Gantry 5 has taken another giant leap forward in its trek towards its first major stable release. Gantry 5 RC2 (Release Candidate 2) was released last Friday to positive review from our growing community. This release includes a multitude of bug fixes, as well as several additional features and enhancements that focus on making Gantry exceptionally user friendly.
The RocketTheme development team has been hard at work getting Gantry 5 ready for prime time. After months of work by our small team, the Gantry 5 release candidate is now available on Github.
In late 2009, the open source Gantry framework was initially released to the public. Before Gantry, we found ourselves having to perform a lot of repetitive steps while creating new templates. A lot of our time was spent hand-coding the same features each month. We needed something simpler, and our solution was Gantry.
This framework would not only help us create powerful and flexible Joomla templates and WordPress themes, but also to empower a growing community of Joomla and WordPress developers that would benefit from using a framework that was easy to understand, yet powerful enough to meet the needs of their clients.
Fast-forward to 2015, and Gantry 5 is set to redefine what a theme can do.
Gantry 5 is set to change the way the industry thinks about theme management and how we interact with content management systems (CMS). The RocketTheme development team has been hard at work creating Gantry 5 with the idea in mind of not only building something that will work for its users today, but for several years down the line. So, what makes Gantry 5 so different? Here just a few examples of how Gantry 5 is like no other version of Gantry you have tried before.
Making Gantry 5 more user friendly has been a core focus of the RocketTheme development team. Our goal from day one has been not only to make Gantry faster to navigate through, but to do so while adding control and enhancing ease of use.
This meant reimagining how its users interact with the administrator. Instead of having a field where you would manually type the label of a FontAwesome icon, we created an interactive chooser with preview-on-hover and real-time filtering to make it easy not only to select your icon of choice, but to find one that meets your specific needs.