Standard Theme 3 for Wordpress is Out!
As a blogger do you want to be focused on creating great content? Do you want to be worried about whether or not mobile users will be able to view your blog? Do you want to worry about needing to know how to code a theme?
Of course not. You want to be focused on producing, creating, sharing, and delivering your content to the world. If you want to be focused on shipping something instead of the minute details of managing your Wordpress site, then you will want to pay close attention to the latest release of 8BIT's Standard Theme.
The Perfect Publisher's Theme
I've built several custom sites using Standard and I love the platform. In my opinion, for blogs, there isn't a better theme to use. It's awesome right out of the box.
This latest release of Standard has been much anticipated. I've been hearing for a while now that there is going to be some awesome new stuff for this theme, and the 8BIT team has delivered.
Support license users can log in to download the upgrade - all upgrades are included with the support license. Standard license holders and new users can upgrade Standard Theme using the coupon code Standard3 to get 15% off before July 6th. Discount codes don't come around often for this theme, so if you're sitting on the fence, it's a good time to pull the trigger.
The new version of Standard works perfectly with the latest Wordpress release. The new dashboard interface is much improved in my opinion. The 2.x version was good, but I really like how it flows much more naturally in the dashboard environment.
Here are a few new features that you will want to pay attention to:
New Responsive Layout
This is huge. As mobile devices continue to take over the world, the need for a theming framework to be responsive to the device on which it's rendered is more important than ever. Standard 3 will scale gracefully to fit appropriately on to any mobile device.
Building your personal brand is essential to any business-building effort and Standard has incorporated new tools to help you make that happen. They've improved integration with the author profile page and author box for posts, and the sidebar widget used to display follower count and influence has been completely re-done and expanded to include your Facebook fan page in addition to your Twitter followers, and RSS subscribers.
The theme was reviewed by Yoast, a industry expert, and many of his suggestions were incorporated to make it as search engine friendly and ready out of the box as it can be.
Social Connection Icons
There is now a tab specifically for managing your social connection icons that's super simple. They've made it even easier to manage, and you now have the ability to easily upload your own icon sets if you would prefer something different.
Child-Theming Fully Supported
I do a lot of work customizing Standard Theme for my clients and this is a welcome feature for me. The ability to build full child themes on the Standard framework will make customizing Wordpress sites using Standard better and more flexible.
This is one of my favorite features in Drupal. I know, it's a simple thing, but it's great when you need to worry about getting something fixed and you don't want to have to worry about things breaking for your visitors. Standard now has an offline feature built right in.
Michael Hyatt, who uses Standard Theme himself, talks about the importance of policies in Platform. The 8BIT team was on the same page with Hyatt, and has built in the ability to build your own privacy and comment policies right from your Standard dashboard publishing tab.
There is a lot more too, like better advertising support, activity tabs, and more. If you're a blogger, I can't think of any reason why you would choose another premium theme over Standard.
If you don't have it yet, you can get Standard Theme at 15% off by using the coupon code Standard3 before July 6th!