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Apex Changelog

This is a user-friendly changelog for the Apex WordPress theme. It’s written in non-technical language and will let you know what’s new in Apex.

If you want a detailed technical version of the changelog, you can view the Apex commit history on Github.

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1.39 – April 30, 2021

  • Feature: added two new page templates for building landing pages with page builders like Elementor. Find them in the Page Attributes section in the page editor.
  • Feature: added 3 custom social icons to the bottom of the Social Media Icons section in the Customizer
  • Feature: added new social icons for IMDB, Mastodon, and diaspora*
  • Fix: date sometimes incorrect for posts published close to midnight
  • Fix: embeds misaligned in the post editor

1.38 – December 23, 2020

  • Update: added new social media icons for Orcid, Strava, and ResearchGate

1.37 – August 18, 2020

  • Update: added Untappd to the social media icons
  • Fix: unaligned images in editor displaying all the way to the left in WP 5.5
  • Fix: code elements inside pre elements had the first line only indented

1.36 – August 5, 2020

  • Feature: added option to display captions below Featured Images (Appearance > Customize > Additional Options)
  • Feature: added support for bbPress
  • Fix: the “read more” button was being added to excerpts in the RSS feed
  • Fix: scroll-to-top arrow didn’t return keyboard navigation to the top of the site

1.35 – April 3, 2020

  • Feature: added Pocket to social icons
  • Feature: added support for Elementor Pro’s customer headers & footers
  • Update: improved table styles
  • Update: backup font can display now instead of no text at all while Google Fonts loads
  • Update: removed Google Plus from social icons
  • Update: email and phone icons now display contact info when hovered over
  • Fix: removed PHP error notice in the dashboard
  • Fix: image caption style fixes
  • Fix: removed underline from Gutenberg buttons
  • Fix: optin checkbox under comment form displays in one line now
  • Fix: color fix for new social links block
  • Fix: dropdown menu for “last updated” option in post editor was too wide

1.34 – October 2, 2019

  • Feature: added ArtStation to social icons
  • Update: removed welcome redirect when activating Apex
  • Update: renamed Front Page customizer section to “Homepage Settings”
  • Fix: current menu item wasn’t bold when using default menu

1.33 – February 24, 2019

  • Feature: added option to display the “last updated” date for posts
  • Update: Footer Text feature added by Apex Pro now supports shortcodes
  • Fix: posts showing today’s date on non-English sites using WP 5.1

1.32 – December 4, 2018

  • Update: added Goodreads social icon
  • Fix: Gutenberg fixes

1.31 – November 19, 2018

  • Update: full Gutenberg compatibility
  • Update: styled classic post editor like front-end

1.30 – November, 5 2018

  • Update: redesigned Apex Dashboard
  • Update: changed Customizer ad

1.29 – October, 29 2018

  • Feature: added scroll-to-top arrow option in Customizer
  • Feature: added Mixcloud, Discord, Stack Overflow, Medium, Patreon, and phone icon to social icons
  • Update: WooCommerce image gallery features now supported
  • Update: upgrade Font Awesome icon font to 5.4.2
  • Update: minor security enhancements
  • Update: reordered social icons in Customizer

1.28 – September, 13 2018

  • Feature: added Bitbucket and to social icons
  • Update: added Russian translation
  • Update: minor jQuery compatibility fixes
  • Update: hardened security by adding escaping to all translation strings
  • Fix: shortcodes and formatting now working properly in full-width pages
  • Fix: dropdown menus working correctly when menu items display on two lines

1.27 – January, 20 2018

  • Fix: Sub-menus working when long menus break into two lines

1.26 – August 16, 2017

  • Update: switched Apex Pro image in Customizer to a GIF
  • Update: Added Brazilian Portugeuse translation
  • Fix: styling for author bios on author post archives
  • Fix: sticky post status no longer shows in search results
  • Fix: Yoast SEO no longer includes “Continue ReadingPost Title” in Facebook description

1.25 – August 1, 2017

  • Feature: added WooCommerce support
  • Feature: added Full-width page template
  • Update: added review request notice after ussing Apex for 14 days
  • Update: updated tags and description for

1.24 – May 25, 2017

  • Feature: added Twitch to social icons
  • Update: simplified content routing function – custom post type support now simpler
  • Update: added recommendation for making Apex a mobile app in Apex Dashboard page
  • Fix: custom excerpts no longer output ellipsis after text

1.23 – February 23, 2017

  • Feature: new option added to Customizer to hide comments link after posts (Additional Options section)
  • Update: add three new social icons – Google Wallet, Amazon, Yelp
  • Update: added “aria-hidden” role to ornamental icons
  • Update: added more context to certain phrases to make translation easier
  • Update: improved excerpt handling (back-end updates)
  • Update: increased resolution of screenshot.png
  • Update: updated Fitvids
  • Fix: Customizer link in Apex Dashboard now works for sites with WP installed in a subdirectory

1.22 – December 5, 2016

  • Update: tested & updated for WP 4.7
  • Update: added Snapchat social media icon
  • Update: Apex dashboard reorganized and improved

