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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):

Tags: SupportJoomla

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.


Tags: UpdatesJoomla
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:


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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Need a Wordpress theme with a feminine touch? Avignet Dream is a one of a kind Wordpress theme that is designed with women in mind! Whether you're starting a small store, opening a boutique, posting a blog, or setting up a news site, Avignet Dream's calm effects and eye pleasing looks are a great match for any fun-going website! This theme comes with the ability to set your own custom highlight colors for links, titles, page backgorund much more, to make your own unique custom color scheme! Amongst other things this template also comes with RTL support, SEO Optimized, S5 Ultimate Drop Down feature, fixed and fluid widths, and so much more! Make sure to check out the demo for a full list of features.

For more information on this theme click here.

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Life Journey is designed for a church or ministry website, but can also very easily be used for any other type of site. This style comes packed with goodies to help any church easily gain a web presence. Some of these feature include: dozens of block positions, custom page and column widths, custom row widths, custom highlight color, Google fonts, mobile device support, and so much more!

 For more information on the Life Journey PhpBB3 style click here

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After many requests we've updated the s5 box module to now include a switch to the Mootools Javascript library. If you are encountering javascript conflicts with other modules you can now switch from the jQuery library to Mootools.

Just uninstall your current version and head over to the club extension downloads area to grab a fresh copy.

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The Comaxium Wordpress Theme is built with style and functionality in mind. Its style can easily be adapted to just about any type of website you are running. With an amazing 35 widget positions and 6 styles it's functionality is superb and leaves you with hundreds of layout options to choose from!

In addition to its great design there are other great features such as Google fonts enabled, fixed of fluid width body settings, custom column and page width settings, choose your own highlight color, and so much more!

This month we have also added a new feature that allows you to a select widget style directly from the widget level. This option can be found when editing a widget from the appearance > widget menu.

Make sure to check out the demo for a full list of features.

For more information on the Comaxium Wordpress Theme click here .

Demo this style here

Tags: Wordpress
The Phosphorus phpBB style is a very versatile and gives a wide variety of options. This month also introduces a new interface for the Vertex Framework and the ability to install modules! Vertex Framework for phpBB is truly turning the forum system into a CMS.    The framework is becoming quite polished, this month we've also revamped the admin to give it a nice slick look. 

Check out the demo available to get an understanding of what you can do with Vertex and this style. The Vertex admin area is visible even when not logged in, just click the admin menu item in the top right of the menu and you will be able to demo it without saving changes.
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We are happy to announce the Phosphorus theme release! It is a very versatile theme that gives a wide variety of options. We have added some options to change the color scheme of Phosphorus to any you desire! Check out the 7 presets available to get an understanding of what you can do. This month we also slightly modified some of the WordPress link output to better match the theme itself. Also included is a new admin interface for the theme, giving you an easier experience when changing theme options.

For more information on the Fusion Wordpress Theme click here

Demo this style here
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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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