For the past few months, we have gone extra miles in developing and improving our Magento modules and extensions. The goal is to bring better user experience in our Magento themes and make it easier for the customer to browse the site in a better way. These new extensions compliment our responsive Magento themes.
1. Mega Menu for responsive Magento themes
With wide mega menu, one can display all the categories from the Catalog onto the menu and add any content one wishes, such as: images, video, links and so on, this is much better than the old menu's displaying all submenu contents in a single column when user hover on parent menu. We are working to add mega menu to our older themes too. Read our Mega Menu introduction blog post for more details.
JM Siotis is our first Responsive Magento theme which supports off-canvas navigation used in mobile and tablet devices. The theme also comes with the latest QuickBuy module, which supports transitions and effects developed specially for this theme only. Not to mention the Mega menu with featured products, JM Basetheme for easy customization and an auto-updated shopping cart feature this theme is loaded with.
Responsive Magento theme JM Siotis
Just a glance at Siotis and you will be drawn to it by its bold big typography and contrasting color blocked graphics. Sitois Magento theme has itself a very strong urban style in every corner but still keeps down to minimal design.
Off-Canvas Navigation solution for Responsive Magento Theme
If you ever surf Facebook on mobile or tablet, you must be familiar with the idea of Off-canvas menu on Facebook mobile already.
Technically off-canvas is a design pattern which has up to 2 or 3 panels, displayed differently depending on device’s width. Taking advantage of off-the-screen space, off-canvas navigation keeps the content ready and be visible when users take action to expose it or when on a larger screen mode.
Everyone is different when it comes down to color choices. Some love red, and some just happen to hate it. For the last few years, we have designed theme and picked out all the “popular” colors in the family such as yellow, red, orange, blue, green, purple and pink for our beloved Magento geeks, hoping to cover the color preferences of everyone out there. But, does it cover all? No, even each color has its own shades.
Making theme styles for each particular color takes good amount of time and it’s unbelievably hard for us to provide more 9 color themes. With JM Basetheme extension all these problems are in the past now. It enables users to take full control of styles and color them the way they want to down to every pixel.
T3 Framework has recently come out with its latest feature for Megamenu: the animation effect in displaying sub-menu for Joomla! template. This happens in the seconds your sub-menu is dropping down as your mouse is hovering over a certain category in your megamenu.
We have a variety of animation effects you can choose from including: Fading, Slide, Elastic, and an option None (for disable the animation effect). The default animation effect for T3 Blank template is Elastic and can be varied for others template. It really much depends on your menu type and how do you want it to look like. The speed are calculated in milliseconds and are adjustable by your integers input. Here the default speed for T3 Blank template is set at 300 milliseconds.
There are Fading, Slide, Elastic and None for your animation effect to choose from
JA Hawkstore is our first Joomla! 2.5 responsive e-commerce template for the year 2013, featuring Virtuemart component. Not just the default Virtuemart, but better with free add-in product slider module and a bonus feature for the shopping cart.
Following up with our Batch 1 upgrade for Joomla! 3.1, here is our batch 2 upgrade for our most 13 popular extensions. Please always take due back-up of your site before proceeding to any of the upgrade process.
Here at JoomlArt we are so excited that Joomla! 3.1 stable version has been released this morning. We have been following the release dates closely ever since Joomla! 3.1 first announcement was out and played with all of the Beta versions including the recent Beta 5. This is an important release due to the many new features including the much anticipated Tags feature. Apart from it, the Joomla! 3.1 release also includes few more exciting new features :
Show logs in debug console
Pagination in COM_SEARCH component
Union all feature
Refactor installation to use new application and MVC classes and much more
Our plan for Joomla! 3.1 update :
Following up with Joomla! 3.1 release, all your T3 Framework lovers out there are going to get your T3 Framework compatible with this version very soon (yup, soon here means a couple of days max). Other templates which are built on our latest T3 Framework version and recent updated extensions will be coming along as well.
Stay tuned for our upcoming announcements on our future updates incorporating Joomla! 3.1. But remember, if you are building a website Joomla 2.5 is the way to go, Joomla 3.x series are short term releases.
We were probably the first of the Joomla! template clubs to introduce Mega Menu feature with our first generation T3 framework way back in 2009. It was an instant hit and we have refined the mega menu workflow since then and in our latest T3 framework V3, we moved to jquery instead of mootools. In the template userguides, we provide screenshots of how we configure the megamenu as in the demo site. But what if you are trying to configure megamenu without any userguides? That is when this tutorial comes in to play its role.
It does so happen that we choose templates and extensions for our Joomla! project and start building the site, adding more extensions as we go and since most of the development happens on the localhost, site loading / performance does not seem to be an issue. Shock sets in, when the site is moved to live server and tested and having invested 100’s of hours, its way difficult to remove extensions or cut down features to improve site performance. This is the story of most of the people asking for professional help to optimize their sites.
Remember, if it’s heavy... it’s going to load slower.
What should one do?
From day one, keep the site optimization as one of the top priorities. Have tools to measure the effect of each and every addition you make on the site’s overall performance before adding them and try to fix an upper limit for site size and HTTP requests. Here are some of the easy-to-use tools to test your website.
Two of the trusted and popular online tools for checking site performance are Yslow by Yahoo! and Page Speed by Google and Gtmetrix runs both of them to give you easy to understand results with details.
