Hey folks, after the excitement of the 2.2.0 release yesterday we were quickly made aware of a couple of bugs that made it through the beta test and have consequently released two small fix releases to address these issues. Thanks to everyone who brought these issues to our attention and our apologies for any disruption caused.
2.2.1 fixes a fatal error folks were experiencing when running older versions of PHP.
2.2.2 fixes issues folks were experiencing with our Starter Content implementation. Essentially some people were seeing the effects on that feature (widget and page template assignment) in existing sites which of course should not happen.
If you spot any other problems please do not hesitate to open an issue on github (with full details). We’ll investigate and release another fix if required.
I’d also like to remind anyone who hasn’t pushed the update button yet that 2.2 is a major release. To be 100% safe, we recommend that you always test major releases (whether it’s Storefront, WooCommerce, or any of our other products) in a non-production environment first. Or even better – participate on our pre-release beta tests.
I’m happy to announce that Storefront 2.2.0 beta 1 is now available. You can download it and begin testing by clicking here.
What’s changed in 2.2.0?
The focus of 2.2.0 was primarily to improve New User Experience. Making use of WordPress 4.7’s Starter Content feature, new Storefront users now benefit from a much richer experience when they first start using the theme. The improved NUX can be broken down in to three main additions;
WooCommerce installation and Customisation prompt
After activation Storefront will perform a quick check to see if WooCommerce is installed or not. If not, a prompt will be displayed asking you to do so via a single click. After which you’ll be guided through WooCommerce setup via the wizard that exists in core.
Of course, in most cases folks won’t see this prompt. Storefront is a WooCommerce theme and generally WooCommerce will already be activated. In those cases, users will instead be prompted to customise the look and feel in the Customizer.
Customizer guided tour & Starter Content
When the user enters the Customizer they will be greeted with a step by step guide to set up some of the core design options in Storefront.
Depending on whether the store is fresh or established, Starter content may be included. For brand new stores that means the following tasks will be performed automatically:
Example products imported
Homepage created, ‘homepage’ template applied and set as a ‘static homepage’ in WordPress settings
‘Full width’ template applied to cart and checkout pages
Default widgets removed
Revamped landing page in wp-admin
Once the user finishes customizing their store and returns to wp-admin they’ll be greeted with a revamped landing page. This landing page has been tidied up and now focuses on informing folks on how they can enhance their Storefront experience, either through free plugins, Storefront Powerpack or commercial child theme designs.
The other big change in 2.2.0 is a design refresh we’ve performed which lightens the overall aesthetic, gives more prominence to product photography and transforms the homepage content into a hero component.
You can read more about the design refresh in this post.
If you’re using any Storefront extensions, plugins or child themes we thoroughly recommend that you check for updates available for those first and perform any that you find. Many of our own child themes for example have had patches to provide compatibility with 2.2.0.
If you’re keen to test the guided tour / starter content features then you’ll need to set up Storefront on a fresh installation of WordPress.
Storefront 2.1.0 has just been tagged for release an uploaded to WordPress.org. That means it should be available to download very soon!
2.1.0 is a major release and comes roughly 3 months after our last major release 2.0.0. It’s a significantly ‘lighter’ release (although still packed with flavour) which should mean less bugs and less potential for breakage. That said, I’d like to remind everyone that this is a major release. You should not update live sites without adequate testing.
What’s in the box
Rather than repeat myself I’d suggest you read the original 2.1.0 outline post which includes all of the details of this release. For the condensed version, here’s the relevant info pulled directly from the changelog;
New – Lots of SEO enhancements.
New – Selective refresh on site title, tag line, logo and widgets.
Dev – Restructured scss; removed components/typography and added main styles to `assets/sass/base/_base.scss`. Layout styles then added to `assets/sass/base/_layout.scss`. Moved WooCommerce extension integration styles to `assets/sass/woocommerce/extensions/`.
I’m particularly excited about the SEO enhancements we’ve made (major Kudos to Clément) and am keen to see the results. You can read more about what how we’ve improved Storefront SEO in this post.
You can download Storefront now from your dashboard or from WordPress.org.
If you’re updating an existing store to Storefront 2.1, as mentioned previously; please test the update in a development environment first. If you are using any additional Storefront products (child themes and/or extensions) be sure to check for updates for them before updating Storefront and test everything in your development environment.
I’ll say it one more time; test the update(s) in a development environment. 🙂
I found a bug
If you find a bug then as always, please be sure to report it on github. If you have any other problems with Storefront please post on the WordPress.org support forum, or contact us if you’re a WooCommerce customer.
It’s time for another minor Storefront release, 2.0.6 has landed. The main fix in this releases addresses a quirk in the menus on handheld devices where if no menu is assigned to the primary menu location, all page links would appear along with the handheld specific menu.
Full details below;
2016.07.22 – 2.0.6
Fix – Added missing laser card icon.
Fix – Additional menu displayed on handheld when a menu isn’t assigned to the ‘primary’ location.
Fix – Structured data sanitization.
Fix – Photography extension layout on handheld devices.
Tweak – Product Bundles integration tweaks.
Tweak – Updated all docs links to point to docs.woocommerce.com.
Dev – Made storefront_primary_navigation_wrapper() andstorefront_primary_navigation_wrapper_close() pluggable.