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Introducing Helix Ultimate 2.0: The Most Advanced Site Building Experience on Joomla

18 August 2021
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Introducing Helix Ultimate 2.0: The Most Advanced Site Building Experience on Joomla

Hello Helix Ultimate users! Your day has finally arrived. Today, we are so delighted to launch Helix Ultimate 2 (stable version). Many of you are eagerly waiting to use your favorite Joomla template framework on your live site. And, the moment has come! From now on, you can use Helix Ultimate 2 on your live sites.

Joomshaper Team: Keep up the superb work your dev team is doing to help web teams around the globe make the internet a great place to be. - John Roy in his feedback.

We are so happy to know your feelings, expectations, and feedback you have shared in the comments and on different social media channels. Since the release of the Helix Ultimate 2 alpha 1, we have been adding exciting features, fixing issues, and improving it to deliver a Joomla template framework you love. Helix Ultimate 2 brings layout builder, preset elements, advanced customization options, rich menu builder, brand new home variations, and so many more things. Most importantly, we have built it for Joomla 4. I am sure you are going to love this. 

What’s in Helix Ultimate 2

Helix Ultimate 2 is going to change the way you build websites on Joomla. It is faster, richer, and incredibly user-friendly to design web pages. Let’s have a look at the features and functionality of this Joomla template framework.

Now let's know Helix Ultimate 2 in more detail.

Built for Joomla 4

Joomla 4 has been released. We are super excited to see the goodies in this latest Joomla release. You would be so happy to know that Helix Ultimate 2 is fully compatible with Joomla 4. From the very beginning of Helix Ultimate 2 development, we tried to make sure you don’t miss out on any latest functionalities offered in Joomla 4.

That is why Helix Ultimate 2 is fully compatible with Joomla 4 from its earlier Helix Ultimate 2 alpha 2 version. Enjoy the latest features and functionalities of Joomla 4 in Helix Ultimate 2.

Extensive Control With Premade Elements and Layout Builder

Helix Ultimate 2 offers you layout builder, premade elements, and complete control over your site’s design on different devices. It’s the ultimate Joomla template framework you will ever need to create complex web pages.  

Drag and Drop Layout Builder

Get a highly rich layout builder to create complex layouts for your pages. Helix Ultimate 2 brings you a drag and drop layout builder to utilize row-column structure and build the best possible layout for your web pages. Most importantly, you can preview the layout in real-time to check how they look. 

Also, you can customize column settings to your flexibility and make the layout your way.

8 Header Variations

People’s choices are different so are the choices of their website headers. No matter the type of headers you like, we got you covered with 8 different header variations on Helix Ultimate 2. Now, you have more options to choose the header that best matches your style to enrich the scope and versatility of your Joomla site. Get full-width header, header with a top bar, header and social, full modal header, and more.

Also, you have more control over your header heights and logo heights, enable search and login mobile in the header, and do much more with these header variations. 

Preset Style Options

You don’t have to do everything from scratch. Helix Ultimate 2 has preset styles to change the appearance of your entire template with predefined presets or simply edit them to better match your style.

You have the option to edit predefined presets and create your own custom color sets. Pick your preferred color from the preset and check how they change in real-time.

Advanced Responsive Control

Worried about how your website looks on different devices? Not any more! Enjoy a smart way to control your website’s look on multiple screens. Easily set font size, adjust logo & header heights. Edit and check views for different devices.

Drag and Drop Menu Builder With Real-Time Front-End Preview

Creating menus on your Joomla site has been a lot easier than ever before. Helix Ultimate brings you a drag and drop menu builder. You can create menus with a real-time frontend preview.

Create and customize any layout with a live interface. Also, highlight the special menu items with badges.

  • Manage your entire Joomla site menu
  • Style your navigation bar easily
  • Richly create multi-layered mega menus
  • Get multiple off-canvas layouts with specific functionality

Apply Advanced Customizations

Easily customize your website with plenty of advanced customization options offered in Helix Ultimate 2. Take control over your website design by customizing typography, blog, and placing custom code. 

