.

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Since I built my first website in primary school I've had a strong passion for web development. When not visiting conferences, giving talks or organizing local development related events, I focus on fast and highly optimized online solutions. I'm a windsurfer, snowboarder and beer lover in my leisure time.