Warp 7 - Engage!

After 6 months of hard work we are thrilled to announce Warp7, the latest generation of our theme framework.

Jun
24

First of all a big THANK YOU to the community! We received around 137 posts with suggestions for Warp 7. This helped us a lot and many of them were taken into account.

Two years after we released the first version of Warp 6 in May 2011, its successor is waiting in the wings. Like with all major releases, we did a complete framework overhaul, not only adding features but rather changing the way of building themes. So here is a short Warp 7 feature round-up...

Support for LESS

Finally, we have support for LESS! Warp does the whole job for you and compiles LESS files into CSS, so you can start using all the latest LESS features like variables and mixins. If you don't know LESS, learn more on the official LESS website.

Customizer

An awesome new feature is the Warp customizer. It lets you pick colors, select fonts and change sizes and spacings without CSS knowledge or the need to write a line of code. Of course we have Google fonts support and a nice icon font on board. It gives you a real-time preview of your theme where you can see all the changes you have made.

New administration area

The Warp7 theme administration got a makeover and we are quite proud of the result. Now you have all major settings in one place, presented in a slick and clean UI.

New front end framework

All the LESS stuff made us rethink the way we style themes and we started developing a completely new front end framework. We will have more news on this project soon.

PHP framework overhaul

Warp 7 now requires PHP 5.3+, which enables us to use better class autoloading and other new features like namespaces and closure functions. We also have updated the Warp dependency injection container which is now configured using config files in order to set paths or helper definitions.

Responsive modules/widgets

All Joomla modules and WordPress widgets are now neatly arranged in one overview, where you can set the style, icon, badge and even define, whether or not to show a module or widget on different devices.

Mobile menu

We completely overhauled the mobile menu and transformed it into a modern and beautiful off-canvas navigation.

Bootstrap support

And of course for all the Joomla 3 users we have native Bootstrap support, which means Bootstrap markup will look awesome in our themes.

Release date and whats next?

We are very satisfied with the current development state of Warp 7. It's well-engineered and created from the developer's perspective - simplified, no magic, just a great tool set to develop cross-platform themes.

Our July theme will be the first Warp 7 based theme. In the next days we will provide you a blog post where we take a closer look on the new customizer and administration ares. We are very excited about Warp 7 and we hope you are too! Stay tuned!

Related Posts

If you missed our articles about Warp7 and UIkit, here you go:
Nano3 theme and Warp 7 released
Warp 7.1 released
UIkit released

By Sascha | | Posted in Warp

Comments (71)

  • robbert

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    Whoaaa, that sounds awesome. Great work, guys! Can't wait to give it a try! When will the Master Theme with Warp 7 be available?
    • newhallklein

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      Ditto, how come no Master theme yet??
  • ryan.jones

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    Cant wait to check it out!!
  • bdthemes

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    Wow! it's awesome, have any beta/full for testing?
    • ryan.jones

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      would be interested in this too.
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Thanks for offering your help, but there will be no BETA testing...
  • ray.lawlor

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    Can't wait till Monday! :)
    • ray.lawlor

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      Oh and I forgot to say:

      LESS is brilliant! Kudos for adopting it! :) I can't wait to get my hands on it!
  • scott.greenwald

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    Warp 7 sounds too good to be true. Can't wait to see the new backend! I smell another JOSCAR in the air for YooTheme :)
  • joso

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    Hi, great news.. The templates warp 6, will be updated to warp 7?
    • sascha

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      Sorry, this is not possible. We have a completely new front end framework in Warp 7 and it is not possible to make those features available without developing the theme from scratch again.
      • cuong.le

        cuong.le

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        It's a sad news for me :(

        Some amazing templates in WARP6 will not available in WARP 7 :(

        Anyway, thanks for answer!
  • jeroen.vranckaerts

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    Can't wait for the new theme next monday.
    One question though, which version of LESS will be used ?
    • sascha

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      Currently, we are using v1.3.3 but we will update to 1.4 shortly.
  • semaj

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    slam. I will use the template on my next project
  • mark.brindley

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    Super Excited!
  • eric.brissette.83

    eric.brissette.83

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    Will a Warp 7 Master theme be released at the same time, or will it come later?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      No, the Master theme will take some time and will be released later...
      • bdthemes

        bdthemes

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        so sad, is it not possible in july?
      • mark.brindley

        mark.brindley

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        how long before the master theme is released with warp7?
      • nickwinters

        nickwinters

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        Yes, how long before the Master theme is released. I rely heavily on this product. Thank you in advanced.
  • coffeegroup

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    Congrat's, and great!!!
  • 101creative

    101creative

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    What about support for Open Graph meta tags for Facebook?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      We had it already implemented but after careful consideration we dropped it again because it doesn't belong in a theme. To get really good Open Graph support this should be implemented by the CMS or the content extension you are using.
      • 101creative

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        This is very frustrating with ZOO items. I thought this feature would be built into Warp 7.. very disappointing. I have seen an extension but it is not available for Joomla 3. I think you should reconsider... who wouldn't want to be able to choose the correct image and description for a ZOO item being posted to Facebook.. the world's largest social network? Maybe it can be built into ZOO?
        • coffeegroup

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          Was Sascha's response regarding deciding not to offer Open Graph support for THEMES, or ZOO? or Both?
          • dmdweb

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            Yes, I would like to know too. It is a shame not to have open graph support. I think it should be able to be used in warp7 and zoo.
  • arrowthemes

