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What do website templates and needy orphans have in common? Simple, you! This week we are very excited to launch the "Give Back Sale"! Proceeds of this sale will be sent to 58ten, a non-profit organization. 58ten provides aid to an orphanage in Kenya, Africa to approximately 150 children, and hopefully more someday soon! It's our way of giving back and making an impact in the lives of those much less fortunate than most of us. The purpose of this sale is to bring awareness to the needs of 58ten, and to raise as much money as possible for the children of this orphanage. The money raised during this sale will go towards specific needs such as construction materials, food, bedding, medical care, education, clothing, and more! The funds will be used at the discretion of the 58ten management team.

Who is 58ten?


Why did Shape5 pick 58ten?

One of the founders of 58ten is a close friend of the owners of Shape5, Mike and Jonah. Because of this close friendship the needs of this organization are close or our own hearts, and we would like to do our part to make this need known to all. We are confident that the money raised during this sale will be used in the most beneficial ways possible by 58ten.

Can I donate to this organization without purchasing a membership?

Yes, of course you can, and any donations they receive would be greatly appreciated! You can donate directly through the following link:


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It's June 15th and as promised we have launched not one, but two responsive layout templates! Corporate Response and the Free Vertex Version 2 template, are both built with optional responsive layouts. That's right, you get a totally free responsive layout template this month in addition to our out of this world club template, Corporate Response!

Our Vertex 2 template framework has made responsive layouts a permanent feature here at Shape5 for all future templates! We believe we have come up with the best possible responsive layout, with the most flexibility and ease of use possible! Be sure to check out the demo of each template to see it all in action!

We have released a lot of very useful information this month as well to go along with our new Vertex 2 template framework. Below we'll document everything for you in one consolidated area.

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This tutorial will give instructions for converting a our free Vertex template from Vertex 1 to Vertex 2 with all responsive features. Please note, that if you have heavily modified your template's layout or css we do not recommend performing this upgrade. However, if you have made very minimal edits the edit should be fairly straightforward and easy to do. This will not over-write commonly edited files like template.css or index.php.

You may also simply update to Version 2 by using the upgrade patch, but this will not enable any responsive features, only the instructions below will enable responsive features.

We do not recommend making this change on a live site. Be sure to test offline or in a development area.

Please also note that this will disable your current mobile layout, and enable the responsive mobile layout instead.

1. Complete the full upgrade tutorial, including making a backup, found here:


2. You will need to make the following changes in the template's index.php file.

    Search for:

    <div id="s5_logo" style="height:<?php echo $s5_logo_height ?>px;width:<?php echo $s5_logo_width ?>px" onclick="window.document.location.href='<?php echo $LiveSiteUrl ?>'"></div>
    And change it to:
    <img alt="logo"  style="height:<?php echo $s5_logo_height ?>px;width:<?php echo $s5_logo_width ?>px" src="<?php echo $s5_directory_path ?>/images/s5_logo.png" id="s5_logo" onclick="window.document.location.href='<?php echo $LiveSiteUrl ?>'"></img>
    Also search for:
    <div class="s5_wrap">
    <?php require("vertex/includes/vertex_includes_bottom.php"); ?>
    And change it to:
    <?php require("vertex/includes/vertex_includes_bottom.php"); ?>
3. Download a fresh copy of the Shape5 Vertex template from the Free Templates section here:


    Extract the zip file and copy the following files over to your installation. Be sure to over-write your existing files:

    Note - s5_responsive.css contains new css to stylize the template at varying screen sizes. If you need to make any modifications this is the best place to add your changes.
4. Edit the template.css file and find the #s5_logo section around line 355.

    Remove the following line and save the file:
    background:url(../images/s5_logo.png) no-repeat top left;

5. Edit the s5_flex_menu.css file and add the following to the very bottom:

    .s5_sub_wrap_rtl, .s5_sub_wrap_lower_rtl {

6. Enter the template configuration via the Template Manager in the backend of Joomla and make any modifications to the configuration that you wish, and you're done!
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We wanted to take this time to update everyone on some very exciting news coming to Shape5 this June. First, we will be releasing Vertex 1 for our Wordpress Themes Club, and all future Wordpress themes will be released on this new platform! This will bring many of our newer design techniques, and features such as the S5 Flex Menu, custom row sizes, and a lot more to our Wordpress themes. Second, we will be releasing version 2 of our Joomla Vertex framework, which includes the very anticipated responsive design layout along with many other great features! More information will follow in the coming weeks about this new version but for now we wanted to explain our approach to responsive design.

Responsive design at its most elementary definition is simply the use of css media queries and some javascript to rearrange a website's layout to fit multiple screen sizes. This can range from a wide screen monitor down to the smallest of smart phones. It is done all through the same site, same installation, sharing the same files, and no extra layouts needed as in the past. Unlike many pixel grid based templates, Shape5 Vertex templates are already built on a fluid width layout based on percentages, with an option pixel width wrapper, which is what responsive layouts require. The transition to responsive designs is both relatively straight forward and a natural progression for our templates because of our already existing layout. There are several approaches to responsive layouts, each have pros and cons. Some responsive designs simply use a series of floating divs that re-arrange themselves on the page and add columns as the screen width increases or decreases and remove columns as the screen becomes smaller. The biggest con to this approach is it can become very confusing as to where you content will actually exist on any given screen; making it very hard to create a layout and confusing for a client; especially those with specific product and content placement needs. The most common approach to responsive designs is simply to start with a standard desktop website, like you are used to seeing and creating with rows and columns, and then apply css media queries to reduce widths, fonts, and re-arrange a minimal amount of elements on the page. Some great examples of this approach can be found here:


