As many of you will know, Umbraco 8.0 was released on 26th February 2019 and is a complete rebuild of Umbraco CMS from the ground up. Therefore, it was important for us to approach the build of our Umbraco 8 themes in the same manner. This was to ensure we are adhering to new best practices and conventions.
Between Umbraco 8.0 and 8.1 there were more than 200 issues and features, so, we decided to hold off the release of our Umbraco 8 themes until these changes were released with 8.1, this version of the CMS was released on 9th July 2019. Since then we have made a great deal of progress with the base starter kit that powers our themes and we can't wait to share this with you.
However, there are still several hurdles we are finding with Umbraco 8 (see issues on GitHub) that is not allowing us to progress as expected on some of the more complex parts of the starter kit. This makes our prediction of August 2019 as the month to release v8 themes a little less likely.
In the meantime, we do still want to share some details from our new v8 themes so that you can get an idea of where we plan on taking them.
Improved Theme Colour Management
This is a BIG update and one we've been working on for some time. We have already made a lot of headway on the UI for managing your colour palettes from inside the CMS. You will only need to update your palette in one place and it'll be with the help of a simple and easy to use user interface. :-) We hope you enjoy the sneak-peek below!
In our v7 themes, users can choose between adding an Advanced Page or a Standard Page. Advanced Pages allow users to add any component to it whereas, the Standard Page only allows around two-thirds of the available components to it.
Our Umbraco 8 themes will only have the one-page type and on that page type, you will use the interface to choose between the layout. Additionally, you will be able to add all components to this page type making for a much more flexible solution for users. Allowing you to more freely change and adapt your content as time goes by.
Don't worry though, this won't add any extra steps to creating content on the more "Standard" looking layouts. If you choose any option apart from full page width type, you will still be able to add content directly to the document type. We will show or hide fields related to the option selected to make the interface much more intuitive.
To coincide with our back-office rebuild we have also rebuilt the frontend using Bootstrap 4.3.1.
Now, these are just some details we have added to improve our themes but rest assured there is a LOT more and we can't wait to share them very soon!
As of the date of writing our available themes are fully tested and working perfectly for Umbraco versions 7.7.2 to 7.15.1, including, Umbraco 7 on Umbraco Cloud where users will be able to start v7 projects until at least the end of 2019. With all of this in mind, Umbraco 7 is still our recommended version and Umbraco HQ has confirmed that it will be continually updated and maintained until 2023.
Thanks for your patience and #h5yr!