Beam v0.9 – What’s New

What’s New in Beam 0.9

Better Featured image positioning

Featured image now appears above Post Title.

Concatenation and Minification

JS is now Concatenated and minified into one file, beam-scripts.min.js. Find unminified version in /js.

Page Load Speed

As you can see in the featured image above, Beam is FAST. Default install loads in 0.7s! 99% Pagespeed score and 92% YSlow score.

Beam Addons

It’s a new WP Plugin created and working specifically with sites using Beam Theme. It will allow you to use additional features and functions that could not pass WP.org rules, or just, IMO, are not to be placed within a WP Theme. Current plugin features Beam Recent Post widget that allows you have a nice “recent post” widget with square, 80×80 pixel images beside the post title. Please regenerate your thumbnails after installing this plugin.

Font Awesome

Font Awesome is updated to the latest version.

Kirki

Integrated Kirki toolkit is updated to the latest version. Also, now you can install Kirki plugin and it’ll work out of the box too.

Plugin Recommendation

After installing Beam theme, it’ll now recommend plugins. As of v 0.9 those are BeamTheme Addons, Kirki and Regenerate Thumbnails.

Thinking about the Next version

After roughly 7 months Beam has been accepted to official WordPress theme directory. Hooray!

Here are planned updates for the next version:

  • Move Featured image above Post title and
  • Add Featured image to Recent Posts Widget area (both of these you can see in the following image)

 

Some other updates I have in mind:

  • Concatenate and minify scripts for even faster loading time
  • Adding support for Custom Header images
  • Social Icons
  • More Widget Areas
  • More Menu locations
  • Child Themes
  • Improving Squeeze-One Template

Feature requests are welcomed and can be submitted trough Comments.

Beam Child WordPress Theme

Why use a Child Theme?

Here are a few reasons:

  • If you modify our theme, you will loose all the changes you made if you decide to update Beam theme to latest version.
  • It might speed up your development time.
  • It’s a great way to get started if you are just learning WordPress, HTML, CSS or PHP.

Beam Child theme inherits the functionality of Beam parent theme and allow you to modify, or add to the functionality of Beam Theme. Instead of modifying Beam theme files directly, use child theme and override Beam style and functionality from within.

It’s the best, safest, and easiest way to modify an existing theme, whether you want to make a few tiny changes or extensive changes. (source: wordpress.org)

Download: beam-child (.zip)

WordPress Theme Testers Wanted ;)

Want to help Beam to grow more?

  1. Download “Beam” here.
  2. Install & Play with it.
  3. Let me know what do you think.
  4. Your Feedback is most appreciated!

About Beam:

Beam was created to serve as a multi-purpose, multi-device, simple yet elegant wordpress theme.

With Beam you can easily upload your logo, change header color and height. You can easily change page, sidebar or footer colors, too.

Show or hide Author Bio with simple On/Off switch.

You can completely hide menus too with the same simple On/Off switch. Great for Landing/Sales pages, right?

For a full list of Features, please visit Features page.