Quix 2.0 RC is here. Take a look at the most powerful visual builder for Joomla!

Quix Feature Update! Introducing Shape Divider and Video Background

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Today we are very much excited to release Quix 1.9. Quix got more powerful with new features and bug fixes.

We the themexpert team always try to give you our best. So we come with new features & fixes with every update.

In this version of Quix we have brought Shape Divider and Video Background. Two fully fresh design features, which will fully transform the look of your pages and you will be able to make more professional looking websites.

Video background & shape divider enhances the possibilities of designs.This features enables you to make more possible designs, which were not possible till now.

Besides we have added some fixes with Quix 1.9. There is a surprise for you at the bottom of the page, do not forget to check.

Let's explore these changes. 

Shape Divider

Add amazing shape dividers to any section and increase the beauty of your site. Change color, width, height, position the way you like and design your site the way you like with shape divider.

In Quix 1.9 you will get 22 new shapes and 4 formats to use video background. You can customize these shapes the way you like. 

Tilt Opacity

Waves Shake

Triangle Wave

Triangle Double Wave

Arrow

Book

Clouds

Curve Asymmetrical

Curve

Drops

Mountains

Fan Opacity

Tilt Opacity

Pyramids

Split

Tilt

Triangle Asymmetrical

Triangle

Waves Brush

Waves Pattern

Waves

Zigzag

Adding Shape Dividers

 Quix allows you to add shape divider very easily. Open your section setting and move the cursor to Styles tab. As soon as you click on the Enable Shape button, your shape will be added to the page with default shape and settings.

From here you can customize yourself and find the creative person inside you with the power of Quix. 

Positioning Shapes

You can add shape dividers at the top and bottom section of your site. If you wish you can add shape divider at the top and bottom of a section, on the same time. It totally depends on you as you customize the site.

For each position, you can select your own pattern of the shape, color, height, and weight. To checkout and experience these shapes live, follow this link.

Video Background

From now on you can add videos on the background of your site. Just enable video background on the section and paste the link of your video. Quix 1.9 allows you to use .MP4, .WEBM and .OGG files as the video background.

You might be thinking about the loading speed. To give you the smooth functionality we have used these formats. If you plan to use properly optimized video files, the background video of the section will be instantly loaded.

Check the live demo of video background from here.

Quix v2

You will be very happy to know; we are planning to release Quix 2.0 with brand new front-end live editing and many cool features. A new blog post explaining feature of Quix and roadmap is on your way. We are so much excited about Quix v2 and it'll change the way you build website in frontend.

Stay ture for our next blog post :)

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Introducing Primer - A Creative Joomla One Page Template

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Hello everyone, I know all of you have been waiting eagerly. Thanks to all of you for your support and patience. 

To give you something special, we themexpert team had been working so hard and now wait is over. Today we are releasing our first template of 2018 - Primer One Page Business Template.

We know how much you guys love one page template. Your love, appreciations and word of inspirations for one page template motivated us to make Primer template.

Primer template comes with niche design, exciting cryptocurrency layout, shape divider, cryptocurrency converter and much more amazing features, which helps you to make the perfect business site.

Primer requires Joomla 3.7+ and Quix 1.9.0. If you want to make your own template, you can check our guide - Create Marketplace Ready Onepage Joomla Template.
For now, let's check the features of Primer….

3 Stunning Layouts

Creative Layout

Creative Layout is built to discover the aesthetic sense inside you. Customize the layout according to your need and build your preferred business site. ​Every section of this layout is designed uniquely.
If you want you can make it more creative using the elemnets of Quix, just use your imagination.

Business Layout

In this layout everything is designed and organized in classical way. Every inch of this layout has been desgined professionaly.

Cryptocurrency Layout

Start building your currency site with cryptocurrency layout. Top to bottom of this layout is designed to suit perfectly with your business site.

