Prose 1.5 Beta Theme Now Available

I am very happy to announce that the Prose 1.5 Beta child theme is now available for testing. We strongly advise that you do not use Prose 1.5 Beta on production or client sites. Please wait until it is out of testing and officially released.

Beta Testing

We have opened up the Prose 1.5 Beta testing to StudioPress Pro Plus members only. You can download the beta version of Prose and use the Prose 1.5 Beta forum to report any bugs.

What’s New With Prose 1.5

One of the biggest changes you’ll see is the updated Design Settings UI, which is now formatted in one column and uses the new Genesis Admin class to build its settings pages. We’ve added a few more options for design control, and made some changes to the default Prose style. (More spacing, better typography, etc.)

Click here to view the new Prose 1.5 Beta demo site.

In addition to the updated Design Settings page, we also created a Custom Code page, which is where custom CSS and custom functions can be placed. These files will now be saved in the /wp-content/ directory of your WordPress install, rather than in the Prose child theme folder.

Automatic Updates

You might wonder why we moved the custom files outside the child theme – the answer is quite simple, and something we know you’ll enjoy.

Prose now will have automatic updates.

That’s right, once we officially release Prose 1.5, you’ll be able to auto update with one simple click. In order to avoid CSS and functions from being overwritten in an update, we had to place them outside the child theme.

There will be a little bit of work to do when updating to 1.5, but we can assure you the pain will be minimal.

Mobile Responsive in Design

Another major update to the Prose theme is that it is now built for responsiveness on devices such as iPads, iPhones and other smart phones. How cool is that?

Click here to see how the Prose theme looks across mobile devices.

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  1. Wow, you guys are working hard.
    How do you do it Brian, are the team chained to their desks?

    Site setup kit looks interesting.

  2. A simple yet elegant theme to show off content rather than flamboyant design. I like it.

  3. Sweet. Can’t wait to try it out. Will the responsive design work properly with custom navigation menus placed in the header? Or will it only work with the theme’s built-in primary and secondary nav menus?

  4. Fantastic news about the automatic updates.

    Looking forward to seeing this feature in the Lifestyle Theme update.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. Thats’ great news Brian!

    BTW, I purchased Genesis and Prose Child over a year ago. I’m FINALLY getting around to installing WordPress and Genesis (no where near finished yet).

    Should I wait until 1.5 is released or install 1.0 and then update?

  6. Great, almost third update in a week. You guys are working really hard.

  7. Sweet, I’ve been holding off on building a site with Prose until 2.0 is released, and it looks like it was worth it =)

  8. Great news. thanks. I have two Schools network with Prose running for all students (around 300 websites for the firs year: and
    For both the main site have a custom Genesis Child theme.
    I really hope the future update runs well. :-)
    I prepare an other one soon.

  9. @Brian. Have you updated the .pot file. I will update the french version. Thanks

  10. Will the Custom Code page make its way across other themes? I do most of my sites on a multisite install so it’s not always possible to edit functions.php for everything.

  11. Any idea when the live version will be out?

  12. Nacy Washington :

    Was surprised to see that the Landing Page has been replaced with a Columns Page. Had planned to use the Landing Page for a Tips Page and a Recipe Page relevant to the post’s topics. A relevant vector would have been centered at the top of those two pages. Don’t want to use the Layouts Full Width Content Page because of the heading, etc. on that page.
    Now what?

    • Eeek, my bad — I forgot to add the Landing Page link to the custom menu. There is in fact a landing page template and it has not been removed. Sorry about that!

      • Nacy Washington :

        Thank you so much for replying to my comment and really glad to know that the Landing Page has not been removed. I’m anxious to get started to see if what I’m trying to do, as described in my comment, will really work. Thanks again.

  13. Very neat sidebar. Clean and clever use of the social network icons.

  14. If we modify (CSS) the theme, should we place it in the new CSS area or just go ahead and drop it in the original style doc?