Specialist v1 was a relatively simple WordPress business theme known for it’s serious and professional design. Well, the new version looks pretty much the same but comes with A LOT more capabilities. The most requested one was making the theme responsive. I’m happy to confirm that Specialist v2 is completely mobile-friendly! The responsiveness is just the beginning; Specialist v2 is based on the second generation of Supreme – our core framework and the muscle behind recent themes such as OnePager or 5Star.
One of the common suggestions in the New Year Templatic survey was a one page WordPress theme. For all of you that suggested it, thank you and, the wait time is over! OnePager is our take on the niche and we hope you guys will like it as much as we do.
Today we are proud to announce a new theme for restaurants – Restaurante. Fancy by both name and design, this theme is all about style and functionality. The homepage is simple and unobtrusive yet provides just enough information to engage the visitor and get him/her to make a reservation. The booking form of this powerful restaurant WordPress theme can also be placed on the homepage, maximizing your conversion chances. Restaurante is powered by two plugins, Tevolution, our main app-plugin and the Appointment add-on. Both plugins are provided for free with each Restaurante purchase.
The three hotel booking themes released not so long ago showed us that you guys want the booking functionality in themes. However, those themes were only suited for hotels, not for service-based businesses. Filling that gap is Service Biz, our latest appointment booking theme that can double as a business/portfolio site and even as a web store, but more on that in the paragraphs below.
Today is an important day for us (and all that like appointment themes) since we’re releasing two important new products. The Appointy theme and the star of this blog post, Appointment add-on for Tevolution an appointments manager plugin.
The original Responsive theme, released in September 2011. was the first mobile-friendly theme we created. Since then, almost all themes released featured a responsive design. As you can imagine, Responsive v2 is no different in that regard, it is fully responsive.
Most of the changes have been done under the hood with the design staying essentially the same. The innards are very similar to recently released themes such as Cartsy or 5 Star. Supreme, a parent theme that’s powering themes such as Publisher, Vacation Rental and others is now integrated along with the child theme. This was done for two main reasons:
- To make installations easier and more user-friendly.
- To allow you to make your own child themes, i.e. customize the theme more efficiently
All existing Responsive owners can download this upgrade for free in the member area
The area in which Responsive excels is of course portfolio management. With a custom post type for handling portfolio entries you’ll have full control over your content. The new “Portfolio” page template will allow you to create portfolio layouts with one, two, three or even four columns. Similar versatility has been applied to the slider as well. The slider can show static images, or pull images from any post type / taxonomy in your WordPress install.
All those looking to sell their work using Responsive v2 won’t be disappointed. The theme is WooCommerce compatible. In other words, product management, shipping tax…everything is easy to manage and even easier to figure out. Along with WooCommerce, all the recently introduced features such as auto updates and new shortcodes are coming to Responsive v2.
An all-purpose responsive theme
So far we mentioned the portfolio functionality as well as WooCommerce compatibility, but that’s not it. Because of its widgetized structure you can showcase pretty much anything on the homepage. It’s even possible to use Responsive even as a blog theme; just select to display Your Latest Posts from the Reading Settings in WordPress and it will display your latest blog posts on home page instead of the home page content widgets.
If you have any questions regarding Responsive v2, just comment on this post or send us a message.
The release of WooCommerce jump-started a golden age for WordPress e-commerce themes. Within this ever-growing selection of e-commerce themes there weren’t many that truly stood out. We aim to fill this gap with Cartsy, a simple web store theme with a big personality. Cartsy is somewhat of a successor to E-commerce, a theme also known for its simplicity.
Straight away you can see that Cartsy is not your regular theme. A classic header has been swapped with a left sidebar that houses both the logo and navigation menu. The main area is huge and can accommodate either a slider or a list of latest products on the site (or both). The width is another clear area in which Cartsy stands out. Instead of a classic container limited to about 1000 pixels, the theme is created to always fill out the entire screen; no matter the resolution. This is of course thanks to a fully responsive design which has become a major element in all recent Templatic themes. The revised mobile menu first implemented in 5 Star is available in Cartsy as well. The menu will ensure that even your most complex mega menus look and work great on mobile phones and tablets.
Great and beautiful typography is one of Cartsy’s most important aspects. All theme sections are easy to read, simple to navigate and make navigating the size a breeze. Those that are not big fans of the black & white look should know that colors can be changed in real time from the theme’s options area! You can experiment with these colors on the demo site as well, just click on the settings button on the left side and choose your colors.
- Sticky header that starts showing when you scroll down on pages
- Support for creating mega menus
- Two homepage templates; with and without a right sidebar + two layout options
- Advanced slider with the ability to show blog posts, products and static images
- A slider page template (show the slider on any page)
- Full support for Gravity Forms and WordPress SEO by Yoast plugins
Since Cartsy is all about style and readability our new shortcodes are going to be as important as ever. Powered by a plugin you can easily download from our site, the shortcodes come in all shapes and sizes. From alerts, buttons, progress bars to complex ones such as tooltips, popups and popovers. You can see them all in action on the demo site.
