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[resolved] [Plugin: Elastic Theme Editor] any documentation available? (23 posts)

  1. Ovidiu
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    - installation instrucions?
    - screenshots?
    - do the "generated" themes get saved into the themes folder?
    - can it edit existing themes?
    - what exactly does it do?
    - is it wpmu compatible?
    - similar to this plugin? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/theme-options/

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/elastic-theme-editor/

  2. Daryl Koopersmith
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey Ovidiu,

    I'll be writing and adding a bunch of documentation this week (Elastic is a Summer of Code project, and this is the final week).

    Installation instructions and frequently asked questions are now available on the download page. Screenshots will be added soon.

    Themes are saved into the themes folder, and are complete WordPress themes. However, the theme editor can only edit themes that it has created.

    The download page now has a (slightly) clearer description the editor. In a nutshell: Elastic allows the user to create and edit themes by breaking themes down into pieces which can be dragged around a canvas. The user can also customize other parts of their theme, such as the typography (additional customizations are in development).

    For the moment, Elastic has not been tested with WPMU.

    Elastic isn't that similar to the Theme Options plugin. While Theme Options provides users a way of managing and editing code snippets, Elastic provides users with a way to customize a theme without writing any code.

    Hope this answered your questions.

  3. Ovidiu
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    sounds better now. will give it a try...

    btw. I know a lot of people would be greatly interested if this was wpmu compatible. thus people would no longer be tied down by the themes offered but rather by their imagination...

    but it needs to be foolproof otherwise one blogger coudl crash the whole wpmu installation...

  4. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    ...

  5. Ovidiu
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    ok, here is more feedback:

    shouldn't it come with theme options? I mean I'd like to be able to configure the header, background image, show blogname/deescription yes/no, etc.

    integrating menus in the header still needs theme editing, right?

  6. Daryl Koopersmith
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yeah. The editor is still very much in beta (v0.0.2.4), so pretty much all of the things that you've mentioned are things I plan to add.

    WPMU support is on the features list as well. Ideally, I'd like the plugin to be compatible with all versions of WP, but it needs some time to get there. :)

    If you customized your fonts, you'll notice that the default theme doesn't exactly reflect your customizations... that will be fixed soon.

    Thanks for testing it out!

  7. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Well since everytime I try to save, it hangs, there's no way to see it do anything really.

  8. Ovidiu
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    cool, lets keep communicating in this thread. I'll keep trying out your new versions and will give you feedback in this thread...

  9. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    mmkay ~ it saved... but it doesn't show up in my themes...
    And I can't go back an edit it...
    and if you do 'load theme' and the pulldown is empty it hangs.

  10. Daryl Koopersmith
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ovidiu: sounds great

    NHL23: that (obviously) shouldn't be happening. Can you tell me what version of wp you're running and what version of PHP you're using? Also, I'm assuming you're using the latest version of elastic?

    also, that load theme bug will probably be fixed by next release.

  11. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    wp 2.8.4
    php 5
    elastic 0.2.6

  12. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    no I was using 4.4.9 ~ now I am using 5, and WOW errors galore when I activated the theme...

  13. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    16 times I got:

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /*/wp-content/themes/cs1/library/classes/module.php on line 157

    Several of these:

    Warning: Missing argument 2 for Module::_load_file_view() in /*/wp-content/themes/cs1/library/classes/module.php on line 202

  14. Daryl Koopersmith
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hm. Was it not saving under php4? Also, I'm guessing you can now see your theme in the themes menu? (Elastic *should* work for both php4 and php5, but php4 has had some errors).

    For the warnings, I found the bug causing both of them. They should be fixed in the next release.

    Warnings aside (and crazy typography aside), is the theme rendering okay? No fatal errors?

  15. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I switched to php5.

    php4 i Coudln't see a theme, php5 I can. the theme look to be working besides the errors, so many of them I had to scroll a long ways down.

  16. Daryl Koopersmith
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Okay, good to know. What version of php4 were you using? I ran a few tests on php4 earlier and wasn't getting any errors, but clearly something's failing—I'll try and replicate your results when I get the chance. Was the save function hanging in php4? If so, the editor probably couldn't write to the filesystem. Did you get any erroneous php callbacks or javascript errors? I'll try and write some error detection in so this will be clearer in the future. :)

    I'm glad it's rendering properly on php5. Those warnings should be gone by next release, which is coming soon.

    Thanks for testing!

  17. Daryl Koopersmith
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ah, I missed the 4.4.9 above. That'll be a good reference point to check the bug.

    What's odd is that you said that it saved, but that the theme didn't appear on the themes page. Did any files copy into your wp-content/themes folder (in php4), or nothing?

  18. NHL23
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The save function was hanging in 4.4.9 in the first two releases, but the 3rd release I was actually able to save it once.

    I didn't check if any files saved, but there was no theme to select when using php4 as you know.

  19. jmsearcy
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am having some similar issues. I've installed the latest release of Elastic (0.0.2.7) on a WP 2.8.4 install, running on PHP 5.2.8. The Theme seems to save fine within the UI, but I see nothing generated within the themes directory or elsewhere. Seems like this will be a great addition to WP if it would actually work :(.

    -Joe

  20. Daryl Koopersmith
    WordPress Dev
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sorry to hear it's not working for you Joe! Just to be sure, when you hit save, you're getting a "Saved!" confirmation message, right? Also, can you usually use the WordPress automatic upgrade / plugin & theme upgrade features without a problem?

    I'll try and figure out the problem you're running into—I want Elastic to be compatible on as many systems as possible.

    Thanks for letting me know.
    —Daryl

  21. jmsearcy
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am getting the "Saved!" confirmation message. I have had mixed results with the auto upgrade/plugin install since WP 2.7 (sadly)! I've adjusted permissions to try and resolve the issues, but nothing has worked. If you have any recommendations for permission settings (to fix the Elastic or auto-upgrade issues) I will gladly lend an open ear!

    -Joe

    P.S. My sites are hosted on my own server, so I can make virtually any modification necessary!

  22. robine
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Not getting the Saved message..when I click the "Save Theme" button, it just opens the Canvas Settings box...very weird.

    I am able to make a theme, but I can not save it. I use WordPress 2.9.1 and I downloaded the latest version of Elastic.

    I think this is a great add-on for WordPress, too bad it is not working.

  23. robine
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Correction: it does show a Saved message, but it appears very quick and light. Unfortunatly, it is not showing up in my themes, nor on the server.

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