Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 is Here With a Taste of the Future - JoomShaper

Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 is Here With a Taste of the Future

25 June 2020
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Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 is Here With a Taste of the Future

Every time we publish a post or send a newsletter, our valued users ask us plenty of questions on Helix Ultimate’s next release. We are so thrilled to see such an excitement for a template framework that is so dear to us. And, we are happy to let you know that we are inching closer to our long-awaited Helix Ultimate 2.0. Today, we’ve released the Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 for you to test what the next-generation Joomla template framework is going to be.

We already have announced the arrival of Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 on the Facebook community group of Helix, so that we can have your thoughts on this. Before we finally release it for professional uses, a lot of testing has to be done. 

This is a very early release. We’ve planned some amazing features. And, by the next 6 months, you will see some exciting updates within our popular products. Thanks for choosing us.

Kawshar Ahmed, CEO, JoomShaper.

We mostly want your feedback on the new additions and the improvements. I am sure you are gonna love what we will come up with finally.

What’s in Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1

The new Helix Ultimate 2.0 will be a game-changer as we have improved the codebase entirely, brought a shiny new design, added Google Analytics, and enabled lazy loading. You would have the option to add Retina logo, realtime preview, advanced options to set up typography, color, and many more. Now, let's watch a quick video of Helix Ultimate 2.0.

New and Exciting Stuff

Let’s explore some of the new arrivals and changes in the groundbreaking Helix Ultimate 2.0

  • Shiny new design
  • Refactored codebase
  • Google Analytics
  • Lazy loading images
  • More options to tweak the typography
  • System to edit predefined presets
  • Option to add Retina logo
  • Realtime changes preview
  • Storing realtime changes to cache and the final one to DB after hitting the save button
  • Preview options for devices like phone, tablet, or computer

Improvements

Alongside bringing new stuff, we also have improved some of the existing features and added lots more to them. Notable improvements include the coming soon page, user experience, layout builder, and many more. Let’s take a look at some of the notable improvements below.

  • Enhanced coming soon page
  • Improved user experience
  • Improved layout builder
  • Boosted performance
  • Scripts & stylesheets are loading with deferring
  • User privilege to add custom.js & custom.scss files

Fixes

We are continuously fixing any issues we come across with Helix Ultimate. You are welcome to report any bug you may find while testing Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1. Some of the fixes are as follows. 

  • Sticky header stability issue
  • All w3c validation issues
  • JCE media manager's conflicts with HU
  • All other known issues

Roadmap - more exciting features and improvements are yet to have arrived

It’s our first Alpha release. We are working tirelessly to add new features and improve the overall template framework. Features like mega menu builder, more predefined headers & footers, and Joomla 4 compatibility will definitely be your reasons to have a big smile on your face today. Let’s take a look at what more is coming next.

  • Brand new mega menu builder
  • More improvements on the layout builder
  • More predefined headers
  • Pre-defined footers
  • Joomla 4 compatibility
  • And, more...

The Helix framework has revolutionized the templating system in the whole Joomla CMS industry. With the final release of Helix Ultimate 2.0, we will take people’s experience to a new level. The Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 is out on GitHub. You can try and see how awesome we have made it so far. Also, do report any bug you face and any improvement or feature you feel necessary. Enjoy.

Try Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1

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.

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copycat
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Excellent news! Keep up with good work.

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    copycat
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Thank you so much. Please stay with us.

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Aximmetry
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Yes! That's a good direction. I am waiting for the final version!

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    Aximmetry
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It's on the way. We are working hard for the release. Thanks for your feedback.

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copycat
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Forgot to say that I hope new Helix will support WCAG 2.0 standard.

Brian
Brian
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Thank you! you guys really provide a great service

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    Brian
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Thank you so much. Please keep in touch. The final one will be far more exciting.

Mohammed Ahmed
Mohammed Ahmed
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How will the upgrade path work?

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Mohammed Ahmed
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You can update one click from the admin

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Vladimir
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will there be compatibility with older Versions?

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Vladimir
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Yes, it will be a one-click update.

Thanks

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BenL
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Hura for Ultimate, but please dont forget about Helix3, we still use it

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    BenL
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Any problem with Helix3? Btw, Helix3 won't receive any feature update. Only bug fix and security updates and Joomla 4 compatibility.

Thanks

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Hakan    Kawshar Ahmed
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Unfortunately I am upset about this. I have bought a template with Helix3 on it, not long ago. It does not work with PHP 7.3 or 7.4. I reported these issues many months ago, even my subscription expired recently and nobody cared about these PHP comptibility issues. And I am not the only one who complained on the forum actually. So, to answer your question, yes, I have some problems with Helix3 which I reported on the forum many months ago. Since you are the CEO and you are asking if we have any problems with it, the simple answer is, unfortunalty yes we have.

On top, is it possible to...

