For most themes, biggest part of the code is framework. And since all themes use it, it’s a good idea to have framework separated from the theme. So, that’s why I am releasing xScape Core theme that holds only framework, modules and some shared styling and themes to use it.
xScape Core is not functional theme, it can work on its own. To use it, you need a theme that has Core version. Right now newsScape and R8 are available as Core. Next week, lightScape and eScape will get Core versions also. xScape Core has full xScape Theme Framework, all modules, basic main styles and images for theme (networks icons, breadcrumbs…) and template load files. Each theme now holds only own settings, own stylings and templates.
To use Core themes, you need to install xScape Core theme, and then add actual theme and activate it. That’s it. Core theme acts as a child theme, with xScape Core as a parent. You can’t have same theme old version and Core version, you must use only one. If you already have normal theme installed and want to replace it with Core, simply delete old and copy new Core version. If you didn’t customized any files that’s it. If you have customized files, copy them over in the same folders as before. All theme settings will be retained and you can continue using it as normal. Dev4Press Updater supports Core themes also, so you can work with them as before.
I have announced that normal themes will get support for own child themes, but that is not yet done since I need to figure out few more things to make that easy to do. I hope to have some news on that soon.
To download xScape Core, you need xScape Themes Club Membership or license for themes that have Core versions. You can’t purchase xScape Core individually. xScape Core theme will be update every time framework is updated.