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But it’s based on a 3rd party framework that’s no longer maintained and it uses Visual composer a page builder plugin that I wont be using in any future themes.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.