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Platform Theme Framework Feedback (46 posts)

  1. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hey Guys,

    Just wanted to start a thread for feedback and suggestions on the Platform Theme by PageLines.

    Please leave any comments about your experience and input for future versions here (it's hard to know what you want, if you don't tell us!)

    Thanks!

    Andrew Powers
    Founder, PageLines

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Theme License?

  3. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Listed in Style.css ...

  4. Sorry, we have to ask, as we cannot allow non-GPL themes to be promoted via the forums.

    Anyway, per the style.css file:

    License: GPL
    License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html
  5. Wudman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    As a webhead who develops for multiple personal and professional projects, I am learning that stable platforms with child themes will probably save me headaches. So I am shopping platforms like yours as well as others. Honeslty, I can't find one that hits it on all marks. I love what I can read in your forums without funding access as I play around with Platform.
    Platform isn't creating much love for me specifically in the ability to mod colors in certain areas. It appears this is an issue with the pro version as well.
    For my clients and my business it is all about containing costs these days and competition is cutthroat. If I want to keep my costs in line, I have to be able to deploy fast and still create a unique experience for each client. I don't want my sites to look cookie cutter either. On the other hand I don't want to have to relearn where x developer has buried this or that function or style.
    Having spent $$$ to get dev level access with other WCMS (Joomla) theme developers is like getting married. I'd like to know that something as simple as a color picker for lets say, the footer will be in play. That would save time and that means my musician client base might actually be able to pay me before their band breaks up.
    At this point you got me on the hook, but I'd had to drop my next $$$ and have negative energy to blog about the experience.
    At this point Platform is going to go into my sandbox and I will play with it when I have the time 'cause at 6am,another full day of site dev, marketing and multimedia dev is shouting at me. Then there are 8 of my own sites begging for content.
    You are on a great path as I'd love the ability to drag and drop different content on different pages! That is very exciting. In today's economy though, I want a bit more pavement as I traverse a bumpy road moving a big bag of my own sites from HTML to WP!
    Peace,
    J. "Wudman" Wood

  6. Wudman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    PS No need to share how as I understand your side of the economics. Just that it be nice not to have to jump to other tools to mod any aspect of the css if we are being teased or actually acquiring "premium" tech.

  7. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Color Pickers are easy to add..

    This is a design decision... colors, borders, background, etc... should all be done using CSS. We have added a custom CSS option and support for CSS through child theme.

    The alternative is to add 100 options to control color, borders, etc...; we don't think this is smart design.

  8. Wudman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you. Subsequent sniffing around the web I did come across a post where you said that this was coming in the next update of the pro program.

    As we step forward in deploying modern web portals, it would seem that having a color picker intuitive enough to make the CSS change would be excellent design. If we can drag other elements around sites for placement, why is color taking us back to Notepad?

  9. Wudman
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If you want to entice more people buy up into your themes consider creating a limited access thread that supports your "free" product. All your links from the Platform theme listing at WP lead to PlatformPro.

    Although most forums do require registration, every level of your forum registration requires a payment. So for example if someone wanted to see how (and if) the "Callout" works, or they have implemented it in a test bed as I have and want to understand how to fix the issue there, there isn't even a place where they can read if the problem is resolved for those who did pay for your commercial products

    In the case of Platform, your footer background is the page background which takes a bit to discover. Also, you have buried the CSS so it can't be edited from WP. Granted you list where it is in the stylesheet, but now even a quick change involves FTP.

    You have some great concepts and after spending half a day exploring Platform, I am enticed. On the other hand, I ran into issues that commercial clients are focused (i.e. how "callout" is not working well).

  10. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @Wudman Agreed... that's why we check the WordPress.org forums often.

    Regarding the support on PageLines, the reason we do this is because we want to give the paying customers the maximum amount of help.(I.e. it's not about what's best for PageLines, but what's best for its customers)

    Note: Fixed the issue with callout in 1.0.6 :)

  11. miom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If you are using the 3 column layout on the PageLines theme then you can't use the 'TAGS CLOUD' WIDGET IN THE SIDEBAR (right only, the left one you can) Why is this??? What happens is your tags show up below your post spread across your page.

  12. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @miom The only thing that would cause that, (I'm guessing) is an issue in your HTML markup.

  13. miom
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I use Google Chrome for my browser.

  14. Mouchoirs
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm not able to change page content background or body background color, no matter what hex code I use under global options.... any idea what's causing this?

  15. foodpursued
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Andrew, I'm still LOVING the theme and loving that there's a free version!

