Leaked - JoomlArt’s new Free Joomla template JA Simpli

Leaked - JoomlArt’s new Free Joomla template JA Simpli

Hey guys,

Our friends at JoomlArt have been working for months on a simple yet elegant Joomla template on the lines of default Joomla templates. We are glad to be a part of their project since the beginning and the team from JoomlArt did an amazing job with this new template.

The best part that I love about this template? It doesn’t ride on any framework, uses Joomla default template structure with Twitter bootstrap and a decent template customizer. 

Why Leak?

They showed us the first demo almost a month back, then they tested it across all of our extensions, updated more styles and even got our testimonial for the template. Their demo is live but there are no announcements made yet. So, we thought why not we let the cat out of the bag ;)

Many would agree that Joomla needs good default templates; and JA Simpli can be a good start as it has been coded by the same developer who designed JA Purity, which was selected as one of the default template for Joomla 1.5. We loved the simplicity of JA Purity back then and we believe that JA Simpli is going to bring the same simplicity back into Joomla yet again.

What's in for Stack Ideas' users? 

JA Simpli has been tested for EasySocial, EasyBlog, EasyDiscuss and Komento and so far all is good and we believe JoomlArt is committed to fix any reported issues proactively. 

For more details on JA Simpli, do visit the links below :

JA Simpli features or Demo

P/S : This leak is with permission of JoomlArt. They are now scrambling to get everything online as we go live as we speak.

 

Comments (20)

Thanks for the leak mark seems flat a minimalist as templates !

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No problem Jan

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As someone who enjoys lightweight stuff, this is very much appreciated!

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Thank you Josh By the way, I have some proposition for you and I am just wondering if you are able to get in touch with us on Skype?

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  1.    Mark

I'm excited to hear about this. My Skype username is JovialJoshua. When would be the best time to get a hold of you (or the team)?

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  1.    Josh Lewis

Great, will keep in touch with you on Skype soon

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  1.    Mark

In terms of contact for the future, would you prefer around 10 a.m. or 11 p.m.? (your time) I'm usually up until 2 p.m. your time.

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I'm very anxious to see the Stackideas extensions working in this template -
Has there been a new 'release' date set? Any chance the demo could contain examples of the extensions working?

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  1.    Edward Stacey

As I was told by the Joomlart guys, this template is and will be compatible across all our extensions. If there are any issues at all, you can always submit this on Joomlart's support desk and they will get it resolved altogether

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  1.    Mark

Thanks for the Reply Mark & Arvind !
I was simply interested in how it 'looked' for now - as changing templates without first looking at what it's going to appear like is risky. I've been a subscriber to JoomlArt in the past, it's good stuff too! When I visited there yesterday I was told, "Read the Announcement". Well, like I said.. .I was interested in how it looked or worked.. As I told them, I'll just wait.

Thanks again for the 'peek' or 'leak' as it were..

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  1.    Edward Stacey

Stackideas extensions have been tested and they all work out of the box. We plan to add additional styles for EasyBlog and EasySocial later on for better user experience. Release may be next week, we just revamped the backend of simpli over the last 3 days.

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  1.    Arvind Chauhan

"Working and Looking" are two completely different things. - Let me know when you've advanced to the 'Beta' stages.. I re-look the software.. Meanwhile, may I suggest you try using the products you feature on your templates.. the BLOG comments section on your site isn't using Kommento..

BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS

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  1.    Edward Stacey

Well, we use our own Joomla plugin (developed over 5 years back) to integrate disqus on our blog, we developed it for our users, it allows integrating disqus, echo & intensedebate comment services, even though we had our own commercial comment component - JA Comment but we choose not to use it either on our blog. It is for our own convenience. We avoid using any Joomla component on our main site. For over 10 years we have kept our Joomla site (main site) without user tables (yes, our users...

Well, we use our own Joomla plugin (developed over 5 years back) to integrate disqus on our blog, we developed it for our users, it allows integrating disqus, echo & intensedebate comment services, even though we had our own commercial comment component - JA Comment but we choose not to use it either on our blog. It is for our own convenience. We avoid using any Joomla component on our main site. For over 10 years we have kept our Joomla site (main site) without user tables (yes, our users are not in our main site database). We have no third party extension on our site that depends on database for storage.

