Jupiter V5.1 is a testament to the promise we made to continue providing the fastest,lightest and most extensive WP theme. So here we are to introduce to you the next evolution of Jupiter, now 55% lighter and 30% faster. This version isn’t just saving kilobytes, it also offers a unique approach to how we implemented some technologies to the product. In this post we will introduce some key features and improvements that we added into theme.
60% Lighter Theme Size
We kept our word and reduced the theme file size by 60%! Usually most shared hosting services set a maximum upload size limit of 8MB which, in many cases, causes failures.Now with Jupiter V5.1, updates as well as new installations will be seamless and you won’t end up with any unwanted surprises!
30% Faster Page-Loading Speed
With the Jupiter V5 we had improved its speed by introducing intelligent static assets technology(JS and CSS files). The basic idea was to generate static files based on feature usages. Most websites only use a fraction of the tools and features Jupiter offers, so this feature helped Jupiter to build and deliver assets only when deemed necessary, drastically increasing your website’s loading time.
In Jupiter V5.1 we have taken this promise even further with Font Icons! Jupiter is rich with font icon libraries stocked with over 1800 icons. A normal website uses only a small fraction of those icons yet it would still need to send all of the icon libraries to the browser for rendering. In other words regardless of whether you used 1 or 1800 icons in your web page we would have had to send 800KBs worth of files. That’s a huge amount of space, especially for mobile visitors!
After some much needed R&D we decided to convert all of our font icons to svg templates so that we would henceforth only receive requested icons. This process helped us to cache the SVG icon template content in DB and send them all in just one single HTTP request.
Adaptive Images Technology
With Jupiter V5.1 your images will be loaded based on device size as well as pixel density (e.g. Retina). This feature will convert Jupiter-powered websites, guaranteeing gorgeous image quality on retina devices and improved speed for mobile devices.
Encountered Problems & Solutions for Adaptive Image Technology:
1. Background images in shortcodes like Page Sections are prepared by an end user for a full HD resolution. Though when viewing these images with tablets or smartphones, most parts of the images are missing without even offering you any control over which part of image is shown.
Our solution to this problem is to provide the option to download the image either in Portrait or Landscape orientation. Once the image is uploaded, Jupiter then crops and resizes the image into 6 different image sizes, one for each device width and orientation.
Rather than loading a full HD background image, Jupiter now offers a smaller and lighter image which helps your content load much faster on any device.
This feature has been applied to some of the most widely used shortcodes that have full width background images.
If you want to support both the orientation of smartphones and tablets (Portrait) you should upload the portrait ratio as well. If left blank only the landscape sized image will load.
2. Images are not retina ready and mobile friendly
Jupiter V4 was partially retina ready but it still was not satisfactory for us as it did not fulfill multiple requirements. Therefore, we developed a solid codebase to convert all images to responsive and adaptive images without compromising their quality and performance.
Most of the available solutions designed for retina-ready images first load a normal image. Then once the device gets defined as retina, it loads another image that is 2 times bigger, consequently slowing the page loading.
Together with the img tag we also send a data attribute with a set of image URLs that are resized for its requirement. While the page starts loading, the theme detects the screen width and pixel density and starts mapping out the correct image into the “SRC” attribute. If an image is large enough for mobile device dimensions, we scale them down for smaller sizes to save valuable kilobytes (sometimes Megabytes).
As a V5.1 user, you will be able to update Jupiter the same way you would for free themes and plugins. All you have to do is register Jupiter in the WordPress dashboard and you’ll be able to take advantage of theme updates without any hassle.
Anonymous data collection
In our mission to further improve Jupiter V5.1 based on our customer’s needs, we will be collecting data on our customer’s usage in an anonymous and aggregate format. While you have the right to opt out of this program, it is our objective to use this data to steer our work toward meaningful improvements in the user experience and product performance.
In our data collection we will be reviewing the following information:
- Server software and storage versions
- Active WordPress plugins
- Theme options settings (excluding logos, API keys and personal data)
- Used WordPress widgets
- Used shortcodes
- Number of posts in each post type
What we will not collect:
- We do not collect any website URL or IP address
- We do not collect any type of sensitive data that directly identifies you or violates your privacy
We’ve just scratched the surface! Jupiter V5.1 offers dozens of new features that you have to see to believe! Check them out here!
We hope you will enjoy Jupiter V5.1 as much as we enjoyed crafting it and, as always, trust in our unrelenting tenacity to enhance the user experience so that you can do what you do best. Dream on.
A minor update for Jupiter is now released. Please note this update is issued to fix couple of security glitches. Updating to V 22.214.171.124 is highly recommended to stay safe. The scheduled update with version tag of 5.0.9 is still in testing stage.
Update : Jupiter V5 RC 1 is released.
We are pleased to announce that we are ready to launch Jupiter V5.0 which has over 350 new features, improvements and bug fixes.
Version 5.0 is not just another large update for Jupiter, it’s an actual rebirth. It has taken months of brainstorming, research and development to deliver a completely new theme that celebrates a high standard WP theme. V5 is a starting point for the future of Jupiter. Initially having more plans and a long list of ‘to dos’ for V5, we decided to split them into 3 phases of development.
