Founder and Head of Ideas of ThemeXpert. I love building engaging and impactful products! A Joomla! enthusiast and web tech nerd, I love helping people to solve problem in a lean and elegant way. Proud father, husband and family guy love reading and eating own dog food.
Quix is approaching to it's RC1 release and today we are very happy to announce that Quix is compatible with Gantry 5 Framework.
We thoroughly tested Quix with Gantry 5 and we found no single issue! Quix can run seamlessly with any template framework in market. We'll test them all and make sure there is't a single issue left before final release.
Gantry is next generation theme framework for developer to build themes quickly and efficiently while providing flexibility and ease-of-use for end-users
This is the output we are going to accomplish with Quix and Gantry framework without touching any code.
Installing Gantry Framework
Download Gantry Component and Hydrogen Theme from Gantry website. Install them both from Joomla Extension Manger and navigate to Extensions > Templates and open Hydrogen - Default
We will make main content area full width so Quix can use container when necessery. To do that click Layouts tab and then click settings icon from main section.
Click the Layout dropdown and select Fullwidth(Flushed Content).
We changed Heading Font to Raleway 500 and you can use any font you like. Gantry has a lot of features so it’s good to familiarize yourself with it if you haven't already.
Installing Quix Pagebuilder
Download Quix from our website and install it from Joomla Extension Manager
Create Page with Quix
After installing the extension you will see a Quix menu on joomla toolbar. Click Quix and then click New Page
Give page a name and start building with Quix. Here is the full screenshot of the builder :
Quix will enter into our premium club with the release of RC1 so Pre Order today with 40% discount.
The "Quicx" is now called "Quix", isn't that mouth waterring. Yes it is, but now you must forget what was left behind, now we must live in this moment. And the change of the name obliged us to change the article.
Quix Beta2 features Joomla's first True Responsive Page Builder technology. Quix exceeds the traditional responsive dropdown/checkbox settings, with an intuitive real time drag & drop interface. We are really proud for the responsive feature in Quix.
Not only the responsive feature, we've added 4 new elements and fix all bugs that we got after beta 1 release.
You can see a Responsive Mode button beside Undo/Redo button. By enabling responsive mode you can adjust column grid for different devices. Responsive mode is completely isolated and we removed all control icons from the builder, so you can adjust the layout for different devices without any distraction. Click on the device tab and drag the column size as you want.
You can control section, row and elements visibility for different devices. That means, you can hide something on Tablet/Mobile or you can show something exclusively on Mobile. When you enable Responsive mode you will see a 'eye' icon for visibility settings and its only available when Responsive mode turn on.
When it comes to visibility settings for different devices, every page builder use display:none; method to hide something. There is a big problem with this approach. When someone browse your website from mobile it actually load every pice of content and this method hide some part from displaying. It doesn't give any performance boost for mobile devices.
Quix handle this visibility option in different manner and thanks to our renderer engine. If you set visibility off for something(eg:section,row,element), Quix will never load it that device. It gives a huge performance boost for your website.
You can now display your services, features or offering with our shiny new Blurb element. It comes with a handful amount of settings allow you to display content with image or icon with different alignment.
Accordion, Video and Icon Element
These 3 elements also coming with this release and we have now 9 elements in total. Every elements in Quix has lots of settings and we are continuously updating every elements.
Improvements and Bug Fixed
We reduced our main js file by 20% that means the builder is now more lightweight and faster. We are continuously investing our time to speed improvements and hoping to increase it 200% by next release.
We have also squashed all bugs reported after beta 1 release and improved the element settings pane style.
What Next ?
We reached our Beta 2 milestone in time and we are working really hard to meet our next milestone. This is the last beta version according to our plan and we are heading towards a more stable RC1 release next week. Have a look at our roadmap for clear understanding:
Please DO NOT use any beta software in your production or live site. Beta software are meant to be used in staging or testing site.
Our 40% discount offer will expire next week when we release RC1 version so grab Quix Premium copy before it gone!
Last month we released a sneak of our revolutionary joomla page builder name 'Quicx' and we received a lots of feedbacks and appreciations from our customers and coummunity.
Today I'm proud to announce, Quicx has reached to Beta stage and ready for the public test. Our team worked really hard and we almost forget to sleep.
