During the last several months we didn't present new updates for Joomla Website Builder Gridbox. Why?! Today we want to share our secrets and tell you what we were doing all this time, and what awaits you in 2017?
Since November 2016, we are extensively working on a new version of Joomla Website Builder Gridbox 2.x
Gridbox 2.x will be not just a simple update, it's a whole new product, it's a quite new Joomla Website Builder. Yes, that's quite right, we build Gridbox 2.x starting from the scratch, in the truest sense of the word!
Over year existence of Gridbox component, we have received an enormous number of feedback from professional developers who daily use Gridbox in their projects.
Thanks to feedback and comments, we exactly know where we have to move and what kind of perfect Website Builder should be for Joomla CMS.
The main reason why we have started to build Gridbox from the scratch - speed.
We are completely modifying the structure of the code, we are rewriting all the code. We want to optimize the code at most, to make Gridbox editor so fast, as it possible.
While we're on the subject of the code, we also want to announce that all the CSS code, which is created with the item (Section, Row, Plugin, Theme) setting, will be written now in a CSS file.
The editing conception of the items in Gridbox 2.x will keep the same as now. If you have an experience with Gridbox 1.x, you will be able to start with a new version without any problems. Just 15 minutes and you will be like a Rockstar Gridbox Developer!
But UI (User Interface) of editor will be changed, and new features will be added, for example, such as the possibility to modify the page settings on the front, create a new page, and assign page to a menu item.
The Global theme options, and also option settings for plugins, sections, rows and columns will be completely redistributed and rearranged. It will be more convenient and faster to work and customize the item.
80% of the questions in our support forum are concerned with the mobile version. We want that you have a more freedom. Finally, in Gridbox 2.x you will have total control over the mobile version of the site. The mobile version will have a fully functional editor, and you will be able to setup each item directly for your mobile devices.
For example, you will be able to change design of a button or section completely, you will have an opportunity to optimize the design of any item.
Also each of these items will have a set of tools, which will allow you to choose where to display one or another item. As an example, you will easily customize that the button will display only on your mobile device, on desktop button will be hidden.
Perhaps you would like to know more details. Closer to the release of the Beta version, we are planning to start up the series of blog posts, where we will tell you about the new version of Gridbox in details. Therefore, before the start of official release, you will have an opportunity to learn new options and features.
As always, all customers with an active Gridbox subscription, can take part in the Beta testing. Follow our news, don't miss the opportunity to become a Beta tester of the new version of Gridbox!
The central question, of course, is when will appear the official release. At the moment we are planning it for middle of April 2017.
If you have some questions or propositions, don't be shy to write them in the comments below! We will be glad to read and answer your questions. In the meantime, we continue to work! See you soon!