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Helix Ultimate features, release date and more

09 November 2017
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Helix Ultimate features, release date and more

A few months back we announced that we are going to release a new flagship version of the most famous Joomla template framework Helix. From that moment on, many of our valued users shared their views and feedback regarding the product. We are working on Helix Ultimate for a while now. The community is eagerly waiting for that, wants to know the progress, release date and so on. Today we are going to clarify everything.

Helix Ultimate is the next major release of your beloved Helix framework. After Helix 3, there will be no Helix 4. We’re calling the next major version of Helix as ‘Helix Ultimate’.

We have plans to support Helix Ultimate for a longer period of time. For that reason, we’re taking time to do more research on how the product will behave when Joomla 4 or Joomla 4.x will arrive. Also, we are developing Helix Ultimate using Bootstrap 4. While Bootstrap 4 itself is not stable yet, we are waiting for a stable release of the Bootstrap framework.

Helix Ultimate features added so far

  • Developed by Bootstrap 4
  • New admin interface
  • New layout builder
  • Header variations
  • Footer variations
  • SVG logo options
  • Mega menu builder
  • More blog options
  • Improved performance
  • Open graph support
  • Vertical menus

Features we are working on

AMP support

We are working to add Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) support to Helix Ultimate. We’ve made some progress. But it still requires a lot of research to do. So we can’t guarantee it will be added to the final version of Helix Ultimate. 

Some important facts you should know regarding Helix Ultimate

  • Direct upgrade from Helix 3 to Helix Ultimate will not be possible. But we will continue supporting Helix 3 during Joomla 4 and Joomla 4.x releases.
  • Helix Ultimate is going to be developed with the newest of technologies. So, upgrading from Helix 3 to Helix Ultimate will not happen as the nature of the development of both these products is different.
  • We will support Helix Ultimate for a longer period of time and we will provide seamless support to Joomla 3.x and Joomla 4.x versions.
  • After the release of Helix Ultimate and Joomla 4, there will not be any support for Helix II. We will drop Helix II.
  • Some of our team members working on Helix Ultimate will be in Rome, Italy, to attend Joomla World Conference 2017. That's why we won’t be able to release Helix Ultimate in December. It will be released in January.

First Look

These are some of the first looks at Helix Ultimate.

Layout builder

Layout builder of Helix Ultimate

Figure:  Layout builder of Helix Ultimate

Mega menu builder

Mega menu builder of Helix Ultimate

Figure:  Mega menu builder of Helix Ultimate

Frontend template

Default frontend template of Helix Ultimate

Figure:  Default frontend template of Helix Ultimate (Please click to see the full view)

Release timeline

  • Release of Alpha version--> January 11/12, 2018
  • Release of Beta version--> January 16, 2018
  • Release of RC version--> January 25, 2018
  • Release of Stable version--> February 15, 2018

So we believe this answers most of your queries. The product will be something beyond your imaginations. We are considering every pros and cons to deliver a perfect product that will perform with the fullest potential to serve you as you expected. If you need more clarification, please feel free to give your opinions and thoughts in the comment section below.

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claudevips
4 years ago
Congratulations Joomshaper. I am in Brazil and here in our country most Joomla users use Joomshaper products. Joomshaper is the largest and best producer for Joomla ..
Congratulations on behalf of all Brazilians who love Joomshaper
Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski
4 years ago
Obrigado. We doing our best.
Nathanael Lima
Nathanael Lima
4 years ago
Hi, claudevips. I am also from Brazil and I totally agree with you. Congratulations Joomshaper, You guys are the best!
RM
Renato Miranda
4 years ago
É importante que exista uma forma de otimizar as imagens do blog pois atualmente as imagens redimensionadas ficam mais pesadas que as originais.

Parabéns!
ET
Erland Thomsen
4 years ago
wow - I'm looking forward to a nice Christmas present:D
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Will be delivered :)
Bartosz Sałach
Bartosz Sałach
4 years ago
Nice work! I'm waiting for stable version
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Thanks
Cristian Iordache
Cristian Iordache
4 years ago
If upgrade from Helix 3 to Helix Ultimate is not possible will you make the actual templates (h3 templates) to work on Helix Ultimate? The Rhino template from this article suggest that.
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Sorry, Helix3 template won't work with Helix ultimate. Btw, there is no need to panic. Helix3 will receive update till Joomla 4.

Thanks
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Luka
4 years ago
You are definitely the best. Greetings from Serbia.
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Thank you Luka. Stay with us.
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Steve
4 years ago
Looks good!

