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  • Frederik T 216 posts 306 karma points
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 14:12
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    Hey!

    I am really amazed by this starter kit, the time and dedication spent on it is evident in every corner. It really is a reminder for me to step my game up :p love the attention to detail!

    But what I wonder is: The starter kit utilizes many advanced functions in Umbraco, and even implements some custom bits, but I just want to know the reason for not using Grid Layout? It seems to me that some features would be far easier to implement and maintain if the starter kit was built using Umbraco's Grid Layout functions instead.

    Thank you advance!

  • Sotiris Filippidis 245 posts 1214 karma points
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 14:24
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    The answer is pretty simple yet not very satisfactory - I simply decided to leave grid layouts out for now - My point was to demonstrate what could be done with an HTML theme using a very specific way of handling content nodes. Of course, there are many, many things that could still be done to extend the theme, one of them is grid layouts.

    Regarding your remark on how it would be easier to implement the same things with Grid Layouts - after playing with the HTML theme a bit, it looked like there was just a set of different challenges.

    I will probably include some form of grid layouts sometime in the (not so far) future, and I'm currently building a second theme in which I'll attempt to include this functionality. This will take a while, though.

  • Frederik T 216 posts 306 karma points
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 14:40
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    Thank you for your quick reply. That is totally understandable, and I figured the reason was so. Just wanted to ask :) Even as a "demonstration" the starter kit is very flexibly and has a ton of features that I would call "production ready". I am currently poking around in it, and seriously considering using it as a basis for a website for a client (with modifications), that's when I was thinking about the lack of grid layouts. And yes like you said it does take quite a bit of time to remake the starter kit to utilize grid layouts, but I think it would benefit immensely.

    A side note: Have you tried implementing the kit with different languages? I haven't gotten around testing it yet.

  • Sotiris Filippidis 245 posts 1214 karma points
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 15:04
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    I feel terrible because I forgot to thank you for your very kind words so I'm going to leave this here :) It took a lot of effort, indeed.

    Although I can't say I'm proud of the end result in the sense that I feel it could be better in many ways, it's working, and that's something :)

    My next starter kit will probably have (it already has, to be exact) more sophisticated components like, for example, the blog engine. I will probably give the base kit for free and have the full kit (with blog, galleries, etc.) for sale at a very low price. This one, however, will remain free forever.

  • Sotiris Filippidis 245 posts 1214 karma points
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 14:44
    Sotiris Filippidis
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    Your question made me smile for a good reason: I'm Greek. :)

    By definition my language is "all Greek" to others, so I have no other choice but to go for multiple languages (additionally, most of the sites we're developing for local clients need at least English so we can't avoid it anyway :) )

    No literal is hard coded. There are a few literals, but they're all in Dictionary items so yes, you can fire up a second root for a second language. I hope I haven't missed anything, but if I have I'll be very glad to have feedback!

  • Frederik T 216 posts 306 karma points
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 15:08
    Frederik T
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    Ok thats great to know, as I was a tiny bit nervous that having multilingual site nodes would mess up some of the features you made.

    But anyway, keep up the good work! I am looking forward to a grid layout version ;)

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