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MDNW says

I’m just curious to hear from authors of older Wordpress themes (2.9 and before) on whether or not you guys/gals are going back and upgrading all of your older products to be compatible with the new 3.0 features. I know I am doing this on my themes, but it’s turning out to be quite a time consumer – anyone else experiencing the same? Anyone ignoring updates altogether?

For buyers: is a 3.0 update a make it or break it deal when you purchase themes nowadays?

Thanks in advance for any insights you guys might have :)

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EugeneO says

I only had to go back and do one and it was only really the WP 3 .0 navigation that needed to be added or changed.

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VagrantRadio says

Have a couple of other projects I’d like to get finished first, then I’ll worry about it.

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theMOLITOR says

I went through and updated all my themes to utilize the new 3.0 menu system. I know buyers have been asking about this a lot.

The hard part was making the previous menu system work if they chose not to use the new menu system.

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unisphere says

I also updated my themes to support the new Wordpress 3.0 menu system. As for the new features like custom post types, etc, I’m only implementing them in future themes.

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MDNW says
@themolitor: The hard part was making the previous menu system work if they chose not to use the new menu system.

Yep – same here – this happens to be a killer article on the topic of making the menu compatible for both 3.0 and pre-3.0 installations: http://www.nkuttler.de/2010/06/08/wp_nav_menu-wordpress-3-0/

It didn’t solve the entire mess for me since I have a custom menu system built into all of my older themes (kinda like the WT Menu system) that made things more complex than in his article, but I just finished my first conversion and it works nicely in old and new WP :)

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unisphere says
@themolitor: The hard part was making the previous menu system work if they chose not to use the new menu system.

Yep – same here – this happens to be a killer article on the topic of making the menu compatible for both 3.0 and pre-3.0 installations: http://www.nkuttler.de/2010/06/08/wp_nav_menu-wordpress-3-0/

It didn’t solve the entire mess for me since I have a custom menu system built into all of my older themes (kinda like the WT Menu system) that made things more complex than in his article, but I just finished my first conversion and it works nicely in old and new WP :)

Exactly the approach I used for maintaining compatibility with the previous menu system. Works like a charm :)

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naweedshams says

Just wanted to view my quick opinion as a consumer:

Custom menu is a must have! Otherwise we have to use plugins such as “Page Links To” to create custom/external links.

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Just wanted to view my quick opinion as a consumer: Custom menu is a must have! Otherwise we have to use plugins such as “Page Links To” to create custom/external links.

Thanks for the note naweed! :) This is the primary feature that I’ve been focusing on myself, and I’m going to guess that that’s the single most important feature that other authors are working on too. A lot of the other new features are “take them or leave them” and more likely to be taken advantage of by entirely new themes – but the new menu system is crucial.

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naweedshams says
Just wanted to view my quick opinion as a consumer: Custom menu is a must have! Otherwise we have to use plugins such as “Page Links To” to create custom/external links.
Thanks for the note naweed! :) This is the primary feature that I’ve been focusing on myself, and I’m going to guess that that’s the single most important feature that other authors are working on too. A lot of the other new features are “take them or leave them” and more likely to be taken advantage of by entirely new themes – but the new menu system is crucial.

I totally agree, custom menu is a must have at present. Custom post types aren’t that highly sought after because they’re included with new themes anyway.

Best to keep it simple and easy.

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