We have been developing extensions from the days of Mambo / Joomla 1.0, throughout these years, we do confront numerous issues arising from the way we code and structure them. The race is to have a working extension for the active joomla versions, but these upgrades for Joomla version fixes has also led to many issues :
Most of the extensions have been upgraded from Joomla! 1.5 version till today. With all the upgrades they have been through, the extension structure is bit of a mess.
The extensions have been developed independently without any standardization; such as the UI, the common library sharing, leading to the inconsistent of:
Setting forms: No standardization and unprofessional look
No common library sharing: which request your website to keep loading pretty much the same library over and over again. This contributes "big time" in slowing down website performance. For instance, the jQuery library has been loaded multiple times with different versions for different type of extensions running on the same template.
How Can We Fix That?
We simply standardize and restructure them which do requires lot of work, but all worth it in the end.
The Joomla 3.1 release date is quickly approaching and we are excited to see so many new developments. One feature we are especially excited for is the introduction of tags into the core of Joomla, enabling users to implement tagging across all content. When the update is released we are looking forward to many interesting developments with the tagging. According to Joomla! we can look forward to innovative features such as:
Simple and intuitive use
Several layouts with multiple options
Content unchanged by addition of tags
Nested tags with a parent tag and unlimited children
Remember the JA Design Contest held 3 years back? Result was JA Community Plus - A beautiful community themed bonus Joomla Template. We are out searching again for fresh designs to add to our portfolio.
Its no secret that, we at JoomlArt always strive for distinction in the designs, to deliver the best to its members and we have no problem in trying fresh ideas and concepts from other designers too so as to provide more varied designs for our members at the same time let it be an open challenge for the inhouse design team to come up with more innovations in their routine deliveries. That's the logic behind our JDesigner Contest - everyone is a winner.
“Good design goes to heaven, bad design goes everywhere.”
What we really need is a new stimulating breeze in design, something different, unique but has to be simple and minimalistic at the same time.
Last night Joomla! announced that the T3 Framework for Joomla! responsive templates will be officially integrated into the upcoming Joomla! 3.5 distribution with an early alpha release with Joomla 3.1. This is fantastic news, as 6 years ago JA Purity won the Joomla! Template Contest and now its our template framework, the day is not far when all Joomla! templates will be based on our T3 framework.
At JoomlArt we are very excited about this and have already started working on early integration of T3 framework with the Joomla! 3.1 release scheduled April 15th 2013. We have been thrilled ever since this idea was introduced after the release of Joomla! 3.1 during last years World Joomla! Conference held in San Jose, California. T3 Framework is the best of the best Joomla! template framework especially for the responsive templates for Joomla! 2.5 and Joomla 3.0 and is the best solution for ease of use and its ability to personally customize each template to a previously unthinkable level of detail.
We have been going a long way toward achieving the media="rss" introitems="0" rssimage="0" items="20" fullcontent="1" M dream for Joomla! Community. So far we have raised ,965 USD for the community and this number will continue to go up. Now let’s push it up and make it to ,000 with our 2 new deals, featuring Chill Creations and ThemePartner.
Have you ever been on a website and just can’t figure out how to navigate to a certain page? Or perhaps suddenly been frustrated by trying to find the navigation bar after reading through countless comments or posts down the page. Not only is this annoying but often happens even more when using a mobile device or tablet, and is more complicated to remedy.
I have, and these problems while small, really bother me and countless other users too. Navigation is among the most important features in web design and focusing on it’s development will be a huge trend in 2013. To help improve the users experience and improve customer satisfaction we have recently incorporated Sticky Navigation for Desktop and Off Canvas Navigation for Mobile in JA Argo - responsive Joomla! 2.5 / 3.0 template based on our all new T3 Framework , as well as in T3 Framework.
Overview of web navigation
A. Traditional navigation
In the past we would see all kinds of links listed on the top navigation bar. First we would scroll down to read the article, information, or blog post then have to scroll up to find the navigation bar located at the top of the page. Let’s be honest, that is one annoying and inconvenient thing to have to do everyday of your life.
B. Sticky Menu Navigation on Desktop
No more having to scroll up forever in order to navigate back to the homepage, as the navigation controls are now fixed (sticky) and easily accessible from anywhere on the page. The controls are now visible and easy to access even when going from one headline to another.
Sticky navigation stays even when you are scrolling down the page
Can be applied to any kind of menu on your website: top or bottom. This bring great flexibility and versatile to your page.
We have recently upgraded 16 more templates and 8 extensions to be compatible with Joomla! 3.0.3, adding to our current collection of 11+ Joomla 3.0 templates. Below we have the new upgrades available, please enjoy.
It will never be enough with Joomla Humble Bundles. Rolling now a new bombdiggity deal with our special partner - Compojoom.
In this deal, we continue to offer our best-selling subscription JATC 1 year and Compojoom joins us with their Developer Bundle.
Argo Inspiration - design changes of major blog / magazine sites
Recently most of the well-known, heavy traffic news / magazine websites such as The Next Web (TNW), Mashable and ReadWrite are changing their website design and feel, leaning toward the flat design trend with sticky navigation sidebar or header and value typography along with its content, which is understandable for News website to concentrate on texts rather than graphics.
Hey Ho here come the Jumbo! Ok, it’s not the legend Jumbo the Circus Elephant that you use to know. It’s the Jumbo Bundle!
Keep up with the series of Joomla! Humble Bundle deal, we offer you the Jumbo Bundle, featuring JoomShaper and JoomlArt. In this deal, we throw in our best-selling template club subscriptions and promise to bring you the best Joomla! templates on the market.
Jumbo Bundle template clubs deal from JoomShaper and JoomlArt