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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.

Comments (76)

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claudevips
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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    claudevips
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Obrigado. We doing our best.

Nathanael Lima
Nathanael Lima    claudevips
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Hi, claudevips. I am also from Brazil and I totally agree with you. Congratulations Joomshaper, You guys are the best!

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Renato Miranda
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É importante que exista uma forma de otimizar as imagens do blog pois atualmente as imagens redimensionadas ficam mais pesadas que as originais.

Parabéns!

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Erland Thomsen
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wow - I'm looking forward to a nice Christmas present

Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi    Erland Thomsen
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Will be delivered

Bartosz Sałach
Bartosz Sałach
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Nice work! I'm waiting for stable version

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Bartosz Sałach
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Thanks

Cristi
Cristi
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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    Cristi
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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
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You are definitely the best. Greetings from Serbia.

Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi    Luka
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Thank you Luka. Stay with us.

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Steve
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Looks good!

Will Helix 4 allow multiple rows in columns?

Thanks

Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi    Steve
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Yes, nested row is added. Thanks

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EVERARDO
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CONGRATULATIONS. WE HOPE FOR AN EXCELLENT WORK

Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi    EVERARDO
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Thank You Everado

acvmultimedia
acvmultimedia
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Congrulations!!!!

Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi    acvmultimedia
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Thank You

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Bertrand
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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    Bertrand
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Thank You Bertrand. You will definitely like Helix Ultimate. Thats for sure.

Marc Dechèvre
Marc Dechèvre
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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    Marc Dechèvre
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Passed to R&D.

Thanks for pointing out.

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grafixpress
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Congratulations and thanks a lot for putting such an effort into this project!
eagerly awaitung Helix Ultimate...

Towfiq Omi
Towfiq Omi    grafixpress
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Thank You. Stay with us.

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davenir
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Congratulations on this but very disappointed to hear there will be no upgrade path.

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    davenir
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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    davenir
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It's better to have a clean start with Joomla4. No need for any of those legacy things to slow down my sites..

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Siam Naulak
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"Helix Ultimate"... I just love the name itself!!!! Exciting and eagerly waiting for Helix Ultimate...

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Siam Naulak
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Thanks, we love it too.

SN
Siam Naulak    Paul Frankowski
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By the way, is this will be the demo template for Helix Ultimate? https://www.joomshaper.com/images/2017/11/09/frontend-template-big.jpg

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Dixara
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Excelente equipo de Joomshaper, son los mejores!!! saludos desde Barranquilla - Colombia

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Dixara
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Muchas gracias, si tiene alguna idea única, por favor comparta.

JM
Javi Mata
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Excelente, ya quiero probarlo, me gustaria que tuviera la opción de agregar archivos less :-)

zwiastun
zwiastun
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Will Helix Ultimate take into account the requirements of Web Accessibility?

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    zwiastun
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I have big hope, that also this aspect would be improved. Dzięki

Marc Dechèvre
Marc Dechèvre    Paul Frankowski
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Any confirmation about this ? Is Helix Ultimate accessible (a11y) ?

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Roman
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Joomshaper Вас підтримують і в Україні!!!
так тримати!

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Roman
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Дякую, я вітаю свого ближнього

Isabella_David's
Isabella_David's
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Africa Nigeria is waiting for Mr. H.Ultimate

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Isabella_David's
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thanks a lot || Asante sana

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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    [email protected]
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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    Kawshar Ahmed
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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    Kawshar Ahmed
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^^ likes this

pepperstreet
pepperstreet
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Still think HELIX 4 suits best for BS4 and J!4

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    pepperstreet
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But, it's also gonna be compatible with Joomla 3

pepperstreet
pepperstreet    Kawshar Ahmed
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Bad timing

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cruna
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Greetings from Peru, are the best, thanks to the community joomshaper, I look forward to the date of the launch.

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    cruna
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Thank you.

OSIEL TAVARES
OSIEL TAVARES
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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...

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Uziel Almeida Oliveira    OSIEL TAVARES
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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
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Please ADD columns and rows for above component position and bellow component position

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Uziel Almeida Oliveira
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We will try to achieve that.

Thanks

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Nel
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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    Nel
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Sticky footer is not in the plan but you are always welcome to suggest new features.

Thanks

JD
joel defort
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Serge has translated the article there in french : Your text to link
Hope he will do the same with the doc as he did with helix 2 and 3

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    joel defort
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Thanks

Krzysztof
Krzysztof
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It's amazing news and good Christmas and New Yer gift ! Thank You

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Krzysztof
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You are welcome

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Alexey Kazakov
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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    Alexey Kazakov
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Thanks for using Helix and you are welcome

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claudevips
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helix ultimate will be free?

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    claudevips
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Yes, it will.

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Sergey
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Nice!

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Sergey
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Thanks

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belkacemi
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Existe-il ou serait possible d'avoir une traduction en Français du site Joomshaper. Merci

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Haywoodsener
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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
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Thank you for your Helix framework.
Iam from Africa Mozambique my linguage is Português from Portugal
iam wait helix ultimate

Syed H
Syed H
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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
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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...

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

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Christos Kovousoglou
Christos Kovousoglou
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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
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SOBIPRO COMPATIBILITY

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

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Mackie
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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?

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Paul Scarnegie
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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
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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
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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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