Show live prices of popular cryptocurrencies, market caps, charts & forum discussions ​very easily and directly from your site. You will not need to redirect users to another site. 

Coin Converter

Cryptocurrency layout comes with coin converter. Why use different sites to convert currencies, while you can do it from your site?

Convert popular cryptocurrencies within just 1 click. Coin converter allows you to convert Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Cardano, NEM, TRON and many more popular cryptocurrencies to your native currency easily.

Select two currencies and type the amount, rest will be managed by the converter. 

Shape Divider

Make your site more lucrative with shape dividers. Till now you might have designed your site with regular dividers. But from now on change the look or your regular site. Use your creativity and choose any type of shape divider you want to use to your website.

No coding knowledge is needed just, activate and customize shape divider as you like. Shape divider broadens your design possibilities.

Entirely Mobile Responsive

The look of Primer does no vary on different devices. No matter which device you use, Primer will always provide you the premium look that your website deserves. Primer is built responsive in such a way; it can adapt any sized display with proper alignment and regular manner. 

RTL Supported

Language varies from country to country, nation to nation. Similarly, writing pattern also varies. Some languages like Hebrew, Arabic, Urdu and other, are written from right to left.

Seems problematic? Actually, if your template does not provide RTL support, then it is not possible to create posts in this languages.

You do not need to add any other extensions to add RTL support, as Primer is entirely RTL supported. 

Typography Control

To ensure flexible readability, you cannot ignore typography of your site. Primer comes with ultimate typography control and provides you to customize all of its variants. Primer offers 1000+ google fonts, so just select the one that fits best with your site.

Customize typography with changing fonts, style, size weight, height and so on. 

Key Features

  • 3 Stylish built-in Home layouts
  • Video Background
  • Drag & Drop Development
  • Cross Browser Compatibility
  • Fully Clean Codes
  • Ajax based Search
  • RTL Supported
  • SEO Optimized
  • Primer Bar Counter
  • Parallax Background
  • Fast loading Speed
  • Shape Divider
  • Primer Slider
  • Sticky Header
  • Video Element
  • Full-Width Home Variations
  • Primer Button
  • Megamenu
  • Support from Developers
  • Easy Customization
  • Primer Blurb
  • Primer Testimonial
  • Elegant Color Gradient
  • Mobile Responsive
  • Video Tutorials
  • Get Regular Updates
  • Enriched Documentation 
  • Social Share
  • Transparent Header
  • Primer Gallery

Conclusion

We have few more stunning one page templates, you can also check this out - Marvel, Unity, BizCorp, Zenith II. Hope you will love Primer. If you have any question do not hesitate, feel free to ask. Our Support team is always ready to help you out. 

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10 Minutes Site - The Power of Quix : Create Business Website in Just 10 Minutes

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Hello guys!! Hope you are already informed about the series post to show the Capabilities of quix. Currently we are running a campaign to make websites under 10 minutes with power of quix.

This is the second post of the series and it will cover- simple approach to make a business website in 10 minutes. In previous post we have shown to create personal portfolio site within 10 minutes.

Let's talk no more and start making own business site. 

Requirements

 You will need a couple of stuffs for this purpose. Find the list of required components from below.

  • Quix Pagebuilder
  • Any Joomla Template(ex. Biznes)
  • T3 Framework

Step 1: Download

In very beginning you must download all the required files. Links are provided below, so just follow the link and download at once. 

Step 2: Unpublishing Previous Modules

Before you start it is important to unpublish any previous modules or else it might conflict with new modules.

  • Go to Extensions > Modules
  • Now select on all modules and click on Unpublish.

Step 3: Installation

After Download completed you have to install the template and other components in regular process.

  • Go to Extensions > Manage > Install and Upload Package File.

Now activate the template by making it default from

  • Extensions > Templates > Styles
If you stuck installing quix or need any help you can always check the documentation​ and ask help from support team. 