Unfortunately I am upset about this. I have bought a template with Helix3 on it, not long ago. It does not work with PHP 7.3 or 7.4. I reported these issues many months ago, even my subscription expired recently and nobody cared about these PHP comptibility issues. And I am not the only one who complained on the forum actually. So, to answer your question, yes, I have some problems with Helix3 which I reported on the forum many months ago. Since you are the CEO and you are asking if we have any problems with it, the simple answer is, unfortunalty yes we have.

On top, is it possible to keep the same template and move to Helix Ultimate from Helix3? Is it possible to create some kind of guideline? I know that it requires some programing as well, but I want to know how it is possible. I can handle the programing.

Thanks for listening Kawshar. Best regards,
Hakan

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Syed H
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Amazing news, thank you for making the development easy peasy.
Any luck with getting an option to AMP-lify it?

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Steve
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The new look is just what was needed - it makes edit the layout builder easier.

I was hoping for the ability to use REM measurements more...

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    Steve
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Yes. you will have this ability. Thank you so much. Please keep an eye on our blog and social media channels.

Paulo Roberto Vida
Paulo Roberto Vida
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Basically, you release everything the ThemeForest user "Aplikko" has released a year ago. The 'Flex' package, which comes with the Helix 3 template (yes, the old version) is infinitely superior to the current version of Helix Ultimate. Many more features, many more options, incredibly better than Helix Ultimate.

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    Paulo Roberto Vida
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Did you check this update? Also, please check the roadmap.

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claudevips
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Update?

-Different header layout options?
-Option of logo in the center?
-Options of different menu layout offcanvas?
-Option to create more than one line in the same session.

None of that changed, there was only a significant visual change.

Why not include these wishes above? This has been requested for more than years, and nothing has been answered.

I use the paid plan, I think they could create a PRO version, for paid users.

What I don't understand is why they don't make these improvements, requested by the vast majority of paid users.

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    claudevips
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In this update we worked on the backend. Options will be added gradually before the stable release.

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claudevips    Kawshar Ahmed
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Thanks, very thanks!!!

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CYbErX
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Can I use own scss the new version?

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    CYbErX
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Yes, you will be able to. Thanks.

Sajeeb Ahamed
Sajeeb Ahamed    CYbErX
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Go to templates/shaper_helixultimate/scss directory. Create a new file named custom.scss. Now you can write your custom SCSS. And also don't forget to enable the Compile SCSS to CSS setting.

David Podesta
David Podesta
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No one else even comes close to JOOMSHAPER great work.

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    David Podesta
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We feel motivated to deliver such products for the users who deserve. You kept us inspired all the way. Thanks a lot.

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ssnobben
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Thansk for update.

One thing: Dont forget to improve the offcanvas menu design both for UI/UX and make it cool to use.

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ssnobben    ssnobben
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Have some more offcanvas settings options like fullscreen columns with cool effects covering all menus too in one fullscreen etc example(s) https://superfly5.looks-awesome.com/?demo=2

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CYbErX
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I have a few more question yet!
(I like it when I get answer too!)

1.
So, I like it the all place when this is enabled the fonts size option is allowed px, rem, em, parameters in template settings too, and of course all place in page builder!

2.
I can use option, I can delet pre-definded preset or use own present file!
(Very like it now I can edit the pre-defined present options!)

3.
Typography edit
When I edit and enable example H1 option the accordion always open. I think this will be better when I can collapse the accordion, but stay active. I don't have to scroll down so much.

4...

I have a few more question yet!
(I like it when I get answer too!)

1.
So, I like it the all place when this is enabled the fonts size option is allowed px, rem, em, parameters in template settings too, and of course all place in page builder!

2.
I can use option, I can delet pre-definded preset or use own present file!
(Very like it now I can edit the pre-defined present options!)

3.
Typography edit
When I edit and enable example H1 option the accordion always open. I think this will be better when I can collapse the accordion, but stay active. I don't have to scroll down so much.

4.
I hope support for other images format too example: .webp
(JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, WebP)

5.
Possible, example in page builder the Admin Label, this option in the layout builder? and/or more editor option in the layout builder?

6.
Copy option in layout builder. Can I make move the cell to other row too.

that's it for now!
Thanks!

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CYbErX
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7.
I found this now, and thinking
"Add Link To Item"
If I can add a menu item or blog item as, I add a menupoint item, example. (Click, browse it, select, save, you know )

Pavel
Pavel
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Hi guys. Great backend. Wonderful job! I previously reported flaws in the backend UX. But now they are almost gone, at first glance. I will test and report my findings on the forum.
Thank you Joomshaper Team for your excellent work!

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joomleb
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Hi guys,
PHP 7.3.19 + Joomla 3.9.19 + Helix Ultimate 2.0 alpha - I attach an image as example - here the test site > I added this topic to the Forum: https://www.joomshaper.com/forums/helix-ultimate-2-x-offcanvas-bug

1 - BUG: the Offcanvas is appended below the Header instead to be appended over it

2 - Close "X"
To save useless space is really too important (width and height), Google has deprecated it on all her Apps like Google Drive and Google Photo, this because a click outside the Offcanvas always (on all screen dimensions) close it.
Please, Can you take over it and/or to create a...