New Builder Interface
As promised, we brings a brand new interface for Quicx and I beleive this is the most beautiful and user friendly page builder on market. The new interface is heavily influenced by Google's Material Design - a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices.
Smart Layout System
We rethought the layout management and whole Quicx structure. It took some time, but we're pleased with the outcome. Quicx now comes with some pre-built layout grid but you can add column on the fly and resize it.
You can achive any complex layout with Quicx and layouts are customizable for different divices. On Beta 2 we are going unveil 'Responsive' feture which will change the way you build responsive layout.
Done something wrong ? Want to undo something ? Quicx will remember every steps and you can easyly Undo/Redo your changes without loosing your mind. Undo/Redo is part of every software we use now and Quicx is no exception of that.
Yes, you can rename every section, elements instantly. Just double clik on any elements and change its name. Section or Elements name only effect on backend so, you can easily recognize them.
Elements - Blood of the Builder
Quicx Beta 1 comes with 5 necessery elements and we'll add element continuously. We have a detail roadmap for Quicx, please check the roadmap section of this post.
Quicx is AJAX powered and you can save your changes instantly. No need to refresh and wait.
Smooth Updating System
On Quicx page list page, you will see a yellow 'Register' button. Click that button and give your ThemeXpert username and auth key. You can obtain your auth key from ThemeXpert Dashboard. By doing so, you are just 1 click away for all future update of Quicx.
On our Beta testing period, we'll continiouly build and release fixes for you. We want a smooth update experience so we don't break your site.
What does the future hold?
We have many features ready to release and our focus now lies on fixing bugs and roll out planed feature in every release. We plan to follow a quick release cycle with several beta releases, which will then followed by the final 1.0 release.
We'll release major update every week means, Beta 2 will release next Friday. This illustrated roadmap gives you a clear picture Quicx release cycle.
During our Beta period we'll release all core features of Quicx. From RC(Release Candidate) version Quicx will have 2 version. A minimum version for free and a premium version which you already paid for.
We'll keep the 40% discount price during our beta period and once we reach the RC stage the discount will vanish. So its right time to test Quicx for free and Pre Order it :)
It's been an incredible year or I must say 2015 is most successfull year in ThemeXpert history. We achived few big ambitious milestone this year. Before going any details, I'd like to thank our customers who put there trust on us.
Switch - Free WordPress Theme released
We entered into WordPress theme business this year and released our first free onepage theme. Since then Switch download 100K+ times and we really proude to see peopel making great site using Switch.
Xpert Accordion - Free WordPress Plugin released
We released our first drag & drop accordion builder for WordPress.
DigiCom first beta released
DigiCom is the first ecommerce extensions for Joomla allow you to sell digital product seamlessly. Started from scratching our own itch and people like us strugling selling there products.
OnePager released and featured on ProductHunt
We released Drag & Drop onepage builder for WordPress and it got featured on ProductHunt! This is another big product we released as free and available on WordPress plugin repo.
ThemeXpert v5 powered by DigiCom
We love to eat our 'own dog food' and part of that strategy, we migrated our full website to DigiCom with new interface.
DigiCom and OnePager Stable released
We released first stable version of DigiCom and OnePager. Both of our Joomla and WordPress team did a tremundous work and we were able to release both big product in same month.
Attend Joomla World Conference
We attend Joomla World conference for the first time and met all the J!People in person.
Quicx - Next generation page builder for Joomla!
We unveiled the curtain of our another product which we beleive, will change the way you use Joomla today! Quicx is the next generation page builder and way ahead of every page builder in market. We are planning to release it in Jan 2016.
8 Joomla Template released
1 Joomla Component released
5+ Joomla Module released
7 DigiCom Addon released
6 WordPress Theme released
3 WordPress Plugin released
1756 commits to DigiCom repo
924 commits to OnePager repo
55 Blog post written
New team members
Sponsor Envato Meetup
Sponsor few local events
We'll focus Quicx and DigiCom in 2016 and take them to a new height. We'll only focus building template with Quicx and addons for DigiCom. We are starting new year with few new members on our team.
At the Beginning of this year we promised ourselves that we’ll ‘Never Settle’ and do our best to enhance our users experience on how they build websites. We’ve been working tirelessly for over two months on Quix, and it feels great to unveil the progress of Quix. It’s not an average product, Quix is intending to be the foundation for all our future products.
