Version 3 has no more free templates?
Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:51 AM
I have version 3 and can only see the basic skin. Are there no more extra free skins like version 2 had??
Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:22 PM
When do you expect to have ALL the V2 skins available for V3?
Also, why isn't there any documentation about converting a V2 skin to V3?
Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:44 PM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:58 PM
Personally, I would like to see themes with the ability to change colors, background images, etc. right from the admin. A lot of Joomla and drupal themes have this functionality built into them now, and it's fantastic.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:56 AM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:55 AM
It seems to me that if a developer or whomever would put together documentation on what changes need to be done to a theme / skin in order for it to work with V3, the "Community" would be able to convert the existing themes / skins to work with V3.
Also, I have a couple purchased V2 themes / skins and would like to continue to use them in V3.
Both V2 and V3 are using Smarty so it shouldn't be that difficult to convert, if only we knew what to convert without having to "reinvent the wheel" by dissecting code to figure out the required changes ourselves ... someone has already done it.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:54 AM
All the graphics and color is controlled through CSS. If you are not familiar with CSS it might be difficult to change the look. But if one is familiar with CSS it is very easy to change the look and color scheme of everything in the cart. Maybe instead of skins people should be selling v3 CSS sheets.
I looked at some v3 templates some people are selling for $150 and was appalled. All they did was change a few lines of CSS and sell it for $150! I guess there is always a market for people who are looking for the quick answer (purchase a template), but with a little knowledge the sky is the limit in v3 without modifying any smarty templates.
My advice, save some money, spend some time learning and using the Block Manager before you purchase a template.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:39 PM
Twice you have posted your comments about the Block Manager in V3. What is the URL of your first V3 site?
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:25 PM
I was a huge pessimist when I first started to use v3, mainly because I am a coder at heart, but the block manager actually delivers quite well.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:28 PM
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:31 PM
Actually what I found myself doing is creating temp grids at the bottom to move blocks into while I recreated the new grid layout I wanted.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:32 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:51 PM
Did you ALL the changes for www.lewiestanning.com within Block Manager?
Would like to see your other V3 shops ... live or not.
Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:24 AM
V2 comes with several skins where the Block and CSS editting were already done. V3 comes with one, Basic which is the point of this topic.
I am fairly new to CS-Cart and to this layman, Block Manager in both versions seems fairly similiar.
I would like to know what needs to be changed in a V2 skin in order for it to work in V3. Someone knows what to do, we just need to find that someone.
Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:57 AM
Have you looked at the v3 Block Manager, it does not look, function or behave anything like v2.
The CSS is quite easy to modify, it is well commented by cs-cart and uses a very good naming sequence. All modern browsers have a means to identify the css controlling an item.
Posted 11 July 2012 - 01:16 AM
I do agree that the blocks make doing skins really nice. Once you get the hang of them, they are very cool to use. Triplets is definitely correct, you can definitely do a skin just with the blocks and styles.
As with anything though, they do have their limitations. I've done a couple of skins in 3.0 so far. Sure, most of the work can be done with the blocks, but not all. I've had to make a few files to make things work exactly how I wanted.
I also do think it would be nice for CS-Cart to do a few skins and make them available. Even though the blocks are super cool, there are plenty of people that just want to be able to just "flip a switch" and have a totally different design. I'd imagine that there will be more skins just around the corner.
Anyways, just my 2 cents.
Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:02 AM
http://demo.themedem...id=29800&cart=c ... going to take a lot of Block moving and CSS editing to the Basic skin to get the look of this $79.95 V2 skin.
http://demo2.cscarts...x.php?demo_skin[C]=SilverBlack ... going to take quite a bit of Block moving and CSS editing to the Basic skin to get the look of this $60 V2 skin.
How long did it take you to do www.lewiestanning.com?
I don't know about you, but, my time is better spent purchasing the basic design I want and doing some changes to it instead of starting with the Basic skin and moving Block / editting CSSs.
Again, read the topic ... "Version 3 has no more free templates?" ... I believe orangegirl pretty much answered the that question with "We plan to add more skins in future versions."
If you happen to know what needs to be changed in a V2 skin to get it working in V3, we all (or at least me) would like to know.