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YOOtheme Pro 1.2 released

New website, blog options and improved workflow

Dec
05
YOOtheme Pro for WordPress

The year is coming to an end and the Christmas preparations are starting. So, while you get cozy and lean back, we'd like to present to you the latest YOOtheme Pro update. To optimize the workflow when creating pages in Joomla, we have added a number of new features that will make your day. In addition to that, we refactored the whole system blog as well as single posts, implementing a bunch of new settings that allow you to create different layouts. Of course, this update also comes with a brand new website: Max, the perfect blueprint for any personal or portfolio project.

The new website, Max

Max comes with a flat, colorful style. You can choose from six prebuilt layouts: Home, Work, Branding, Services, About and a case study. These provide the perfect base for any personal or freelance portfolio website.

The new website also comes with a new Flat style. The modularity of YOOtheme Pro makes it possible that this signature style can be applied to the previous releases Fuse and Horizon, as well as upcoming ones.

  • New Flat style
  • 6 Layouts for different page types
  • Personal, freelancer topic

Joomla Demo WordPress Demo

Joomla workflow improvements

An essential addition in this release is the page builder button that you can find in Joomla's article editor. Now, you can just launch the page builder from inside the article and it really opens nothing but the page builder and none of the other theme settings. That way, you can enable your clients to add their own content without giving them access to the actual theme settings. In addition to that, this also allows you to edit unpublished articles or articles which are not linked in the menu.

Page Builder

It is now possible to modify pages in the frontend and even launch the page builder. When you're logged in, an "Edit" button will appear on your page and you're good to go.

  • Launch the page builder inside the Joomla article editor
  • Edit unpublished articles or articles which are not link in the menu
  • Frontend editing for pages including the page builder

Frontend Editing

Refactored blog with new options

This release comes with a whole new administration section to modify your blog articles. There's a settings panel for the blog overview layout and one for the appearance of single posts. You can set the number of columns in the overview and choose from different navigations. Select a number of layout options, like the position of the featured image and meta data, the text alignment of content, header and footer, as well as the content width. You can even enable drop caps for your article and more settings are likely to be added in the future.

Blog Settings

Better color management in sections

Sections with primary and secondary backgrounds now adapt their text color automatically. This means that text on a dark background will apply a light color for better legibility and vice versa. If this behavior is not desired, you can still disable it — for example when placing a panel in one of these sections and wishing to maintain its default text color.

Section Color

Max width option for rows in the builder

So far, you could apply a max width to a section and all rows inside would expand to fill it. With this update we are adding the option to apply a different max width to each row inside a section. This offers much more flexibility when creating layouts.

Max Width

Clear cache button

The advanced settings inside the website builder now feature a clear cache button that allows easy cache flushing. This corrects a previous issue with resizing and re-uploading images, where the old image would still be loaded from the cache, if it had the same name as the new one.

Clear Cache

Smooth scrolling

We've added a smooth scroll animation for all links that contain a URL fragment in the page builder. That way the page scrolls elegantly when a user clicks a link to a particular point within the same page.

New Add module and Add menu item buttons

Up until now, it wasn't possible to add new modules and menu items without leaving the website builder and entering Joomla's module and menu manager. With this update the YOOtheme Pro administration provides new buttons, both for creating modules and adding an item to a menu. This allows for a smoother workflow without the need to leave the YOOtheme Pro ecosystem.

Add Module

Wrapping up

This article only covers a few of the many new features and bug fixes that come with this month's release. We added a new headline style to elements, you can register builder elements in child themes, a new option allows you to open links inside a list element in a new tab, there's an alignment setting for icons inside buttons and the list goes on. For a full overview, check the changelog.

As always, we would like to hear your opinion. Let us know what you think about this release and give us your feedback on our new website Max.

