Making the new template system has been excessively complicated, involving pretty much a complete rewrite of our entire templating system. Newer standards, browsers, frameworks and code upgrades have made it hard to put a stake in the ground because everything is moving so fast.
That being said, I am happy to report the free builder Template Design Tools are pretty much complete! I have been doing extensive bug testing the last few weeks as well as creating templates for our user library. I will need to get about 100 or so completed before we can roll out the new system. Here are some example templates I have created so far:
These templates are completely customizable. The new design tools let you pretty much modify every aspect of the template's design and layout. You will be able to import any of the templates I have created in the public library to your website's library. Once imported, you can modify them as you please. If you cannot find any templates close enough to what you are looking for, you will be able to use our template 'Design Wizard' to help you create your own.
The templates use images from your image library for the header banners & logos. You will be able to upload your own personal or stock photos to be used in your template design. Logos and banners can be made into slideshows of multiple images.
There are a thousand more new features that I cannot explain in this short blog post. I just wanted to check in and give everyone an update. We really are almost done. There is still a lot of logistic work to be done (help files, template manager tools, bug testing, beta testing, etc.). We hope to have everything done within a few months.
Thank you everyone for your patience - I have been working around the clock to get this stuff done and will continue to do so until it is complete. I can't wait to show off our new templates and design tools!