Quix is the smartest, most flexible and intelligent page builder for Joomla!. Yes I mean ‘Intelligent’ and I’ll show you one by one over the course of the week.
Its advanced page builder and collection of robust elements allows you to create pages from ground up, giving you complete control over your website. Whether you are creating business website, simple portfolio or eCommerce shop, Quix fits everywhere seamlessly.
Quix breaks down the layout with Section, Row and Column allowing you to design and create complex layout in peaces. This method leads you to have complete control over your website.
The Advanced Page Builder
Quix will change the way you build Joomla! websites forever. The advanced pagebuilder makes it possible to build truly dynamic and versatile pages without learning code.
When you add new row you will be presented with versatile column settings. Quix comes with 11 pre-built columns that fits almost all type of content.
Drag & Drop Layout Builder
Quix drag & drop function allows you to customize and arrange your design with ease.
Remember I said Quix is intelligent? Lets face it. Quix element list orders itself based on your using habit. Forget about ascending, descending or custom order. Quix elements will get itself in order by your using habit. Isn’t that Amazing?
Quix is the most ambitious product we have ever created here at ThemeXpert. In our upcoming post I’ll show you more exciting features of Quix.
Quix is planned to release in the first week of January and we are working very hard. Not taking any Christmas leave!!
If you pre-order now you will get a whopping 40% off regular price plus additional 2 months of access (regular 12m). Additionally you will get a copy or Quix to test and feedback.
Have you ever search for best Joomla CCK that allows you to create Joomla custom fields within Joomla core articles? I know you find a lot, but failed to find a suitable advance custom field for Joomla.
To provide ultimate flexibility and empower to create unlimited category specific or standalone custom field in Joomla articles, We, at ThemeXpert HQ has cooked a powerful Joomla extension called Xpert Custom Fields (XCF).
Why we developed the Joomla CCK extension called Xpert Custom Field (XCF) ?
Glad you asked. We regularly help Joomla developers to accomplish their projects perfectly. The thing we find common that developers are found spending extra hours to add Joomla custom fields support to satisfy their clients requirement.
To kick away all above limitation, we developed this advanced custom field extension. The extension allows you to create vast array of custom fields including multiple field types without touching single line of code.
Joomla Article Support + More coming
Unlimited Fields Group
Customized Rules for each group
Joomla Event support
7 Fields + More coming
Shortcode Plugin to access the field data inside article
How to add Joomla custom fields in Joomla articles?
I assume, you’ve already downloaded our XCF extension. I ain’t going to discuss about the installation process. The step is not different. Just head to the Extensions > Manage and install on your own. After installing Xpert Custom Fields(XCF), the entire process to get started is simple. For your convenience we’ve created a video tutorial for you. Have a look.
Don’t like to watch tutorial video? I have chunked down the entire process in easy steps. Let’s get it.
Step 01: Create Field Group
After installing XCF, navigate to Components > Custom Fields - XCF. In the Joomla Custom Fields manager, you will find two different tab in the right sidebar of screen. The sidebar includes Group and Fields. Before adding a new custom field in your Joomla Article, It requires to create group first.
Click New button but make sure you have Group tab selected. Provide group Name, Content Type, Category, Description, Event and Status. Click save and close when done.
Name : Used for organizing the groups in back-end. Try to give some meaning full name.
Content Type : Define where this group of fields load. Right now it only support Joomla Articles and more coming.
Category(PRO) : For which category the group fields will load. If you want this group of fields load on all category you can select 'All'. You can specify specific group to load specific category.
Description : Group description only use in admin area to give your more details about the group.
Show Event : You can select where this group filed data will display. They includes After Display Title, Before Display Content, After Display Content and None.
Step 02: Create a new field
Select Fields tab and click New. Add Field label, Name, Group, Type, and Status.
Field Label : Give your field a label so you can easily recognize it in backend.
Field Name : Field name is used to call the field from article editor or code. This is very important to do not put any space and special charterer in Field Name.
Field Group : Select group for this field you have created on Step 1
Field Type : Type of date you are going to receive. If you need simple text then select 'Text' field. If you need image the select 'Image' field.