Step 4: Home Page Creation

It's time to create the homepage of the site. Quix has made page building so much easy, all you need to do is dragging and dropping.

  • Go to Quix > Pages > New.
  • Give title of your home page.
  • Click on Save & Close


For adding contents in the pages you have two ways. Either you can Use ADD FROM TEMPLATE button or use ADD NEW SECTION ​button. ​ 

Step 5: Blocks Creation

Now lets add some contents to your empty page and make it look business ready. You can add as much as blocks you want.

With Quix you have sky limit possibilities with you. With this 50+ elements, customize the page in your way and find the creativity inside you. For learning more you can check the video tutorial page. 

But for now I am adding About, What We Do, Team, Partner block in my home page one by one. 

  • Click ADD NEW SECTION button.
  • Click on Add Columns and select the number of columns you want to take.
  • I am taking one column.
  • Now click on Add Elements. 

As soon as you click, a list of all quix element is loaded and you can add any element from the list.

  • I am taking Slider Pro element.
  • Choose the image, height and save.
  • You can add more elements and customize yourself in the way you want with Quix.
  • Add more sections / blocks using your preferred combination of quix elements. 

A business site can be built in any way you like. It might confuse you a little to choose which blocks to create. To help you out I am providing some suggestions:

What We Do SectionSection Title, Text, Blurb, Image.

Recent Work: Section Title, Filterable Gallery.

Team : Section title, Person.

About Us: Image, Section title, Text, Button.

After putting all blocks together, it will look like above.

Wait a minute. Your site doesn't looks like this? Don't worry, it is not necessary to look your site exactly like this.

Find the creativity inside you and make the site even better. 

Step 6: Labeling Sections

Each time you make a new section, an id for the section is automatically generated. You can use a specific id for reusing same section, but it is difficult to remember the auto generated id. When the section or block creation is finished take a note of the blocks, for which you want to create navigation menu.

  • Go to Quix > Pages
  • Select your homepage.
  • Scroll to section, on which you want to give label and click on purple colored settings icon.
  • Now under Advanced tab give your preferred ID and save it.

Similarly label all the sections you want to assign on the navigation menu. 

Step 7: Creating Navigation Menu

It's time to create the Navigation menu on top of the site. Navigation menu helps you to navigate to different sections and pages. Lets find how to create it. 

  • Go to Menus > Main Menu > Add New Menu Item
  • From Details tab select Menu Item Type as Quix > Page.
  • On Select the page option choose your homepage.
  • Check if the parent item is Menu Item Root.
  • Press Save & Close.

Step 8: Assigning Certain Sections with Menus

Now let's put the blocks under specific section. So when you will click on the menu item, it will take you to that specific section of the home page.

  • Go to Menus > Main Menu > Add New Menu Item
  • From Details tab select Menu Item Type as System Links > URL.
  • Now give the menu title.
  • On the Link field, type the ID of the specific section that you want to place on the Menu.
  • Do not forget to place "#" before your link.
  • Save & Close.

In this way assign all the sections with the specific menu.

Step 9: Footer Customization

Footer can be customized with any elements or modules. It can be customized creatively. At here I am showing to create copyright information on the footer. 

  • First create a new section.
  • Add the number of column.
  • Take a text element and write your information.
  • Save & Close.

I have taken one column and text element. 

Step 10: Save and Close

After every editing always remember to click on save and close. Without saving, none of your changes will be made. You can easily save with green save button or by pressing "Win + S" (Windows) or "Command + S" (Mac).

Conclusion

I hope you have quite got it- how easy to create a business site with quix. If you wish to build your own template then check out this post - A Complete Guide to Create Marketplace Ready Onepage Joomla Template. If you need any help or have any queries you can comment at below. Be smart, be Quix.
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Celebrate New Year With 30% Discount on All Products!

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 2017 is coming to an end, and 2018 is on the way. You will be very much excited to know; we have come with a huge discount on the arrival of 2018!