By Sascha | | Posted in Themes, Pro

Comments (50)

  • photom

    photom

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    I miss the option to add a SCROLL DOWN arrow when full screen image is used. Otherwise visitors will not know to scroll down to view the rest of the content.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Good idea. We will put it on the todo list.
    • roojai

      roojai

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      I've added this successfully by adding an icon with a link, giving it an ID and then putting some custom CSS to set position absolute and at the bottom. Works well.

      Agree it will be better to have a built in scroll down though
  • joshgilson

    joshgilson

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    Curious Question: Why aren't there style options like the Warp 7 themes?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      At the moment we are trying to keep the UIkit themes/styles code base small because there may be changes (UIkit 3 is not even released yet). We will also optimize the style variations in general. For example we have to make sure that each style will work with every release.

      Most likely you can expect a big style library in Feb/Mar. They will of course work with the currently releases.
  • carl.gerhard.wieners

    carl.gerhard.wieners

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    Also, where is the documetation of uikit 3 ? How do You want us to update sites that use uikit 2 ? You don't even take the time to show us some functions anymore with the theme-demos.Very disappointed about the direction this takes.
    • akcreation

      akcreation

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      I would love to start using these themes and developing sites on them for my clients. But without uikit v3 docs it is pointless. I want to know how to code these and customise them! (as to be honest they all are very similar for the last 3 months).
      If someone just wants a simple static site that doesn't have lots of other components then this would be fine, but my clients need more than that.
      Looks like I will be continuing to use Warp 7 for yet another month (this makes 5 months now). I'm very disappointed - please can you start thinking about your clients who run agencies, and not just 'non web designers' who don't actually want to write code.
      • selfmed

        selfmed

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        +1

        Since the start of Yootheme Pro I feel a problem with priorities. Constant tweaking of "Page Builder" instead of writing Uikit 3 documentation, designing something creative (all pro templates look the same) or adding really needed functionalities such as megamenu (requested at least 6 years ago).

        I must "hack" everything with custom CSS since I have no idea what classes can be used in Uikit 3.
      • igor.pashchenko

        igor.pashchenko

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        +
        The same themes (there are not any features or web-trends. i saw more creativeness in WARP 7, i expected some new features - fullpage scroll, different scroll speed, new animations, various layouts, ect...
      • sascha

        sascha

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        As you know, we are working hard on the UIkit docs. But writing round about 80 pages of comprehensive documentation with good examples, etc takes some time. And we want to make sure each doc is perfect, so you have a really good starting point.

        Anyway, much of the documentation is already done and we are working on the website. The release is now scheduled for January 1st. Maybe earlier but no promise...
        • gee2803

          gee2803

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          This is changing from November to December and now to January! Why don't yoo just show us some pages to actually be able to do something? YooTheme Pro docu has been released uncompleted too and nobody yelled afterwards. "Much of the documentation" answers many questions of us.
        • akcreation

          akcreation

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          This is exactly the point people are trying to make Sascha:

          We are perfectly aware and appreciate that it takes a long time to write good documentation - so if the documentation wasn't ready, then why did you not wait to launch Yootheme Pro until the documentation was finished?

          OR

          Why not launch Yootheme Pro in Beta (which it essentially is now), and also keep developing Warp 7 themes alongside it at the same time, until Yootheme Pro was stable (and documentation finished), then stop developing for Warp 7.

          I am sure Yootheme Pro will be a fantastic product in time, but many of us are feeling short changed because we are essentially paying our subscription fee to pay for your beta development of Yootheme Pro (when what we are expecting to pay our fees for are FULLY functional products, like we had with Warp 7).

          There is not negativity (not on my part anyway) about Yootheme Pro itself, I think it looks fantastic, the negativity is because of the way the whole launch process has been delivered - it has not been communicated properly to us, which is frustrating.

          1 example - the Mega Menu, this was by far the most requested feature for 'Warp 8', which you yourself acknowledged. So, why did you not communicate to customers before launching Warp 8 / Yoothem Pro, that the Mega Menu would not be included? All we ask is to be kept informed.

