As I mentioned at the start of this month we have been working on a new version of our Joomla template framework, the Zen Grid Framework v4 (ZGF4), and I’m very happy to announce that it has (finally) arrived. The first theme to be released on the the ZGF4 is the Xero template. It’s a simple theme but it is very very fast.
Xero is our new starter theme that we will be building all future themes from and is an ideal starting point for users to get to know the new version of the framework with.
As you probably already know, Google likes “fast and optimized pages [because they] lead to higher visitor engagement, retention, and conversions.” A key factor in making your website load quickly is to ensure that your images are optimised and served to your visitors at optimum file sizes. Loading large and oversized images can significantly affect the loading speed of your site, making image optimisation a key part of any search engine optimisation strategy.
There are a number of offline and online options available to help you to do this and today I’m going to be giving you a walk through Kraken, a free online image optimisation service.
I write this blog post as an update for our members who might be curious about what's going on at Joomlabamboo.
TLDR: Don't worry we are still here and we are still innovating, we have just been a little delayed.
Joomlabamboo as you may or may not know is a small business. By small I actually mean very small when measured against other template club standards. It's primarily myself doing design and development, with the tireless support of Rob and Paul working on our forum and ticket system. Rob also works on code development amongst his other freelance committments.
An update has just been released for our Google maps module, Maps2, which adds new layers and some new options to make certain mapping caveats easier to deal with. You can grab your free copy of the Maps2 module here.
Late last week I released our latest Joomla template. Presto is a new initiative from us and we guarantee it will change the way you create image galleries in Joomla.
It's is an integrated template gallery solution that features a built in drag and drop based, ajax driven image gallery. We built it on the premise that ease of use shouldn’t compromise flexibility, and so it matches a user friendly interface and intuitive workflows with an incredible array of tools for building flexible and impressive galleries.
Presto is available as a free lite version as well as the fully featured pro version.
After updating to T3 version 2.3.0 when using a Bootstrap 2 based template with menu dropdown behaviour set to 'Mouse Hover', you may run into a problem with the hover behaviour not working.
We are currently in the process of updating our template packages with the fix, however, this will only affect the layouts that come with the theme. If you have copied layouts to a new name in the template administration area, the fix will need to be applied to your each of your new layouts.
To fix the problem, follow the steps below.
A recent update to the T3 may result in a blank page for your Joomla 3 installation if you are running an installation less than Joomla 3.3. This is a bit of an edge case and one that we are yet to see int he wild but a number of tests on our quickstart packages locally have produced the error.
An update to our flagship responsive Joomla module, Zentools, was released a few days ago which contains a couple of new handy features. If you are new to Zentools, it's basically the all in one module that we use to build much of the functionality you see in our Joomla templates.
The stacked layout is a new way to organise your content. It's a faux parallax effect that uses fixed positioning for background images which sit underneath your item's content.
Late last week I released the latest Joomla template to be added to our catalogue, Lifestyle2. Lifestyle2 is the Joomla 3 template update for our original Lifestyle template with the addition of some new layouts and new styles all built on a solid T3 Framework foundation.
I've just posted the details about some updates for our Zentools module which feature heavily in the Lifestyle2 demo, so it may well be worth your time investigating the new additions to our favourite responsive Joomla module.
This article is intended to give new users an insight into the basics of creating a Joomla 3 website structure in the most efficient way. We plan to publish further articles to build on this tutorial, covering specific areas and features including options and settings.
Find out more by reading How to structure your first Joomla 3 Website.