Earlier this month, we wrote a news story on an upcoming theme release from Elegant Themes called Fable, which is a planned release geared towards personal blogging. However, with the delay of WordPress 3.6, Fable will also have to wait according to ET Founder Nick Roach, who stated Wednesday, “In our last theme sneak peek, we gave you a glimpse of our upcoming theme Fable. Unfortunately the release of Fable has been delayed along with the delay of WordPress 3.6, and since Fable takes advantage of the new post formats UI, we will be waiting until 3.6 is released before we release the theme.” In lieu of the Fable release, Roach has decided to give a preview of another future release by the company; this one is called Vertex.
“Don’t let our silence fool you, however,” says Roach. “We are still working as hard as ever on new themes! Today I am pleased to give everyone a sneak peek of the next theme in our production pipeline named Vertex. Vertex is a beautiful, modern, long-format theme with advanced homepage modules built for online businesses and service providers. Vertex will be the perfect theme for companies to showcase their product and make the sale. We are hoping to finish both Fable and Vertex soon, so keep an eye on the blog for their release”
From what we can tell, Vertex will boast the ability to post a large background image on the homepage that will act as the backdrop for your site’s logo, description and call to action button. The top navigation bar will be located in its usual position with drop down menus for sub categories.
There will be plenty of creative opportunities for firms that want to feature a portfolio (complete with LightBox effects) either within the homepage or on a separate page. The custom page templates include the ability to publish an independent blog feed, contact page, portfolio, image gallery, and much more. Below I’ve pasted a screenshot of what the Vertex portfolio will look like once the theme goes live.
Roach has made it clear that the future launch of both Fable and Vertex will come with a fully responsive design that takes into consideration the large amount of mobile device and tablet computer users.
Having a premium theme that is responsive can save today’s webmaster a lot of trouble; not to mention the fact that small screen navigators expect a layout that automatically adjusts to an iPhone, iPad, Android, etc. Navigating through a responsive site from a smart phone is infinitely easier in most cases than thumb scrolling and pinching.
At the time this article is being written, more than two dozen comments have been added at the bottom of the Vertex Sneak Peek page. A user who goes by the name Devin posted, “Not sure I can use it on any of my sites, but really an appealing look. Great job again!” Additionally, Tim said, “This looks great as ever guys – thanks! I don’t know where we would submit ideas/requests for future themes but I’d really like to see new magazine and blog themes with some of the creative genius of some of your latest work. Lucid is fantastic for example!”
One person who replied wrote, “Nick, it would be very great if you could include an automatic carousel slider in this theme for the logos of clients (like the one you included in Fusion theme but with an automatic scrolling function). In this way, would be crazy to include an administration section for the management of customers.”
The Vertex theme should be out some time next month. We’ll continue to keep our readers up to date on any news surrounding the Elegant Themes downloads.