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Expose v4.1 - Brand new configurator and performance tuning

Expose v4.1 - Brand new configurator and performance tuning

Expose Framework the engine empowering our themes got a major update which deserved a blog post to highlight new features and updates.

Configurator options and versioning

From now you can save your template settings and rollback to any previous settings on the FLY. After installing the new template and framework you will notice a new white button on the toolbar and a beautiful popup will come after clicking it.

This feature comes really handy when you want to test couple of style and font settings and rollback to previous one without remembering the previous one. Also you can copy the settings file which save as .json format in your templates/configs folder and use it to other Expose powered site!

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Performance boost up

Performance is common concern for a framework and we are not exception of that. We have gone through our code again and we found some scope to improve the performance. We've tuned the widget architecture and really amazed about the performance improvement!
Here is the result of first loading Expose Base template:
First load (Before) : ~2.66 seconds
First load (after improvement) : ~0.15 seconds

Well that doesn't mean your website will load under 1 second. We've tested this on Expose base template which is pretty simple at this point and the benchmark is based on the execution of the template by calculating start and end time.

Fully translatable admin panel

Expose admin panel is fully generated by Javascript (read jQuery) and there was some problem translating the admin panel. In this release we fixed the issue and now Expose admin is fully translatable. We've got some translation also and we'll include it with our next release.

Other fixes

We've also fixed some Joomla 3.1 issues for jquery loading in admin template as well. We've tested new features of Expose extensively. If you found any issue please report to our issue tracker and we'll fix them asap.

Update and implementation

We've already started to update our template and quickstart package with new version of Expose framework. If you have modified the template heavily you have to do this :
1. Download and install the framework.
2. Open templateDetails.xml file from template and add this line (highlighted in yellow) and make sure you've followed the sequence.

You can compare the changes and download it from Expose main page

jBar The Joomla Toolbar Getting Awesome Everyday!

Its been around 6 month we released our own jBar - Joomla! toolbar extension and we received a lot of positive feedbacks and suggestions. As always we've listened all the suggestions and bug reports through Twitter, Facebook and Emails and fix those bugs as soon as it reported.

 

We are a small team and its not always possible for us to add new features frequently in FREE product as Premium Joomla Templates & Extensions is our first priority.

Today I'm proud to announce that we've introduced some cool new features into jBar 1.4 which deserved a blog post.

Menu based loading

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Now you can load jBar on only home page or specific page you want. This is the most requested features we've heard from Social Media and Emails. Still you can load jBar site wide or limited it by providing menu item id.

Enable/Disable for Mobile devices

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As a hardcore smartphone user i know how much bothering is to see a popup or toolbar on a small screen. I just leave immediately from the site and i guess there is a lot of user like me around the globe. So we decided to give a option which will disable loading jBar on mobile screens.

Joomla3 fix

Color chooser problem in Joomla3 is also fixed with some admin style adjustment.

We do not asking your money, jBar is a FREE plugin and if you found it useful, please post a rating and a review at the Joomla! Extensions Directory which will encourage us to make more good FREE extensions for Joomla.

Readmore about jBar

[Preview] Delicious - Restaurant e-commerce template

I'd love to show you what we are cooking right now in our lab. Its a 'Delicious' responsive Joomla! template best fits for bar, restaurant, coffee shop, as well as, pizzeria websites. If you want to make your cookbook and review site, 'Delicious' would be your choice because of special K2 templates. Its worth to mention that we are using our own bootstrapped Virtuemart template which we used in our previous Vibration ecommerce joomla template.

 

Delicious Full Preview

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Delicious is our March 2013 template and demo preview will available when release.

Build An Extreme Community with Jomsocial and Extreme

Build An Extreme Community with Jomsocial and Extreme

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Happy New Year! we kick it off with our first 2013 Joomla Template. As i said in my previous post that, we'll release a major template first week of every month but before going live we upgrade our server for better performance and speed. I apology for the late release which we were not anticipated.

Designed by Shahnewaz Al Maruf and he put an extreme effort to make such design. You will notice he didn't leave any single pixel out of touch and care.

 

5 Different Preset Styles

Along with the preset styles Extreme comes witha powerful style manager which enable the style customization out of the box from template admin panel. With the power of LESS CSS you can easily customize full look and feel of the website.

