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We are pleased to announce that we have released 7 new 2.5 site shaper conversions! Those conversions include Aurora Dawn, Avignet Dream, Basics, Game Crusade, Touch of Soul, Emma Smooth and Sportopolis. These site shapers are ready for immediate download. We are continuing to work through the conversion process of the remaining templates, and we are very excited about the new endeavours of Joomla 2.5+! We currently have an amazing 52 templates and 33 extensions that are compatible with Joomla 2.5, and more to come! You can view our current compatibility list here:

http://www.shape5.com/joomla/product_compatability/current_joomla_product_compatability_list.html

Also, a quick update on the conversion of our Virtuemart extensions to Virtuemart 2.0 and Joomla 2.5. Our 5 Virtuemart extensions have reached their final phase of testing and we hope to release the final products in the next week or two for download. These conversions are much more in depth than a standard Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 conversion as much of the Virtuemart core structure was changed in the new version. Thank you for your patience while we complete these conversions. Once these extensions are finalized that completes the conversion of all of our extensions to 2.5!
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We wanted to take this time to announce some small price adjustments to just two of our membership types starting in April. Our current pricing structure has been in effect for a few years now and since its relase a lot of good things have changed at Shape5! We have added dozens of new feature-rich templates and extensions, we've launched our new Vertex framework, we've launched a new Wordpress Themes club, added tutorials, added member bonus discounts, added a free Hire a Coder program, and much more! We have added a lot to the value of our membership over the years, therefore because of these new features we are adjusting the price of just two memberships. In addtion to that, the new pricing will help fund even better products, new product lines, and new staff to make your experience at Shape5 even better!

Our goal at Shape5 is always to provide the best products at very reasonable prices. Even with the new pricing structure we will still be providing some of the best Joomla and Wordpress products available on the web today at prices BELOW most major template and themes clubs! Now for the changes, we will be keeping our $49.99 (2 month, 1 domain) membership exactly how it is, our $69.99 (1 year, 3 domains) memberships will be increasing to just $79.99, our $109.99 (1 year, unlimited domains) membership will remain the same, and finally our $224.99 (1 year, unlimited domains) developer membership will increase to $249.99. This new structure will take place April 1, 2012.

We have done extensive research by examining the price structure of many competitors and we feel that our prices will still remain very competitive and the best value for your money!
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Last week we launched a new demo page to our site! The new demo makes browsing much easier, and highlights our latest themes as well. Each design has a large screenshot and product description in the main drop down menu, so now you can find just what you're looking for very easily and quickly. In addition to that we have grouped our Joomla and Wordpress products on the same page so you can see the full array of all Shape5 products in one consolidated area.

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Lastly if you are logged into the main site of shape5.com and then visit the demo you will see a download button on the items that your current membership allows access for. So you can demo and download all in one place!

Be sure to check it out, and we hope you all enjoy the improvement!

We are greatly concerned with the following bills being presented in the United States Congress right now. These bills have an underlying potential of removing the freedom of speech, and business development we've all experienced on the internet thus far. These bills would also hinder and kill jobs for people already in need of work. Please step up and take a stand against these bills by signing the following petition, it will only take a few seconds of your time:

 https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ 

If you need more information just check out the internet's largest search engine and what they have to say:

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/sopa-pipa/

Information on H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) 
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show 

Information on S.968 PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) 
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/show 

More Resources:
http://sopastrike.com/strike/

We have received a lot of questions regarding the compatibility of Joomla 2.5 and our products. We realize that all the recent version numbers of Joomla ie: 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, and soon to be 2.5, can be very confusing. We'd like to clarify this and make it very simple to understand.

Will our products work with Joomla 2.5? Yes, absolutely they will work! Any product that works currently with Joomla 1.7 will work with Joomla 2.5 with no issues at all.

Will you need to install a component to upgrade your site from 1.7 to 2.5? No, the upgrade from 1.7 to 2.5 is very easily done from the backend of Joomla. No downloads or file extractions will be needed. No new installation will be created, it will simply upgrade your existing files. It's really that simple.

Will we continue to support Joomla 1.5 products? We will adhere to the Jooma life cycle of each Joomla version. Joomla will discontinue support on 1.5 in April 2012. This means that as of April 1, 2012 we will no longer be creating new 1.5 compatible products, and will focus on Joomla 1.7/2.5 products. We will continue support on 1.5 products through the end of 2012. Do not let the new version number scare you, the upgrade from 1.7 to 2.5 is nothing like 1.5 to 1.6+, and can be done in a matter of minutes. If you have not begun the move to 1.7+ we would highly recommend this so that your site stays up to date with the latest features and security updates.

What products do you offer that are compatible with Joomla 1.7+? Our list of compatible products can be found at the following url:

http://www.shape5.com/joomla/product_compatability/current_joomla_product_compatability_list.html

We will continue to convert older 1.5 products to the newer 1.7+ platform, so please check this page often. Any site shaper listed as 1.7 can simply be installed and upgraded to 2.5 when it becomes available.
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We are honored to have a Shape 5 template listed as one of the top 10 templates of 2011 on magazine.joomla.org. Thank you Joomla for this recognition! You can read more about it here:

http://magazine.joomla.org/issues/Issue-Dec-2011/item/623-Top-10-Joomla-Templates-for-2011
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We are happy to announce that we now have some basic Joomla PDF tutorials available on our site! The tutorials will help you get started setting up a site shaper, installing a template/extensions, changing your logo and lastly setting up a database in phpmyadmin for a new Joomla install.

