YOOtheme Pro has been out for a few weeks now. Together with the Joomla user group of Hamburg, we'd like to take this opportunity and organize a meetup. For this event, we are inviting you to visit us at our Hamburg offices.
Today we got great news for you. We've updated Widgetkit to 2.8 including many bug fixes and some highly requested features.
After almost one year of development we are incredibly proud to release YOOtheme Pro for Joomla today. It is the biggest step for us since the founding of YOOtheme and it will bring a new era that merges our products into a single, groundbreaking toolkit for creating web experiences: The website builder. It will revolutionize the way you work and lets you create beautiful websites in no time - without the need to write a line of code.
YOOtheme Pro in detail
The new website builder is the heart of YOOtheme Pro and your most important tool. It allows you to customize and manage pretty much every aspect of your website and to build entire pages with modular building blocks, called elements. You can edit Joomla content, like menus and modules, without leaving the YOOtheme Pro administration. All this happens in a real-time preview, so that you can see changes that you make immediately.
To give you an overview of all the new YOOtheme Pro features, we've lauched a brand new landing page. Check it out!
Only one week is left until our magnificent new website builder will drop and change the way you create websites forever. Now it's time for the last installment of our blog post series. Let's talk about the most spectacular part of the website builder: the page builder.
What is it for?
Sophisticated page content isn't easy to create. Having to set up a page's layout with all its headlines, grids and other design elements in plain HTML can be daunting and take quite a while. So, our goal was to enable you to create a complete website quickly and to produce perfect, updateable markup without coding.
Today we want to introduce you to our groundbreaking new website builder. It will be the most important tool when it comes to website creation and will have a huge impact on the way you work as a web designer.
The new website builder splits the screen into a sidebar on the left and a real-time preview on the right with the actual website. It contains all the tools to manage the complete look and layout of your website. The concept is similar to the Warp 7 style customizer that many of you are familiar with, though it is much more powerful with all theme functionalities available in one place. It is a complete website builder that allows you to modify theme settings, pick logos and the site's favicon, build entire layouts and change your theme's appearance.
It is time for our next milestone on the road to YOOtheme Pro. Today's blog post is about how we are improving customizations and updating themes without losing your modifications.
Warp has always supported customizations. So far, these have been spread across different files in the theme, keeping us from implementing automatic 1-click updates. YOOtheme Pro themes will save settings into the database and introduce child themes to completely separate the core theme and modifications.
In our last post we gave you an overview of what to expect from the Warp 7 successor. With our upcoming series of blog posts we want to go more into depth and explain the new main features in detail. Today, we're going to look into the new, more native concept behind our framework.
We are thrilled to announce YOOtheme Pro – our next generation of themes. On October 10, we are going to launch a completely new, groundbreaking website builder that will revolutionize the way you work.
So far, we've been working on the new website builder about for 8 months. We took into account all the feedback you gave us in the Warp 8 wish list thread in our support center. Right now, we are working full blast on getting everything ready. This huge undertaking requires our entire workforce. So first of all, we'd like to thank you for the support we have received after our blog post on Luna theme. The overall reactions have been very positive despite the fact that we will have to skip one month's theme release. But we are convinced that you will not be disappointed.
Today we're going give you a short introduction of the four major features coming with this new era of YOOtheme Pro themes.
We're very proud to announce the next big leap for our beloved front-end framework: UIkit 3! The development started 8 months ago in January and since then we are working continuously on it. It's a complete overhaul of the entire framework. Compared to UIkit 2, where we've added more and more features with the later releases, the focus of UIkit 3 is on rewriting and optimizing the code base. UIkit 3 will be smarter, faster, leaner and even more powerful.
This August's theme release is a special one for us. Luna comes with a vibrant, colorful design that doesn't need big images to impress. The typographic teaser makes a grand opening, while four custom Widgetkit plugins help you to bring out your content. In addition, Luna's styles are extra sophisticated, including beautiful background effects. Each one was crafted with loving detail, essentially making them mini themes themselves.
We have a big announcement for you guys. Luna will be the last Warp 7 release and some major changes are coming. But more about that later.
Luna theme comes with four custom plugins for Widgetkit 2, our smart tool set for content creation: a Gallery, List, Slideshow and a Grid widget, plus a modifier class for the default Grid widget.
The custom Gallery widget uses tags not only to filter items, but places them inside a list below the title. This works perfectly in all overlays and panel styles. The default gallery options are still available.
This List widget allows you to arrange content in a layout that is similar to a description list. Items can be separated with borders, backgrounds or just space. Additionally, you can add a subtitle below the title of each item, by adding information to the Subtitle field of the Settings tab in the widget administration.
Luna theme comes with a Slideshow widget that is great for displaying short information, like quotes or testimonials. Media items are placed inside a circle on top of the panel, like an avatar. You can also add a Watermark through the custom field in the Settings tab.
This Grid widget places a check icon in the top-left corner of each item. On hover, a panel background appears and a different style is applied to the icon. Note that this widget does not support media items.
In addition to the custom Grid, we provide the modifier class
.tm-grid-button, which you can add to a regular Grid widget. A spinning arrow button will then appear when hovering grid items.
This theme comes with unusually versatile styles that include different textures, gradients, shadows and filled as well as outlined UI elements. Another thing that makes these styles unique are the background animations that we've added. There are fireflies, particles and different geometric forms that float with a parallax effect when you move the cursor. You can select each of these backgrounds in the Layouts section of the Warp administration and they adapt to all styles (except for the fireflies, which naturally, you can only see in the dark).
Luna theme includes three different layouts for the main navigation. It can be stacked with the logo above the centered menu, so that there's plenty of space for big logos. But you can also apply a single line, left aligned navigation or even place the logo in the middle of the centered menu. The items will be distributed equally on both sides.
The navbar also comes with a sticky option, so that it remains fixed at the top of the browser window when you scroll the page. Additionally, there's an option to turn the navbar transparent and place it on top of the content. This looks great on all section backgrounds. If sticky mode is enabled, its background color will be applied again to the navbar upon scrolling.
Apart from a custom blog style and a number of appearance options for each position, Luna theme comes with the Smoothscroll position where you can add a dotted navigation to scroll through long pages. We've also added a bunch of custom classes to help you style your content. For example, you can see a fancy typographic teaser on the frontpage of the demo, which is easily replicated.
Check out the Theme page for instructions and full list of the features and custom classes of Luna theme.
- Different background animations
- 4 custom widgets and a modifier class
- 3 main navigation layouts and sticky option
- Custom blog layout
- Demo pages built with Widgetkit 2
- Full UIkit components styling
- 6 sophisticated style variations
- Easy customizer and LESS integration
- WooCommerce support
Farewell Warp 7
The time has come after three years and 38 themes to part from Warp 7. We've spent the past six months working on its successor and are happy to announce that it won't be long now. We are even more excited to announce that this one isn't "just" going to be Warp 8. It will be a completely new theme framework, including new versions of both Widgetkit and UIkit. We think in one word, it will be GROUNDBREAKING :-) In order to be able to take on the enormous workload that comes along with this project, we decided not to release a new theme next month. This is the first time in the entire history of our company, which has produced 116 themes (not counting legendary Mega theme) that we skip a month and we hope for your understanding that we want to concentrate all our energies on this new generation of themes. We can assure you that it will be worth the wait. So buckle up!
During the next months we're going to release weekly blog posts that will disclose some of the features our new theme framework will have to offer. So keep your eyes on our blog. If you have any feature requests, we would also like to encourage you to post them here in the comments. These are exciting times for us!