Maera 2.0 is Coming Soon!

It’s been quiet the past few months, that’s because we’ve been busy working away on major updates. One of those updates is Maera 2.0. Including multiple bug fixes, new customizer options and more to be revealed.

In addition to Maera 2.0 getting closer to release, we also have updates to Compound and it’s add-ons due for release and some shiny new things which are currently top secret.

We expect to start releasing updates within the next 4-6 weeks pending final development and quality assurance checks.

Keep an eye on the blog for any further developments and we hope you’re as excited as we are.

Did you know Maera Is Free?

Did you know Maera is free?

Most people don’t, which is why we’ve decided to write this blog post and explain more about Maera and what you can do with it. Make sure you subscribe to our blog as well, as we’ll be posting tips and tutorials on how to use Maera and it’s add-ons.

The ultimate framework

Sure ultimate might be a big word to throw around when referencing something, but it’s true Maera really is the ultimate WordPress theme framework. No bloat, no un-needed additions just one awesome framework that is extremely powerful.

Why is it the ultimate framework?

Put simply it uses Timber and Twig. Twig is one of if not the easiest to use templating languages available. It takes complex templating and makes it simple. Then Timber brings the power, changing complex WordPress queries in PHP to simple Twig based templating. Not only that but Maera resolves one of the time long issues with WordPress Theme frameworks. You know those awesome frameworks that have child themes, but then you can’t edit them at all and updates become difficult? You’ll see people recommend grand-child themes (please don’t do that). Maera brings Shells to the table.

What the heck are shells?

Shells are the all-seeing, all-powerful integral part of Maera. Shells are plugins. Plugins that extend the Maera framework. Adding new options to the customizer, new templates, new layouts and a bunch of other stuff. Not only that but it can change the entire markup of your page by using a completely different CSS framework.

Wait. What? A different CSS framework

That’s right! Maera supports all your most loved CSS frameworks. Bootstrap, Foundation and Materialize (Based on Google’s Material Design). You utilize Macros when creating a new shell and Maera uses core classes and markup to allow you to always easily apply the CSS and markup you need. That’s why Maera comes with a range of shortcodes and grid classes you know things like: maera_grid_col_1 a one column grid anyone?. Checkout the markup here.

This effectively means you can build your site with Bootstrap in mind, change your mind and switch to Foundation with no issues. Or you can build your site with the Bootstrap shell, and create a child theme that requires the Bootstrap shell to be activated as you utilize Bootstrap markup within the child theme. That means you get ultimate control over the child theme with the shell doing the heavy lifting.

Lights, Camera, Action! & Filters?

That’s right, just as you’d expect from any self respecting Theme Framework. Maera comes with a ton of actions and filters straight out the box. Allowing you to have as much control as possible in your websites development. Nifty eh? Why not find out about the Actions and Filters.

Who is Maera for?

For everyone! Desginers, Developers, Small Business owners. If you’re a developer you might just want the framework which is 100% free! If you’re a designer, maybe you want to get started with the framework and one of the CSS framework shells. A business owner? Getting started with the Bootstrap Shell and the core framework and you can’t go wrong.

What can I create?

Anything. Literally. Maera is powerful. Like insanely powerful. Using one of the CSS framework shells such as Bootstrap or Foundation? Then did you know you can use any of that frameworks markup in your post or pages in the text editor mode when creating your page or post. That means you can use the components from any of the CSS frameworks you have activated with Maera, Bootstrap, Foundation or Materialize right there in your pages and posts.

Dude – Where’s my page builder?

No page builders here. Maera uses pure markup, Twig, HTML, PHP, CSS. This means when you switch themes (we’ll be sad to see you go!) you won’t be left with a load of random shortcodes spread all over your website. Really desperate for a page builder? We thought you might be. That’s why Maera works great with Visual Composer right out the box. Fancy a change the framework also works great with Forge and Cornerstone.

This is sounding pretty good, where can I get it?

We thought you might like it, just click the button below and you’ll automatically get the latest release. We’re working on developing a dedicated area to Maera explaining more and always with the latest downloads. For now that place is here.

What about my favourite Plugins?

Maera works with all your favourite plugins, from WooCommerce to Jetpack. We also have built in specific Easy Digital Downloads integration, making your downloads look beautiful in every way possible. Oh and did we mention it also works with a developers favourite, Advanced Custom Fields. Now that brings power to the table.

So can we get a discount?

