I am very excited to release v0.5 of Ashford and Ashford Pro. Following on the heels of Smashing Magazine selecting Ashford for a second time, listing it with other top WordPress frameworks like Thematic, Carrington and Hybrid, this release is the most child theme friendly version so far.
With this release of Ashford v0.5,
- Added over two dozen hooks into the theme making it easy for developers to move, add or remove features
- New retweet this post with automatic TinyURL creation
- New share on Facebook, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Technorati and Digg
- New author box automatically added if you add an author description/bio to your profile
- Added better category archives with descriptions and listing subcategories in right column
- Added ability to turn on comments for pages
- Automatically remove Ashford SEO features when owner decides to use All In One SEO Pack plugin
I also added more value to Ashford Pro:
- New Ashford Pro Blogger page template which you can now see powering this blog. The focus on this layout is to make it EASY to build and maintain. Owners just need to add one custom field, drag your widgets onto the four customizable sidebar regions and bam your pro blogger page is ready to go.
- Bundled for the first time with the Ashford Pro Lightbox plugin where any image or image gallery found in the post content automagically has a lightbox affect applied to it. See it work on an image gallery.
- Ashford Pro has samples of how to use the new hooks (e.g. remove breadcrumbs).
- Better and unlimited support via a private Google Group.
In the process, I also fixed a bugs.
Ashford Pro upgrades are available for all new, existing and current users. So if you buy it now, you will get every new feature that is packed into every release. For the next release of Ashford Pro, you can expect:
- Smarter breadcrumbs (see them live now on this site)
- Smarter share with social network features
- Smarter post excerpt thumbnails
- Ability to create notices (first time visitor etc.)
- Enhanced Ashford Pro Blogger page
- New Ashford Pro Hero page
- Plus Ashford Pro three color schemes
If you buy Ashford Pro, then you get access to the support Google Group AND you get all upgrades and new features for FREE to use on an unlimited number of sites.