To celebrate the new year, we are offering 30% discount. This big sale will run from 26 December 2017 to 05 January 2018. This 30% discount will be applicable on all themexpert products and Club membership. That means you will be able to get Revolutionary Quix pagebuilder, Joomla templates, Joomla extensions, WordPress themes, WordPress extensions, everything at a low price. 

The clock is ticking, why are you wasting your time? Grab your needed item quickly, before the offer ends. Hope this new year brings you peace and prosperity. Advanced Happy New Year.

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New Joomla 4.0 User Interface : Useful or Not?

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You might have heard the news regarding- Upcoming Joomla 4. A bunch of new features is on the way with a brand new User Interface. In this major update of Joomla 4- color, login page, menus, typography along with entire dashboard will be redefined. You will find a massive change in its Entire Interface including the drop of some menus and options.

Since some of the previous menu items and options have been evicted, you may think- Aha!! Fewer options, Less complexity. But have you ever think of it- the newly defined placements for some existing options may kill a significant amount form your allocated working time on the project you're working on or wish to work on?

However, it takes time to be familiar with a new interface, similar to be used to in a new environment.

According to Joomla's official announcement- more changes are coming for both UI and features in order to provide the user a new working experience. You cannot decide whether it's right for you or not until you see the changes.

Now, let's check out how Joomla 4.0 is going to look like. Will it going to be useful or not?

The Style

Typography

Content legibility is a very important part of a fully functional and usable GUI. Therefore, in Joomla 4.0 Roboto is chosen as the new base font for the backend-template. Roboto offers plenty of flexibility and a great feeling including use of light, thin, bold, regular, medium and black weights with matching styles. 

Colors

The colors in admin dashboard design is chosen with accessibility in mind. According to the WCAG 2.0 guidelines color ratio of the foreground color and background color of the text has to be at least the ratio of 4:5:1 or higher. Therefore dark blue color is decided for the sidebar and light grey color for the whole user interface. 

New Pattern For Joomla

With the release of backend template draft, the Joomla pattern is also premiered. Thanks to Chiara Aliotta for the amazing new pattern. The pattern is included on the login page and to some degree on the background in the backend.

This new pattern is a source of emotion on this field of technical subject. Pattern represents the entire community as a network, where no one is alone. 

The Login Page

In Joomla 4.0 another attraction is the login page on the backend. On the login screen, there is a default new Joomla pattern. But if you want to customize the screen, you can upload your preferred background image in the Joomla template manager.

There is also an option to upload the logo to the site. The logo improves the identification of the site backend for who switch between many Joomla installations. If no logo is used, the site name will be shown in the white banner above the login form.

A direct link to your site and a help link that leads you directly to helpful resources is also added to the login page. 

The Dashboard

Joomla 4 features a brand new Dashboard. You can take the full control of dashboard and customize it by adding own modules. The new dashboard also allows you to drag and drop the modules to your favorite place.

Users

In Users option, you can easily manage all the users. The management of users will be more easier with the new look. User access settings are a more general setup, so from now on you will find them in System Settings Menu Item.

Manage Menus

Joomla 4 features new menus now which looks more beautiful with new UI and design. Every menu item is now more visible with new menu adding interface, filtering options and all other stuffs.

Manage Articles

Buttons Reduced

For more space and tidy interface all the unnecessary buttons are pulled out on Article manage page. Why would you see a button, when it's not necessary? From now on all options and buttons will appear contextually.

So when you select an unfeatured item, you will not see the unfeature option. When you publish an article, you will not see publish button. 

Create New Articles

The interface of article creation has got a new look with new colors. The menus and text editing field will offer you quick access over images, permission, article management and everything. 

Article Editing

Now quickly compose your articles with the popped up text editor. The 3rd level sidebar is gone to provide you space to edit an article. It's time to take the advantage of contextual change of the editor.

