Laboratory Business Theme

Laboratory Business Theme

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Laboratory is a responsive business theme(resize it in your browser) with a clear focus on the business segment. While it comes with lots of features, it’s not filled with complicated admin panels and it’s pretty easy to use and setup since it relies on the built in wordpress features. It’s also semantically coded and SEO friendly.

Laboratory 2016 highlights

Features

  • Responsive layout
  • Intuitive, simply to use white label admin panel
  • Theme Customizer with live previewer for changing colors
  • Simple, lightweight yet powerful framework, easy to customize with more than 40 shortcodes
  • switch between left and right aligned sidebar
  • option to display the slider on all interior pages, not just the homepage
  • Infinite skinning options using the Theme Customizer with live Previewer
  • Blog post formats: standard, video, quote and link
  • Custom made default gravatar
  • Display portfolio posts anywhere in the theme
  • Simple pictures upload for your blog & portfolios and page backgrounds via Worpdress Upload library
  • Integrated breadcrumbs
  • Slider can link to it’s own post or to any page you like
  • White label admin panel
  • Unlimited sidebars
  • Widgetized footer with its own sidebar areas
  • 4 custom widgets: latest tweets, blog subcategories, latest blog posts, latest flickr images
  • Translation ready(theme + admin panel)
  • Comments nested four levels deep. Support for comments pagination and avatars.
  • 3 different portfolio layouts
  • unlimited portfolios of the same type
  • portfolios pagination and portfolio filtering options
  • sitemap page template
  • Image upload via Wordpress Media Uploader Library with wordpress automatic image resizing, no timthumb!
  • 404 custom error page
  • extra child theme for code customizations
  • video support
  • psds included
  • detailed and spot on documentation
  • demo xml export file included

Update 2.0 ? May 27th, 2016

The theme's structure is now based on Bootstrap 3.5 for greater responsivity & compatibility with mobile devices.
All the media queries for responsive design have been re-written.
We made considerable changes & improvements to the overall structure of the theme's css. Basically the code from 2012 has been updated & improved according the 2016 standards.
Removed & replaced all the deprecated worpdress functions.
Vastly improved and optimized the Worpdress Customizer(added new useful options and greatly improved the overall performance of the panel).
For better performance, the Theme Options Panel that was included in the theme was removed. Now all the options are found inside the Wordpress Customizer.
The theme is now 100% compatible with Easy Google Fonts plugin - now you can add any Google font on any theme element!
Custom posts and shortcodes have been moved to separate plugins, as per Wordpress & Themeforest standards.
Added a shortcode generator menu
Updated all the external js libraries to their latest versions
Replaced prettyPhoto with magnific popup library for better performance & usability
Replaced quicksand(portfolio filtering script) with isotope for better browser compatibility & faster loading times.
Replaced the responsive menu functionality with slicknav library for better usability & mobile compatibility.
Reworked & simplified the portfolio sections(up to 70% of the code has been removed). Now they are more flexible and easier to setup & use.
Portfolio & blog now are now created using page templates.
Grouped the external libraries in a single js file, to reduce the loading time of the theme.
Removed the contact form script from the contact page template. Now the theme is fully compatible with Contact Form 7 plugin that offer unlimited options to generate your own contact forms.
The theme's footer is now alot more flexible: you are not limited anymore to 4 widgets. Now you can choose between no widgets, 1 widget, 2 widgets, 3 widgets or 4 widgets in the footer.
All the PHP code has been changed / updated according to 2016 standards & best practices.
Added extra checks to all the theme functions (and shortcodes) to ensure a better compatibility with the child theme.
The theme shortcodes are now much more flexible. For example, the [teamblock] shortcode can now be used with any column combination on a fullwidth page template or on a page with sidebar.
Vastly improved & reworked the documentation and its structure - now you can learn more easily how the theme works and the documentation is more comprehensive.

Update 1.5.2 ? July 24th, 2015

Fixed a bug where the google map option from the theme options panel was not working.

Update 1.5.1 – July 13th, 2015

Fixed a bug introduced in 1.5 where the Flexslider stopped working.

Update 1.5 – July 2nd, 2015

Updated prettyPhoto script to the latest version.
Updated superfish menu script to the latest version.
Properly added the basic setup, registration and init actions using after_setup_theme.
Updated the theme's options panel to the latest version.
Added theme support for title tag in concordance with Wordpress 4.1 standardization of document title.
Updated fitvids script to the latest version.

Update 1.4 – October 3rd, 2013

Updated twitter widget to work with api 1.1.
Updated the theme's options panel to the latest version.
Changed the way external js and css files are included to corespond with themeforest standards.
Made sure the theme is compatible with the latest wordpress version 3.6.1
Updated the superfish menu script to the latest version.
Updated the documentation to reflect the latest theme changes.

Update 1.3 – January 14th, 2013

Improved the theme's typography.
Adjusted the theme's elements spacing(headers, paragraphs, blockquotes, etc) in order to greatly minimalize the usage of spacing shortcode.
Removed wordpress autoformatting script that was causing lots of issues with plugins.  
Fixed a bug where service blocks could not align properly on smaller mobile screen sizes.
Added a nice preloader to the theme's homepage slider.
Updated twitter widget to work with the new api.
The toggle content script has been replaced with a new and more smoother one.
Fixed a glitch where the main menu fonts were loading after all the theme's page was loaded. Now the main menu fonts are loaded in the same time as the page is loaded.
Properly enqueued all external css / js files in theme?s header.php
Updated the theme options panel to the latest version.
Updated the demo xml export file.
Updated the theme's documentation for wordpress 3.5.

Update 1.2 – September 4th, 2012

Added a "Custom css" box in the theme options panel where you can paste your own css for easier customizations.
Improved the "our team" shortcode with a new color parameter.
Corrected the documentation - a couple of shortocdes such as "service blocks" or "our team" were not properly documented.

Update 1.1 – August 13th, 2012

Fixed a bug where slider navigation buttons weren't displaying properly on internet explorer 7
Fixed a bug social media icons' links weren't working properly
Fixed a bug where the fav icon was included twice in the theme's header
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