Our main concerns with Yootheme PRO
First, we have used Yootheme templates and Warp for many, many years and love them! UIKit is our favorite framework, Widgetkit our best friend and we follow the progress of Pagekit closely And we know you have been working hard on Yootheme PRO.
Well, after testing Yootheme PRO for a while were sorry to say that we are a bit disappointed and have quite a few concerns that will prevent us from using it:
1. It doesnt (yet?) support dynamic content
Would love to see some integration with Zoo, something like whats done with Widgetkit or Zoo Item PRO or better...
2. Tweaking is hard or impossible
If you just want to add a custom class to a specific element, lets say a title in a panel, thats not possible. Sure you could add a class to the entire panel container but not to one single element.
3. Language support is lacking?
How does it run with language support? Havent figured that one out yet.
4. Akward process of creating new page
Create a blank article, create menu, go over to template, open the tool, layout the page, populate with content.
5. Joomla articles and shortcodes just doesnt feel right.
Sure, the generated pages needs to be saved somewhere but this doesnt feel right, at least not for us. Yes, this is a subjective opinion and mostly based on emotions but those still matter, right
6. Content editors will get access to template settings and more
If we only ever want them to be able to change the content thats not possible.
7. Content overview
We find it much harder to find the content we need to change using the page builder.
8. Cannot optimize images for different devices
We cannot select different images for different devices.
It would have been great if we had been given the opportunity to give feedback on Yootheme PRO early on. It's nice looking and probably great for people not used to coding, but for us it's of almost no use
Let me briefly explain how our current setup is working so you better can understand why this is not a step forward for us.
We have all content in Zoo apps such as Pages, Products, Company, Courses, Forms, Clients and so on. We and our clients love them! For them it's really easy to a find, edit and create content and even create more advanced functionalities like forms. They dont have to worry about the design or coding and its a super fast and safe way for them and us to work. And everything is in one place with a great overview and lots of search and filtering capabilities.
We then use Zoo, Widgetkit or Zoo Item Pro from Zoolanders with our own customizations to display the content. We have a lot of different renderers for each type and you can select what one you need from the module. You could also configure how the content should be displayed on different devices directly in the module.
An example, the client adds a new staff member (name, title, contactinfo, photo) and links it to a office and a page about a certain topic for which he will be the contact person as well as categorize him as working with sales support. This takes less than a minute to do, no kidding. We then display him on the page using any of the 10 or so different renderers we have prebuilt for staff. The renderers creates 5 different versions of the photo to fit all different device sizes, it's configured in the module how to rearrange the items for each breakpoint, if we select a renderer with a form hook clicking the staff memeber will show a from in a modal than once submitted will send him an email or if we set the wrapper to be a dynamic grid that also works. All this is reusable and when we need to customize it we can do that really easily by editing the renderer php file. If you review the list above, none of the issues listed there applies to our current setup.
We strongly believe in seperating content and design, and keeping renderers/templates clean and editable. That allows us as developers to reuse code and work faster and smarter and at the same time keep it simple as possible for our customers. And it is so much faster than doing/trying to do the same with Yootheme PRO