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Horizon is getting revamped

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Horizon is getting on a bit. Even so, it’s been a solid theme powering hundreds of websites. And it’s still solid.
But it’s based on a 3rd party framework that’s no longer maintained and it uses Visual composer a page builder plugin that I wont be using in any future themes.
People still love Horizons design and so do I. So I’m going to rebuild it, same design but It will be powered by the Zorbix framework. It’s going to be a simpler theme, leaving functionality to plugins as it should be.
We subscribe to the ethos that a theme is for presentation and a plugin is for functionality. So the functionality it currently has, which it shouldn’t have, like the CSS editor, fonts editor and contact form we’ll be recommending alternatives like “Easy Google Fonts”, “Simple Custom CSS” and “Contact From 7”. We found that many users preferred or needed the functionality of these 3rd party plugins any way.
We got a lot of questions like “How do I add fields to the contact form”. The inbuilt contact form was simple and didn’t allow for any kind of customisation. But trying to recreate the power of Contact From 7 or gravity forms in a theme would be ridiculous.

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    Jake

    Hello. I see you are removing visual composer in favor of zorbix framework which sounds great. I was going to finish building my website using the skyline theme since it looks great but wondering when we might expect an update to the new zorbix framework may be available. Thanks.

      zack

      Hi Jake, at the moment I’m playing with having visual composer support as additional add-on. So it’s there for those who need it because they’ve already set up with it. I’m really not the biggest fan of VC though. I had great feedback for the inbuilt page builder in Pixo but it’s going to take a bit of time to get things ported whilst trying to retain backwards compatibility. I’m working really hard to get everything re-released though and hope it wont be too long. I’m hoping to have them back out within the next couple of months but I’ll get a better idea of timeframes once I get to work on it. Horizon is nearing completion and will be released shortly. Skyline is next on the list.

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