New site and other goodies

Our site has received a major overhaul. It has a brand new look, a new static front page, new theme pages and a lot more.

Everything is a lot more user friendly and things like support and theme information are a lot easier to find. Check it out if you haven’t already.

WordPress and theme options part II – the fracture

As you might know by now, themes in the official repository are no longer allowed to implement a theme options page. All new themes were required since early this year to implement support for the Customizer and some weeks ago this rule became mandatory for themes already published in the repository as well.

We’ve given this a great deal of thought and we decided not to transfer theme options to the Customizer interface. We built our themes settings to fit and work in a certain way and we feel the Customizer structure just isn’t right for them.

To be able to continue providing theme updates…

Where is WordPress heading? To have or not have theme options…

Wordpress’ Theme Review Team seems to always be involved in a lot of decision making. That’s good, decisions have to be made and a direction needs to be set and maintained.

However lately the decisions seem to be taken hastily, without analysing all the effects (and maybe consequences) they have. We’ve had scuffles with Wordpress before, but we’ve moved on, adapted, clarified or changed things. But this new decision directly affects themes – meaning it touches us the most.

In the latest Theme Review Theme weekly meeting a decision was taken to start to recommend, and eventually (in 6 months time) to impose the use of the Customizer API in all themes and for all theme options.

What does this mean for you? It means themes will no longer be allowed to have separate theme option pages (like our nicely arranged Theme Settings page) but instead must switch to using the Customizer for all their options.

Right now this rule is mandatory for all new theme submissions, while existing themes get 6 months to switch or new updates will no longer be accepted in the repository.

Windows Phone support pitch-in campaign

You may have noticed the appearance of a little blue box on the right side of our website. It’s not there just because we love blue, but because we need a bit of help (being blue).

Developing web-related creations is hard work enough. Developing free creations… that’s turning more and more into a spiritual path. But when we also need to test our creations, that’s where matters complicate.

In today’s world with thousands upon thousands of devices, each with its own software, testing things just gets more difficult. While an emulator is good enough in some cases, it does not cover everything. We need an actual device running Windows Phone to truly test things out. We need the real deal…

Last breath of our alter ego

It was born 3 years ago. It took over Mantra and grew it to what it is today. It has lived a short but fruitful life and then it retired, spending its last year helping Cryout Creations expand it’s grip on the world.

Riot Reactions, our (evil) alter ego for about 2 years is now taking its last breath…

Cryout Creations is getting older

We’ll break the update posts streak with a quick ‘Happy Birthday’ that we’d like to say to ourselves on Cryout Creations’ sixth birthday.

Nothing fancy, join us after the jump if you want to see what the previous incarnations of Cryout Creations used to look like.

Maintenance notice

Sunday, September 8th we’ve moved things to a new server.

To keep our website content consistent we made everything read-only on the old server – no new comments / forum topics / support requests are accepted.

If you are seeing this message then you are getting content from the new server, and everything should work for you. If you encounter any issues, let us know.

Riot Reactions » Cryout Creations reunification (II)

To finish something that we (should have) started almost a year ago, we will be switching the (now) Riot Reactions website back to the main domain and name – cryoutcreations.eu (and .com)

None of the content will change, everything will be kept as is – pages, comments, the forum. But we will have to take both domains off-line for a couple of hours while we move content […]