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Using the new WordPress 3.4 Theme Customizer – new post on the lynda.com blog

If you’re a WordPress user you need to check out the new Theme Customizer tool. I published an article and video on the Theme Customizer over at the lynda.com blog about a week ago. Here is the video and an excerpt. Head to the lynda.com blog for the whole piece with more info.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amUjCfpIsJ4

Of the many great reasons for using WordPress to create your web site or blog, one of the most important ones is that WordPress is an ever evolving platform. That means with every new version release you can expect to see either security and usability upgrades, or the addition of whole new features. In the case of the latest WordPress evolution–version 3.4, released for WordPress.com and WordPress for self-hosting–we see both regular security hole fixes and code patches, as well as some cool new features for site owners and developers. One feature in particular that is worth special mention is the new Theme Customizer.

Read more at the lynda.com blog.

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Theme Customizer adds new level of simplicity to WordPress theme customization

WordPress is evolving at break neck speeds these days and every major release sees inclusion of some new feature or trinket that makes it easier for site owners to use and customize their sites. In the upcoming 3.4 release one of the new features is the Theme Customizer which allows an administrator to make theme customizations such as changing the background colour and image, changing the header, changing site title and description and assigning menus from one central location and see the results in a preview right away. This is a vast improvement from the previous in-admin solution that had multiple tabs and required you to jump to the actual front page to see the results.

There is a lot to say about this feature, and I’ve only started scratching at its surface thanks to Otto’s excellent tutorial, but as you can see from the grab this feature allows theme developers to add in their own theme options for even more customizability. I am hard at work building these features into my most recent theme Anaximander and will publish more on the topic when I have a clearer idea of how everything works.