Affiliate Theme 1.2 came out more than a week ago, but I haven’t had a chance to play with it until today. The guys at Unique Blog Designs have been working long and hard on this new release, and it really shows. There are a several new features that will really improve your productivity with Affiliate Theme, and I think existing users should rush out and upgrade their sites right away. Read on for the rest of my review of Affiliate Theme 1.2.
Upgrading your copy of Affiliate Theme is a relatively painless process. Just remember to make a backup of your custom.css file if you have made any changes to it, and then just replace the old Affiliate Theme folder with the new one. Affiliate Theme 1.2 does require you to upgrade to WordPress 2.8 but honestly, all WordPress users should have upgraded themselves already anyway.
The first thing you will notice are the changes to the Affiliate Theme options page. Now at the top of settings, there is a new Quick Jump section that allows you to quickly jump to any setting section on the options page. If you have used it before, then you know that the options page is quite long and this is a rather convenient way to quickly navigate to where you want to go. Another change that I love is that there is now a Save Settings at the bottom of each section. Previously there used to be just a single button at the very bottom of the page. Every time you wanted to save something, you would have to scroll all the way down to do so. This quickly made making major edits a big pain. With this simple change, you are never far away from being able to save and believe it or not, this makes a big difference in productivity.
The next change I wanted to highlight is the new Page Layout Settings section. With it, you can now adjust the the widths of various layout sections on your page. If you are using the left or right sidebar layouts, this means you can dynamically change the widths of the content and sidebar sections on the fly. For a single column layout, you have control over the site width and main section width. This is a very cool feature, and makes Affiliate Theme that much more flexible when it comes to laying out your sites how you want it.
The last feature I wanted to talk about is the new header display system. As a Super Affiliate, I get access to new header graphics every month. However, I never really had much use for them before because they always came with some generic text on them that I didn’t necessarily want. With this new system, Affiliate Theme will allow you to overlay the blog title text across the header graphics. I haven’t figured out if there is a way to overlay your own customized text yet, but even if you can’t, this is still very useful. All fifty of the available banner graphics have been reworked to remove their existing banner text, so Super Affiliates have plenty of pre-made banners to work with. Plus, you can still use your own custom banners if you like.
As you can tell, I couldn’t be more impressed with this new release of Affiliate Theme. It actually fixes a lot of the complaints that I had in my original Affiliate Theme review and it makes using the theme much more enjoyable. If you are an affiliate marketer, you should definitely give Affiliate Theme a look as I think it now solidifies itself as the best way to create affiliate websites.
Nate from Unique Blog Designs was nice enough to recharge my Affiliate Theme Coupon Code, so the next 10 people who order under my link can get 15% off.