Hi guys,
PHP 7.3.19 + Joomla 3.9.19 + Helix Ultimate 2.0 alpha - I attach an image as example - here the test site > I added this topic to the Forum: https://www.joomshaper.com/forums/helix-ultimate-2-x-offcanvas-bug

1 - BUG: the Offcanvas is appended below the Header instead to be appended over it

2 - Close "X"
To save useless space is really too important (width and height), Google has deprecated it on all her Apps like Google Drive and Google Photo, this because a click outside the Offcanvas always (on all screen dimensions) close it.
Please, Can you take over it and/or to create a an option to not use it ?

3 - Left + Right
Do you have on the stable roadmap a two Offcanvas Menus option ?
- Offcanvas Left Menu: enable / disable
- Offcanvas Right Menu: enable / disable

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joomleb
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Hi guys,
I added this into the forum here: https://www.joomshaper.com/forums/helix-ultimate-2-x-header-scroll-down-to-hide
about Header:
to save useless space is really too important, Google has long added the feature on all her Apps like Google Drive and Google Photo, here a video example for you.
When scroll down the Header should always disappear (on all screen dimensions) while a small scroll up restores it
Please, Can you consider it for the 2.0 stable release ?

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Kugata
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Thank you Joomshaper Team for the great work!
I've got only one question - why 'sticky header' doesn't work in mobile devices?
How to fix it?

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edan4u
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Adding mobile menu futures will be great..

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ssnobben
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Is this now also Joomla 4 compatible? about the offcanvas you can check example of this fullscreen offcanvas menu example https://onceinteractive.com/our-services/search-engine-optimization/ cheers!

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ssnobben
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Yes there is a new Joomla 4 beta 2 today and its a lot going on to make Joomla 4 ship now for many 3pds and hopefully for different template makers too.

See this topic about update Joomla 4 Nikos ?
https://magazine.joomla.org/all-issues/june-2020/getting-extensions-ready-for-joomla-4-nicholas-dionysopoulos

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marcoheinski
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Excellent news. I'm testing here and it looks really good. Beautiful, clean, practical and elegant. Congratulations! As they say in my land: Tá demaaaisss!

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CYbErX
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I like that the proposals are being implemented so quickly!

AFRINIC Webmaster
AFRINIC Webmaster
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Following the instructions on https://github.com/JoomShaper/helix-ultimate/blob/2.0.0-alpha.2/readme.md

I get the error 'fatal: not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git'

when I execute the command 'git remote add origin [email protected]:JoomShaper/helix-ultimate.git' on Mac

Any idea please?

Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed    AFRINIC Webmaster
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Łukasz
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Thanks for working on the new helix ultimate but I'm disappointed. You have brought nothing new. Once again, you change the look without looking at the users' needs. Show me something that is not in the settings in the old helix.

Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif    Łukasz
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Something amazing is on its way. Please wait for a while. We will not disappoint our users.

Diegoalando
Diegoalando
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I also agree with the majority of users that many important functions are missing in the header & menu area. In the content area, a lot can be designed according to individual ideas. Wordpress pagebuilders are way ahead of us.

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hossein
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Is it possible to hope that both the management and the user section will be better coordinated with the right-wing languages?

By the way, I am dissatisfied with the current version of the mobile menu. This menu had problems with the login form and shopping cart on mobile and ruined the responsive.

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Massimo Taiku Rossi
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Hello,
I just installed this new version of Helix Ultimate on my site, but it completely blew my pages. I'm trying to fix everything, but the template doesn't apply the changes. I can't rearrange everything, as the template settings all seem fine to me.
Is it possible to understand how I can fix it?
Thanks so much

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Lars Ejaas
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Some way to bust user-cache would be great!
I would love if the template could include a header with a timestamp on especially the custom CSS-file. This way I would have better control over how the users see my page! I really hate how any major CSS tweak will look completely broken on especially phones afterwards...

pepperstreet
pepperstreet
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I did a quick test drive. Actually I am a big fan of customizable UI's and "floating palettes" etc. ... but I don't see any reason to call this re-imagination a 2.0 version. Where are the 2.0 features and improvements? Apart from that, the UI colors are looking strange. A real flat modern light and dark version would be much nicer. Since the next PageBuilder seem to have a dark appearance, It should match to Helix 2.0 in some way

senolsengul
senolsengul
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I upload an image for the article via the blog area. Is it possible for me to change the image path to a different folder

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gourou
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The Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 is out 3 months ago and died ? The final release is planned for when ?

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ssnobben
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"gourou

about 2 weeks ago #11020

The Helix Ultimate 2.0 Alpha 1 is out 3 months ago and died ? The final release is planned for when ?"

Yes no news and no activity in the Github repo so its dead...

Christian
Christian
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Hello Joomshaper-Team!
When will Helix Ultimate 2.x be released? Is there already a date?

And when will the new PageBuilder be released? There are still some bugs in the current version. Is there already a date or a preview?

I hope everyone in the team is doing well. Please stay healthy!

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