Will Helix 4 allow multiple rows in columns?

Thanks
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Yes, nested row is added. Thanks
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EVERARDO
4 years ago
CONGRATULATIONS. WE HOPE FOR AN EXCELLENT WORK:D:D
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Thank You Everado :)
acvmultimedia
acvmultimedia
4 years ago
Congrulations!!!! ;)
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Thank You :)
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Bertrand
4 years ago
Just one word : congratulations !!!
You always work a few steps behonds our imagination.. As i see the first screenshots looks very promising !
Thanks and long life to Joomshaper
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Thank You Bertrand. You will definitely like Helix Ultimate. Thats for sure.
Marc Dechèvre
Marc Dechèvre
4 years ago
On the Row containing the Component, you can create, say, a Right column.
But when you have a Row "Slideshow" followed by a Row "Component", there is no way to have a Right column covering those *two* rows.
If not yet foreseen, would be a nice feature !
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Passed to R&D.

Thanks for pointing out.
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grafixpress
4 years ago
Congratulations and thanks a lot for putting such an effort into this project!
eagerly awaitung Helix Ultimate...
Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi
4 years ago
Thank You. Stay with us.
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davenir
4 years ago
Congratulations on this but very disappointed to hear there will be no upgrade path.
Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski
4 years ago
Those are two different products, beside new Bootstrap 4. It was hard decision for us, but legacy is like a ball and chain...
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Faison
4 years ago
It's better to have a clean start with Joomla4. No need for any of those legacy things to slow down my sites..
SN
Siam Naulak
4 years ago
"Helix Ultimate"... I just love the name itself!!!! Exciting and eagerly waiting for Helix Ultimate...
Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski
4 years ago
Thanks, we love it too.
SN
Siam Naulak
4 years ago
By the way, is this will be the demo template for Helix Ultimate? [url="https://www.joomshaper.com/images/2017/11/09/frontend-template-big.jpg "]https://www.joomshaper.com/images/2017/11/09/frontend-template-big.jpg[/url]
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Dixara
4 years ago
Excelente equipo de Joomshaper, son los mejores!!! saludos desde Barranquilla - Colombia
Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski
4 years ago
Muchas gracias, si tiene alguna idea única, por favor comparta.
JM
Javi Mata
4 years ago
Excelente, ya quiero probarlo, me gustaria que tuviera la opción de agregar archivos less :-)
zwiastun
zwiastun
4 years ago
Will Helix Ultimate take into account the requirements of Web Accessibility?
Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski
4 years ago
I have big hope, that also this aspect would be improved. Dzięki
Marc Dechèvre
Marc Dechèvre
4 years ago
Any confirmation about this ? Is Helix Ultimate accessible (a11y) ?
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Roman
4 years ago
Joomshaper Вас підтримують і в Україні!!!
так тримати! ;)
Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski
4 years ago
Дякую, я вітаю свого ближнього
Isabella_David's
Isabella_David's
4 years ago
Africa Nigeria is waiting for Mr. H.Ultimate
Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski
4 years ago
thanks a lot || Asante sana
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[email protected]
4 years ago
since there will be no direct upgrade from Helix 3 to Helix Ultimate. when should we expect for you all to stop development and enhancements to Helix 3? the sites I support are massive, as in thousands of pages. A fresh new install will kill us. . . It will be very important for us to know how to plan our migration and will be really great if we could at least be able to transfer content-articles and categories over to the new platform.

Thank you, for all you guys do! You make Joomla so much more user friendly!
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Hi, if you have any sites developed with helix3 then you have nothing to worry about. You just simply can install Helix ultimate and keep using. I believe Page Builder is installed on your websites, so there will be no problem at all. Only blog and some Joomla default components will get some new look I believe.

Thanks
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mp
4 years ago
Hi
You mean that I can setup my website now with Helix 3 and after the Helix 4 release, it will possible to install that version and continue my site?
(Sorry for Bad English!)
Mo Ahmed
Mo Ahmed
4 years ago
^^ likes this
pepperstreet
pepperstreet
4 years ago
Still think HELIX [b]4[/b] suits best for BS[b]4[/b] and J![b]4[/b] ;)
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
But, it's also gonna be compatible with Joomla 3 :D
pepperstreet
pepperstreet
4 years ago
Bad timing ;)
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cruna
4 years ago
Greetings from Peru, are the best, thanks to the community joomshaper, I look forward to the date of the launch.
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Thank you.
OSIEL TAVARES
OSIEL TAVARES
4 years ago
Taking advantage of this evolution of HELIX ULTIMATE should change the awesome font by ICOFONT, as I see more abundance of icons with ICOFONT! In a Single Font
2105 Free Icons...
UO
Uziel Almeida Oliveira
4 years ago
But is very simple to add IcoFont - Just put the Jooomla Native code for that or/and using @import in css
UO
Uziel Almeida Oliveira
4 years ago
Please ADD columns and rows for above component position and bellow component position
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
We will try to achieve that.

