13 thoughts on “WordPress Theme Framework: Less Is More – Or Is It? Leave a comment

  1. I don’t know if your framework prompts for automatic updates, but I would probably consider disabling that in this case. That way users of the older version would only update if they had a particual reason to or if they knew none of these issues would affect their site.

    1. Hey Alex – it doesn’t currently prompt for automatic updates, but that’s something I would plan to include for this update.

  2. You should do it the Apple way and forget about backward compatibility. Continue supporting and releasing bug fixes for v1 for a limited time, but make it clear that if users want the latest and greatest they have to switch to v2. Just my 2 cents 🙂

    1. Hi David – thanks for the feedback. That’s something I have been thinking about as well – but I need to make it clear that if people upgrade, then things will change. Perhaps moving to a version 2 is the way forward – I was considering this an incremental update and hadn’t thought about making it a full blown new release.

  3. I’d go with David’s suggestion too: while it may inconvenience a few users, it’s better to start over and get people to upgrade to a full new version.

    Once people see how awesome your v2 is, they won’t mind the trouble 🙂

    1. Thanks for the feedback Matt – I think that’s what I have decided to do, I even made a start this weekend and it’s looking so much better already!

      BTW – I like your personal site. Some really good ideas there and it all gels together really nicely.

  4. If this release did break backwards compatibility in any way, it would make more sense to treat it as a major release (v2.0 in this case). And I say go for that! It sounds like it’s what you want to do anyway, and it does offer the most benefit.

    1. I was originally imagining this would be a standard point release, but the more I think about it, the more doing a proper upgrade makes sense. Thanks for the thoughts!

  5. Hey, I’m a Genesis Framework user and I love it very much.
    In genesis, the SEO options will be automatically disable when user install a SEO plugin, so that gives them to some options on SEO. Maybe you should do the same thing on Elemental Framework. Instead on remove it entirely, give the user some option should be a good idea.

    1. Hi Affan – I agree entirely. I have been thinking similar things and will be including all the essential SEO features – without taking over from plugins like WP SEO (which I plan to recommend instead).

  6. Hi Ben, though I’m not a developer but a long time Elemental user, I’d go for a “Elemental 2”. You may support Elemental in its current version over a defined (shorter) period of time, but bringing the framework to a different level is indeed understandable.
    I think having a framework that combine all aspects of WordPress is great thinking, however there are plugins out there to deliver many of the options required by a user.
    I’d prefer a good flexible, well coded and easy to use framework with second to none child themes. A theme that lets me personalise layout and content, while the framework does the rest for me.

    Elemental 2 or not, I shall revert to your great themes in due course.

  7. I like the idea that you will include automatic updates.

    My own concern is that an Elemental update be compatible with The Local and that the automatic updates smoothly integrate with The Local.

    1. Hey Tony – thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately the theme won’t be backwards compatable. There may be an updated version of The Local at some stage but for the time being the current version of elemental will be fine.

      Because of this I won’t stop working on Elemental Classic, and will continue to support and update it with new features and improvements in the future.

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