New page design

My apologies for so many eyes injuried by having a different design on each page of the site. We are actively working on a new design that will be applied sitewide. This new design is called "SoftwareOne" and is available as a single-page niche site in the OxyPowerPack design set.

A couple of weeks have passed since the last OxyPowerPack update. I've feeling a lot of unnecessary pressure trying to have a decent Visual Form Builder version ready and that kept me from pushing the regular weekly updates with minor fixes and improvements.

But priorities are being sorted out, and this coming week will be an update with several fixes and enhancements reported by users, and I'm going to manage things to make sure the two most ambitious features (visual form builder and enhancing the interactivity engine) are developed and at the same time release small fixes and enhancements regularly.

The design set is one of the hardest parts to get updated, as I'm not a designer. So, instead of promising regular updates on that, I'll add a niche page ocassionally, as a surprise addition.

The super ultra top priority right now is finishing the documentation, and should be done in the next couple of days (live progress is available right now). Also, now that I'm finally writing, I starter working on a premium tutorial for developers who want to extend Oxygen Builder.

Dear customers: Support will be slower from today until January 2nd. You can still expect a response within 48 hours though.

The Oxygen team released today Oxygen 3.2 Alpha 1 and OxyPowerPack is fully compatible. The use of alpha/beta versions is not recommended on production sites though.

For the techies: The new Pro Menu included in Oxygen 3.2 Alpha 1 is the very first official component developed using Oxygen's undocumented API, the same API that OxyPowerPack uses for the CountDown Timer and the other elements.

So, now we can say that we are using the, still undocumented, but official Oxygen API.

For the people that hasn't noticed it yet, I am running a sale. 40% OFF using the JASONCOMES discount code in the checkout page.

I decided to extend the sale a couple of days, it is now valid until December 17th at 23:59:59, so users benefit from the new feature that will come tomorrow with version 1.0.7, with the sale price.

I wanted to write a post just to say thank you. The initial sales went good and will allow me to continue working full time on the product, adding new features, fixes and pre-made content. Updates for quick fixes are already being delivered via automatic WordPress updates, just make sure to activate your copy in order to receive them. Documentation, examples and support forum are on their way too.

Oh, and you can now pay directly with credit card via Stripe.

As promised, every week will be released a new niche site page in the included design set. You can import the full pages or just grab the sections as building blocks. Currently, OxyPowerPack comes with two niche sites: CoffeeOne and AgencyOne. This screenshot is a sneak peek of next week's addition to the design set, WeddingOne:

WeddingOne niche page, available on December 3rd

Black Friday discount will be available until December 3rd, so there's still time to get it at an excellent price for lifetime access, as I'm planning to change the pricing scheme for new customers when the design set grows enough.

After changing my mind -and domain name- several times, I've decided to stick with "OxyPowerPack". And the features will be added progressively, to ship an initial version faster and continuing building from there.

So, OxyPowerPack is all about adding user requested features to Oxygen Builder, in the form of snippets, hacks, design sets, custom components, etc.

The first set of features will be:

  • The Drawer. The idea behind the drawer is to have a user interface with additional functionalities to avoid losing them or messing with Oxygen Builder UI. The drawer at it's current state is a collapsible panel that can be opened by clicking a floating button at the bottom of the screen. That button can be placed to the left or to the right. The drawer can be docked and it will remain open, blended with the rest of the Oxygen Builder UI. Right now, the drawer has tools for creating pages, renaming them, directly accessing to edit any page, post, template or library block, directly access any WordPress dashboard page, etc.
  • Maintenance Mode. Maintenance mode is a useful feature that will allow developers and designers work on live pages or perform maintenance tasks by shutting down the normal site and only letting users see the configured maintenance page. Maintenance pages, of course, are editable with Oxygen Builder.
  • An event and actions engine that allows designers to create frontend interactions without having to write code or even know JavasScript at all. This is a very ambitious feature that will be launched progressively, with support for variables and conditions for a second phase.
  • Additional components. I have a LOT of ideas for this. Currently what is done are a Countdown Timer component, a Contact Form 7 component, and a couple of non-interactive components.

At the time of writing this, an alpha version is about to be launched for free to all users who signed up. What I want is to have valuable feedback and polish it further before thinking about putting a price on it.

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