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Extensive Styling Of Extensions

We've utilize all our popular extension in this template such as Xpert Scroller, Xpert Tabs, Xpert Slider and up coming Xpert Gallery Module

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Support for Jomsocial

As you've come to expect that template is to made for community site, Extreme comes out of the box integration with Jomsocial 2.8.x.

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Theme Discount

Grab this theme with a 15% discount coupon, valid until 24th January, 2013. Just use EXTREME15 as your coupon code on checkout.

Jomsocial 25% Discount Offer

Jomsocial is giving 25% discount on there JomSocial Pro. Valid until 14th of Feb 2013. Use coupon JSXpertXtreme while checkout. Visit Jomsocial Website

The State of ThemeXpert

2012 the year, start with sorrow and end with joy! Yes, this is the year we started with some pain and it affect our release schedule but we pick the train and released 2 templates per month to fill the gap. We've learned a lot of things, improved quality of our products and expanded our team.

We are about to enter in 2013 and we are preparing for a fresh start based on the lesson we've learned from past few years. We've set our product line up and some cool new product is coming this year! We've partnered with some Industry leaders to bring some good quality product for our clients ( i'm not allowed to disclose it now ).

 

Statistics


Everyone love statistics right? we also love it because it allow us to analys how we are doing and what to improve. Here are some statistics:

 

Template released: 16. Almost 1.33 template per month among them 2 are FREE.

Extensions: 7 brand new extensions and some are still in incubator and we are doing rapid testing.

Expose Framework: Expose 3 and 4 released on same year with adoption of new technology and responsive madness.

Extension Framework: We developed an extension framework for our internal need and most of our extension has already ported to it. It boost up our development 2x and maintenance is HELL easier then before.

Upcoming changes


Brand new ThemeXpert

We are working on a brand new ThemeXpert site. Its been 2 years since we redesigned and current site served us well. Technology is evolving so fast and we should keep ourself on track, also we love to eat our own dog food. I'm really excited to make our site based on Expose Framework!

If you have installed our latest version of our extensions and templates you might have seen a new logo on the installer! YES, we redesigned it too :) We are hoping to launch our new site middle of January or end of it. In my upcoming post about redesign i'll describe what we have used and what is new.

Pricing

Its been 2 years we didn't changed our price and we think this is the right time to increase the price a bit. As you know everything is getting costly day by day and we are expanding our team to provide better support which cost more. So here is the latest price structure which will be applied with our new site:

Basic : $49

Standard : $69

Classic : $99

Pro : $199

Template release schedule

From 2013 we'll try our best to release a new template first week of every month. We adopted the philosophy 'Quality over quantity' so we'll release 1 major template each month. There is some exceptions and we may release a FREE or Bonus template which will be released 3rd week of the month.

New support system and policy

We can't think about a product without support and to give a better consistent support to our paid client we decided to shut down the FREE support for our free products. However all documentations and forum thread can be accessible so you can easily fix your problem reading the doc or listening to others.

We moved from traditional forum system to Question Answer based system like StackOverflow. So it will be very easy to find the right answer of a question.

Lesson we learned


You might have known that we get hacked this September and we learned how to survive and secure the website. We migrated a more secured web host and implemented some strict security measures.

Also we learned that, instead of having too many site for different service 1 site can do a lot better. Like we have separate site for Documentation and Forum on same server. If any of them get compromised our main site get affected too. So in our upcoming change section i'll describe what we are going to do.

I wish everyone a very Happy new year!
Thanks,
Parvez Akther
Head of Ideas

Matheno Get Responsive!

Matheno our 2nd education template goes responsive with Expose 4. After Finnix, we decided to complete the bundle with Matheno and today our education template bundle is all responsive!

Thanks to our Expose joomla template framework, it handled all backward compatibility issue and implementation of responsive madness!

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Whats New?

Matheno completely upgrade to Expose 4 so everything is new behind the hood. In our previous announcement of Expose 4 release we mentioned all the new features and improvement we bring into it. Please have a look to the Changelog for full update details.

Joomla 3 Ready

Matheno is fully compatible with latest version of Joomla but we are distributing Joomla 2.5.x for all of our templates. You can easily upgrade to Joomla 3 by one click on Update Manager.