If you select a link, you will have link options on the right side of the screen, and if you select an image, all the image options will be shown on the image options toolbar. 

Mobile View

The interface of Joomla now looks excellent on mobile as well. Access your Joomla site from anywhere more conveniently with the mobile version.

Backend Redefined

Fewer Choice, less confusion. Considering this, the new backend is designed. The number of main level item are reduced to a minimum. Now the main tasks in the menu sidebar consist of User, Menus, Content, Components, Settings, and Help.

For those who are not comfortable with symbols, will be able to toggle the menu and show the name of each item of the menu.

The top bar of the page will help you to recognize your page. You can also replace the default Joomla brand logo with your custom logo. 

Quickstart Icon and Notification

On the top right side, there is a configurable icon named "quickstart." You can add your most needed actions and links at here like Create new article, create new categories or also 3rd party links and actions.


If there are any important notifications available, notification icon will let you know it. The user icon next to notification icon will allow you to access your user setting and logout.

Accessibility Support for Joomla

One of the most exciting Joomla 4 features is accessibility support. In the upcoming version of Joomla 4, there will be accessibility support for physically disabled users. They will be able to access the menu easily with special tools like mouth stick and also can customize the colors of the template. 

Menu Items Reduced

The menu items are now divided by adding a plus symbol next to each menu item. So from now on just click on the plus and make something new.

We all have great expectation regarding Joomla 4 and there is yet a lot of changes to come. Till now there is only two alpha releases. You can see whole Joomla 4 administrator dashboard project form here.

Stay with us for getting every single news updates regarding Joomla 4. You can share your thoughts and give your valuable feedback through comment.

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Joomla 4.0 Untold Features & Changes

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With the end of each day, Joomla is marching forward to release its ultimate version. Just a few days ago Joomla 3.8.3 has been released and now version 4 is coming. You might be thinking what's new is arriving with the upcoming version?

Well, there is a lot of features are coming with Joomla 4. There has been a significant change on the user interface, dashboard, and backend with the new update.

I have already shown how the user interface is going to look on previous post. Now let's check out what features are coming with Joomla 4. 


Updated System Requirements

Joomla 4 will not run on backdated systems; it must meet the following requirements:

  • PHP7
  • PostgreSQL 9.2
  • MySQL 5.5.3
  • SQL Server support has been dropped. 

PHP 7 is a Must in Joomla 4

Joomla 4 is coming with the latest version of PHP. By the time when Joomla 4 releases, the security support for PHP 5 will be available for less than one year. So after the release of Joomla 4, user must use PHP 7.

Besides PHP 7 has 50% better consumption of memory and so many performance improvements, that makes your Joomla site run twice as fast compared to PHP 5.

Joomla 3.x was first released in September 2012, and its support will come to an end after eight years. We are assuming that Joomla 4 will be released in 2018 and will have the similar lifetime as Joomla 3. So you can see this is a very long time to give support for a software.

PHP MySQL Extension

From now on Joomla will no longer support PHP's ext/mysql driver, since it was removed on PHP 7.0. Joomla will fail to create a database connection if it cannot use mysqli extension or mysql PDO Driver which is available since PHP 5.3.

Package Removal

Joomla 4 comes with a fair number of refactored libraries, and for the current instance these two packages are entirely removed from the framework:

  • Compat
  • Log - Instead you can use PSR-3 compatible logging package. 

There might be compatibility issues with Joomla 4, so it's better to know them before Joomla 4 arrives. ​

Features of Joomla

Integration with Bootstrap 4 in Core UI

Finally, it's time to say goodbye to Bootstrap version 2 and from now on Joomla will be integrated with the latest version of Bootstrap. This will help very much to build mobile responsive websites with ease.

Faster Page Loading Times

To make Joomla more faster, Joomla developers team focuses on coding quality. Improved coding quality with modern technologies will help to enhance the page loading times of Joomla. 