Granular Typography Controls

With Helix Ultimate 2, you have total power over the typography of your website. Decide and control the fonts and aesthetics of your Joomla site. Choose and style fonts for the body, heading, and other textual content of your site easily. 

Smart Blog Options

Customize your website blog smartly. You can choose sizes for blog images and define list styles. Also, you can enable and disable the social share option, author info, open graph. Easily decide whether to have a reading time progress bar, showcase related articles, and display the blog in full width.

Unlimited Custom Code

Wondering where to place custom code? Add as many custom CSS/JS/SCSS files as you want and enjoy the unlimited customization freedom. Also, you can add custom code after the body tag and before the header to apply them however you need.

Brand New Home Variations

Helix Ultimate 2.0 strives toward utmost efficiency. It brings you versatile and multi-purpose home variations to let you create a striking and engaging online presence for any niche in the industry. Whether you want to create a website for fashion, seafood, corporate firm, or lifestyle venture, Helix Ultimate 2 has stylish home variations for you.

Some of the notable home variations are given below.

  • Default: Get a home layout that suits any sort of website niche. Create landing pages for different agencies, corporate firms, and more. Have a striking hero section, highlight company features, and have many more things on a wonderful home page.
  • Fashion: Display captivating videos & images with a stunning hero slider and guide the shoppers to your goal conversion with well-directed CTAs. Feature your new arrivals/best-selling products, services at a glance, and social media updates.
  • Corporate: With a nice fresh look and sleek design, the Corporate home layout showcases the overall structure of your company. The visitors will have a complete idea of what your business is all about. It covers everything a homepage needs to maximize sales.
  • Sea Food: A seamless concoction of your products and services so that the site visitors can get a clear view of your business at first glance. What makes the Home page even more spectacular is quick access to the menu and the ability to share your brand story.
  • Lifestyle: Well suited for lifestyle, fashion, personal, design, or any other awesome field of a similar niche. This home layout comes with a beautiful grid layout and well-placed CTAs to help your content stand out.

More Freedom With Your Website

Helix Ultimate gives you ultimate flexibility in creating web pages on Joomla. Apart from the above-mentioned features, you can use Helix Ultimate 2 with SP Page Builder. It gives you full support for Bootstrap 5, Font Awesome 5, toast notifications, built-in lazy loading, ajax rating, and many more to offer you more freedom to create and run your website in Joomla smoothly.

Note: The quickstart pack for Joomla 4 will be released this week.

Helix Ultimate 2.0 Changelog

  • New: Brand new design
  • New: Joomla 4 compatibility
  • New: Improved UX
  • New: Realtime changes preview.
  • New: Bootstrap updated to 5.0
  • New: Update FontAwesome to 5.15.2
  • New: Improved codebase.
  • New: Improved layout builder.
  • New: Brand new frontend drag & drop menu & mega menu builder
  • New: Improved template caching.
  • New: Improved performance.
  • New: Draft the changes in the edit mode.
  • New: Accessibility updated in the menu, header, and more places
  • New: Lazy Image Loading.
  • New: Option to add retina logo.
  • New: 8 header variations.
  • New: 3 header variations will fullFix: screen modal
  • New: Revamped 2 existing header variations
  • New: Redesigned canvas menu
  • New: 3 canvas layouts
  • New: Ability to change names of header variations and canvas layouts.
  • New: Ability to add unlimited custom CSS/SCSS/JS files.
  • New: SCSS compiler updated.
  • New: Added toast notifications for the edit panel.
  • New: Improved the import settings, now import from JSON file.
  • New: More control on logo & header heights for different screen sizes
  • New: Search & login modules available into headers layout
  • New: Option to enable or disable FontAwesome.
  • New: Ability to edit preFix: defined presets.
  • New: Added google analytics.
  • New: FullFix: width blog layout option in the blog settings
  • New: 5 new home variations
  • New: Module position added to Offcanvas.
  • New: Module position added to full modal, center modal & left modal header variations.
  • New: Added Alt text option for the site logo
  • New: Helix Ultimate settings toolbar now memoizes its position after dragging
  • New: Removed unused SCSS files
  • New: Sticky header offset option added
  • New: Color, line height, letter spacing, style & alignment options to the typography settings.
  • New: Responsive font size option.
  • New: Added preview options for responsive devices like phone, tablet, or computer
  • New: Enhanced coming soon page.
  • New: Scripts & stylesheets are loading with deferring.
  • New: Improved Responsiveness.
  • Fix: Sticky header jumping issue solved.
  • Fix: Fix all w3c validation issues.
  • Fix: Fix JCE media manager’s conflicts with HU.
  • Fix: Fix all other known issues.
  • Fix: Media library blog image sizes issues
  • Fix: Multilingual header menu issue
  • Fix: Frontend article editing issues

