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StevenGliebe says

I like metrothemes.com. The others are awkward to me. I like a name that people can remember (METRO!), that is easy to spell (METRO!), that you can say in person without them typing the wrong thing later (“remember now, that’s ohhthemes.com with TWO H’s!“) and that INSTANTLY make sense to somebody. For example, I had to wonder for a while what a theme “loper” was. Maybe I was just slow to get it but I’m thinking non-dev people aren’t likely to figure it out at all.

I don’t mean any offense, just sharing my impressions in case it’s helpful somehow.

As far as metro going out of style, I don’t think so. I didn’t know it WAS in style and I like it. Can always brand it with a nice city or urban style. City’s aren’t goin’ anywhere. The name would work 10 years ago and it will work 10 years from now as well.

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StevenGliebe says

In the U.S. the government basically doubles your tax bill then claims to “invest” half of it for you because you are presumably incapable of making your own plans for the future. In reality (if you are younger), what is likely to happen is that money gets used up sooner than you retire, so as Tyler said:


We are better off burying the cash in the back yard.

In other words, we take advantage of private retirement investments with whatever we have left after the government forces us to pay the self-employment tax (social security and medicare).

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StevenGliebe says

If your question is about a theme you bought you may want to ask the theme author for specific help (check their profile page or the theme docs for support details).

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StevenGliebe says

It’s really good that ThemeForest is checking for this now.

Now to get the bad tutorials updated or removed…

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StevenGliebe says

For what it’s worth, I had been following misguided advice from tutorials that should be taken offline before I ran across this old but useful post by Viper007Bond: http://www.viper007bond.com/2009/11/22/wordpress-code-earlier-shortcodes/

Preprocessing shortcodes that output user-supplied content end up showing correctly without all the annoying paragraph and break formatting issues while third-party plugin shortcodes continue to function normally. I only implemented this recently and so far so good. Anybody have a reason that this is not a good solution?

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StevenGliebe says

Also, if you’re going to handle Portfolio items, then you’d have to account for the different types of items, whether they be pictures, video, audio items, magazine articles, etc…
CPT Taxonomy can be used for that.

I think more than a taxonomy would be needed. I suggested a video_url field earlier since it is very common to add YouTube, Vimeo, and other remotely hosted videos to portfolios. An audio_url for MP3 ’s could also be a consideration. It’s simple and the user would have the freedom to use an uploaded file or external source.

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StevenGliebe says

We have to consider consumer demand on this issue. 99.9% of questions are about IE and mobile.

You have a point. Now if only Microsoft would stop making their browser. Mobile browsing is still pretty new but you’d think MS would have had this down by now, five years ago even.

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StevenGliebe says

One thought is to display just the “browsers tested in” without version (IE & maybe Safari would still carry a version) this will represent the fact that it was tested in the version of those browsers current at the publishing time.

If version numbers are mostly left out then would that encourage authors to just test with the latest? We ought to be testing with every browser, version, OS and device size/orientation that people realistically use. Why not have checkboxes for the browsers and space by each for minimum version tested with. That way the author can reassure the buyer about compatibility.

99% of the time if it works with an older version it will work with the latest version, even if that version is 5 years newer, so I think it’s fairly safe to say something like “IE 8+” rather than “IE 8 – 9” for the sake of not having to update the version manually. There is that 1% case in which something will break on a newer version but if the author is doing their job they’ll have it fixed in no time anyway.

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StevenGliebe says

I’ll add one more in case there ends up being a demand:

Multimedia Item

I’ve worked on a couple church themes and for publishing sermons I use a multimedia CPT with fields allowing for Audio, Video and PDF . The taxonomies cover Category, Tag and Speaker. By using generic names (Multimedia instead of Sermon and Speaker instead of Pastor, for example), non-church websites have used the theme for presentations and teaching of various types.

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StevenGliebe says

Here are some other CPT ’s I’ve used and have seen in use frequently:

  • Staff – position field (aka Job Title)
  • Locations – address, hours, phone number(s), map data
  • Services

For Events, custom fields I’ve used are Start Date, End Date, Time, Venue, Address and Map details.

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