The Future of Thesis OpenHook

I final­ly upgrad­ed King­domGeek to The­sis 1.6 — I’m rather late to the game, which might sur­prise some of you.

Truth is, I’m no longer much involved with The­sis at all, for a vari­ety of rea­sons which I don’t real­ly care to go into at this point. How­ev­er, I still have the Open­Hook plu­g­in, which I’m not about to aban­don. I have some ideas to improve Open­Hook, but if I’m going to push for­ward with it, I need to do so using the lat­est The­sis code­base. (Inci­den­tal­ly, the lat­est code­base total­ly nerfed the cus­tom styling I was using… so we’re back to default for the time being. I real­ly dis­like that I now have to over­ride col­ors. I dove into The­sis because it was min­i­mal­is­tic and easy to style; now I have to do half my work in a cus­tom style sheet and half of it in the lay­out pan­el… Sim­pli­fy, sim­pli­fy, simplify.)

I upgrad­ed King­domGeek because, against all com­mon sense, I pre­fer to do my devel­op­ment here. I do this for two rea­sons: King­domGeek isn’t my pri­ma­ry source of income, so down­time does­n’t kill me. Also, you users are far more like­ly to catch cer­tain gaffes that I may take months to find, if I ever do. In oth­er words, many eyes are bet­ter than two. Oh, and yes, I real­ize my nav menu looks ter­ri­ble. You can still click it, though; go ahead, don’t be afraid… You’re mak­ing it self-con­scious now.

The next ver­sion of Open­Hook, I hope, will great­ly improve user expe­ri­ence and effi­cien­cy. I plan to rewrite things from the ground up to make the code sim­pler and sex­i­er — in the spir­it of The­sis itself. What this means is that I will be poten­tial­ly nuk­ing all of your cur­rent Open­Hook cus­tomiza­tions (that’s one of many pos­si­ble bugs I’m envi­sion­ing in this sce­nario…). In oth­er words, when you see an update noti­fi­ca­tion, don’t dive head­long into it. Check feed­back on Twit­ter first — it’ll either be praise or curs­ing for @OnSixes; take that and decide whether to upgrade or not when the time comes. ;) (Yes, I do test my code, but like I said, bugs slip by me. I’ve not attuned my per­fec­tion­ism enough to be a great coder.)

So what will Open­Hook have in the future? (And this is future… Don’t expect an update any­time too soon.) Well, there are a num­ber of things I have in mind (maybe I’ll final­ly ajax­i­fy things a bit?), but the big win that I have on the top of my list is sand­box­ing. On more than one occa­sion I’ve heard of users mak­ing some mod­i­fi­ca­tions only to dis­cov­er their blog is screwed up. Fatal errors are the pits, and I’m hop­ing to set up Open­Hook to pro­tect against fatal errors. (Less­er errors are still whol­ly your responsibility. ;)

Now’s the time to drop fea­ture requests, though. I’m a bit out of touch with the The­sis com­mu­ni­ty — I don’t have the time for it like I used to, pri­mar­i­ly — so let me know for what you all have been long­ing, ‘kay?

13 thoughts on “The Future of Thesis OpenHook”

  1. You actu­al­ly don’t HAVE to split your work if you don’t want to. The options in the lay­out pan­el are over­rid­den by any­thing you do in custom_functions or custom_styles.

    I think the sand­box­ing idea is a great one. I rou­tine­ly miss clos­ing a tag in cus­tom func­tions & throw the entire site into an error.

    I’m sure there are oth­er requests I have, I’ll think on it & come back with more.

  2. Hey Rick — Think jQuery “Accor­dion” for the next update. Also, hit me on Twit­ter. I’d be hap­py to help youuuu :)

  3. I know I can over­ride via the cus­tom stylesheet, but then that just adds unnec­es­sary bloat — styles are defined in The­sis’ lay­out file and then again in the cus­tom one. Way back in The­sis’ ear­ly day, it had one stylesheet that had min­i­mal styles to dis­play the sin­gle, default style. I liked that; sim­ple, ele­gant, and much eas­i­er to cus­tomize via a cus­tom stylesheet. Less over­head is almost always a good thing — it’s the rea­son I keep a copy of the Sand­box theme around for reference.

    Yes, Greg, some sort of handy accor­dion-like effect has been on my notes for a while now. Some­day I’ll take the time to fig­ure out how jQuery actu­al­ly works. I’ll keep your offer in mind. :)

    And thanks for the encour­age­ment, Chris. Hap­py hol­i­days to you as well!

  4. Hi Rick!

    First of all hope you have a Mer­ry Christ­mas and thank you for all your hard work on OpenHook!

    This may fall com­plete­ly out­side the scope of what you envi­sion for Open­Hook but I would real­ly like a way to incor­po­rate bet­ter fonts using TypeKit.

    I would like a way to enter my Type­Kit key and then have my Type­Kit fonts list­ed as one of the avail­able fonts with­in The­sis Design Options.

    It looks like WordPress.com is now imple­ment­ing this.

    http://blog.typekit.com/2009/12/22/customize-your-wordpress-blog-with-typekit-fonts/

    Thats my list. :)

    Thanks again,

    Alex

  5. Thanks Rick, I am famil­iar with that plu­g­in. I guess the miss­ing link would be some type of link to make the fonts visible/available in with­in The­sis Design Options.

    Thanks again!

  6. That’d require Chris mak­ing the design pan­el ful­ly plu­g­in-acces­si­ble; you might nudge him with that request. Could make for some inter­est­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties. :D

  7. Greet­ings;
    I’m not sure my ques­tion is being post­ed on the The­sis boards, so many thanks in advance for your time. I’ve been using Open­Hooks to put spiffy graph­ics (for page links) on my home page. As I attempt to edit those graph­ics and links, they seem to be dupli­cat­ing them­selves on the page! At this point, I seem to be up the four copies of any graph­ic I put into the “before teas­er box” hook (or any oth­er, for that mat­ter). I have a sin­gle image in the “fea­ture box” hook, and it con­tin­ues to work prop­er­ly. Any advice or guid­ance to this rel­a­tive new­bie would be appreciated. 

    Thanks and blessings;
    Bill

  8. Type­kit no. Request them to make an open source Word­Press plu­g­in. It’s out­side the scope of Open­Hook, which from the begin­ning has had more to do with func­tion and less to do with style. I appre­ci­ate the sug­ges­tion, though, it’s just that I’m not the per­son to sug­gest it to.

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