Many of you are waiting eagerly to use Helix Ultimate 2 on your live site. Your moment has finally arrived. From now on, you can use Helix Ultimate 2 on your live site. So, what are you waiting for? Start experiencing Helix Ultimate 2 and create your desired website easily and smartly. Please take a full backup of your website before installation. Let us know your thoughts on the Helix Ultimate 2 in the comment section below.

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Rayhan Arif

Rayhan Arif

Senior Content Developer
Content and web evangelist who loves to discuss life-changing web tools like SP Page Builder & Helix Ultimate, and introduces new templates and helps users have a clear understanding of how they work.

Comments (38)

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Andrew
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Congratulations Joomshaper - It looks absolutely awesome!!!

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    Andrew
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Thank you so much for your feedback.

Joomla! Man
Joomla! Man
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Awesome!

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    Joomla! Man
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Thank you so much.

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joomleb
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What about Helix Ultimate 1.1.4 to 2.0 update ?
Can we simply install 2.0 over the 1.1.4 keeping all settings ?!?

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    joomleb
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Yes

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udi    Kawshar Ahmed
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I just relied on your reply and installed the new version.
The result: Site is DOWN!

Default Layout file is not exists! Please goto to template manager and create a new layout first.

No explanation how-to fix it,
no rollback to previous release
cannot open question in forum

Any suggestions please?

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joomleb    udi
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Thanks for the alert, Would be good to report issues with details on GitHub: https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate/issues

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cmfionline
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it is stunning!

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    cmfionline
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Thanks

Dmitry Goncharov
Dmitry Goncharov
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Круто!

Cool!

Is this how it should be?
https://i.imgur.com/iNBHFpD.png

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Dmitry Goncharov
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You might try too early. We noticed that and immediately roll out a new build. Please try again to install the quickstart pack.

Thanks

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Dmitry Goncharov
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I had this same during tests, sometimes you have to uninstall the old Helix plugin and install the template package. We will update the package soon.

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joomleb    Paul Frankowski
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It seems there is something more about that, I reported it here: https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate/issues/197

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Justin
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Well done!

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Justin
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Thanks

Rob
Rob
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Thats a lot of new stuff to explore! Can't wait to install it on my J4 page! Good work people!

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    Rob
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Thank you so much. Please let us know you your hands on experience with it.

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blue_Shift
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I downloaded and installed, and a version 1.0 production is running!

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AMurray2017
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I'm still getting the "Default Layout file is not exists! Please go to to template manager and create a new layout first".

Installed the stable 2.0.0 Helix Ultimate as a "clean" install of template into an existing site (not upgrading 1.14 to 2.0).

Currently I'm using the older Helix-3-shaper template not Ultimate. If I switch template, I get the above error when trying to use Ultimate 2.0 but the site works again when switching template back (this didn't happen on live site, it is working on my localhost (WAMPSERVER).

This error was present with RC2 but not RC1 or the earlier...

I'm still getting the "Default Layout file is not exists! Please go to to template manager and create a new layout first".

Installed the stable 2.0.0 Helix Ultimate as a "clean" install of template into an existing site (not upgrading 1.14 to 2.0).

