Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3 Released With Frontend Drag & Drop Menu Builder - JoomShaper

Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3 Released With Frontend Drag & Drop Menu Builder

12 January 2021
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Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3 Released With Frontend Drag & Drop Menu Builder

Good day, Joomlers! Let’s start the new year with some amazing news. As you can already guess from the title, we’ve got something exciting to share with you today. Your favorite template framework - Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3 is released as of today! This marks an advancement in the Helix Ultimate 2.0 journey and a sign we are a step closer to the stable version.

Today’s (January 12) Alpha version is an experimental release and not ready for production sites. We wholeheartedly appreciate your interest in Helix Ultimate 2.0. You are invited to try this Alpha version, but DON’T use it on a production site.

I’m sure you can already tell from the last two releases that the new Helix Ultimate 2.0 will be a game-changer! We have improved the codebase entirely, added a bunch of new exciting features, and are working tirelessly to bring you the ultimate template framework for Joomla. If you still haven’t checked out the alpha 2 release notes, do catch up on the previous changes as well.

So, without further ado, let’s find out what today’s release has in store for you.

  • New: Brand new frontend drag & drop menu builder
  • Update: Joomla 4.0.0-beta.6 compatibility
  • Fix: Related known issues

Frontend Drag & Drop Menu Builder

To make your Joomla website menu completely manageable from the frontend, we have added a frontend drag & drop menu builder to the Helix Ultimate 2.0. This will easily let you create and manage your menu items without having to go through the complex process of creating menus from the backend.

Add menu items: Create menu items the easiest and the fastest way with the Helix Ultimate 2.0 frontend drag & drop menu builder. To do that, from the Navigation tab of the frontend editor simply click on Add New Item to create new menu items.

Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3

Manage menu items: You can also manage the menu items from the frontend drag & drop menu builder. Easily edit or delete the menu items and see the changes in real-time.

Create multi-level menus: That’s not all, it will be easier than ever to create multi-level drop-down menus. To make a menu a child of another item, simply drag the menu item slightly under the parent. The nested items will appear as child menu items on the frontend of your Joomla website. Easy, isn’t it?

Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3

Let's take a quick look at how easy and fast the entire menu creation process has become with the Helix Ultimate 2.0 frontend drag & drop menu builder. 

Watch Frontend Drag & Drop Menu Builder in Action

Mega Menu: Get ready to be mind blown with our next release - Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 4! To make your work a piece of cake, the next release will include a robust Mega Menu builder to revolutionize the navigation of your website.

Wrapping Up

We are very excited for you to embrace the ultimate development experience with the Helix Ultimate 2.0. The latest build is also fully compatible with Joomla 4 beta 6 to test out all the new features this CMS brings for you. Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3 is now out on GitHub! Go try and find out yourself how amazing it already is. Keep your eyes on our blog and our newsletters for more updates on Helix Ultimate 2.0 and releases.

We want to make sure that we are providing value to you with our improvements and the only way to truly know is to hear from you. Please share your feedback/suggestions and help us do better. Enjoy!

Warning: This is an experimental build intended for testing purposes. Please don't use this experimental version in production sites!

Try Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 3

Zareen Tasnim

Zareen Tasnim

Technical Content Writer
Zareen is a technical content writer at JoomShaper. She's a tech enthusiast, writer by day, programmer by night, and always a foodie at heart!

Comments (21)

Pavel
Pavel
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Hey. Great job. I would also suggest adding a "duplicate menu item" button. The absence of this button devalues the menu builder, which is still a priority for server side editing.

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Pavel
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Thanks very much. Let's keep it simple. We can add more and more options and later it will be bloated.

Thanks

Pavel
Pavel    Kawshar Ahmed
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Hi. I don't like bloated interfaces just like you. It is not necessary to add more and more, but it is necessary to add what is available in the server part so that the use of the menu builder would be reasonable.
I'll give you an example. When I work with a new site, I first create the menu structure using the URL menu item type. And at this moment I need to quickly create many copies in order to put it in its place.
One small "duplicate menu item" button won't be overkill, but it will be very useful.

Dmitry Goncharov
Dmitry Goncharov    Pavel
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I agree. I also always create a menu structure with an empty URL first. And sometimes it takes a lot of time.

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ssnobben    Dmitry Goncharov
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me too

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Kalim
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Please add a function for off canvas menus to click a parent menu item that opens the list of child menu items without having the parent item be a link to a page. Using the arrows to open the child menu items list is not obvious for users. The joomshaper website menu accomplishes this, but is not available for paid joomshaper users. Thank you.

Arun Sasi
Arun Sasi    Kalim
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Use CSS Override.

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Kalim    Arun Sasi
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Joomshaper advertises coding free website building. To say use css override is a very lazy comment by your part.

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Justin
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Are WCAG standards/guidelines implemented with Helix Ultimate 2?

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Justin
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In stable version we will try to improve WCAG validation. It's on our to-do-list.

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Justin    Paul Frankowski
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Great to hear! Thanks Paul.

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Justin    Paul Frankowski
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If you need assistance with regards to menus (and using arrow keys to navigate main and sub-menu items) let me know. I've successfully implemented this with Helix 3 templates and don't mind sharing the code used.

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Justin
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You can start contributing after the alpha 4 released https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate

Thanks

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Justin
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BTW Can you share a link to one of those "improved" templates (websites).

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Justin    Paul Frankowski
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I sent just now via a private ticket.

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Kalim    Justin
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Please share. I wrote a comment above about being able to open child menu items in an off canvas or mobile sized screen menu to open child menu items by clicking the parent menu word instead of the arrow. Clicking the arrows to open child menu items is not obvious to users.

Carlos Miguel Soria
Carlos Miguel Soria
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The template should have more options in the Header, such as placing the logo in the center, the off canvas menu should have some animation or it should be like the indigo template, and it should have a not so simple attractive search bar.

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Carlos Miguel Soria
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Helix is an open-source Joomla template framework. We are expecting contributions as well.

Thanks

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ssnobben
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can you install this beta over a Helix Ultimate and then also later when stable update to that stable version? I have one test site that I want to try new HU 2.0 now..thks

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    ssnobben
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Try on your local server. We have known issues with the existing Helix Ultimate based templates. Will be fixed in alpha 4.

Thanks

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ssnobben    Kawshar Ahmed
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Hi have you tested Helix Ultimate both latest versions also for php 8 compability as well as SP Pagebuilder Pro? I just tested that one sites and get an "error" page doesnt load...

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