That keeps our main site clean and makes it very easy for us to keep it healthy and very easy to update from our dev site, we don't have to worry about our comments database or any other extension. So, in the end it is our convenience. We use multiple 3rd party systems for our setup.

What you implied was "Eat Your Own Dog Food" - that is, we should use the products we promote or own on our live site. Well in that case, JA Simpli would have never been born as it uses no template framework although we have decently popular T3 framework for many years now, which was adopted even by our friendly competitors such as Gavick and JoomlaBamboo at one point of time.

My views about Komento - It literally crushed all commenting extensions of Joomla on the day of release including our own then popular JA Comment Extension. . The reason I chose to test Komento but none of my own commercial Comment extensions for JA Simpli is to give the best to the Joomlers. I am glad that I am doing so.

Anyways, back to the template in question :

Yes, Simpli is a work in progress and release is coming in the next 24 hours.

Here is the latest demo (this one is different from the link give above) : http://ja-simpli.demo.joomlart.com/ , we are testing out a new feature, where you can hover on any graphic and replace the graphic with stock images and even edit them by adding text or use filters and much more. This should help when one wants to use stock images but wish to preview before buying that specific graphic. Not all the graphics looks good post editing. Lots of hard work has gone into this template which promotes or uses none of our own products.

Regarding release - I hope to send out download links to the Simpli mailing list subscriber in the next 24 hours.

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  1.    Arvind Chauhan

How "Arrogant" of you! "Eat your own Dogfood" ?

I'm sure things are much different in your world, but in mine.. when you USE someone to PROMOTE your wares you should at least.. 'USE' the product you're using to PROMOTE it's Validity...

You haven't invented a new way of displaying Stackideas by a LONG shot!.. yours isn't some MIRACLE product.. and I'm only interested in "HOW IT LOOKS" with the Stackideas.. routines which, by the way.. are WAY MORE IMPORTANT to me than...

How "Arrogant" of you! "Eat your own Dogfood" ?

I'm sure things are much different in your world, but in mine.. when you USE someone to PROMOTE your wares you should at least.. 'USE' the product you're using to PROMOTE it's Validity...

You haven't invented a new way of displaying Stackideas by a LONG shot!.. yours isn't some MIRACLE product.. and I'm only interested in "HOW IT LOOKS" with the Stackideas.. routines which, by the way.. are WAY MORE IMPORTANT to me than your Template for displaying them. Nobody said anything about you using Stackideas products on your MAIN site - but since you said, "Implied" and "Dog Food".. in such an Arrogant fashion..

It would be BEST if you actually put Stackideas on your DEMO page for the Template you 'Say' works wonderful with the product.. And used the Stackideas COMMENT routine to collect discussion about it... you are, afterall.. trying to GAIN Stackidea's Customers ..
Again, it's Stackideas stuff that is MUCH MORE IMPORTANT to me than your developed line of Templates..

Perhaps you'd sell more 'stuff' if you did.. "EAT YOUR OWN DOG FOOD"... !

Very Arrogant of you to try and SELL something without offering a DISPLAY of the product you're using to SELL (even a FREE thing) with... Good luck!

By your own site.. you haven't even reached 'BETA' stage yet..

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Hey Edward,

You misinterpret me. This is not how I saw it going. let me clarify.

Eat your own dog food >> In wikipedia >> can be a way for a company to demonstrate confidence in its own products, and a way to test it in real-world usage. Hence dogfooding can act as both quality control and a kind of testimonial advertising.

I am a Veterinarian myself and I have dogs and whenever I have to change their diet, I myself at times taste their food out.

What was going in my mind?
I was...

Hey Edward,

You misinterpret me. This is not how I saw it going. let me clarify.

Eat your own dog food >> In wikipedia >> can be a way for a company to demonstrate confidence in its own products, and a way to test it in real-world usage. Hence dogfooding can act as both quality control and a kind of testimonial advertising.

I am a Veterinarian myself and I have dogs and whenever I have to change their diet, I myself at times taste their food out.

What was going in my mind?
I was replying why we do not use our own extension or Komento on our blog but use disqus, as you suggested that we change what we use on our sites. As I explained why our system does not support them, but that does not mean that the extension in question are not tested. I have tested them and they work fine, inspite of us not using them personally.

