New Agency Pro is Incredible

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  • #65981

    stinkykong
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    The new Agency Pro theme, just released today, is the best piece of work to come out of Studio Press in a long, long time. Kudos to Lauren Mancke. I’ve been critical of recent work so my apologies for all that I don’t understand. This newest release is certainly a huge asset for the StudioPress community.


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    #66008

    Susan
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    I haven’t tried it myself, but it looks pretty sweet!


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    #66020

    stinkykong
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    I just noticed that it doesn’t have a portfolio page. With Executive Theme, I believe you can have multiple portfolio pages. I think that same thing would do Agency Pro wonders. Maybe with a few lines of code, that also can be done.


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    #66024

    emasai
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    Wow, I have been using and modifying Agency for a while. This is a whole new take on it and I love the new look. Now I just have to learn how to tame the beast!


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    #66051

    dev
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    I disagree. The old Agency had a solid, conservative, corporate look, quite suitable for an “agency” be it a consulting biz, insurance biz, any small service biz, etc.

    The new version would work for an artsy-crafty biz, such as maybe a web designer or an interior decorator, but I don’t see this working well for a civil engineering firm or estate-planning law firm.

    Fortunately, the old Agency is responsive and still available. And fortunately Appfinite is still in business with their more corporate, button-down look.

    I shutter to think with SP will do with their other corporate themes… Education and Executive.

    #66054

    stinkykong
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    Dev, I hear where you’re coming from. The new Agency appears to have abrubtly abandoned it’s former self. I think it’s cool just in and of itself, however it’s target is way off in a different place. Why would SP do this? I don’t know. But as you said, the buttoned down version is still there and I have very successfully converted it to HTML5 enabled status. I’d keep my old version because the general styling of it was very malleable.

    So, in effect, we have a new theme.

    Also, you mentioned Executive but that has been redone to HTML5 in a relatively conservative style. I think it’s a keeper, too.


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    #66056

    dev
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    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Agency was done in HTML 5 shortly after Gen 2.0 came out. Now it has been totally revamped into something totally different. Yes, we have a new theme.

    Like other designers out there, we converted Agency to a lot of different looks because it was so simple:

    http://newmediawebsitedesign.com/authors/book8/

    http://justbeadad.com/

    http://newmediawebsitedesign.com/authors/book2/

    http://newmediawebsitedesign.com/authors/book6a/

    I kind of wish they had called it something else and kept the old Agency current.

    #66071

    cneuman
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    How do you convert the old Agency to HTML5?

    #66075

    Summer
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    @dev, Agency 2.0 came out in either March or April 2012, if memory serves. This latest release is 3.0, and it’s the first HTML5 version of it that I’ve seen, and Genesis 2.0 has only been out since early August.


    #66077

    dev
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    I misspoke. It was Legacy (Appfinite) that had been converted. Sorry for the confusion. We use a lot of themes in our biz and I get them confused because so many look the same. But not Agency anymore!!

    #66149

    stinkykong
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    cneuman, activating HTML5 in all themes is discussed in multiple pages both on and off the Studio Press website. It all starts here:

    http://www.studiopress.com/news/genesis-2-0-resources.htm

    You should back up your site before proceeding. Then download to your local machine, your functions.php and style.css files from your child theme’s folder.
    In the functions.php file, you paste in add_theme_support( 'html5' );, upload and make sure you site didn’t break. If it did, undo the recent change on your local machine and upload again to restore or restore from your backup.
    Once your site is converted, it will look goofy until you change your CSS tags to match the new HTML5 tags that resulted from the conversion. The reference for those tags is found here: http://my.studiopress.com/docs/genesis-markup-comparison/
    You have to go down the list replacing one tag with the other such as replacing #wrap with .site-container which I do with a search/replace_all command in my editor.

    That gets most all the tags but not always each and every one. So you have to investigate and see what other issues you face.

    Also, when you do this, your header text will probably come back if you had it hidden before . This is pretty easy to remedy by logging into your site, go to Appearance/Header and reset the former selection.

    In any event, if you worked on files on your local machine and uploaded them, you can simply reload the reverted files. It might be a good idea to save a back up version of you functions.php and style.css (funtionsBAK.php and styleBAK.css works) in case you get totally flustered….it’s happened to me.


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    #66434

    cneuman
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    Thanks Stinkykong for a great response. I am very green and although I have a local Bitnami site installed, I have don’t have a complete duplicate. Could you recommend a backup tutorial or program?

    Thanks

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    #66437

    stinkykong
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    I don’t know much at all about local database sites so I don’t know that I can help. Studiopress support is probably a better source. What I have done is save local copies of functions.php and style.css as functionsBAK.php and styleBAK.css in case I need the originals to save back as functions.php and style.css. Then when I’m ready to the switch which takes maybe an hour, I open functions.php, add the HTML5 enabling code and upload. The site won’t break but the layout will…mainly your divs have lost their styling because their ids and classes have been renamed. So I go through the list of changes that need to be made to style.css and do search/replaces on the designated tag names, starting at the top and working down to the bottom (with ONE EXCEPTION in that I change #sidebar-alt before I change #sidebar to their new names).

    Do you have an online link for your site?


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    #66472

    cneuman
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    Unfortunately no online link yet as we are developing on a Web Synthesis proxy server right now. I drank the Copyblogger Koolaid apparently. Hasn’t been bad, but not great either. Support is a mixed bag with these guys as far as hosting.

    Really seems ridiculous that converting to HTML5 is so difficult. I was hoping the “Pro” version of Agency would be a seamless switch that would accomplish the html5 and schema markup. Not the case.

    So I guess the good news is we are not online and can break things without worry.

    Thanks

    #66483

    stinkykong
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    Oh but the NEW Agency is indeed HTML/Schema ready. It’s the old Agency I was referring to for the changes. All new themes (labelled “Pro”) appear to have the feature built-in.


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