1.21 – November 15, 2016

  • Update: added seven new social icons
  • Update: no longer displaying sticky status in search results
  • Update: activating Apex now redirects to Apex Options page with welcome message

1.20 – September 23, 2016

  • Update: security enhancements
  • Fix: Featured Images on pages now displaying properly in Internet Explorer
  • Fix: comment threading/nesting can now be turned off

1.19 – July 26, 2016

  • Update: updated Font Awesome icon font for social icons (new Instagram logo)
  • Fix: dropdown menus now work on iPads with landscape orientation

1.18.1 – April 7, 2016

  • Update: attachment pages now show full size version of images, descriptions, and captions
  • Update: improvements to heading structure
  • Update: logo now uses image’s alt text if available
  • Update: updated Font Awesome to 4.5
  • Update: social icons now have text for screen readers
  • Update: removed redundant “title” attribute on site title
  • Update: updated French translation
  • Update: changed Customizer ad text
  • Fix: pagination links now translatable

1.17 – March 14, 2016

  • Update: added reference to Skype link protocol in social icons section
  • Update: added styling for Featured Image Captions plugin

1.16 – February 13, 2016

  • Update: added support for Skype’s special URL protocol in social icons
  • Update: added new social icon for contact form URL
  • Update: added box to Apex Dashboard page for leaving a review
  • Update: removed locked Customizer sections
  • Fix: theme info no longer included in .pot file to avoid translation errors
  • Fix: “comments closed” message now always contained in comments section

1.15 – January 27, 2016

  • Update: added Finnish translation
  • Fix: pagination no longer shows when Jetpack infinite scroll active


  • Feature: option added to change the Read More button’s text
  • Feature: option to add post author name to byline
  • Feature: new search bar option added
  • Feature: added support for Yoast SEO breadcrumbs
  • Update: additional data sanitization/validation for enhanced security
  • Update: refactored, cleaned up, and reformatted code across entire project
  • Fix: marked numerous English strings for translation that had been missed
  • Fix: error message no longer displays in Customizer if site has no pages
  • Fix: option to reset Customizer options now only resets Apex’s options
  • Fix: comment pagination older/newer links now sit in one line
  • Fix: Disqus spacing on mobile devices improved
  • Fix: fixed layout issues with content at end of posts when full posts shown on the blog
  • Fix: 3rd tier menu items no longer overlapping 2nd tier menu items

1.13 – November 17, 2015

  • Update: compatibility update for upcoming featured image size option in Apex Pro
  • Update: added French translation
  • Update: featured images now displaying more reliably across browsers
  • Update: additional data sanitization added for security
  • Fix: infinite scroll “load more” button now clears posts in all layouts

1.12 – October 31, 2015

  • Update: added Hebrew translations
  • Update: added “for” attribute to comment form labels
  • Fix: featured images now displaying properly across browsers
  • Fix: search box now stays at bottom of search results page with Jetpack infinite scroll active
  • Fix: Jetpack infinite scroll load more button now shows again

1.11 – October 19, 2015

  • Feature: category, tag, and author archives now display descriptions if available
  • Update: logo, custom css, and social icons sections in Customizer now update instantly
  • Update: featured images now use get_the_post_thumbnail() and include an img element instead of using background images
  • Update: added PayPal icon
  • Update: turned off automatic hyphenation
  • Update: RSS icon now uses square version
  • Fix: removed and stopped loading unnecessary Javascript file on user profile menu
  • Fix: post layout no longer breaks if last element is “floated”
  • Fix: “Return to Blog” links for oldest/newest post now lead to blog even if not on homepage
  • Fix: search box at bottom of search results now stays at bottom when Jetpack infinite scroll is active
  • Fix: fatal error on WordPress versions 4.1 and older prevented

1.10.2 – October 12, 2015

  • Fix: XSS vulnerability patched

1.10.1 – October 4, 2015

  • Feature: added support for Jetpack infinite scroll
  • Update: underline added to links in post content to make them easier to see
  • Update: added more data sanitization for improved security
  • Update: improved gallery styles
  • Update: added 9 new social icons
  • Update: switched “git” icon to “github”
  • Update: post author now highlighted in post comments
  • Fix: empty Color section no longer showing up in Customizer
  • Fix: Jetpack Carousel no longer scrolls to the top of the page when clicked

1.09 – August 20, 2015

  • Update: updated Font Awesome to v4.4.0
  • Update: social icon arrays are now overridable and filterable
  • Update: excerpts are now removed when word count is set to 0
  • Fix: iframes no longer overflow post content at mobile screen widths
  • Fix: error messages in Customizer as of WP v4.3 fixed

1.08 – August 8, 2015

  • Update: the third tier in the primary menu now supports right-to-left languages
  • Update: “read more” tags now used even if “show full post” option is on
  • Update: “Logo Upload” section renamed to “Logo”
  • Update: Soundcloud embeds in posts now responsive
  • Fix: comment author avatar images now showing

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