RocketTheme's introduction of the new Gantry Framework.

In its December 2009 debut of their Reaction Template is a framework that sits on top of Joomla! allowing for a more efficient workflow. The main features of the new Gantry Framework is its adoption of the 960 pixel Grid System layout and its advanced administrative control panel in the Template Manager. This along with a vast assortment of other newly introduced features make your development and deployment a dream. Not that there is not a big learning curve here as there is. It will take you a little time to wrap your head around easy. I'm personally am very excited about this move. Especially the fact that going forward the grid will remain the same and the positions should also remain the same which will make changing a sites look a click of a button without having to go in and reset all module positions. It seems Christmas arrived early this year.

On a personal note...

I just started learning Joomla! 1.5 in November and still trying to wrap my mind around it all as well as study RocketThemes template layouts when they spring Gantry on us with less then 1 month of Joomla knowledge under my belt so far. Even though I have been developing websites for years using wysiwyg's and hand coding, this requires a lot of quick gear shifting to unlearn some of the things I just learned. And now with Joomla! 1.6 just around the corner I am studying it now so I don't have to have my head fall off lol... Hey I turn 40 in mid/late February and hope it's my Birthday present.

Last thing of note here... I joined the RocketTheme Template Club for only 2 months as I just wanted to grab all their templates and run. I also didn't have a lot of cash. What I didn't expect is how much I would learn by getting involved in the forum. While I am still way behind people who are well versed in Joomla!, CMS and PHP/CSS driven websites, I am getting up to speed very quickly. They have the best Community supported site and forums I have seen on the subject and now I live and breath this stuff night and day. Needless to say I already have a few clients that I am designing awesome websites for and will be renewing my subscription to RocketTheme at the beginning of the year. Funny thing is that only half the reason is because of the killer Templates that are sure to be following on the heels of the Gantry release. The other is the amazing support you get in the Forums. Grow your mind and your site...

Peace out