How to update?

We strongly recommend to take a backup of your site before follow the steps. Akeebabackup is the perfect tool to backup Joomla site.

1. If you've modified the template please copy all the files in your local PC.

2. If you used Custom Styling then please take a note of all the changes. After updating the template it will all reset.

3. Download the template from our Member download section. Matheno template is now bundled with Expose framework and system plugin so you have to just install the bundle and it will handle the rest.

4. Xpert Slider updated with tiny responsive fix so download it from Member download section and install it.

5. We've also updated the Xpert Scroller module, so please download it and install.

6. Module position name is bit changed on Expose 4. Sidebar-right is now sidebar-b, sidebar-left->sidebar-a, main-bottom-1/5->mainbottom-1/5, main-top-1/5->maintop-1/5. So please adjust position of your modules.

7. Expose 4 use the grid based layout so you need to adjust the grid size. We recommend to install Expert Explorer pack in your local machine to see all the changes.

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We are giving SPECIAL 50% Discount to all our existing member who want our help to update there site. Please contact us using our Contact form and we'll give you a special discount code. Existing members feel free to create a support ticket in our Technical Department if you need any help to update your Finnix Template.

Finnix - The Best Education Template Now Responsive

Today I'm pleased to present the Finnix template with Expose 4. Finnix is one of our best sealing template and we got a lot of request to update it to Expose 4. Due to the maximum request, we re-arranged our release list and Finnix is the first template we've upgraded to Expose 4 and written from scratch.

 

Thanks to our Expose joomla theme framework, it handled all backward compatibility issue and implementation of responsive madness!

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Whats New?

Finnix completely ported to Expose 4 so everything is new behind the hood. In our previous announcement of Expose 4 release we mentioned all the new features and improvement we bring into it. Please have a look to the Changelog for full update details.

Joomla 3 Ready

Finnix is fully compatible with latest version of Joomla but we are distributing Joomla 2.5.x for all of our templates. You can easily upgrade to Joomla 3 by one click on Update Manager.

How to update?

We strongly recommend to take a backup of your site before follow the steps. Akeebabackup is the perfect tool to backup Joomla site.

1. If you've modified the template please copy all the files in your local PC.

2. If you used Custom Styling then please take a note of all the changes. After updating the template it will all reset.

3. Download the template from our Member download section. Finnix template is now bundled with Expose framework and system plugin so you have to just install the bundle and it will handle the rest.

4. We've replaced the slideshow with Xpert Slider so download it from Member download section and install it.

5. We've also updated the Xpert Scroller module, so please download it and install.

6. Module position name is bit changed on Expose 4. Sidebar-right is now sidebar-b, sidebar-left->sidebar-a, main-bottom-1/5->mainbottom-1/5, main-top-1/5->maintop-1/5. So please adjust position of your modules.

7. Expose 4 use the grid based layout so you need to adjust the grid size. We recommend to install Expert Explorer pack in your local machine to see all the changes.

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We are giving SPECIAL 50% Discount to all our existing member who want our help to update there site. Please contact us using our Contact form and we'll give you a special discount code. Existing members feel free to create a support ticket in our Technical Department if you need any help to update your Finnix Template.

Expose Framework 4 Released!

Expose Framework 4 Released!

Its been 4 months we released Expose 3. One month later we have set a ambitious milestone for Expose 4 and started development. Since then it took 3 month to make the framework stable and release. Today we are very happy and proud to present the brand new version of Expose 4!

We've implemented a tons of new features and touched almost all files in the framework and template. Major enhancement of this version are Responsive layout, HTML5 based override, Less compiler, new front-end template and some new cool widgets. Please read the full post to know more about new features and enhancement of this version.

 

New Features!

Responsive layout

expose4-responsive.pngScreens are getting bigger and smartphone/tablet users has grown exponentially. Responsive layout is the tricks to make everyone happy and fit the website on every size. Expose 4 is fully responsive and utilize the Twitter Bootstrap grid system. Check here to learn more about our implementation process.