Thanks
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Nel
4 years ago
Will Helix Ultimate have a sticky footer? And will the mega menu have the option to hide a menu-item (as in Joomla core)?
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Sticky footer is not in the plan but you are always welcome to suggest new features.

Thanks
JD
joel defort
4 years ago
Serge has translated the article there in french : [url="https://www.web54.fr/blog-/-tutoriels/le-blog-d-une-agence-web-lorraine/helix-ultimate-fonctionnalites-date-de-sortie-et-autres-informations"]Your text to link[/url]
Hope he will do the same with the doc as he did with helix 2 and 3
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Thanks
Arkadiusz
Arkadiusz
4 years ago
It's amazing news and good Christmas and New Yer gift ! Thank You :)
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
You are welcome :)
AK
Alexey Kazakov
4 years ago
Best wishes from Russia!

I'm still using Helix II (which, by the way, currently doesn't behave correctly with Joomla 3.8.X) for company's website — for 3 to 4 years now. I think I'll wait for Helix Ultimate release and then redo our website for new framework.

Thank you, guys, for your hard work and excellent products!
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Thanks for using Helix and you are welcome :)
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claudevips
4 years ago
helix ultimate will be free?
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Yes, it will.
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Sergey
4 years ago
Nice!
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
4 years ago
Thanks
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belkacemi
4 years ago
Existe-il ou serait possible d'avoir une traduction en Français du site Joomshaper. Merci
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Haywoodsener
4 years ago
Hi

Thank you for your Helix framework. I really like it.

Would it be possible to update LESS compiler so we can use :extend ? When I try this inside Helix 3 it throws error....and it would be awesome to add this also into current Helix3. Adding extend would help with css output and its size on larger projects.

Thank you
Malaquias
Malaquias
4 years ago
Thank you for your Helix framework.
Iam from Africa Mozambique my linguage is Português from Portugal
iam wait helix ultimate
Syed H
Syed H
4 years ago
First off, a Big Congrats on this amazing milestone. A quick question, If I have Helix 3 Installed and would like to have Helix 4 on the same site; the direct is not possible, however, can I remove Helix 3 and install Helix 4 on the same site?

Will this work smoothly?

Regards,
Syed H
Philip Walton - SoftForge
Philip Walton - SoftForge
4 years ago
Im a recent convert from rockettheme and Yootheme.
I really like the flexibility of Helix3 so ultimate is really catching my interest.
The only thing I have not found easy that the other 2 big ones do well is splitting menus that have a top level item with lots of sub items into multiple columns. I love the mega menus but sometimes just being able to split a drop down menu into multi columns so they fit on the page is needed and useful. Usually its as simple as adding the number of columns against the top level menu item then the sub items are split into 2, 3 or 4 columns. \If this could be implemented it would be fantastic
Christos Kovousoglou
Christos Kovousoglou
4 years ago
What can we say about you? You have made by far the best Joomla products. Helix And Page Builder. I have said many times in different ways that I love you guys!! We are very lucky that you exist! <3
Dusanex
Dusanex
4 years ago
[b]SOBIPRO COMPATIBILITY[/b]

Helix 3 and SobiPro had more javascript conflicts. Will the new Helix Ultimate be tuned for the SobiPro component?

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Mackie
4 years ago
When will the alpha version of Helix Ultimate appear?

At the beginning of this article it is said that the alpha version will appear today ... Where can I download?
PS
Paul Scarnegie
4 years ago
Beta bug: Typography options allow you to update the font family and weight, but don't appear to respond to font size changes.
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stratos
4 years ago
Hi, thanks for the nice framework just installed and playing around.
Why did you remove the off-canvas Full Screen option? It was very useful.
AJ
Andreas Jell
4 years ago
Issue in the blog:

The Hits are only seen in the single article view but not on the blog layout.

In helix3 the hits are shown in the blog view, too.

But at all its great!

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