This is the approach that we will be taking at Shape5 for all on-going Shape5 Vertex templates. We believe this is the best approach and will be the most user-friendly for our members. Some template providers have begun releasing special editions of their framework that allow for responsive layouts on a particular template, and that is the only layout that can be used on those templates with very minor adjustments to the layout. We wanted something concrete and permanent; something that can be expected from template to template as part of our official framework, not a special version of our framework. Our approach allows our customers to use the already existing Vertex layout and simply enable or disable responsive media queries if they wish. That's right, it's completely optional! If you're not familiar with responsive layouts then you do not need to use it, simply use the default fixed or fluid layout instead. The responsive option will work with both set pixel widths and fluid designs. Fluid designs are already a part of all Vertex templates for support of very wide monitors. We've added the ability to stretch images and increased column widths for extra wide monitors on the responsive layouts, everything else already exists in the Vertex layout.

There are a lot of factors to consider when using responsive designs: Will my extensions works with responsive layouts? (most do not) Am I comfortable enough with responsive layouts to use this functionality (That is why it is completely optional in our framework). When designing templates and frameworks we have to keep in mind that we are developing for advanced programmers and people brand new to setting up websites. Our approach to responsive designs was to allow for the flexibility to meet everyone at their own skill levels, and not create something too advanced for the average user and to not leave developers looking for me. Our approach to responsive design gives you all the options you could ever need when setting up a template! Vertex and it's responsive options is by far the most flexible framework available to date!

Just a quick note about third party extensions. Most third party extensions will not work with responsive layouts, but we are confident that many developers will adjust their products for these types of layouts in the near future, as are we. Because not everything is compatible with responsive layouts, you have the option to turn the responsive layout options off, or you can hide certain areas of the template when it reaches tablet size or mobile size. This option makes it possible to hide modules that were not built for responsive/fluid layouts so that your overall page layout is not effected.

In addition to choosing the best layout approach, we have been working around the clock at coding with the best techniques and technologies available. Many responsive designs use overloads of javascript to accomplish their layout goals. The most common scripts are done through jquery or adapt.js. It is our opinion that javascript should never be used unless it is absolutely necessary. The truth is that most layouts can simply be done through well thought out css media queries. While others use entire javascript libraries to obtain their desired look, the core layout of our Vertex templates will use only 8kb of javascript to make some minor adjustments to the left and right columns, and even that is only true if both right and right_inset are published on the page! The rest is handled strictly through css! Keep in mind that when looking at responsive templates or designing one the purpose of this technology is simply to allow your site to adapt to any screen size. The purpose is not to create unnecessary javascript effects that transition the layout on browser resize; that many of us developers love to gawk at :) These additional javascripts that some use often slow down your site and cause overload on your server.

The best part about our approach is it is completely backwards compatible! All the great features of Vertex that you are familiar with and love such as custom column widths, fixed or fluid body width, custom row sizes, etc. will all still be available to you even when responsive layouts are enabled! The rows and columns will not be set widths, you will still have control over your layout and know exactly where your content will appear on any given device.

Ok now for the best news of all! Our June Joomla club template will be our first official template built on Vertex 2 using it's responsive features! But wait, there's more, we will also be re-releasing our very popular free Vertex template upgraded to Vertex 2 with responsive layouts already enabled! That's right, a Vertex 2 powered responsive design all for FREE! In addition to that we will be publishing an upgrade tutorial for anyone currently using the free Vertex template that will allow them to take advantage of the new responsive features as well with very minimal changes needed! The upgrades to this template are close to being completed, and will most likely be released around the same time as our club template.

More information about Vertex 2 and the free Vertex template will come over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

We are honored to have our May template release of Salon n Spa ranked as #1 template for by CMSGadget! CMSGadget has started to rank the Joomla templates and Wordpress themes released each month by releasing videos each month with their results. Check out their site for more details.

View Mays video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=efc334WFbDk
Please give a warm welcome to the newest member of the Shape5 team, Paul Middleton! Paul has been interning with us for a few months and we have officially hired him to take on his primary role of Joomla forum board moderation. Paul is a very educated web programmer and all around pleasant guy to work with! We think he will be a great addition to our team and a great to service to the entire Shape5 community in the forums! Paul began hard coding websites in the early 90's before any type of real CMS had taken form. Around the year 2002 he began transitioning into a CMS web design approach and finally settled with Joomla in 2009 and some Wordpress. He has never turned back! He has built several websites for large companies and ecommerece platforms for photographers. Paul has a very good knowledge of css styling and is great at debugging problems. Aside from web design Paul is also a photographer, and he has a very good eye for design! His knowledge of websites, his skills in css, and his great overall willingness to help is why we have brought him on board and we think the whole Shape5 community will benefit from him greatly! Again, please give him a warm welcome, either here on this post via the comments, on Facebook, or if you bump into him on the forum boards, and make him feel welcome as he settles into his new home at Shape5!
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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:


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.

new demo

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:


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


Information on H.R.3261 - Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) 

Information on S.968 PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) 

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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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