          I hope you understand that this is supposed to be constructive (and that you do not delete my comment as has been done in the past). I LOVE your products and I tell many people about them, I have also praised them many many times on your blog posts, and I also contribute as much as I can to both the Support Forum and the Gitter / G+ Communities.

          So you have to accept constructive criticism in the same way you accept praise.

          Regards,

          Keith
  • websitecolors

    websitecolors

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    Mega Menu will be available shortly? Thanks
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Not shortly, but it is definitely on our todo list.
      • websitecolors

        websitecolors

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        Thanks Sascha

        February will be ready?
  • brad.kaiser

    brad.kaiser

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    Feeling disappointed that the last 4 months of my 12-month/12-theme subscription have been:
    - 1 month with no theme
    - 3 months with the same theme in different colors

    And the very most frustrating part is that the one theme is still essentially in beta, with sorely inadequate documentation.

    I understand and respect that, in a business like yours, you need to look to the future. But I can't help but feel that you haven't been holding up your end of the bargain with the subscriptions so many of us have already paid for.
  • doguz

    doguz

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    Please reduce your padding. It's way too much. Too much scrolling. Too much space. I understand the important of space in design, particularly print design, but on screen we need to make use of vertical space much more wisely.

    I do agree with most of the comments here about yootheme pro. And it not really being inspiring. Miss the old theme variations.

    This new pro format seems to only adjust the menu styles & headings each time.

    I think what you're trying to do is put the job of designing the website more on us, whereas this is what we have come to you for.

    What do you think?
    • marco.mohaded

      marco.mohaded

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      The first thing you said is totally arguable and I'm not really going to discuss that here.

      For the rest, yes, the new themes are mostly the same content organization with different colours and types (I loved horizon though).... I think the day widgetkit is fully integrated with YooPRO, we will all be happy. For now, all new themes still look too much static.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      There are some global variables to reduce the padding very easily in the style customizer. Just takes a minute to do so. So this should really not an issue for you to use the theme.

      Currently we are improving the current theme features and also focus on clean and business like styles. But once this is done you can expect more fancy styles and features.
  • roojai

    roojai

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    Well I'm surprised at the negativity here! I have used Yootheme and Warp 7 for 2 years and I am super excited about Yootheme Pro.

    I relaunched a website in about 1.5 days with it when it would have taken much longer before.

    And I am building my "swiss army knife" of websites so that I can simply copy it to a new server and strip out what the customer does not need (eg e-commerce). The Yootheme Pro interface is so easy to use to make design changes - I do not need much CSS at all.

    My e-commerce, events and blog solutions are all ZOO based and totally idiot proof for customer editing, and most importantly I do not need lots of different extensions and plugins.

    I am struggling without the UiKit 3 docs but making do with creating layouts in the pagebuilder and then copying the code into my Zoo apps.

    I really do think Yootheme pro is a game changer for me and I hope to increase production by a factor of 3 or 4 by using it.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Thank you! We appreciate it :-)

      UIkit documentation is nearly done and we are working on the website. The release is now scheduled for January 1st. Maybe earlier but no promise...
    • swissa

      swissa

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      Yep, it can be very speedy to build out a site.

      Yes, you can get all the uikit3 by building a 'template' of a page. But good docs would help. And they've been pushed back to Jan 1.

      Upgrading from uikit2 should be a breeze as supposedly uikit3 will include javascript to help you. No idea when this will release.

      I've asked if we can export 'sections' so that we can import into a new site - much along the lines you are going.

      All that is very good. Nice to have.

      But, maybe I'm alone here (no I'm not) that I came to yootheme from Joomlart or Rocket because the themes used to be eye-wateringly beautiful and came with multiple variations to get me started. They inspired the 'creative' in me that seems to be hidden well below the surface of this tech driven developer.

      And therein is the problem. It may be technically the best since sliced bread. But no inspiration. That's the disappointment. Betamax anyone?
  • simon.kloostra

    simon.kloostra

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    Same here, I think the last few templates can all be described as "minimal". I need creativity in the templates, something that I found in templates like Dolce Vita, Gusto, Peak, etc.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Currently our focus is on the theme features and clean and business like styles (Same for the next two releases). But of course you can expect more fancy styles and features in future again.
  • swissa

    swissa

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    I'm looking for a bit of clarification.

