Version 3.0.0 Released

Dear Users,

I’m pleased to announce the release of Zhong Framework 3.0.0; all templates in the gallery have been updated.

This release adds only few new features to the templates, however the whole PHP core has been rewritten using a more solid structure. This huge enhancement brings many positive factors, such as: modularization of the code, enhanced code maintainability, easy re-use of certain functions, easy bug fixing, easy user overrides of the framework core code, gained independence from the parent platform.

On top of this, all CSS has been migrated to Compass (SASS), bringing more flexibility to the code; also, all JS code has been modularized and improved in performance. Moreover, Grunt has been used to combine and minify all stylesheets and scripts in order to improve the front-end performance even more.

Also, the HTML structure of the outputted page has been refined in order to enhance performance and independence from other extensions and the parent platform.

Other improvements are: better support for RTL languages, selectable default layout and graphic mode, improved advanced style customization options, improved mobile compatibility, CSS3 flexbox used for handling the grouped modules layout (with a fallback for older browsers), improved semantic structure of the page (now also using new aria and region attributes), plus many other minor improvements.

This is a major release, this means that all orders made previously to this release will be frozen to the latest stable version of the 2.x.x cycle. The customers who wish to upgrade their templates to the new 3.x.x cycle should renew their orders.

If you have any questions about this new major release, feel free to contact me.

Please note, if you need to upgrade a template from version 2.x.x to 3.x.x follow these steps.