Introducing Folio Life


Im very happy to announce the immediate availability of our April Joomla template called Folio Life as well as the first release of our Zen Grid framework. (The quickstart will follow shortly). The new framework is a complete revisioning of the Joomla template admin and provides a slick UI in which to control the features that we crammed into it. Please make sure you read the KB before diving in so you can get a better understanding of what;s involved and also check out the key features below.

The Zen Grid Framework is the coming of age of the Zen Grid template that we released back in November 2009. When I first released that template I stopped short of calling it a framework but in the last few weeks it has come into its own as a stand alone Joomla templating framework that will help you to easily and effectively deploy websites using Joomla.

Some of the new features include:

New Interface

One of the key improvements has been the total revamping of the template interface. We have swapped out alot of the core Joomla admin screen and replaced it with a slick tabbed accordion interface that keeps the multitude of parameters organised and easily accessed.

Flexible Child theming

The new framework also offers child theming or layout overrides that help you to move away from the core Grid layout. This means that from our end we can maintain a solid codebase but keep producing radically different layouts and it also affords the user more control over the layout as well. For a full explanation of the layout overrides please view the Knowledge Base.

Here is a quick listing of the features of Zen Grid Framework:

  • Flexible layout control and dynamic module widths/controls
  • Customisable and easy theming
  • Adjustable and easy editable tagline
  • Adjustable logo positioning and easy replacement
  • Font Stacks variations
  • CSS Overrides from within the template admin
  • Template layout overrides
  • Superfish and Panel menus built in using the Joomla menu module
  • CSS and JS compression for framework scripts and css
  • Remove mootools from output if not needed
  • Remove joomla metatag generator
  • Hidden Panel
  • Google Analytics option
  • Built in ie6 PNG fix
  • Extra scripts for loading javascript or anything else into your template.

I plan on posting some screencasts for the new framework, posting the roadmap and most importantly porting old templates to the new framework in the next few weeks.

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