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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

Intrigue is our latest free Joomla template release in honor of the release of Joomla 1.6! This template is fully compatible with native Joomla 1.6. It comes with great features that you wouldn't expect in a free template like a drop down suckerfish menu, custom column widths, custom page widths, fixed of fluid layout, and custom highlight and background colors; set the background bars to any color you want! Be sure to check out the demo for a live preview.

For more information on the Intrigue Free Joomla Template click here

You can reference this blog post to check the status on the conversion process of all Shape 5 Joomla products.

Please note - 1.5 to 1.6 conversions can take a considerable amount of time, each template is different, but we expect to have all of our templates converted in the next few weeks/months. Site shapers will not be available until all of our templates have been converted and some issues with the JUpgrade component are addressed or another suitable upgrade component becomes available.


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The release of Joomla 1.6

Today marks the official release of Joomla 1.6 stable. The release brings us ACL out of the box, no longer installing 3rd party extensions to achieve this! It also gives us more powerful SEO options throughout to give you control on how your site appears in the search engines and many other features. For more info, demo and download check out: http://www.joomla.org/announcements/general-news/5348-joomlar-16-has-arrived.html

Although this is the newest release for the Joomla world and it's marked as stable we at Shape 5 do not recommend rushing to upgrade and convert over to it right away. Why do we say this, we do believe (as seen in many industries) it's best to wait a few weeks or so and see how this version plays out. Bugs can still arise and things may need to be ironed out before you take the jump to 1.6. The bug squad with Joomla has done a tremendous job ironing out as many bugs as they could find to this point, we are simply offering a word of caution that could be applied to any first release of software. In addition to this there are over 6,000 extensions currently available for Joomla 1.5 and very few have been converted and tested with Joomla 1.6. If you need Joomla for a bare bones system with no third party extensions then 1.6 may be right for you but if you need flexibility and access to thousands of extensions it's best to still use 1.5 for a little while.

So where is Shape 5 at in the whole scheme of things and 1.6?

Although we haven't said much we've been working hard and have the majority of our extensions converted to 1.6 as you may have already noticed in the downloads area, with only 3 pending conversion, with the exception of Virtuemart extensions. Over the next few weeks we will be hard at work converting and releasing our templates to the 1.6 platform and finalizing the rest of our extension conversion. Our monthly template release this coming Saturday the 15th will include a 1.6 ready version of the template. Virtuemart extensions will be converted after Virtuemart 1.5 becomes stable.

Ok that covers 1.6 but what about a framework for Shape 5?

As you may have noticed the template parameters area of our recent templates has become quite extensive! The eShopper template is the first release that includes a naming scheme, robust module layout, mobile version, custom widths, and so much more. These features will be carried in to future templates. This framework first released in eShopper gives unlimited possibilities and flexibility for site layouts. We just wanted to give you a heads up. No ETA is set but we are planning on an official release of a the Shape 5 "Vertex Framework" in the near future that will be packed with features! In the mean time our in-progress templates will include many of the features that will be included in the finalized framework.

Want to earn some easy cash? During the month of August we are running a contest for all Shape 5 Affiliates.  You will have a chance to earn one of three prizes depending on how many sales you generate through your site during the month of August.  The sites that produce the most affiliate sales will be rewarded cash prizes!

S5 Resources

Throughout the years that Shape 5 has been creating templates for the Joomla CMS we have come across many sites that we've bookmarked and frequently reference for resources to build our templates with.  We hope the following post will expand your current tool set of sites and boost the quality of the sites you output.

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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