Automatic Theme Updates
To make updates easier to manage Cartsy comes with auto-updates functionality built-in. Instead of downloading each new version from member area, you can automatically update from your WordPress back-end, much like you would update a plugin or WordPress itself. Those looking to customize Cartsy should definitely do it by using a child theme which will preserve all customizations whenever an update is made.
Our Best WooCommerce theme
Cartsy is our best WooCommerce theme to date. In case some of you aren’t very familiar with WooCommerce here’s just some of the features this awesome plugin brings to the table:
- Super-easy store management with several product types and a very intuitive interface.
- Extensive tax and shipping options
- One page checkout for improving conversions
- Advanced reporting that allows you to see which products are under performing
- Included coupon module for running marketing campaigns
- Extensive documentation for both beginners and developers. Also, tons of available hooks!
- Last but not least, WooCommerce is extremely secure and safe to use
Although simple at first glance, Cartsy has been in the works for a while now. We hope you like the final result!
If you you visited templatic.com in the last week noticed that things have changed. Finally we have a brand new site! Even though site design is not revolutionarily different, it is much better than what we had earlier. This new site offers faster, universally same and better user experience than earlier.
Our main goal in this redesign was to adapt changes happened in recent years and offer a fresh user experience to you. Literally everything has changed and months of work has gone into this. We hope you like how it turned out. We’ll use this post to outline most of the changes and also explain the best way to utilize them.
The main site
Changes to the main site are mostly design related. Entire site now works by default for 1200px screens with bigger, easy to read typography. One of the first things you’ll notice is likely the header. On the old site the header contained three separate bars with links. Now, it’s just one menu with one mega item (More). Inside that dropdown item you’ll find all important links in one place.
Some new content is available. For instance, the About us and Testimonials pages has been redone. A blog archive index now exists if you wish to quickly find an old blog post. The Themes Gallery page now offers more ways to filter through themes. We’ve added a new category called “Tevolution-ready” which displays themes compatible with our advanced Tevolution plugin.
On top of that, dozens of tags were added, including tags for:
The system used for powering the forums is still phpBB, however it looks totally different now. Along with the radically different looks, the forum also provides a Live Search function. Live Search is available both site-wide (at the top) and as forum-specific. Big changes can also be found inside the post editor. Instead of a standard bbCode editor it’s been upgraded to a visual WYSIWYG editor similar to that available with WordPress. While posting you can now also rate the reply provided by our support staff!
A number of changes have been implemented that users can’t see but will make lives easier for our support team. We now have internal performance monitoring system, improved site backend, better helpdesk and forum tools that helps us review your purchases, threads and tickets so we can provide relevant help faster to you. We should mention that forums are still a work in progress. If you notice a problem please let us know.
With themes like Publisher that come powered by several different themes or plugins, we needed to come up with a better way to educate new users on which files to download and how to install the theme. The new member area displays a section for each theme. Along with all the necessary download links, the section also provides basic installation instructions. We hope this new approach will make these first steps easier.
Renewing or upgrading a license has been simplified greatly using the new “Renew” and “Upgrade” options. Instead of manually transferring money to our PayPal account, now you can simply click on a button and checkout using your preferred payment gateway. The system will do all the calculations and also renew/upgrade the account automatically.
The test site has been moved onto a new server is now significantly faster than the old one. On top of that, because of the new design it’s also more stable. On the new site you choose the test theme on the first step of the process. Once the site is activated and you successfully login, the test site will automatically load your selected theme and dummy data. This makes the whole process much faster and also more user friendly.
With time our plan is to populate the test site with some frequently asked questions so testers can get more information about the theme they are testing.
The old customize site required members to post their customization jobs and wait for developers to contact them. Since developers were the ones required to make contact it meant that most people never received a reply. The new approach aims to fix just that. Templatic members can now contact developers directly and inquire about the customization job.
Redoing such massive site which integrates different software was no easy task. Especially when we have live data going onto the site. Thanks to dedicated team members at templatic, we’ve been able to pull this off. They really deserve credit on this one.
Other quick updates…
- We are now posting on Google+ and Pinterest and we hope to have you as our friends there as well.
- Even though the site is coded responsive, it has not been tested yet.
- Forums will continue to see some new updates in next two weeks.
- A complete overhaul of our documentation site is coming up.
- Site footer has a tiny fun rocket which will take you to the top :)
So what do you think? Like/dislike what you see? Please comment and let us know.
Even though Hotel Booking is by no means a bad-looking theme, we decided to provide another design to our members. 5 Star theme is the fruit of that labor. Just like HotelBooking, it’s powered by Tevolution and a Booking add-on. This approach allows us to provide the same features across a number of themes. Updating is especially a breeze for both you guys and us.
Our Tevolution-fellowship continues to grow… Vacation Rental version 2 is the fifth theme powered by the plugin. It is similar in many ways to our recently released Hotel Booking theme. Both themes are powered by Booking System, a Tevolution add-on in charge for handling bookings. Vacation Rental comes with a simple, but customizable design which will work for many vacation house owners.
As the title would suggest, ability to manage multiple houses is by far the biggest change made in Vacation Rental 2. In the older version you were limited to just one availability calendar and a simple booking form. Version 2 is much more flexible with it’s variable booking form and a unique availability calendar for each created house.