Responsive websites are sort of a must-have these days. An overwhelming passion for having a responsive website made everyone want a design that will fit any portable (or not) device.
Rather discreetly we’ve dropped production of non-responsive Magento templates. As you can see in our Magento themes collection the badge responsive appeared from time-to time and now it’s glued to each and every template.
It's been a while since we told you about new features in our templates, so listen. We'd like to tell you about the differences between responsive and non-responsive, besides the obvious one. At this very moment another modernization stage is coming to an end, and we’d like to share some info about new features.
1. Twitter Bootstrap.
Twitter Bootstrap was implemented into all types of templates, so as into Magento. The templates of the version 1.8 will use Bootstrap 3.0.
2. Side Mobile Menu
Since great amount of people browse the web using their tablets or smartphones, the idea of a slide out menu was borrowed from apps. This is a pretty user-friendly solution since everyone got used to swipes and that’s how this menu works.
There is no need now to know an exact name of the product, just type first letters and the search will offer you some options.
Previously we had to sacrifice on the desktop version. The products were displayed via a narrow column in the left part of a screen (to make it look good on mobile devices). From now on we are transforming the table to make it look good both on desktop and mobile screens.
We've slightly restyled to look of a cart drop-down.
Since the templates are responsive, they should have a slider that will adapt to the width of a page. Adaptive Camera Slideshow was a good solution to serve this particular purpose.
Out templates have four languages built in: English, German, Spanish and Russian. With minimal actions site owners can also add their own languages. We allow the presence of other translations, ensuring that the design will not fall apart because of way too long phrases. You can see this on a live demo of any latest template.
8. Text Icons (Retina Ready)
All icons were replaced with text icons, apart from the stars showing rating of the product.
In the sidebar, instead of a simple list you can find images of products added to the comparison.
You can also add labels like New and Sale to the sections with new or special products, and they will be translated into your language.
11. Responsive (Touch) Carousel Page Product
12. Swipe Gallery for Related Products
In Magento, this block is called "YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN THE FOLLOWING PRODUCT(S)". It's located on the product' page. This swipe works only on touch devices, the buttons are available only on desktop.
In mobile layouts, an accordion is a simple and effective way to hide content. With its help you can save some space without sacrificing links.
This cool module adds a zoom on mouseover to your Gallery photos.
15. Tablet Mobile Drop-Down Menu
In the tablet layout the best alternative for a menu is an accordion. Since the amount of space on the page is limited, hiding menu items into the drop-drop works better than anything else.
16. Grid / List Product View
You will have two possible options for presenting your products: in a form of a list or a grid.
17. Sidebar Slider
This is one of the newest and really popular features among our customers. In the side slider you can place top products or whatever you find appropriate.
At this moment, documentation is ready to move online. But still we provide customers with an HTML version.
19. Some Other Notable Things
The innovations include:
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