    Maybe I'm just not a great searcher but I can't find a suitable plugin that will show related posts - with thumbnails - based on tags. (Plenty that do 2 of the 3.) When I found a post to edit code I thought I'd better check here first. Would this be compatible with the theme and if so, where would I apply it? I briefly tried 'template.postloop.php' but it didn't quite work and I didn't want to mess with a good thing. Thanks!

  16. meschi
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Is there an option to show the whole post on the blog page instead of 'continue reading'?

    Thanks,

    Paul

  17. sdchivers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Andrew

    I have just downloaded the free version of platform and i cannot find anywhere where i can put pictures into my blogroll, do i need the pro version for this. Also i am having display issues with IE8 but displays fine in safari. the blog is in the build phase at the moment, can you help

    http://www.anglepoise.com/blog

  18. Amy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Alright, I am swallowing my pride here.... I am loving the theme options, but unable to find how to change my page order--what come first, etc--in the navigation. Help?

    Thanks!!
    Amy

  19. Amy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    yup, found it!

  20. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @sdchivers you should be able to enter pictures using any of the standard methods in WordPress. This includes plugins etc..
    The pro version supports some advanced features like a 'feature slider' and carousel; but you don't need it for pics.

    Re: Ie8 - IE has issues when sites don't validate... so first run a validation using the w3 validator.

    @foodpursued - are you familiar with Hooks in WP? If so, they are the correct way to add code. Also, a child theme is the recommended way to customize the theme.

    @Mouchoirs - perhaps a file permissions issue? Or we've seen this with: plugin conflicts, & windows servers.

  21. mariannekg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm assuming I can't use a child theme, to change fonts for instance, if I'm using the free version of Platform? Is that right?

    Thanks.

  22. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Mariannekg,
    You sure can, the only thing is you have to create your own. One value add of the Pro version is we give you one, pre-configured.

    Doc on installing the Pro version "Base" child theme: http://www.pagelines.com/docs/theme-installation

    Here's the basics of child themes in general:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

    Andrew P

  23. greg57
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    I'm quite new to WordPress and your platform theme looked pretty flexible so I've decided to adopt it. However I cannot quite figure out hot to add customized links in the navigation menu. Have I missed something or is this feature not implemented yet?

    Regards

  24. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Just use the WordPress menus feature:
    http://www.pagelines.com/docs/menus-navigation

  25. gad3t5
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hi,
    i have the free version and am setting up my site with the view to possibly upgrading to the pro version.
    i'm liking it so far, but my main issue is i can't see how to show whole posts on the main page, it always cuts them off with 'continue reading'!
    is this something in the free version or am i missing something obvious!
    thanks.

  26. Amy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Looking for a way to change the text with typekit? I like the idea, just not able to find the option in the settings to change to my new font after I got set up with typekit and followed the directions on their site.

    Thanks so much... loving the theme! Generally super easy.

  27. bacree
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Featured photos dont display well in post exercepts in IE8, they display as 10x158 jpegs insteag of 158 x 158 jpegs. When I went to the platform website I found that I couldnt even look at forum posts to see if that problem had a solution unless I handed over $99 first. Why would I pay almost a hundred bucks just to see if maybe there was a solution to the problem?

    Also, I get a warning at the admin page telling me that the adavanced features arent available for my browser, which it says is IE7. But Im using IE8.

  28. bacree
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The thumnbnail problem in ie 8 seems to be related to the way the template.postloop.php calls for the size of the thumbnail. other plugins have had this same problem with IE8 See here

    SOoo, how would i go about altering the template to get thumbnails to display right in IE8?

  29. bacree
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    OK. Ignore the last post, the problem is with IE8. But I think I solved the thumbnail problem.

    The thumbnails display fine in IE8 when you click on Compatibility View, but how many visitors are going to know that? about zero.

    I edited the Header.php file to include a meta tag after the <head> entry that forces IE8 to load the page in compatibility view in IE8. That solved the thumbnail problem. Other browser ignore this tag, so it should only affect IE8 (and eventually, another tag will need to be added for IE9, probly, because microsoft is what it is).

    BUT, was there a reason this wasnt included in the header file in the first place? Other folks have found that turning on compatibility view with the meta tag actually does not work as well as manually clicking the button, so I was just wondering if I have just opened the door to other unknown bugs. So far everything seems to work super, and the page loads fine in Firefox and Safari, but I havent checked anything else.

  30. arpowers
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @Bacree, thanks for the feedback.. we will look into the issue.

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