Well as you asked so nicely, exclusively on this blog post we’re giving away a massive 91% discount. Just use coupon “CRAZYMAERA” at checkout. This is our best ever discount and will only be available over the period of Halloween from today through to the 31st of October so act quickly!.

What else are you working on?

That would be telling wouldn’t it? Just be assured it’s awesome. We have new Maera specific developments in the works. And we also have a range of plugins we’re working on getting out. Simply put you won’t want to miss out on what’s coming.

This sounds so awesome I want to promote it to my clients, followers and on my blog!

We don’t have an affiliate scheme at the moment, but get in touch and we’ll review the options.

I have a question!

Send us an email via our contact form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

Can you develop me a custom plugin, theme or shell?

We can! Why not take a look at our Custom WordPress development page for more information or get in touch with us today for a no obligation free quote!

A Sneak peek at our upcoming WordPress Business theme.

Here at WPSatchel we’ve been busy working away on a range of new plugins and themes, today we’re giving you a sneak peek at one of our new themes that is currently in the prototyping phase. Say hello to Maera Business (working title).

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Maera Business is the ultimate WordPress multi-purpose business theme, with a strong focus on a more unique look, everything is editable. And built in contact forms allow you to get up and running quickly and easily.

But why business you ask? While strictly this new WordPress theme is being designed with a business use in mind, it’s also multi-purpose and comes with a range of built-in templates and functionality. It’ll also be compatible with and directly integrated with some very exciting new plugins we have coming up. We’re not stopping here though. Over the coming months we’ll be launching a range of Themes, Plugins and Tools to make your WordPress life easier. Whether your a designer, developer, agency, or a WordPress beginner who doesn’t know the first thing about it. We’re looking at making everything easier.

Get ready for a whole range of tutorials, articles, hints, tips, tricks and some super exciting member exclusive content. WordPress Themes are just the start.

Got any questions, comments, or feedback? Let us know in the comments below.

New Maera Updates!

Today we’re happy to announce the latest updates to two our products, Maera and Maera Bootstrap.

Our Maera Framework Update includes:

* Fix searchform.twig causing internal server errors
* Remove search filter breaking external search plugins
* Fix use correct function for locating files
* Fix multiple warnings
* Modification: No Longer require Kirki for the core framework
* Remove admin notice about the add-ons tabs that was removed in prior versions
* Modification: Stop auto-activating plugins
* Remove un-needed jQuery enqueue
* Remove Kirki as an embedded plugin
* Remove Timber as an embedded plugin

These improvements are primarily aimed at making future development changes easier and better for the end user and developers.

Our Maera Bootstrap Update includes:

* Fix missing navigation options
* Code Cleanup
* Add custom code editors

The new custom code editors are one of the biggest improvements, rather than having the plain text box, the new code editors, highlight the text syntax for the correct language and offer proper formatting.

Both of these updates are now available to download in your account. Any questions just let us know.

 

Our Near Term Roadmap

Here at WPSatchel, we’ve been working on some exciting updates that we’d like to share with you. The purpose of this blog post is to share our near-term roadmap and get feedback from our users.

Maera

Over the coming months the Marea framework will see a range of improvements that will both improve its usability and performance. They are:

  • Removal of the Timber plugin being bundled, this decision wasn’t an easy one. While it provides a simpler UX and doesn’t require anyone to install a plugin, it’s also clunky keeping up to date with keep updating the library to the latest version and conflicts when developers may want to utilize or require their own version of the Timber library.
  • Moving all settings to the WordPress customizer – Currently, there are some settings that are duplicated between theme options and the WordPress customizer, we plan on removing the duplicated settings and updating the shell selection so that when a shell is selected in the customizer, it’ll auto reload. Rather than requiring you to save and reload the customizer as it does now.
  • General code refactoring and clean-up
  • Core styling improvements and changes with the addition of other template files for attachment pages
  • Updated and improved integration with WooCommerce
  • Transtioning to not requiring Jetpack, which will mean updates to how logos and custom CSS and Custom Javascript is handled.

These are just some of the improvements coming to Maera with more improvements planned.

Shells

  • There are plans to release 1 new shell a month for Maera starting at the end of September.
  • New Maera child themes aimed at WooCommerce store owners and developers.
  • New plugins both specifically for Maera and non-related, our first is due to be released within the next 3 weeks, stay tuned for an announcement!

We also have a range of other changes coming including a new blog focusing on WordPress tutorials and news, along with a range of technical tutorials aimed specifically at developing with Maera and Twig + Timber.

We hope you like what we have planned and if you have any feedback, be sure to let us know!