Finally, Uber - our October Joomla feature template is ready in its first beta. You can build just anything with Uber, whether it's a landing page, or your next big site. Before walking through the demo, it's worth to have a glance at key features Uber.
The big challenge 2014: New way we design web content
Multiple designs in one Joomla template
Have you ever looked for an option that allows to sync all of your Joomla sites across the board for easier management and changing of content? In a simple case, it might be many product branches nested in a single Joomla installation or in a bigger picture – an ecosystem for a business… you name it.
So, from the template layer perspective, the story is not just about the multiple sub-pages or layouts, it needs a different approach.
Modular Design Flexibility
We see the web pages as Lego blocks that can be moved around, reused and assembled to form a page layout. And there comes a question 'How can we divide a typical website design into multiple content blocks, and use those blocks to make different web pages?'
Joomla! itself is content-block driven, this time we make it even easier with our latest creation.
New Joomla extension JoomlArt Advanced Custom Module (JA ACM)
JA ACM allows us to use multiple content blocks to build a Joomla template. Break down a web layout into different units, and use JA ACM magic to build the template on the fly. Content blocks can be stacked, rearranged and used in a variety of combinations. Let see how JA ACM excel at its work:
Multiple ready-to-go designs
JA ACM rounds up 12 common content blocks that help you create your site quickly and easily, with lots of room for customization. Uber is packed with essential sections i.e. Hero, Call to Action, Gallery, Slideshow, Feature Intro, Pricing Table, Team, Statistics, Pricing Table, Testimonials, and Contact Info.
You can kick start any web project with those carefully crafted blocks in an easy and intuitive way, saving you lot of time.
Easy layout editing and endless customization
Every content block is bundled with different styles. In case you expect a more complex custom, it is possible to define your page-specific field sets within each block. In addition, each block has its own LESS file, so you have full control to define your own class and style.
How we build Uber - Responsive 3 in 1 Joomla template
Our pre-designed blocks are just starting point where you can go explore in a variety of combinations. We are curious to see all possible uses of Uber in real life.
To demonstrate the power of Uber and JA ACM, we have pre-built three separate layouts into this demo of Uber template:
A quick tour on how we create Uber with JA ACM
For more insights in how Uber and JA ACM works, this video will shine a light into their operation.
Update 20 October 2014: Uber template stable release
New JA ACM structure
Uber stable is available with five sample data packages: All, Business, Corporate, Beauty Spa, and Charity.
New pre built site template - Uber Charity
In the beta release, we provided 4 pre built templates: Uber Home, Business, Corporate and Beauty Spa. In this stable version, we include one newly pre built template: Charity. We hope with the multiple options we offer, you can have more choices to start building your own startup site.
What is the potential of Uber - our feature Joomla project?! Will you use it for your future web design? We love to hear your thoughts and feedback, please leave yours in the comment section! Together, we can make things differently!