The new version of Swift is here with whole lot of new features and style upgrades. They most important of the lot are sticky sidebars and custom content and sidebar widths.
When you have a very long post or a post with lot of comments when the user scrolls the page, your sidebar moves up and making 30% of the screen space useless. With sticky sidebars, the sidebar will stick to the view port giving your sidebar content more exposure. This option is ideal for ads, showing your top quality content, or news letter or social media subscriptions.
We also included an option to make the navigation ad and navigation below sticky.
Using sticky elements
Using sticky navigation and nav ad is very simple, just enable them from the newly added section at Swift Design Options -> Sticky Elements.
For sidebars, enable it at Swift Design Options -> Sticky Elements. Then go to widgets page. There you will see new sidebar section called “Non Sticky Sidebar”. Widgets added to this will not stick to the top, everything below will stick to the view port.
This feature was asked many times, my obsession with golden ratio kept it away from Swiftler’s. I’m very sorry for that, but better late than never, its here with a very simple UI. The pic says everything you need to know.
Spicing it up with CSS3
Recently I checked twitter bootstrap for another project of mine, it has come very cleanly styled elements which will be a good addition to Swift. I will slowly be adding those styles to Swift. To start with I added gradient to the solid navigation style.
Clearing w3tc minify cache on updating options
One of the most frequently asked question is color not changing, setting not updated. 90% of the time its because users don’t disable caching for admins and don’t clear cache before checking the newly changed options. To address this issue swift will automatically clear the minify cache for you on updating options
Other changes include
- Fixed few glitches with responsive layout in iPad.
- Form styling inspired for twitter bootstrap. You can disable form styling in your contact form to reduce the page size as swift does the styling for you.
- Rounded corners were not working few browsers and the latest release of FF, fixed those issues.
- Changed the table styling, which changes the calendar widget styling.
- Fixed the ugly code tags in comment form.
- Changed the slider caption styling
- There are still a lot of other changes, I lost track of them..