So if you see some missing features be sure they will be delivered in the next phases of updates that are yet to come.
As we have built most of the theme from scratch, logging most of the changes is simply not possible. The insights of the awesome changes in the codebase will be published separately in an article for those who are interested to know more. Some key features that we could collect for beta testers are as follows.
New Features :
- Complete theme codebase refactor
- WP native image resize feature added to avoid side effects of BFI_Thumb
- Jupiter control panel
- Header as a shortcode
- New header styles
- Category showcase
- Shop loop builder
- New shop settings in theme option
- Quick preview for shop
- Woo-Commerce full width possibility
- Contact form new style
- Pricing table builder
- Photo album gallery
- Switching image shortcode
- New styles for Subscriber (newsletter)
- New Shape dividers
- Gradient icon boxes
- Gradient coloring for buttons
- Gradient coloring for custom boxes
- Gradient coloring for fancy title
- Blending effects added to page sections and hover styles
- Twitter blog post
- Instagram blog post
- Quote Blog post
- New blog single style
- Ajax portfolio sorting
- Multiple markers in Google map
- Disable footer option in mobile
- New button styles
- Custom box hover options
- Ornamental title shortcode
- More Google fonts included
- New loading animations – (also settings in theme option)
- New typography settings for blog in theme option
- New style settings for blog in theme option
- Burger menu color change option
- Google map address box
- Image gallery modifications – new hover styles
- Gradient for Font Icons
- Gradient for Page backgrounds
- Site Pre-loaders custom recoded with multiple new styles
- Mailchimp Subscribe shortcode
- Wrapped content inside a full width row
- Toggle on/off footer in mobile option
- Google web font are updated with the latest list
Removed Features :
Patterns in background selector
Predefined patterns and textures are removed from background selector and you should upload those images manually from theme main package > patterns.zip as a custom image.
Patterns in page section
Predefined patterns and textures are removed from page section shortcode and you should upload those images manually from theme main package > patterns.zip as a custom image.
Last page, first page options in page section
These options are removed and if you need to stick sections to each other you should enable stick template option from page meta options.
This post type is removed from the theme core and will be added as add on in v5.1.
Jupiter Slideshow settings & Jupiter Video banner Settings Metabox
These sections from page metaboxes have been removed and you should add your slideshow and banner using shortcodes.
Header > Start Tour Page option link.
The link url should be added manually into the text field rather than choosing from the list.
Features which need to be checked manually
The below options should be double checked and saved manually due to the option name changes we have made in the codebase.
- Sticky Header Offset option
- Secondary header option should be checked
- Font Weight options in theme options will be reset, you should set them again.
Deprecated features :
We are preparing Jupiter for a spring cleaning so some outdated and least used features will be removed in V5.1 and converted to addons (some may still need them).
- Banner Builder post type
- Flexslider post type
Beta Testing Process :
2. Jupiter V5 live demo : http://demos.artbees.net/jupiter5/
3. Update theme in a cloned (not your production site) site.
5. Test your site against the site layout and features you have used.
5. If bugs are found :
- Clear your browser cache
- From WP header toolbar click on “Clear Theme Cache”
- If error persists report it in http://forums.artbees.net/c/jupiter/beta-testing
- Make sure you have shared page URL (if its live), and a screenshot of the issue
- Before reporting bugs review the list of topics to avoid repeated reports
- Report only one bug per post
- Make self explanatory titles (e.g. Fancy title shortcode font weight option not working)
For those who have overridden the theme in child theme, Read this article to covert your changes for V5.
The Beta testing process will end on 11/13/2015.
We are gathering our user feedback to use in our upcoming advertisements of Jupiter V5. Let us know about your feedback and win a free Jupiter license. This application is open until November 7. Here is the material your application should include:
- Your full name
- Your logo (if any)
If you’re a student the program and university you are enrolled in/ if you’re a business or working in a business, your company name and logo / if you’re a freelancer your personal name and brand
- Your position at your company
- The website you have created with Jupiter
- Your artbees-themes.com username
- Your purchase key (received from Envato)
- A testimonial of 100-200 characters
- A tweet including your testimonial with your professional account with hashtag #JupiterV5 and a mention to @artbees_design at the end of the tweet.
We may partially retouch/edit your testimonial text to make it match with the context.
- I love Jupiter because it has helped me […]
- Jupiter is great because […]
- As a […] I chose Jupiter to […]
- My business is […] after using Jupiter because […]
- Jupiter helps me to […]
How We Consider Applications:
- We will use your name, logo and testimonial across our website, social channels and banner advertisements across different websites.
- We will consider the application, pick 5-10 winners based on the quality of the material provided (good copy, good quality portrait, all material provided, …).
- This application will close on November 7 and we will announce the winners in late November.
- We may reject applications that do not meet our standards or do not include all materials.
- We may ask for more material if required.
- Winners will be rewarded the free license by a third party.
- We will prioritize the early submissions.
- You can submit the material to email@example.com