 We hope these tutorials provide a helping hand in getting you started in the Joomla world. You don't have to be logged in to view just click the view button for whichever version you are running (current version includes 1.6 and 1.7):

http://www.shape5.com/joomla_tutorials.html
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We have updated the plugn and fixed the following issues:

1) Thumbnails do not get created if you use anything else but lower case in the file name.  CAPs, spaces, numbers, etc don't work

2) When using google chrome and adding attributes once your cursor hits the first attributes price box your done. Can't tab or even click out of that box.

 The plugin is available in the downloads area to club members only.

 Cheers!

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If you have not heard yet Joomla recently released their new version 1.7. With this new release comes a new standard of a major Joomla version release every six months. One of the biggest new features available in 1.7 is a simple to use backend upgrade tool. This means you are no longer required to navigate to joomla.org where you would download patches, and manually extract them on your server. Now, you simply click a button to upgrade, which is a very nice addition to the Joomla CMS and much more user friendly!

With the release of 1.7 we wanted to update you on the plans we have here at Shape 5. First off, all of our existing 1.6 site shapers released to this point have been updated and packaged with Joomla 1.7! We also would like to point out that all of our 1.6 extensions and templates are also compatible with Joomla 1.7. So you can go right ahead and update to 1.7 with no issues. Don't let the new version number scare you, Joomla is on a much more consistent framework now for upgrades. Upgrading from 1.6 is nothing like upgrading from 1.5 to 1.6.

If you are upgrading from 1.6 be sure to read Joomla's tutorial here: http://docs.joomla.org/Upgrade_1.6.5_to_1.7. The most important thing to know is that you must be running at least 1.6.5 to perform the upgrade. We have seen many posts of people saying they have successfully upgraded from 1.6.3 straight to 1.7.0. Although it may appear to work there are a few database changes that will not take effect if you're upgrading from a version lower than 1.6.5. If you are not on 1.6.5 or 1.6.6 just use the following patch to upgrade http://joomlacode.org/gf/download/frsrelease/15378/66849/Joomla_1.6.0_to_1.6.6-Stable-Patch_Package.zip and then you can successfully upgrade to 1.7.

This also brings a new change to Shape5, particuarlly with naming conventions. With a new version of Joomla being released every six months that will cause problems for our current naming and organizational methods at Shape5. Take our template Paradigm Shift for example. The name of Paradigm Shift's template file is Shape5_Paradigm_Shift_template_16.zip. The version number is also listed in our downloads area and on the template's article detail page. Now that 1.7 has been released that means we'd have to update the name of the file, update the download link, update the download description, update the content article, etc. All just because of a new version number and rarely any changes to the files themselves. Hopefully you can see the problem when you're dealing with hundreds of files. We've thought long and hard about the best way to handle this, and most importantly to keep it simple for our members to understand. The solution is simple, the version number will no longer be listed in the file name, downloads, content, etc. instead we list the file simply as "current" with a link to the following page:

http://www.shape5.com/joomla/product_compatability/current_joomla_product_compatability_list.html

This one stop page for all of our products will tell you what version of Joomla a particular product is currently compatible with and what version of Joomla our site shapers are packaged with. We do hope you find this new page easy to use and helpful.

Finally, now that Joomla is on a six month release cycle we have decided to discontinue our stand alone SQL dumps of demo data for new versions of Joomla. There was a day when SQL dumps were very important before we packaged our products in site shapers. Now we do not feel their need is as great as a site shaper, and the same data will be included in our site shapers. Also, by eliminating these it frees more time up to produce conversions of products much quicker into new Joomla versions.
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As you may have noticed we have slightly modified our site design.  The biggest changes are on the homepage (if its whacky looking, be sure to clear your cache, in most cases those should resolved itself though).  The last design was focused primarily on Joomla. With the launch of new clubs we had to revamp the layout to also showcase other products to help you find the newest and greatest products from Shape5.

So why isn't phpbb on the homepage too?  Well, throughout the past months we've evaluated the club and if enough people are interested in club forum styles.  We came to the conclusion that phpbb just wasn't a good fit for Shape 5.  We are sorry to those who did enjoy it and it is sad to see it come to an end. We fully believe that phpbb is an awesome product and we do not regret taking on this endeavor it all. We still be releasing June and July club styles. Current phpbb club members at the end of July will be compensated with appropriate refunds and more. We will be sending those members more details about this soon. We will most likely will be launching another club for another platform in the future to take its place, we will provide more information as that develops.

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Free Vertex Template & Theme

Free Joomla Template
Are you new to Shape5 and the Vertex framework? Then download our totally free Vertex Joomla template or Wordpress theme to experience the power of the Vertex framework for yourself! This is the same framework that our club products are built off of.
  • Fully Responsive Layout
  • Integrated Bootstrap Styling
  • Easy To Upgrade Framework
  • Custom Module And Column Widths
  • SEO Optimized Layout
  • Right To Left Support
  • And Many Other Great Features!
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