New version of Catalyst 1.3 WordPress Framework is released with inclusion of many new features and functionality along with few bug fixes. The framework received 4 major updates like custom CSS builder front end editor, homepage EZ widget area extras, catalyst In-Post/In-Page options for custom post types, Category, tag and author archive options along with few extra stuff like custom content option for 404 page, add and remove option for jQuery navbar sub-indicator, general page and post layout options, SEO kill switch feature.
New Features In Catalyst V1.3 WordPress Framework :
Custom CSS Builder Front-end Editor – With the help of this feature, you will love it’s ability to write CSS code for you with the options provided in the new version of framework. It powers you to have intuitive CSS element list with ability to view the changes as they comes in to effect.
CSS Element List has not only number of elements but it has also changed the way it they are displayed to the user. Earlier, new user had few confusion when they had list of actual styles but now they can easily find understandable description of each element that then spits out the actual CSS code in to text area.
It has build in capacity to show or hide CSS builder features tab on the front end of the website (only logged in user can see this feature at front end of website). It gives click-able option to display the CSS Builder on the front end side that allows you to see the actual content as you goes on styling it.
After tweaking the CSS, once you are happy with the style, you can insert that code in to your custom CSS editor box and save your changes.
Actually it eliminates the daunting task to edit the CSS and you don’t have to be expert in coding as well.
Check out how Custom CSS Builder Front-end Editor works :
Homepage EZ Widget Area Extras – They’ve added a Home Sidebar and Home Slider option for greater control over the structure of your homepage. There is new option under Dynamik EZ options called “extras” which offers more flexibility to control your positions of the page in conjunction with other content of the page (Left/Right for the Sidebar and Inside Sidebar/Outside Sidebar for the Slider).
It has also some new tooltips that gives some visual references for the different structure to help in the process of selecting the right layout for your homepage and featured area.
Catalyst In-Post/In-Page Options For Custom Post Types - you will find page / post editor when you go to create custom post type and edits such a post type which give you SEO, layout, Script and class controls.
The updated version of Catalyst 1.3 allows you to include the catalyst In-Post options to specific post type or to all custom post types.
( Please Note that if your Custom Post Type is using its own physical Page Templates these In-Post/In-Page options may not work, or the Page Templates may require tweaking to get the options to work)
Category, Tag and Author Archive Options - They have added layout options for individual category, tag and author archive pages with SEO setting options along with ability to control custom titles and descriptions for such type of pages.
Some extra good stuff worth noting :
- 404 Page content option.
- jQuery Navbar sub-indicator add/remove option.
- General Page and General Post Layout Options.
- SEO Kill Switch Feature.
Catalyst 1.3 Overview:
More To Come at Catalyst :
Catalyst team is working on to create the Catalyst Market place which will be beneficial to single site owner and developers too. Check out the Catalyst 1.3 Changelog.
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