Premium WordPress template company RocketTheme.com is one of many sites to inform readers and fans about its plans for the new year. In a post published last week entitled “Looking Forward To 2013,” CEO and Founder Andy Miller laid out several points of interest when it comes to the direction the firm will be taking over the next 12 months.
Miller (pictured) wrote, “For nearly 6 months we have been working behind closed doors on a new site design for RocketTheme. Dubbed, RTv3, this will be a major upgrade for the RocketTheme site that focuses primarily on reducing complexity and improving usability. The new site will run on Joomla 3.5 and be powered by Gantry4. Everything is being redesigned to provide more power and flexibility and in general terms, improve the whole user experience for guests and club members alike. This is a major undertaking and requires all of our internal extensions that power the site to be rewritten from scratch. As part of this process we also plan on moving from phpBB3 to Kunena as our forum platform of choice.”
A new site design is indeed a major undertaking, especially when it comes to a large premium theme and plugin company such as RocketTheme.com. Everything from product presentation to customer support will likely be affected; signifying a massive amount of project work by a qualified overhaul team.
Joomla Templates And Plugins
The University of Florida graduate who leads a WordPress talent team of over two dozens employees outlined plans to ramp up production of Joomla themes and extensions in his recent post, saying that the firm will “implement some stunning new HTML5 based template designs that should provide some refreshing results and really push the boundaries of what you think is possible from a Joomla template. Gantry4 is enabling us to do some incredible things with responsive designs and we feel confident this will be the de-facto multi-platform web standard for web development well into 2014. We will be converting more of our existing portfolio of Joomla 2.5 templates to Joomla 3.0.”
New responsive versions of existing downloads will be hand selected, with an update to the site’s Template Compatibility Matrix in the works as well.
Addressing bugs in current extensions will also be a priority for the RocketTheme project this year. The popular RokBox WordPress extension is expected to be rewritten from scratch to include additional functionality with a responsive layout using advanced HTML5.
Themes And Widgets
Miller went on to state that “Gantry for WordPress will start getting more of the great Gantry4 functionality that we developed for the Joomla version. We have already released a version with responsive layout support, and the next version will get more performance and bug fixes as well as support for our sophisticated LESS compilation with variable support, a RocketTheme exclusive! In the coming months we will be bringing a refreshed UI as well as the new and much improved Bootstrap-powered base template that is already in the Joomla version. The Documentation will also be updated to reflect all these new changes and additions. We will continue to bring our cutting edge designs to WordPress and continue to bring over several of our advanced Joomla extensions to the WordPress platform.”
There are a total of 10 replies to the RocketTheme.com blog post at the time this article is being written, with 80% of those replies representing positive feedback. Reader Andrew Rogers said, “Sounds promising with all that plan! Glad that RokSprocket could smoothly spice up EasyBlog now. Keep up the great work to Andy and the RT team!” Another RocketTheme.com user who goes by the online name of Konstantin wrote that “it would be nice if RT team published a comparison between Kunena and phpbb (and maybe be vbulletin-not gree buy crazy popular). Or maybe, lets start a discassion on forum? Hey, a simple poll, what are u currently using or interested would be great.”
We will check back on the progress of RocketTheme.com’s various projects throughout the year and keep our readers updated on any nuances in the firm’s update process.