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    Awwwwsome! Can't wait to get my hands on it.
  • amir.hesari

    amir.hesari

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    Thank You YOOtheme :)

    Can I update my template (warp 6) to warp 7 ?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Sorry, this is not possible. We have a completely new front end framework in Warp 7 and it is not possible to make those features available without developing the theme from scratch again.
      • amir.hesari

        amir.hesari

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        Thank you Sascha,

        Are you support Warp 6 after release Warp 7 ?
        If you do not support then what we can do with version 6?
        • sascha

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          Don't worry, we will still support and maintain Warp 6.
  • eric.brissette.83

    eric.brissette.83

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    Will the first Warp 7 template be Nano 3, or something similar and minimal that works well for building your own designs on?
    • marsu

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      Nano3 would be great or a similar minimal style.
      • 101creative

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        I agree.. Nano 3 with Open Graph meta tags!
        • senmel

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          Come on guys! Nano-like themes are for developers. How about most of us, the beginners?
          • eric.brissette.83

            eric.brissette.83

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            Warp 7 is a framework built for developers. Nano and the Master Theme are the tools that we use to build themes for beginners :)

            If you're not a developer, there's a lot less about Warp 7 to be excited about.
  • danielle.owens

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    I actually want a break from minimal, shows off what's newly possible!
    • ray.lawlor

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      Agreed! There's plenty of time for minimal! I'd love to see what Warp 7 is capable of!

      Not only that folks, but when the Master Theme gets it's Warp7 make-over, then you're all set for minimal!!

      :)
  • viktor.horst

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    That sounds great!!
  • dmdweb

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    I am hoping that you will show what can be done with the new warp7 in the new theme. It would be a waste to rebuild with all kinds of features and not show what is possible with the new framework, then after that make the other minimal themes. But I would hope the first one is like BAM - this is what is possible. :)
  • peter.haken

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    KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid....brilliant
  • ryan.jones

    ryan.jones

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    Get the Coffee (or Tea) on... WARP 7 is coming!!
  • magnolia61

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    #anticipating #exited Thank you guys for innovating and listening to your user community. Eagerly awaiting further news on warp7... :-)
  • schmallegger

    schmallegger

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    still waiting.. where is it?
    • alxttr

      alxttr

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      Yootheme usually release the new template on the 1st of the month... As this release is special I suppose it won't be for today ... I hope I am wrong ... but it's getting late :)...
  • bruce.valle

    bruce.valle

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    Great News from Yootheme!
  • kennst

    kennst

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    Hi!
    Do you have support for the new cookie law in Warp 7?
    Is it in warp 6?
    • arrowthemes

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      I don't think this will be implemented. See this post for more info:
      http://www.yootheme.com/support/question/10997
      • kennst

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        They are a templateprovider in the EU. Gavick (from poland) has implement it. So it would be great. I think They have many EU customers.

        For my part I try to use fewest plugins, components and modules as possible. Because of the lack support of auto-update in Joomla. I really hope Yootheme and Warp 7 would fix this, and add update form joomla core.
  • eric.claver.akaffou

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    Don't forget that it's almost 7 PM in Paris and some memberships may end at 12 PM
    • schmallegger

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      :) that might be a reason for the delay... :)
      • eric.claver.akaffou

        eric.claver.akaffou

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        Maybe :-) I will bring back my contents to joomla and leave all kind of third party. Tired wainting for updates and other...
  • dmdweb

    dmdweb

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    Do we have an ETA on the new theme?
  • hans.joachim.nolte

    hans.joachim.nolte

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    2 1/2 hours left here in germany before the 2nd of july.
    well, just a small comment from you at Yootheme would be nice.
  • sebmolo

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    Who wants to bet it's gonna be Nano 3...?
    Just had a "revelation" (that's what happens for refreshing the site every 2 minutes...) I guess there were unplanned problems with the Yootheme host ;-)
    • ray.lawlor

      ray.lawlor

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      I got that too! :)
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Hehe, yes, it was a huge workload to deliver the theme on time ;-)
  • ray.lawlor

    ray.lawlor

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    It's here! :)
  • ray.lawlor

    ray.lawlor

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    Is UIKit part of YooTheme?
    • sascha

      sascha

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      Yes, we developed UIkit and it will be released independently soon.
      • ray.lawlor

        ray.lawlor

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        It's awesome...!

        I can't wait to use those dropdown buttons etc... Very nice indeed...

        I had Warp7 on my site within the hour:

        www.webcraftni.com :)
  • triplex79

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    Hello & thank you very much for this great framework!

    One question, will warp compile the LESS files with each request or is this one time? Or when will warp compile the less files, or how i could warp to focus new?

    thank you very much!

    best regards

    André
  • philipp.bruhin

    philipp.bruhin

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    Great job! Thank you YOOtheme for this splashy framework. Nano3 corresponds exactly to what I am looking for when one releases a new framework. It is a good starting point for creating its own customized templates with minimal effort. Keep it up!

    By the way, happy to hear that Wrap6 will be updated and maintained.
  • rafael.roca

    rafael.roca

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    Any plan to update Yoo Balance to Warp 7?
  • gabriella.nonino.82

    gabriella.nonino.82

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    Fantastic - well done!!! When will the themes be updated?
  • stefan.meier

    stefan.meier

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    how about zoo. is it still possible to upload multiple pictures at once.
    it sucks to buy a third party extensions for a "must have feature"

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