YJSG Version 2.0 suggestions
Hello there , we hope you had fun with our YJSG Joomla Template framework and that you like all the features that it has.
Since Joomla 2.5 is about to be released soon we would like to take advantage of it and continue YJSG version 2.0 development . Please use this thread to suggest any new features that you would like to see or suggest the change/removal of existing ones.
Since Joomla 1.5 end of life is very close please understand that YJSG 2.0 version templates will be compatible with Joomla 1.6 and UP only.
However we will always support all our products and if you need support for outdated template version please post in template assigned forums.
Hi Youjoomla Team,
First I must say congratulations on building a great framework. I have been using it for the past 11 months building free, custom and commercial templates for my business, URL="http://www.pixelpointcreative.com"] Pixel Point Creative[/url]. With this much daily use I am have really come to appreciate this framework and its features. When shopping for a framework, I chose Yougrids because of the nice mix of features and the powerful, but user friendly interface. I wanted something that wouldn't overwhelm the average Joomla user. After using it and supporting it I have several suggestions. Many are my own and many are from our customer base. Common forum and support ticket questions were a good basis to see what people want and need. I am going to break down my suggestions by category.
Over all you guys did a fantastic job providing a solid, versatile framework. It has nice mobile features. The mega menu is very nice with lots of options. (Two biggest selling points in my selection) The grid structure is important for consistent layout and you provide a wealth of module positions and nice built in features like analytics, column selection, SEO, RTL to LTR, Font etc. I think a few improvements can be made to really take this framework to the next level.
This is a nice feature. It lets you know the status of your Mega menu plugin, component disabled status and the staus of the framework. Good stuff. My only suggestion here is to create a dual installer that automatically installs and enables the mega menu plugin when you install the template. One less step for the end user.
Again, this is well done. A nice amount of adjustments can be made, but not too many as to overwhelm. The custom CSS file is a great way to allow the users to override without changing the core files so upgrades would be easier. My suggestion has to do with cufon and font overrides in general. I would love to see multiple font overrides. This has been requested many times
from our users. This would allow separate nice fonts to be used in a few different areas. IE. One for the menu, one for the headings, etc. Two sets of overrides would be great but three would be awesome.
Logo and Header block
Probably the most frequent question has to do with changing the logo. Even with FAQ's and forum posts, people still often ask this simple question. My suggestion is to take the mystery out and add a built in an image uploader to the logo section for the user to upload their logo in the template manager.
Top Mega Menu Settings
This is a tough one. I am torn between the built in menu and a menu module for flexibility in multi lingual sites and placement. If you stay with a built in route, I suggest adding another module position below the menu called "custommenu" and providing a template parameter that allows the user to "Completely Disable the built in Menu" and at the same time enabled the custom menu position. We have this built in to our templates now. There is a top menus disable selection now, but it doesn't work for non-menu pages, so disabling completely allows for the flexibility to add another menu module.
Overall this is a great addition to the framework and very important moving forward. I would only love to see sub menu ability in the mobile menu. Other wise I think it is great.
Bugs I have encountered with base framework:
CABND cufon doesn't work. Case problem in the filename,
Typos in language files
cufon-yui.js needs updated for IE9
Few issues with Com Contact HTML overrides and language file.
That is very few. This is a solid piece of work :)
Better, no refresh, font sizer with images and more options.
A vertical mega menu mod. If you broke out the mega menu into a module this could be added.
Remove template name from footer.
Allow end user to edit text in footer.
Overall I would be delighted to aid in any updates in any way I can. After all I am using this fine framework for my business, and I am very grateful to have it. Please let me know how I can help.
thnx for suggestions , as skiptomylow advised MANY new features are in ,
1. mega menu ported to module (already done)
2. cleaned up head files
3. multiple fonts overrides
4. custom code your <head> to add more features js , head css etc.
5. Don't want to say but the grids will be .... sorry
6. Better SEO
7. slim down CSS
8. rounded corners changed no more images to cut
9. Better mobile template and settings
10. New GUI more user friendly
Thanks for the responses guys. Very excited to see the new work. Any projected date of release? I am sure it will be great. Neo, what does this mean?
Don't want to say but the grids will be .... sorry
On top of the great suggestions that dig814 offered, I would like to see YouJoomla on top by offering Mobile Friendly Responsive Layout Designs. What I am dealing with is frameworks that are mobile friendly but in order to function modules are turned off when viewing the site on a small frame.
@kevinmorrison YJSG has own modules for mobile version , mobiletop and mobile bottom , just publish mods for mobile only and it will display
@dig814 , it is one of a kind framework and style , you guys will be very pleasantly surprised with ease of use and style , admin is 90% done and we are slimming down the codes , yj mega menu is module now so you can use it on any joomla template , much more work is being done as we speak but you will love it
and yes , dual installer is there already so no more messing with multiple extension installs, as for fonts , much more is in than just simple override , we are discussing a generator for fontsquirrel and google fonts but again , much more work to be done
Awesome! Thanks so much everyone for all your hard work. I think cufon is the best option. (cleanest looking) in my opinion. Just my 2 cents.... Very excited! If you need any beta testers, hit me up.
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