In the very near future, you may go to bed and wake up to check your WordPress blog and find the WordPress Theme web design borked or bent. Microsoft is getting ready to force feed Internet Explorer 7 onto Windows XP computers automatically in the next month or so, and your WordPress Theme or Plugin may not be ready for IE7.
“Preparing your site for Internet Explorer 7” by Spy Journal is a good overlook at what can happen to your entire computer and Internet browsing experience when IE7 replaces IE6.
“Word on the street is that, upon its release (before year’s end), IE7 will be pushed out as a forced update to Windows XP users everywhere, as was done for Service Pack 2. The move to IE7 among the end-user masses will not be a gradual migration, but a sudden and significant shift.”
One night Windows XP users will go to bed using IE6 and the next morning they’ll wake up, install a routine update, and just like that they’ll be using IE7 to browse the web. That means, that as a site owner, you need to begin preparing immediately for IE7’s impending release.
The article continues with a list of some of the changes and new features IE7 will have, which include updated CSS behavior and fixes of many IE browser hacks. As I wrote recently in “Getting Your Blog Ready for Internet Explorer 7”, IE7 will ignore your old browser hacks, but how it responds to all CSS instructions is still a little less clear.
If you are the author, tweaker, or users of a WordPress Theme or WordPress Plugin, I highly recommend the following:
- Download Internet Explorer 7 and put your WordPress Themes through their paces.
- View all the different page views from the front page, single post view, and search, category, and archive views. Make sure all the parts and pieces fit together and stay where they are supposed to stay.
- Validate your WordPress Theme. Things can get messed up along the way, so test now to make sure it is in full working order before IE7 hits.
- Test your feeds to make sure they are working, including for your entire blog, blog comments, category feeds, and any custom feeds you may have. IE7 will automatically detect RSS feeds and ask users to subscribe, and will even offer frequent updates and alerts for feeds.
- Using Ajax in WordPress Themes or WordPress Plugins? According to the IE Blog, a specific order to the request changes needs to be set. Contact authors of Ajax Plugins if you’re not sure to make sure their WordPress Plugins are compliant with IE7.
- Check the Information Index for Internet Explorer7 to make sure your WordPress Theme or WordPress Plugin will work within IE7.
If your WordPress Theme or Plugin does pass the IE7 tests, make sure you label it accordingly.
While you are at it, why not check your WordPress Theme design and code in some other updated browsers. Or take this opportunity to update your WordPress Theme or WordPress Plugin with all the user’s fixes and suggestions so you get publicize it as “new and improved” and “works with IE7”.
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