Retiring The Maera Restaurant Shell

The Maera Resturant Shell was created with the goal of making it easy for anyone who uses the Maera WordPress Theme Framework, to create a Resturant style website.  However, there’s a problem.

* It should have been a child theme and not a shell. In Maera a Shell is meant to be used for markup, for applying a set of markup that you will use throughout your project. Like our Bootstrap Shell, Material Shell and Foundation Shell.

* It requires a three-year-old plugin (https://wordpress.org/plugins/restaurant/)
While the plugin still works great, despite not being updated for so long, and the developer behind it is one of the best in the business. It is most probably not the smartest idea to keep developing a Shell that requires a plugin that had it’s last update three years ago.

* More plugins! Yes, yet again it needed another plugin in the form of Advanced Custom Fields, either the free version or the Pro version. ACF is without a doubt one of the best plugins for developers to create a range of custom fields in no time at all. However, requiring for that website you might be passing off to a restaurant owner? Yeah… not the best of ideas.

There are other aspects of the plugin as well that don’t fit with what Maera was intended to be. It is not an easy decision to retire any product. However, I feel this is the right move going forward and will allow us to focus on core aspects of our offering.

Know that support will still be offered for any of the existing Maera Restaurant Shell customers, which is less than 70 and less than 10 are actively using it (yeah it never was that popular).

It will be updated for six months to keep up with compatibility with WordPress core where needed. After that, it will be retired.

Ultimately, if you are actively using the Maera Restaurant Shell, which let’s be fair from the stats you most probably aren’t. Though if you are, maybe check out one of these great purpose built Restaurant Solutions:

Restaurant Reservations (https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/restaurant-reservations/)

FoodPress (http://myfoodpress.com/)

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.

 

Introducing – Maera Foundation

It’s release time at WPSatchel! That means one thing, a brand new shiny release of an awesome product.

That product today is the Maera Foundation Shell. This shell is an extension to our existing Maera Framework and implements the Foundation Framework to your WordPress site. With the Shell activated on your site, you’ll be able to use all the classes and markup that Foundation provides and everything will be styled exactly as you’d expect.

Like with all our Shells, Maera Foundation utilizes the WordPress Customizer and includes a raft of customization options.

To find out more about the Maera Foundation Shell, check out the project page here.

If you’re an existing customer, you can login and download the new Shell today!