 

HTML5 and CSS3

b2ap3_thumbnail_html5-badge-h-css3.pngHTML5 is future and CSS3 is very good replacement of some javascript animation and transition. All core components and modules are now override with HTML5 layout. Special thanks to Seth Warburton for his wonderful One web template.

LESS compiler

logo-1.png Expose 4 comes with buil-in PHP less compiler which will compile all your LESS file to a CSS file. We cache the primary compiled file and compile again once the file get changed, Live GREEN!

Tab & Accordion Built-in

Expose 4 comes with a unique feature which turn your module position to tab/accordion layout. You can select which module position will be tab styled from layout tab. Learn more about it from our Documentation

New Social Widget

We first use social widget on our premium template Matheno and merged the social widget into core. Now you can add Facebook, Twitter and Rss icon anywhere in your site.

New font re-sizer and word formate widget

We've implemented 2 more new widget for accessibility. Font resizer will allow your visitor to increase or decrease the font size and word formate will break the word into pieces for better styling.

Bundle installer

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From our initial release we observed user often forgot to install the system plugin and activate it, sometime the forgot to install the framework too. As a result website won't show up and it lead them to frustration. So we decided to make a bundle installer which includes the default Expose template for J2.5 and J3.0 + Framework + Associated Plugins. From now you don't have to worry about the installation and activation of dependancies.

Brand new base template!

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Not only the framework we updated the base template with modern look and feel. It pretty much a FREEMIUM template has all premium facility but FREE! Expose base template can be used as a skeleton of your next project/template and all code are commented in stylesheet.

Enhancement

  • All widgets are updated for new Expose 4 code base
  • All JS library updated to there latest version
  • Twitter Bootstrap updated to 2.2.1
  • Typography css update
  • All core css files updated to match with Expose 4

Joomla 2.5 + 3.0

Expose 4 is fully compatible with Joomla 2.5, 3.0 and all upcoming version of Joomla!

What about the old template?

We've already release 3 template base on Expose 4. Crisp, StreamX and Maximus are built on top of it. We also upgraded all our 2012 template and we'll roll one by one in coming weeks.

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Discount time!

Enjoy 25% Discount on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with brand new Expose4. Use coupon code XPERTGIFT25 on checkout. This coupon will valid until 26th November.

Introducing XEF for new, improved and powerful extensions

Introducing XEF for new, improved and powerful extensions

If you install recent release of our Xpert Scroller and Xpert Caption module you might have seen a new installer saying module installed along with our brand new Extension framework. We've spent last couple of week discussing how to improve our extensions functionality and seamless maintenance.

We've revised our codebase and found that we are not following DRY(Dont Repeat Yourself) principals which is very fundamental principle for software development. So we decided to follow the principle strictly and extension framework idea derive form it.

 

Why a new framework?

Joomla is providing a rich API to develop extension for it, so why new framework? well let me give you an example, our every module which deals with Joomla article need to do some common task like: pulling Joomla article from database, filtering introtext, resizing image etc. So when Joomla change its API like it did from 1.5  to 1.6,1.7,2.5 and 3.0 its become a nightmare to update all our extension to latest Joomla version. So we decided to separate the common code from original module codebase and made an toolset library which will boost up our development.

Is that important for me?

The benefiting part from user end is that, you will get faster update of our extensions also for 3rd party support like we give for K2, EasyBlog, Flicrkr. But it is more important from our end because, now we have unified codebase which allow us to update and fix as quickly as possible. Making new module is just matter of few codes, yes you heard right!

Is that Joomla 3.0 Ready?

The framework is fully compatible and tested with Joomla 3.0 so all extension based on the framework will compatible with Joomla 3 as well. To give you a better experience we bring some UI elements from Joomla 3 into Joomla 2.5. You can see it in picture below:

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Unified Installer

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From now all our extension will come with a unified installer which will install the framework and extension itself. If the framework already installed it will check for update in the current module package and update the framework if necessary.

What about other extensions?

Right now we are working on our others modules to update with this framework. Once we've made the transition we'll release it. To get update notification follow us on TwitterFacebook or keep your eyes open on our update page

Is it free?

Unlike Expose Joomla template framework we've no plan to release it now, this framework is solely developed for our uses and need a lot of improvement. Once it graduate from our lab we'll think about to release it under GNU/GPL license.