What's up, YOOtheme? – Pagekit and our future plans
More than half of a great year has passed by but there are still exciting times ahead of us! Read on to a get short round up of YOOtheme's work and what's happening next at YOOtheme.
Two weeks ago we finally released the first Alpha version of Pagekit to the public. It is such a big relief after more than 2 years of hard work. Make sure to follow the latest Pagekit news on the offical blog. Just head over and check out the first post about the Pagekit launch. But besides Pagekit, there is more... We are really excited about our other product lines. A lot of major updates are coming.
We are diligently working on Pagekit Alpha 2. A new addition to this version will be a tree page view - a hierarchical view of all the site's pages which helps you to handle your pages easily. The main focus is put on stabilizing the API and improving the UI and workflows. Once there are no more breaking changes to expect, a Beta release is planned for the third quarter of 2014. We hope to make the final version available by the end of the year.
To accompany Pagekit’s launch, we will make our own contributions to the Marketplace. Three flexible themes will be available right away so that Pagekit can be applied to lot of use cases. To make the transition from other CMS as straight-forward as possible, we are also providing a first set of extensions:
Analytics - Yes, we will provide a Google analytics extension with beautiful statistics and charts of your website's activity.
Docs - Since Pagekit’s own documentation is powered by an extension that integrates Markdown based documentation files, we are releasing that extension as well.
Importer - In addition, there will be an extension to import existing content from your Joomla or Wordpress installation.
Right now we are also in the process of developing WIdgetkit 2. This version is based on UIkit and will be available for WordPress, Joomla and Pagekit and can be used platform independently. It has a completely revised user interface. The best thing about it: you can add your own widgets.
UIkit, our second big open source project next to Pagekit, has been very successful in its current version. Now, we’re bringing it to the next stage. UIkit 3 will come with a new architecture to become even more modular and each component can be used without any conflicts. With the new structure we will also want to provide a SASS port, something many of you have been waiting for. With regard to upcoming features, we are planning on integrating new and popular technologies like Flexbox. We would love to get your feedback and ideas for UIkit 3. Just post them on GitHub.
Yes, we are also working on a new Warp version! There is still a lot of work to do but just to give you a sneak peak what can be expected: Warp 8 is going to have an easier and clearer admin interface, a new underlying framework and like always we will integrate new features.
And finally: ZOO! A great update is coming next week. ZOO 3.2 learns to implement Joomla ACL permission rules and improves its frontend editing for items and comments. You are able to tell ZOO precisely what actions a user may take. From frontend editing to the application configurations, everything will be configurable via ACL. Since ZOO will mostly use Joomla Core Permissions, it’s very easy to inherit your existing rules to ZOO.
We are hiring
Beside all work we have also moved into a new office! Yes! Up until now we’ve been making the office comfortable. When all is done we'll share a post and some pictures with you. With more office space and as we continue to grow we are looking for great developers and designers to join our YOOtheme team full-time in Hamburg, Germany! Get more information about our open positions and get in touch with us.