Versatile catalog system

The ZOO extension allows you to create different catalogs for all purposes

Feb
19

In our last blog post we described the CCK feature of our new ZOO extension in detail. This time we want to take a closer look at the catalog system.

One great thing about the ZOO is that with a single installation of this component you can create unlimited catalogs. This means you can create for example a product catalog, a download archive and a news magazine. All these use cases are basically catalogs with different contents. Furthermore different templates and styles can be assigned and each catalog will have it's own individual design and layout. Using Joomla's powerful overriding features you will have full control of all ZOO layouts. Finally you can use ZOO for very different purposes on a single website. Take the YOOtheme website for example, since our Joomla 1.5 migration back in January we use the ZOO component ourselves to manage our download section and also this blog you are reading right now. So you have been using the ZOO component for quiet some time... ;-)

By Sascha | | Posted in ZOO | 32 comments

CCK for Joomla

A brand new catalog system that comes with a content construction kit will arrive soon

Feb
12
CCK for Joomla After we announced our upcoming ZOO component we received quite a lot of comments. Now there are some rumors out there because we put a couple of hints about the ZOO on our teaser website.

Some people were wondering what the acronym CCK stands for. CCK means Content Construction Kit. The CCK is a module to create custom content types within the Drupal CMS. It is a great and powerful feature we always wanted for our favorite CMS and its functionality has been requested by the Joomla community for a long time, so we created our own super flexible Joomla catalog component that comes with a comprehensive content construction functionality.

By Steffan | | Posted in ZOO | 90 comments

Today we reveal

... not everything but at least the name of our new baby

Feb
02

Being our only child componentwise we thought the Teamlog might feel a little lonely, and since we got a lot of positive feedback on it we thought it would be a good idea to create another Joomla component ;-)

In our next post we will show you some of its features. We know we teased you a bit for the last month, but you might already guess what it is from the name and the little hints we put on the new teaser site.

By Steffan | | Posted in ZOO | 60 comments

Pinboard template

February 09 YOOtheme club template

Feb
01
Pinboard template

Put it on your wall! Our february template Pinboard is made of 5 different materials and you also get to choose from a wide range of nice wallpapers. More than 210 combinations are possible.

Pinboard comes with a largest collection of modules… we updated the designs of our popular post-it and polaroid styles and created completely new designs like cardboard, a note on checkered paper, oldschool printing paper and a tile. We also added 6 magnets and a pin. Together there are more than 80 different module combinations possible.

Most importantly we made use of our new overrides to create different stylings for blog layouts and other components. In this template the blogposts of the blog layouts (frontpage, section, category) appear on individual sheets of paper.

Feature list

  • 23 different background with more than 210 combinations
  • Tableless overrides for all Joomla components
  • Smart CSS to customize Joomla components
  • Enhanced module system with flexible proportions
  • Fully sliced Fireworks .png Source files
  • Works with all YOOtools

Joomla Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | 2 comments

The way we ride! (Part 2)

A look into the code of our free template overrides

Jan
23

In the previous post we told you about our new template overrides (which you can download here) that render the Joomla output tablelessly. Now we can create websites that have semantic markup and a sensible structure. But actually the tables were not the only problem we had with the way the Joomla core treats content. Also we quickly reached the limits on how we could style the content. In this post we want to present some improvements we made with our overrides.

By Sascha | | Posted in Warp | 13 comments

Overrides, everyone! (Part 1)

Free YOOtheme template overrides for Joomla 1.5

Jan
21

Hi everybody! With our latest template release Way Beyond we started to deliver overrides for Joomla's core output! This means that now not only the layout of our templates is tableless but also the core components which Joomla usually renders as tables. We restructured the whole HTML output. Now it is semantic and easily styleable with CSS. We also deliver a single, cleaned up CSS file which styles our overrides. One of the most important changes is the way we use the page class suffix. It is no longer attached to the existing CSS classes, which was a nightmare for web designers. Instead, we now use the page class suffix as an additional CSS class in a container which is wrapped around the core output. This is awesome for web designers because this way you can override existing CSS styles for specific pages very conveniently. Also our CSS styles only apply to our overrides and will not affect any other HTML code. You should take a look at it yourself :-)

By Steffan | | Posted in Warp | 33 comments

Coming up on YOOtheme

New YOOtheme product you all have been waiting for...

Jan
13
Coming up on YOOtheme

About a year ago we worked hard in our labs to bring you our famous YOOtools extensions. Maybe you wonder which ace we got up our sleeve this time ;-). We know it's been a while since we released the last YOOtools and the Teamlog extension. It probably seemed that things had calmed down around us. The reason was that we were working on a new project that turned out to be of the more comprehensive kind, and we didn't want to get too ahead of ourselves yet. We just needed some time to develop it, see how it turns out, bugfix things, add features and change some things around again.

Today we are announcing that very soon it will be time to break our silence. Something big is close to being unveiled, and we're really excited about it. We don't want to let the cat out of the bag but we can say it is a long awaited Joomla extension. We're sure you'll love it, so take a look at our new teaser website and keep checking back within the next couple of weeks. Drumroll!

By Sascha | | 74 comments

YOOtheme Relaunch

YOOtheme website relaunch with Joomla 1.5

Jan
08

We got some changes in the new year. Maybe some of you already noticed that we relaunched our YOOtheme website two days ago. At first sight not much has changed but if you take a closer look you will notice that we made some major changes. One necessary step for us was to get rid of the old Joomla 1.0 installation and the SMF forum. In December we already moved our entire forum to phpBB3. So moving to Joomla 1.5 was the next step for us. We migrated our user database and developed our own plugin to synchronize the Joomla 1.5 and phpBB3 users. Also we used our new overrides for Joomla's core output to finally get our site fully tableless.

The second step was to simplify the site's content and add a bunch of nice features: One of our new toys is this shiny new blog (yay!) which will keep you updated on YOOtheme, web design buzz or at times just entertaining stuff. Furthermore we focused on improving every single page, cleaning up the menu structure and optimizing the site usability. That took a lot of work in the last weeks. Now you will have a better user experience browsing our site.

Here is a list of the improvements we made:

  • New Blog on the frontpage with RSS feed
  • We use IntenseDebate for comments
  • Completely new download section
  • Improved member area with enhanced signup, renewal and upgrade process
  • … and now we twitter!

Stay up to date and subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on twitter.

For the last couple of months we've been crafting some stuff that will get you prepared for 2009's web design demands. We'll tell you about that soon!

By Sascha | | 21 comments

Way Beyond template

January 09 YOOtheme club template

Dec
30
Way Beyond template

We proudly present our new template: Way Beyond! Our first template to come with overrides for the Joomla core. What does that mean?

It means that we got rid of Joomla's tables. The whole content area is free of tables now, and we developed very neat CSS for our overrides, too. We did that to give you full control over the look of your website. Now you can easily style every part of your Joomla website with CSS. We rewrote all of Joomla's core components and threw out a bunch of unnecessary code, so now your site will load faster as well.

Also we optimized our module framework. From now on every styling you can apply via the module class suffix will work on any module position, no matter what kind of background that position has.

Our typography got polished, too. There are a couple of new elements like the drop caps you can put at the beginning of paragraphs and left and right insets to align your content more easily.

Feature list

  • Tableless overrides for all Joomla components
  • Smart CSS to customize Joomla components
  • Enhanced module system with flexible proportions
  • New polished typography
  • Fully sliced Fireworks .png Source files
  • Works with all YOOtools

Joomla Demo

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes | No Comments