Absolutely had no intentions of sounding arrogant. I probably may have failed in explaining my side.

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Hi Edwards,

I hoped that you would reply to my explanation. No intention to antagonize you further. My -specialization as a Veterinarian, that too as a Masters in Surgery & Radiology (since 1997) makes me easy to understand the slangs when it comes to pets, which I used with liberty without realizing how it may be interpreted by a developer (you). ( I apologize to put forward my thoughts in words which I alone or my fellow colleagues may understand without feeling offended) . I researched...

Hi Edwards,

I hoped that you would reply to my explanation. No intention to antagonize you further. My -specialization as a Veterinarian, that too as a Masters in Surgery & Radiology (since 1997) makes me easy to understand the slangs when it comes to pets, which I used with liberty without realizing how it may be interpreted by a developer (you). ( I apologize to put forward my thoughts in words which I alone or my fellow colleagues may understand without feeling offended) . I researched further and even found akeebabackup founder (joomlaback up (1.0) guy) use the same terminology in his one of reply to one of his own CUSTOMER (Yes, I am shouting with caps). Search this link for the term "food".

Availability of 3rd party extension demo (Your demand) : Trust me when I say this, be it any template developer, we just can not use default demo content provided by developers. We use our own demo content, its all about UI and UX. Reason : That gives us chance to test and verify our own coding standards plus we can do the override better. Inspite of request, I am not putting out default testing result of 3rd party extension on my own demo site, I had rather have stable version of my template and then add overrides to make sure the extension in question looks not good but SEXY ( Yes cap locks again). Do note the point that its the world of Template framework ( which sucks). Besides, JA Simpli is not commercial release and it is as we put on the same level of default Joomla template. In short once stable I would put 3rd party compatibility as a second demo but it would not be featured on the default demo.

So, you wish to see live demo of your loved extensions on the to be released template. MY ANSWER (Yes, I am using cap locks) : The default demo of JA Simpli (SIMPLICITY) would always be void of any 3rd party extension. REASON (Yes, cap lock again) : It is placed at par with default Joomla templates, which Joomla needs badly. Incase you are not aware of reality, please checkout google trends in relation with Joomla-wordpress-Drupal and you would know how badly the Joomla is suffering and taking down the ecosystem with it.

HARSH REALITY (yes cap locks again) : You would find very few Joomla ecosystem developers not promoting WP alternative of their extensions on their own site.

YES IT IS ALLEGATION : that we wish to GAIN STACKIDEAS customers. My reply : LOL. Did you even read the FIRST LINE (yes cap locks again aka shouting again) first line of my blog post regarding the template in question? It has been a result of similar thinking minds of friends, who wish to see Joomla in its right place.

Did i sound arrogant again? I certainly may have, I can go on trying to explain your doubts with SARCASM (well thats me).

I have always been frank in what I say, at the same time I appreciate frank opinion of others. I love criticism, got more? feel free to express. That would only drive me to do better.

Feeling Burned? Oh I felt so yesterday. Normal physiological human behavior, I must admit.

You want us to improve? Suggestions welcome. The template has nothin to do with JA or SI in person. Its our (collective) contribution to Joomla community. Lets not be selfish (yes the word may hurt, but let focus on the context).

How I take your response? its all positive. You want u to deliver to your ( regular Joomla user) expectations and somehow we failed. that calls for more effort from our side.
On a personal level, I started with mambo and was customer of the company I work as COO now and at any given time I stand with my members first, not company. Absolutely nothing commercial about it. We (so many of us to count) are just passionate about Joomla.

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  1.    Arvind Chauhan

By the way.. my name is not EDWARDS.. it's STACEY, Edward is my FIRST name..
I think I'm done speaking to you about your template..

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  1.    Arvind Chauhan

Thank you for Download Access to the Release Candidate

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Dear Arvind,

I've removed my comment - now reviewing your template idea thanks for the free look.

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  Comment was last edited about 1 year ago by Edward Stacey

I have been 'taste testing' this template now for awhile - It's a great piece of work and should satisfy those seeking a very "Joomla" compatable, responsive theme.. Still in 'BETA' it's working nicely on the site I'm testing it on..

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