ALPS

ALPS for WordPress 3.x Available for Alpha Testing

Over the past year we have been working hard to create the updated version of ALPS, version 3.0 and get it ready for public use. It should have been done months ago, but I had several things come up personally that took more of my time so ALPS had to be delayed.

In a future post, I will focus more on ALPS 3.x as a general framework, but suffice it to say, it is ready to be used in your site development. And there are a few sites out there running 3.x as well!

What I want to focus on here is ALPS for WordPress 3.x. We have been working with the team at SouthLeft to create an updated experience that will make it easier to build beautiful sites with ALPS.

ALPS 3.x

The first difference that you will see with the new ALPS for WordPress 3.x is the new design of ALPS 3.x. The theme now incorporates all the new elements of ALPS 3.x (typography, color schemes, Sabbath column and grid) along with the beautiful templates in a method that is easy to use on your WordPress site. You can see all the patterns in ALPS 3.x here.

As with ALPS 2.x, there are a bunch of settings that can be adjusted on the Appearance > Settings page that is found at <your WordPress URL>/wp-admin/themes.php?page=custom_settings

Gutenberg

For that last year, the WordPress team has been working on a new version of the editor interface called Gutenberg. This new experience take a page from the classic page builder interfaces that allowed an editor to create pages in blocks, dragging in elements as they wanted. Gutenberg allows this same type of experience on a per page or per post basis, and will ship as the default editor in WordPress 5.0. (WordPress 5.0 is currently in Beta 5 and set to get a Release Candidate 1 on November 20.)

So how does that translate across to ALPS? We have always had extra elements that can be used on a page but with no easy method for adding them to a page. With Gutenberg, you can easily add custom ALPS elements to your page: accordions, expanding text blocks, 2-up images, blockquotes, galleries and more. Just insert the element and add your custom content.

Gutenberg is available today as a free add-on for your WordPress 4.9.8 site, and when you install ALPS for WordPress 3.x, it will prompt you to install Gutenberg to get the most out of the new theme.

A Few Notes

Any new software has some bugs, and we have a few at the outset to let you be aware of. In order to do all the things we do, we are dependent on a plugin called Piklist. It allows you to make powerful forms. Piklist has not yet been updated for Gutenberg, though the developer says that is coming soon. Much of the extra functionality on pages and posts requires Piklist and to access it, you must do it through the “Classic” WordPress editor. To access that, go to the All Pages or All Posts overview page, hover over the item you wish to edit, and click the “Classic Editor” menu.I write amazing stories, as you can see from the picture!

Once Piklist gets updated, this will no longer be necessary.

When ALPS for WordPress 3.x gets installed, in addition to Piklist, it also requires you to install “ALPS Gutenberg Blocks”. This module is something that we developed to extend the Gutenberg system for ALPS and is packaged with the WordPress theme. The last required module is called “SVG Support” and, as the name implies, provides SVG support in WordPress.

Getting Started

So, to get started, download the Alpha below, and install it on your site. Please remember this is alpha software and not intended for production sites. If you find issues, PLEASE create a ticket on GitHub. This helps us triage them and know what we need to fix to make this work better for everyone.

Download ALPS for WordPress 3.0.8 alpha

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


12 comments

  • | 4 weeks ago

    Well done – the new pattern looks absolutely fantastic! Thank you for your hard work, Brent. I’m really looking forward to bring it on our site.

  • | 3 weeks ago

    It has an error when installing it in wordpress.

    • | 3 weeks ago

      Could you give us more details on the error you experienced?

  • | 3 weeks ago

    Sage › Error
    Invalid PHP version
    You must be using PHP 7.1 or greater.

    roots.io/sage/docs/

    • | 3 weeks ago

      ALPS is based in the Sage framework which requires PHP 7.1 to run. You’ll need to upgrade your PHP version to get it installed properly.

  • | 3 weeks ago

    Thank you

  • | 3 weeks ago

    Is there a manual for the use of the theme

    • | 3 weeks ago

      Not yet. Do you have specific questions?

    • | 2 weeks ago

      How to add “Hero Carousel Organisms” on static frontpage like this page https://alps.adventist.io/v3/?p=pages-home? Do I have to add another plugin or create another frontpage php file?

    • | 2 weeks ago

      To create a Hero Carousel, you will need to edit the page in the “Classic Editor” mode, not with Gutenberg. From there, scroll to the bottom and you will find a section called “Hero” where you can create the carousel.

  • | 2 weeks ago

    Hi Brent, thanks for the hard work you put I for this WordPress plugin. I wanted to know however, if the Drupal plugin will also be updated to utilize the latest version of ALPS or the focus is strictly going to be on WordPress going forward.

    Asking this question so will know if I need to change my CMS for my local church as development is currently on Drupal.

    Thanks in advance

    • | 2 weeks ago

      Thanks for the feedback. I really would love to have a Drupal version but we struggled to finish it due to lack of feedback at the time. If we get enough feedback, we might be able to revive it in the future.

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