I’ve spent some time making the popular Aeros Theme ready for WordPress 2.7 while maintaining full backward compatibility, if you use 2.6.5 or older versions. I’ve also cleaned up the whole theme and edited many details like headings, overall font size, table styles and much more. In a word: V 1.0.5 gets Aeros five steps ahead.
Aaron Edwards of MissionsPlace.com (http://missionsplace.com) has added the custom function ‘Change Background Image’ to the theme, which lets you chooce between 12 different images without having to edit any templates. He also added some more great background images and did some tweaks. Nice work, Aaron, thanks a lot! You’ll find a ‘Change Background Image’-Page in the ‘Design’ resp. ‘Appearance’ menu.
As you can see, the image changer already works with the upcoming version of WordPress. Of course it’s also available in 2.6.5 and former ones. To use your own custom background image, simply follow the instructions in the README file.
As I mentioned, Aeros 1.0.5 provides full WordPress 2.7 compatibility, which will especially give you some very nice comment options:
First of all, it enables you to directly reply to a comment, which is called ‘threaded/nested comments’. The ‘@ XY’-Times are over. Once you have sent your statement, it will appear directly under the comment you responded to, as seen on the next image (works in 2.7):
Next, you don’t have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to post a nested comment – you can open a ‘leave a reply’-form directly in the comment by clicking ‘Reply’ at the right bottom. Isn’t that great?
Once you’ve upgraded to the brandnew WordPress edition, don’t forget to select ‘Enable threaded (nested) comments’ and specify how many levels deep you allow guests to reply to comments. Comments can also be paged, automatically closed after xy days or turned around to show the latest comment on top. The backend also changes completely, but once you’re used to it, you’ll love it. You see: there are a lot of reasons for upgrading soon after 2.7 goes live.
Please note that very few themes already provide compatibility. Themes have to be adapted and some functions change in WordPress 2.7. If you want to also serve former WordPress versions (as many users will wait some time before upgrading), it gets quite tricky for Theme Designers. Aeros provides full WordPress 2.7 support while also supporting former versions, which is quite unique. You don’t have to change anything – it’s all done by Aeros 1.0.5.