Currently I'm using the older Helix-3-shaper template not Ultimate. If I switch template, I get the above error when trying to use Ultimate 2.0 but the site works again when switching template back (this didn't happen on live site, it is working on my localhost (WAMPSERVER).

This error was present with RC2 but not RC1 or the earlier betas or alphas.

Is it a problem concerning Joomla 3.9.28 perhaps (as not yet updated to 3.10 and my site is not ready for 4.0)

I will try fresh site with Quick Install.

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joomleb    AMurray2017
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Would be good to report it with details on GitHub: https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate/issues

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Johan Korteland
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First: Congrats on the release of Helix 2! It looks awesome.

I upgraded on a test site and some things break which is probably something to expect when software gets a major overhaul.
One of the things that broke on the site is the off canvas menu button (mobile hamburger menu button). Have to dive in deeper to see if there are more thing broken.

I guess it is better to not offer this as an in place upgrade over the 1.1.x versions via Joomla's quick update feature.

Big tip to all: Make sure you have a working backup as is of course normal procedure with any updates but especially with...

First: Congrats on the release of Helix 2! It looks awesome.

I upgraded on a test site and some things break which is probably something to expect when software gets a major overhaul.
One of the things that broke on the site is the off canvas menu button (mobile hamburger menu button). Have to dive in deeper to see if there are more thing broken.

I guess it is better to not offer this as an in place upgrade over the 1.1.x versions via Joomla's quick update feature.

Big tip to all: Make sure you have a working backup as is of course normal procedure with any updates but especially with upgrades like these.

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joomleb    Johan Korteland
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Would be good to report issues with details on GitHub: https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate/issues

Kelvin
Kelvin
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Hi,

That's nice, thank you!

Can I update Helix Ultimate 1.x to fresh new 2.x? I have some websites that running in Helix Ultimate 1.x, but I see your Helix Ultimate 2 has many updates, so I'm worry about update problem.

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Kelvin
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Yes, but do it carefully, that is: full backup first, during the hours when you have the least traffic on the site, and disable CSS and JS compression etc. ! In case of potential problems wait for HU 2.1 and recover the website from backup.

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joomleb    Paul Frankowski
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Would be good to add instructions at the begin of this Article and into the Changelog
And to invite users to report issues with details on GitHub: https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate/issues

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Vitaly
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Greetings
A problem occurred after installing Helix Ultimate 2.0. Gone is the menu in the mobile version of the site off canvas
Tried different settings, does not appear under any conditions.
Can you advise where to look for an error or is it better to restore the site from a backup?
Thanks

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    Vitaly
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Comment section =/= Support, please use Forum. Also please check template settings: Menu - Off-Canvas

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udi
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Hi,
As it is impossible to recover from the error: Default Layout file is not exists! Please goto to template manager and create a new layout first.

Could you please return the previous helix_ultimate version?

I cannot work with other templates like Language_School

thank you
Udi

Paul Frankowski
Paul Frankowski    udi
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Sorry, in that case, recover the website from backup! If you don't have it, ask the hosting provider. Then wait for HU 2.1

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udi    Paul Frankowski
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Thank you Paul.
Could you add ver. 1.4 to downloads?

anyone is directed now to the new version
and suffer as well ...

webmaster.unioeste
webmaster.unioeste
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Hello,

Looks amazing!

Is Helix Ultimate 2.0 compatible with PHP 8?

Thanks

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    webmaster.unioeste
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Yes, it does.

AFRINIC Webmaster
AFRINIC Webmaster
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Congrats on the milestone. I was so much expecting a built-in dark mode management feature with Ultra. Hope it comes in future releases.

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    AFRINIC Webmaster
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Thanks

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Carlos
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Hi, congratulations for the job!!!
The body color always stays black (#000) with enabling "custom style".
See: https://prnt.sc/1qcunq7

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joomleb    Carlos
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Would be good to report it with details on GitHub: https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate/issues

Websoft
Websoft
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Hello! Mega menu depasarecio completely, enter to manage menu, enter item and mega menu no longer appears, because they removed it, many sites were damaged after updating

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