Updating your Theme for WordPress 2.7
With the release of WordPress 2.7 just around the corner, I’ve had a chance to look at the new features and the updates needed to your theme to make use of these new features. Whilst older themes will continue to work with 2.7 (just as old themes worked when widgets / dynamic sidebars were introduced, and when other various features such as built in gravatars have been introduced), there are a couple of additions that will improve your control over your site, and to use the new pagination or threaded comment system you’ll need to add in the new, necessary code.
I’ve written about the new features and the comment code for the pagination over at Blogging Tips:
And I’ll be writing about the code for threaded comments next week.
I’ve already made these changes to my own theme in anticipation of the release of either the full 2.7 version or at least the release candidate version, that I’ve read is to be coming soon. For my comments file I still wanted comments and pings/trackbacks separated, so with a bit of alterations to the code on my post at Blogging Tips, I’ve now got this working. The only slight difference is the layout, however I’ve got a couple of final changes to do and then my theme is ready for 2.7.
So, if you want to make use of the new features in WordPress 2.7, mainly the comment pagination and/or threading, then I recommend making these changes ready for its release.