Post Type Builder (PTB) has been a great tool for non-coders to add custom post types without writing any code. It allows users to build custom advanced sites such as property listing, movie reviews, classified listing, user submission sites, etc. Today we are excited to announce a major update of PTB v2. The new version has added many new features and improvements. It has been improved with better compatibility between the addons and third-party themes/plugins, especially Builder Pro. You can use PTB to add custom post types, taxonomies, and custom fields; then use Builder Pro to design the templates and display the custom fields using the dynamic content feature. This new version is much better than before. We highly recommend you try the update on a staging site before rolling to the live site as it is a major update. If you've built something cool with PTB, please submit it to our showcase or comment in this post. We are planning to feature some user sites created with PTB.
A significant frontend change in v7 is the Builder row grid system. We've replaced the old CSS flexbox to CSS grid to handle the Builder grid system. Using the CSS grid gives more layout possibilities such as adding unlimited columns, column re-ordering, and creating tiled-like grids.
This is a big update, so we jumped from version 5 to 7. Due to the data structure and grid system changes, we highly recommend not to downgrade your theme once it is upgraded to v7 (read the important notes at the end of this post for more details). Please be advised that all Builder addons and Builder Pro must be updated as well in order to use with v7. Testing the theme update on a development/staging site is recommended.
AFTER UPDATE: If you have any cache plugin or server-side cache and CDN tools (eg. Cloudflare), please remember to clear their cache. If you have Cloudflare Rocket Loader, server cache and mod_pagespeed enabled and experiencing issues, try to disable them.
Since the release of Themify v7 Beta, many users asked about the official v7 release. Today we have good news, the v7 is close to final. We are just finishing off the minor issues and doing final testing on our demos. Having said that, we have the final v7 beta version available. We would like to invite you to test out the final beta and let us know if you spot any issues. If everything goes well, the final v7 should be released in 2 weeks.
Download v7 Beta and Install
Download themify-beta.zip (don't extract the zip file). NOTE: If you previously have Themify Beta theme installed, you can use the Themify Updater to update it to latest version without having to reinstall it.
With any of your test/dev WordPress sites (please don't install Beta version on live sites): go to Appearance > Themes, click "Add New" > click "Upload Theme", then upload the themify-beta.zip and activate the theme. If you already have Themify Beta installed previously, you can use Themify Updater plugin to auto update (you should see the update notification on the admin area if you have Themify Updater activated).
NOTE: The Beta version doesn't work with the current Builder addons and Builder Pro. Please deactivate them prior to testing the Beta version.
We might seem quiet lately, but we are actually working very hard on a major framework update. It is so BIG that we had to skip a version. We've jumped from version 5 to 7. The reason we skipped a version is because we don't recommend downgrading your Themify themes after upgrading to v7. For this reason, we are releasing a beta version so you can try it before updating your themes.
The last v5 update focused on the frontend performance and we are happy to see many of our users' sites getting A+ score on Google Pagespeed Insights. In this v7 update, we re-coded a lot of components in the backend to optimize the framework and Builder's performance. Another significant change in v7 is the Builder row grid. We've changed the Builder row to use CSS grid in replacement of flexbox in the old version. Using the CSS grid gives more layout possibilities such as adding unlimited columns, column reordering, and creating tiled grids.
The Beta theme is based on Ultra using the latest v7 framework. Please help us test it on your staging/development sites (do not use it on any live site). As a friendly reminder, the Beta theme doesn't work with any of the current Builder addons and Builder Pro yet (please disable them prior to your test). Have fun with the beta version and let us know what you find.
Themify just got another awesome update with more new features and improvements. The Themify Updater has got better and better. Now you can install the required plugins without leaving the demo import lightbox. Other highlighted features include: accent colors, HTML/CSS editor, row/column clickable link, and dev mode. Read on this post for more details.
Themify Updater plugin has been a super time saver tool for auto updating & installing Themify themes/plugins with a license key. Today, we are making it even faster and easier for users to batch install all themes and plugins. Just check the "Batch Install" checkbox, then select the items that you want to install (or check "Select All") and then click the install button. Instantly, the selected items will be installed one-by-one in a batch. The whole process of installing all themes/plugins is extremely smooth and easy. If you haven't updated your Themify Updater plugin yet, update it to save your time.