Last week we had our first Joomla User Group Hamburg and YOOtheme meetup, hosting about 38 attendees here in our offices. It was a great opportunity for everyone interested in YOOtheme Pro and Joomla to take part and ask questions directly to the designers and developers of YOOtheme Pro.
It's been a couple of weeks since we released YOOtheme Pro and quite a few things happened in the meantime. We have been working hard and are excited to announce that as of today, YOOtheme Pro is available for WordPress! Joomla and WordPress users won't only be able to enjoy last month's website Fuse, but also our new release Horizon.
There's still more good news to share. You can now use Widgetkit 2 and YOOtheme Pro simultaneously. We know that this will make many of you guys very happy.
In addition we published 12 minor releases in the last 4 weeks which come with a new style, a bunch of new features, options and settings as well as several improvements and bug fixes. This is an impressive number that we are proud of and hopefully it shows, how passionate we are about YOOtheme Pro. We will keep pushing even more updates in the future. Read on to find out what all this means in detail.
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!
Fuse — A new website, new possibilities
With YOOtheme Pro we also rethought our theme creation process. Instead of our previous, monolithic theme releases we move to a new system of modular and evolving websites. So, today we are thrilled to present our first website based on YOOtheme Pro: Fuse! It introduces the new default theme, the first style called Minimal and 8 different page layouts - all wrapped in elegant, web agency themed demo content.
The default YOOtheme Pro theme is sporting a classical widescreen layout and is stuffed with features, like different header layouts, a special mobile header and many options to create unique top and bottom sections. The first available style has a minimalistic and modern look. It's light, elegant and focused on typographical details. The topic of the website serves as a perfect basis for any agency or portfolio website and comes with 8 prebuilt layouts: Frontpage, Portfolio, Services, About, FAQ, Case Study, Careers and Press.
- Default YOOtheme Pro Theme
- 1 Style called Minimal
- 8 Layouts for different page types
- Web agency and business topic
Same release cycle, new concept
So what does YOOtheme Pro mean for you and your subscription?
The basic principle remains the same. At the beginning of each month a new Website, like Fuse, will be released. It bundles the theme itself and its features, styles for a different look, pages with different layouts and demo content for a specific topic. Thanks to the modular structure of YOOtheme Pro, it will be easy to transform one website into various creations. With this concept, we are able to offer you more possibilities than ever before.
The best thing is, all websites will be updated continuously. This means that we will keep adding new features, styles, layouts and topics to each release. This is amazing, because each website is part of an evolving ecosystem and will continue to grow and evolve along with it.
We still have lots of ideas for the YOOtheme Pro website builder, which we will add step by step, aiming for monthly feature releases. You can expect YOOtheme 1.1 by November, 1.2 by December and so on.
Meanwhile you don't have to worry. There is no need to upgrade your existing subscription. All members have immediate access to YOOtheme Pro including all new features. Basically nothing is going to change for you — except the product, which is way better than before.
What about Warp and Widgetkit?
The YOOtheme Pro website builder and its themes are based on a completely new framework. You can consider it the successor of Warp and Widgetkit, since it combines the features of both — which is great. Unfortunately, this also means that it will be impossible to upgrade older themes to the new system. But there is absolutely no need to upgrade your already running website. There are no plans to end Warp 7 theme support any time soon.
Note, if you are using Widgetkit 2 or ZOO, you will also need to update the extensions to the latest version.
Please remember: This is the first release of a completely new system and we are working on constant improvements. So, if you find any bugs, please report them in the support center and we will fix them right away. Our current focus is on making YOOtheme Pro available for WordPress, with Pagekit following.
Now go on, explore!
UPDATE: WordPress Members
We understand that it is hard for our WordPress users to wait for YOOtheme Pro. Therefore, we are giving access to the Joomla version to all WordPress members, as well. That way you can already play around and give it a try. We are working hard on getting the WordPress version ready as soon as possible. There's still a large amount of work to be done, but we intend to release YOOtheme Pro for WordPress in November.
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.