Field Instruction : Give instruction for this filed and it will show in popup.
When you added all field data successfully, click save and close button.
Step 03: Add custom field in a Joomla Articles
Create a new or open an existing article where you want to present your custom field data. You can notice in the following image, a tab titled Xpert Custom Fields. Another button called Custom Fields added adjacent to editor bottom.
Get into Xpert Custom Fields section and insert the data according to their type. For demonstration we added field to take image input.
After adding all further necessary data, click save and close. Head to the article single view in frontend. As the follow image indicates, Advance custom field is working great in my end.
Step 04: Show field data using Shortcodes
You may not want to show your custom field data according to the event provided. Because Joomla provides only 3 events, allow to present your custom data After Display Title, Before Display Content, and After Display Content. What if you want to show this data middle of the article ?
To give ultimate power on your custom data presentation, we have created shortcode plugin. To use your custom data anywhere in your Joomla article, head to the field group, change After Display Content to None from Show Event dropdown.
Now head back to the article edit screen, place cursor where you want to display the field data. Click on Custom Field button down to the editor, and select the desired field button to insert shortcode in your editor.
How to add layout override for Xpert Custom Field(XCF)
The default look of Xpert Custom Field may not suit your site look and brand. So we have added a super capability to add personalized look according to your brand. But I ain’t going to cover this this feature in this article, I have prepared a separate article for you. Till then stay tune to ThemeXpert Blog
You asked for it we build it! I'm thrilled to announce DigiCom 1.2 with taxation feature. New taxation feature comes with an array of configuration and you can now set tax rate based on country and state.
All of the DigiCom features is well thought and carefully executed and taxation is no exception of that. We are almost done with core features and we can now focus on the Add-ons part.
After enabling tax feature you can set the global tax rates and who will get charge. You can set product price with tax or simple add product price and DigiCom calculate total with your tax.
Country/State based tax
Define tax rate based on country and state. This is really useful when you have different tax rate for different state.
As promised, Friday is the DigiCom day (aka DigiDay) and we'll release update every week. Our main focus is now on the documentation and add-ons. Specially the payment integration and analytics tools. If you have any add-on suggestion just let us know.
After 10 months of countless effort and 1384 commits, I’m proudly presenting 'DigiCom', our digital product selling software for Joomla! DigiCom is the first eCommerce extension for Joomla that allow you to sell your digital product seamlessly. It has all started from the point of scratching our own itches, huh!! while solving our own problems the product evolved as a de-facto digital commerce solution.
DigiCom is an open source, free to use, and is actively maintained by ThemeXpert team.
Single and Bundle Product
You can sell both single as well as bundle product. We took the aspect of bundle product in a whole new level, you can select single or multiply category as bundles. Every time you add new product into that bundle it will be available for the customers.
Not ready to sell the product? You can use the catalogue mode and display product without any ‘Buy’ button.
Drag and Drop file uploader
Forget about the FTP and other stuffs, upload file instantly from your computer through our file manager.
Get a glimpse of your current monthly selling log from dashboard and also get extensive report anytime, thanks to our advanced reporting system. You can track a single product record and the way it's performing. We’ve plan to add more metrics on coming version.
Get insight of your customers and their orders in one place. You can ask for more details of the customers while they register your site or after they purchase any product.
Order and Logs
Extensive details of orders and events fired after every order. You can see customers and system activities like email, download and other details, thanks to our logging mechanism that keep record of everything.
Beautiful Inside out
This is our regular job to make something beautiful and DigiCom is no exception to that moto. We took the Joomla extension design into a whole new level and implemented material design on DigiCom admin.
Create discount for all product or selective one, DigiCom handle them all. With its auto unpublished features discount de-activate automatically when your campaign is done, no manual labour.
We have made DigiCom completely module and add-ons based. We already developed a lot of add-ons and hoping to release them once they pass our unite test. Now there is 3 add-ons available on our add-ons directory.
DigiCom's development doesn't stop here. We are continuing to develop new features, address any issues discovered by users as they are reported.
The next step for DigiCom is handful add-ons collection. This includes some payment gateway integration, review and rating system, versioning, marketing automation etc.
In terms of documentation, store/website owner doesn't need any written manual because we already made video, which are available on respective DigiCom pages. We are working for developer doc right now.