    The new 'business model' here for users is that they get access to Pro base technology with, when it's finished, widgetkit integrated, and one single colour of a new style, per month. No 6 different palettes of the style. Just a single colour scheme.

    Would that be right or have I missed something?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      At the moment we are trying to keep the UIkit themes/styles code base small because there may be changes (UIkit 3 is not even released yet). We will also optimize the style variations in general. For example we have to make sure that each style will work with every release.

      Most likely you can expect a big style library in Feb/Mar. They will of course work with the currently releases.
  • davidmdawson

    davidmdawson

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    I think I echo a lot of the other comments on here. I opted to use UiKit and yootheme templates to build a rather large e-commerce system for a niche industry.

    This direction it's taking is a little concerning. No template variations. Very little of the cool designs you used to have and just the same dreary templates... we pay for a template club and at the moment it's just not delivering that.

    You won't lose me as a subscriber... I've been here some 5 years... I'm locked into UiKit now as I have a lot of users. It's just the future is worrying me!
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Don't worry :-) There will be more fancy styles and theme variations in the future. But first we have to make sure everything else is perfect.
      • davidmdawson

        davidmdawson

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        but how will this work with all my existing sites using the existing uikit? Is everything going to need to be changed?

        If so now would be a good time to know as I'm finalising our dropping of virtuemart as the product catalogue and hence moving upto the latest joomla.
        • sascha

          sascha

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          You can't use both, UIkit 2 and 3 at the same time. So Warp 7, Widgetkit 2 and UIkit 2 are a nice, proven ecosystem. With YOOtheme Pro and UIkit 3 we started to build a new ecosystem. You have to decide which ecosystem you want to use...
  • getyoowoo

    getyoowoo

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    I'm not here to join the overall negativity around YOOtheme Pro. I'm here to give you my honest opinion.

    Let's face it... YOOtheme is a great company and was/is leading when it comes to theming WordPress and Joomla.

    A little history...

    After many beautifull years YOOtheme desided to create a new Framework: Uikit. And man, was that a life saver for many many designers and developers, including me! Uikit is awesome.

    But things went on and they desided to create a whole new CMS: PageKit. For me it looks absolutely promising but too undeveloped and a too small community to start working with it yet.

    Next they desided to change directions within their core business (creating beatifull themes) and started YOOtheme Pro. That's where we are about now.

    So why getting back in history? Well... Because I believe that's where it went wrong.

    In my opinion they've tried to accomplisch to much in to little time resulting in things not even close to be complete.

    Let me give a few examples:

    - Widgetkit can't be used with YOOtheme Pro. Yes yes, Widgetkit can be used with YOOtheme Pro because of some rewrites but I don't want old rewritten code installed on my clean sites. I like to keep things optimal.

    - We can allready use YOOtheme Pro but can't implement the same (Uikit) style in other extensions because there's no Uikit 3 documentation available yet.

    - Why should you still need a YOOtheme subscription? I realy don't know because the new themes are all the same (when you don't use the demo package like me). You should just need to update YOOtheme Pro once in a while to keep up with new features?

    I know documentation of Uikit 3 will be available in a few weeks and I know all Widgetkit features will be implemented in YOOtheme Pro in the coming months but we live now. I rather had hoped fewer products were released and were (more) complete at launch.

    With all this said... I still (and will always) have lots of respect for this great great company.

    Cheers!
    • vladimir.eliseev

      vladimir.eliseev

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      yes, you can extend iiur subscriptions fort about 2 months
  • markusb

    markusb

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    I'm a little bit in a dilemma. On the one hand I see some potential with Pro, on the other hand we had 2 months no new theme (3 Months Wordpress-User), and the last three templates were basically the same, simply with some variation in the content, built with PageBuilder.
    With a developer account for 300 € this is... well ... somewhat scant.
    Now you can imagine: Widgekit 3, Uikit 3 (what is with Zoo?)...., until everything fits, it will be spring or summer 2017. That means for me, I can not use a new template for a larger project for about 6 months.

