glFusion.org Gets a New Look!


Our frequent visitors will notice that glFusion.org has a new look.  As we prepare for the upcoming glFusion v1.5.0 release, I generally update glfusion.org with the latest code prior to release as a final step in ensuring everything is working as it should.  I took this opportunity to also refresh the look of glfusion.org by creating a new theme based on the UIKIT Framework. I hope everyone enjoys the new look and layout. Continue reading for more details on the upcoming release / theme.

Breaking out of the Rut!

The UIKIT Framework theme will provide a new level of flexibility and style that has never really been available with glFusion.  The UIKIT framework allows for easy styling, color customization and provides a flexible and responsive framework. We are very excited to get this new functionality out to everyone as soon as possible.

Timeline

glFusion v1.5.0 will be release in early August 2015.  glFusion v1.5.0 is an important step in the overall roadmap and evolution.  v1.5.0 transitions from MooTools to jQuery as the primary JavaScript engine.  glFusion v1.5.0 will still ship with the standard Nouveau theme (based on MooTools) and a new Default theme based on jQuery. The new Default theme is based on the Nouveau theme, so the look and feel remains the same.

We are currently working very hard to finish up the new UIKIT Framework theme, which can be used as a starting point to customize your look and feel.  The conversion is a painstaking process as we go through each and every template file and convert it over to the UIKIT framework.  We're wrapping up the finishing touches on the Media Gallery plugin now and will then complete the Calendar and Links plugin.  Once these are complete, it will be done.  Our hope is to have this complete within a couple of weeks after the glFusion v1.5.0 release.

Features

Out of the box, the UIKIT base theme provides a look and feel that is very pleasing and also provides support for various types of devices (i.e.; responsive).  Using tools already built into glFusion, you can begin to customize your overall look and feel by combining static pages, auto tags, etc.  The glFusion.org site uses 2 static pages to provide the homepage and everything else is standard glFusion functionality.  Blocks in the UIKIT base theme take on a new role - there are right blocks and footer blocks (no left blocks).  None of this is 'hard coded', meaning a theme maker could easily have left / right blocks or no blocks or only footer blocks, etc. The goal is to create a framework where all of the content is managed in glFusion.

Summary

We are very excited about the new capabilities and are working hard to get them out to you as quickly as possible.  As always, we appreciate your support and patience and we continue our journey.

Thanks!

  - The glFusion Development Team


by Mark

Mark is the main developer on glFusion. When not doing his real job and playing with his family, he really enjoys working on glFusion and the collaboration with the glFusion community.

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