This latest version of the theme was more of a behind the scenes update, but it's a very important one for anybody choosing to use Visual Composer with the theme. As stated early last week, our new Visual Composer homepage templates are available in the Demo Content area for you to download and use immediately. We have provided information on some of the nuances of using Visual Composer with X, so you can take some time to read up on all of that if you'd like to get a better understanding of this release.
A couple little things to keep in mind when using the Visual Composer homepage templates are the following:
- Images – Visual Composer doesn't use URLs for images placed into shortcode attributes (e.g.
[vc_row]shortcodes). Instead, it uses the unique ID for that media item. Because of this, even though we have put placeholder images in place for all attributes, some of them might not show up, such as background images for the
[vc_row]shortcodes. Simply ensure that you edit each row and add in your own images and they will show up just fine on your site.
- Visual vs. Text – When placing any of our homepage content into the editor, make sure that the Text tab is selected in the upper right corner of the editor instead of Visual. This will ensure that certain characters such as angle brackets (
< >) don't get converted to HTML encoding, which will cause errors.
If you don't feel like digging deep and doing a little reading, the truncated version of all of this is that you will no longer have to perform any modifications yourself if you want to use one of our homepage examples with Visual Composer. This update took us the better part of last week to work on as it included some modifications to how our integration with Visual Composer works, as well as simply taking the time to create 30 new demo files from scratch. We hope that you will all find this to be an invaluable resource moving forward in saving you time getting your projects off the ground. As you all know, it is very important to us that we listen you each and every one of you and what you want out of X, which is why we have responded with this release.
In addition, we've included some minor bug fixes, LinkedIn sharing in the portfolio, a Behance social icon to the topbar and footer, as well as adding comment support on all pages, which was another request that multiple users had submitted to us. Upon updating to v1.7.1 of X, you may find that your old pages are now displaying a comments section at the bottom. To disable this, simply go into each of your pages and make sure that the Discussion meta box is turned on, and then deselect Allow comments and Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page. For those of you who don't mind being a little more technical, you can disable comments for all of your pages in one fell swoop by opening phpMyAdmin on your server, switching to the wp_posts table of your database, selecting SQL in the upper navigation, and entering the following query:
Of course, if you have a different prefix for your WordPress database, your posts table might have a slightly different name, but you can still use this command as long as you enter in the appropriate table name.
We added a good amount of new attributes to our shortcodes in response to some requests that our users had mentioned. Here's a list of everything we've included.
titleattribute was added, allowing you to customize the title of this element. If no title is entered, it defaults to About the Author.
titleattribute was added, allowing you to customize the title of this element. If no title is entered, it defaults to Share this Post.
trueactivates a LinkedIn sharing link.
columnsattribute was added, which allows you to set columns for your
[toc_item]elements when the
blocktype is being used. Acceptable values are
categoryattribute was added, allowing users to filter their posts by category slug. Multiple categories are also acceptible when separated by a comma. We have some more plans in store for this shortcode coming up, as well as other shortcodes that will allow you to easily pull through content to your site, so stay tuned for that!
class attribute for the
[button] shortcode now gets added to the containing element when
circle is set to
true to provide greater stylistic flexibility.
- X 1.7.1 - January 20, 2014
- Feature: Page comment support.
- Feature: Customizer Behance link in Social section.
- Feature: Customizer option for LinkedIn sharing link on portfolio items.
- Updated: Modified Visual Composer integration to support new Visual Composer homepage templates.
- Bugfix: Fixed post meta wrapping issue in Firefox.
- Bugfix: Included missing translation strings throughout the theme.
- Shortcodes 2.0.5 - January 20, 2014
- Feature: New "title" attribute was added to the [author] shortcode, allowing users to set a custom title.
- Feature: New "title" attribute was added to the [share] shortcode, allowing users to set a custom title.
- Feature: New "linkedin" attribute was added to the [share] shortcode, allowing users to add a LinkedIn sharing link.
- Feature: New "columns" attribute was added to the [toc] shortcode, allowing users to set columns for their [toc_item] elements if it is "block."
- Feature: New "category" attribute was added to the [recent_posts] shortcode, allowing users to filter their posts by category slug. Multiple categories are also acceptible when separated by a comma.
- Bugfix: When "circle" is set to "true" for the [button] shortcode, the "class" attribute now gets added to the containing element to provide greater stylistic flexibility.