    Almost all of my customer sites I create with Zoo. For a simple and good frontend editing it is for me the best CKK. Pro and Page Builder are so far away from this workflow.
    • ray.lawlor

      ray.lawlor

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      +1 to this...

      As an experienced ZOO programmer, I've managed to build tons fo custom functions and elements... ZOO is the basis for my entire work!

      With ZOO frontend submission, I've built a way to offer sites to clients without even allowing them to see the Joomla backend - which is outdated.

      I have been able to build a proper frontend interface that allows clients to manage their ZOO content easily and intuitively.

      There's NO WAY I'm allowing clients to mess up their sites with a page builder... I don't even give them too much on JCE...!

      My reputation is at stake... I want the site I develop work perfectly even after a year of client use... if my clients got to use a page builder for a year... that site would be a total disaster.
      • sascha

        sascha

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        Thanks for the feedback. I completely understand. We don't see the page builder as replacement for a catalog system like ZOO. The page builder is for unique custom pages. I agree, just filling out fields is great for clients, so they can't mess up the content. Clients don't need to create the custom pages, so they don't need access to the builder.

        We have some great ideas regarding this topic. Maybe you can give us some more comprehensive feedback in our support center what issues you have and what's missing. That would be great, so we can improve things.
  • stephan.julien

    stephan.julien

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    Hello

    Do not forget to add the option "Access Control List" as we have to disable some parts of the customizer for our clients (typically the style - setting )
  • enrico.nino

    enrico.nino

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    Maybe a year from now will be a good choice, now I believe is useful.
  • jakob.gede

    jakob.gede

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    I can not agree with my previous speakers. I have already built three websites with Yootheme Pro. It is a pleasure to work with this great tool! It is so simple and gives so many design possibilities. I find the way you have choosen correctly and forward-oriented.
    I look forward to the next time with you!
  • roojai

    roojai

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    What would be useful for all members would be a customer showcase area - where those that built websites using yootheme can show off their work.
    This might show more possibilities to others. But there may be some bad ones too haha
  • getyoowoo

    getyoowoo

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    I believe in a year or so we all laugh at this discussion and are happy with the progress made and seing the big picture :)
  • carl.gerhard.wieners

    carl.gerhard.wieners

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    So, I started with Horizon, updated from there. How do I change to Max ??? Style only gives me 3 options, which are from Horizon.
  • viktor.horst.17

    viktor.horst.17

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    I think Yootheme PRO has the potential to be a great new ecostystem, but I have some suggestions.

    - Possibility to have a ZOO item as an element in the Page Builder.
    - Possibility to have multiple top/bottom positions on dynamic pages (I am not talking about modules, but layout positions (like Top a, Top b, etc in Warp).
    - Possibility to be able to change the layout style of Top/Bottom position per page.
  • pixvisual

    pixvisual

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    This is very confusing...

    Why isn't it possible to add styling and links to a text? Without this I can't give it to my clients. It would be very confusing:

    1. You start with an empty article in Joomla
    2. You press the button for the builder
    3. Here you can edit the text However, without any styling (bold, italic, links, ...)
    4. when you return the text is shown in the Joomla article but edits here are not shown on the website.

    Am I missing something?
    • olivia

      olivia

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      Hey pixvisual,

      First of all, I would recommend taking a look at our video tutorials which you can find in the YOOtheme Pro documentation. These videos show you how to make your first steps with YOOtheme Pro easily explained step by step.

      Secondly, please post your technical questions in our support area. This is the place where our supporters can answer you more extensive and precisely on your particular problems.

      The comment area here is only there to give feedback on the post above.

      Many thanks!
  • colorpack

    colorpack

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    Text Element can't user editor ?

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