In the Design Palette 1.5 update, we introduced the new Customizer interface (beta) which moves the Design Palette controls from the Design Palette design tab to the WordPress Customizer.
The Customizer is part of WordPress core and designed specifically for customizing themes – the same purpose and similar functionality as the design tab but built-in and maintained by WordPress. 🎉🎉🎉
All good things must end, and replaced with something better!
We’re proud of the Design Palette design tab. At one time, it was one of a kind. But as the WordPress Customizer matured and now offers more benefits, it came time to KonMari the plugin, so to speak. We decluttered, reorganized, and tidied the editor to create the space for Design Palette to integrate more closely with the built-in customization features.
The new Customizer interface will spark more joy customizing your site.
- More consistent user experience for customizing themes.
- Larger preview area.
- The ability to save changes as a draft lets you share previews for collaborative work without changing the production look of the site.
- Want to make changes now and make them live at a later date? Now you can schedule your design changes like a blog post.
- Responsive controls to customize styles at the desktop, tablet, and mobile breakpoints.
Responsive Controls is without a doubt, the most exciting enhancement.
Want to change the font size or button color for tablet or mobile only?
Now you can! At the bottom of the Customizer interface, there are 3 breakpoint icons – desktop, tablet, or mobile. Select a device icon and edit away!
Switching the controls to the Customizer is only a 1-2-3 click of the mouse.
The Enable Customizer checkbox is located in Design Palette Pro under Settings. Check the box (1), hit the save button (3), select the Design tab (3). Voila!
After you save the Enable Customizer checkbox, and before you hit the Design tab, you’ll want to read the handy notice at the top of the page:
“Thanks for trying the Customizer Beta. Since the beta feature was deactivated and reactivated your previous settings were not converted. The Customizer options are just like you left them. Click the “Design” tab to be taken directly to the new Design Palette Pro customizer panel. If you wish to upgrade your current settings to replace the customizer settings, please click this link.”
By selecting this link, all customizations from the classic editor will transfer to the Customizer. Technically this step makes it a 1-2-3-4 click. But maybe you don’t want to carry over the settings. Maybe you want a fresh start. Who are we to hold you back?
Carrying over the settings is optional and a choice we left up to you.
Help Us Make Design Palette Pro Better!
The Customizer interface is in beta, which means it’s ready to use but we’re still making improvements. We’d love to hear what you think and any suggestions you have while we complete this feature for the Design Palette 2.0 release.
Feedback can be sent via the help widget inside of Design Palette Pro, or reach out to our team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.