Usage of More Joomla Framework Packages

Joomla framework is also getting updated with the Joomla main version. In the framework, new renderer, console package has been added, and several packages have been refactored. To make Joomla more, fluent the usage of the framework has been increased.

Event Management System Refactored

New Joomla comes with more stability in event management as the developers are trying to make it better and better.

Introduction of a Service Container for Global Dependency Management/Injection

The construction and life cycle of objects can be controlled with Dependency Injection. It provides a simple IoC Container for applications. This new service container will be available with Joomla 4.

Removal of jQuery From Core

Joomla version 3.x uses jQuery JavaScript library. However, it has many issues and needs additional plugins. With Joomla 4, jQuery dependency will be completely removed from core.js. It will be converted to plain JS.

Introduction of Framework Agnostic Web Components

Till now adoption of framework agnostic web components has been very slow though it helps to reduce time and testing requirements. That's why this time Framework agnostic web components will be introduced with Joomla 4. 
This is a collection of all the components that are used in new Joomla, and these are developed with the new W3C standard.

Features under development in Joomla 4.0

The following features are currently under development process:

Joomla Framework 2.x

Joomla framework 1.x is coming to an end with the release of framework 2.x. The new framework will introduce new library packages, remove previously deprecated functionality and raise the minimum supported PHP version to PHP 7.

Joomla 2.0 framework will be the first release of the next Joomla framework. 

Main features of Joomla Framework 2.0

  • New rendering package providing support for rendering templates with many popular PHP libraries (including Twig, Mustache, and Blade.
  • New Console package for building command line applications
  • Following packages are refactored

1.Session package
2.Router package
3.Dependency Injection package, including support for the PSR-11 container interface
4.Cache package providing support for both the PSR-6 and PSR-16 caching interfaces
5.HTTP package providing support for PSR-7 Requests and Responses

Joomla 4 User Interface

Along with features, Joomla user interface has shaped to a new look also. You can peek a look at the new user interface of Joomla 4 from our post- New Joomla 4.0 User Interface. In the post, you will also be able to know every detail about the interface.

Joomla 4 is under construction; if you have any suggestion or thoughts regarding features, User Interface or anything you can let us know through the comments section.

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JoomlaDay Malaysia : An Opportunity to Learn Directly from Joomla Experts

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Did you participate on Joomladay 2017 Malaysia? If you did, you know how much exciting the event was. But somehow if you missed it- no worries, you will find every detail of the event throughout this article.

The event (Joomladay 2017) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9th December, this year. The Joomla lover peoples from all over the world, including many company owners, site managers and the web developers came to gather at one place to make the event successful. 

It was a great opportunity for all of them to broaden their knowledge​ with Joomla in such a friendly​ and professional environment
Most importantly, they got the opportunity to come closer at many company heads and got helpful ideas directly from them​ to grow their business.

Event Venue : Residenci UTMKL(Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur), Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

"Themexpert was one of the proud sponsors of JoomlaDayKL '17 Malaysia."

We are very proud to become the silver sponsor for the event this time. Themexpert CEO Parvez Akhter and CTO Abu Huraira Bin Aman were present there, along with 200+ Joomla lovers from all over the world.

The event started with the welcome speech of Dr. Shamsul Bin Shahibudin, Professor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. Themexpert- CEO Parvez Akhter got the chance to deliver a speech regarding the State of Web Development with Joomla. He also mentioned sort precious guidelines for growing business towards the attendance.

In addition to- the complicated part of Joomla and the possible solutions including the future of Joomla, were also discussed by various speakers.

In aggregation, the following topics were discussed by the keynote speakers and others:

  • Building map application with Joomla custom fields
  • Joomla on Cloud 
  • Visible The Invisible Joomla Traffic
  • Optimizing Joomla on Linux Server
  • Blogging With Joomla!
  • Synthetic Monitoring of Website
  • Building Your First  Ionic Mobile Application with Joomla! Backend.