I’ve been using the Headway WordPress Theme for the past year on a couple of my blogs and I love it. The Headway guys are releasing version 2 soon. The Beta version has been available to those of us with developers licenses for the past month. I’ve been using it on one blog and I’m very excited by the new features it provides.
One of the cool things about the Headway theme has been watching the Headway community grow over the past year. One of the benefits of this is that there’s a sizeable pool of people who can beta test the new versions. The current beta version of Headway has been around for the past month and has gone through a few updates in that time. Whilst the beta version has probably been in existence for longer than the Headway developers intended, the longer beta testing time should ensure that there are less bugs in the new version once it is released.
Another exciting thing to be aware of is that the Headway guys are calling this new version ‘Version 2′. Rather than just see it as a continuation of the existing version 1, they see it as a significant enhancement to the Headway theme and have chosen to call at version 2.
Here’s a rundown of some of the new features to be found in Headway theme version 2:
New Headway templates. one of the criticisms of Headway in the past, has been that it is difficult to set up if you’re using it for the first time. This changes with the new version. When you’re setting up the theme for the first time, it allows you to choose from a number of predefined templates i.e. single column, two column etc. In addition, you can upload your logo as part of this process and Headway will base the colours of the new templates on the colours in your existing logo. This makes it very easy to get a good looking site up and running in no time.
Introducing Headway Columns. In the past, some people have found it difficult to align their leaves properly. in this new version of Headway there is an option to set up your pages based on a number of columns. For example, you may want to set up a blog page with a left and right sidebar as well as a middle content area. To do this now, you would use the visual editor to set up a three column page and you would resize the outside columns to the correct width of your sidebars. Adding leaf is now becomes really simple, as you drag the leaf into the column where you want it to be displayed.
Extra Leaf Containers. Another interesting feature of the new version of Headway is the ability to add a top and /or bottom leaf container to your pages. you may want to add a line of advertising to the top page of your blog. you can simply add a top leaf container to your page and add a HTML leaf to this container to insert the code for the ads.
Search Engine Results Preview. This new feature shows up when you are writing a new posts or adding a new page. in the SEO section below the post, Headway will provide a preview of how the article could appear in the Google search engine results. This gives you a good idea of how the title and description will appear.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the changes to the Headway theme. There are a bunch of other changes and enhancements that will make this WordPress theme even better.
At this point there is no definite release date of this new version of Headway – I hope it will be released later this month. Now, I’m happy using the beta version on one site and getting used to the new features.
I understand that once new release is out, the price of Headway will be increasing. Personally, I think it’s a bargain at the current price. There are two options — a personal option and a developer option. Have a look at the Headway site to see which option best suits your needs. When you buy Headway, not only do you gain access to the excellent forums and support, but you’ll also receive lifetime upgrades. So, buy it now and beat the price rise.
Over the next few months, I’ll be writing a number of Headway tutorials and producing some videos to show you more of how I’m using this excellent WordPress theme.
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