Ive just finalised the Joomla template design for July and its another gem from the Melbourne designer David Vuu. I think he has captured the bamboo aesthetic perfectly and delivered an amazingly simple but powerful news portal / magazine style theme with some thoughtful colour hierachies and interesting styling for the Slideshow3 module.
You can check out a full screenshot of the new template after the break.
The process of upgrading non-zen or pre-framework templates is really pretty easy (in most cases) and we hope to have some tutorials coming soon to help you through that process if you need a design before it gets ported or if you feel like porting a live site to the new framework.
In the meantime club members can download the new version from our download area and take the new version for a spin.
Im happy to announce the release of our June 2010 Joomla template. The original Grid proved to be one our most popular Joomla themes and Im hoping that Grid2 is a worthy successor.
A few of you have been asking for more previews of the Grid2 Joomla template whose release is quite imminent, so I thought Id post a screenshot of the K2 Blog template that we are shipping with Grid2. Once again its a pretty simple blog type layout and the screenshot is using the minimal theme called white squares.
The original Grid Joomla template we released back in July 2009 has proven to be one of the most popular joomla themes in our catalogue and so it was with a little trepidation that I started to rework that design a few months ago. This isnt the final result and is only a preview of the front page but I thought it might be helpful to give you a sneak peak at what we have in store for the June template release.
An old favourite template of ours has just been given a new lease of life with an update for the Zen Grid Framework plus support for Tienda and K2. Simpleshop's focus is on simplicity so its a very minimal and mostly stripped back Joomla template that pulls on some common Tienda styling from our Shopfront release as well as the Avanti K2 template that we released back in January. Simpleshop is an incredibly fast and lightweight template that provides a perfectly clean slate for you to showcase your products on.
I cant count the number of times a design has changed in the week before a Joomla template release here at joomla Bamboo. It's almost like a part of my creative process, that the design doesn't really bed itself down until we start doing the coding.
As a short note that's pretty much what happened late last week for the impending Shop Front template release using the new Tienda component from Dioscouri. It means that the template will be delayed a few days but I think the wait is going to be worth it.
Im happy to announce that our very popular Avanti template is now Zen Grid Framework compatible. We released Avanti back in January 2010 and since its been a most popular template by far we thought we would bump it to the top of the queue for the first of the recent templates to get ported to the new framework. If you are new to the Zen Grid framework you can read more about it here, or check out the knowledgebase here and of course view the Avanti template in all its glory via our template showcase.
It's been some time since we released a Joomla template specifically focussed around a shop / ecommerce solution but with the release of Tienda from the fine folk over at Dioscouri design we thought it was about time. Im really excited by the possibilities of creating a solid, easily managed and themeable shop component and our early exploration of the Tienda code appears to suggest that Tienda is certainly going to tick all of the boxes when it comes to Joomla commerce.
Next template to get ported will be Avanti followed quickly by Pixel Eight. The new version of Simple Shop is now available in the club member download area and requires the Zen Grid framework to be installed.
With the release of Folio Life and the Zen Grid framework yesterday Im happy to announce the release of two starter themes that act as blank default templates for the Zen Grid Framework. We will be following today's post with some tips and tutorials on how to go about editing them and making your own Zen Grid compatible Joomla template but for now I just wanted to let club members that they are ready to be downloaded.
These themes are very minimal and not really finished but are good skeleton templates or starting points for working with the framework. there are a number of other simple but more fleshed out themes in the works so stay tuned for them.