WooCommerce 2.1 is Responsive out of the boxThe majority of WordPress themes released nowadays feature a responsive design. Now is the right time to make WooCommerce CSS responsive right out of the box. So if you’re using WooCommerce stock CSS and a responsive theme (for example WordPress core themes TwentyTen, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen and Fourteen) all WooCommerce components will look pretty on your handheld devices
Did also you see this? – http://jameskoster.co.uk/snippets/disable-woocommerce-styles/
I really don’t like to speak badly of Ultimatum since it’s still an impressive product that the author has spent much time on. I’m sure there’s also plenty of people that just love it because they couldn’t have potentially built their site any other way. Let’s see, here’s a few off the top of my head though…
Monitors are not tiny anymore these days. Last I checked, it still uses a now very limited 960 grid system. It’s particularly inflexible if you want a 12 column 1170 design instead or want to do 16 columns for 2560. Before anyone asks…Yes, I actually have requests for this. If you understand grid based design, you won’t appreciate the limitations placed on the developer to make the layout builder work correctly for the enduser.
IE was even a bigger PITA to debug with all the ultimatum code running. IE 10/11 are better though. Browsers (Firefox and Chrome especially) are iterating faster than ever. Ultimatum can’t be relied on to react quickly enough.
It also seemed to me in the past to require so much more RAM than I’m used to. So shared hosting services don’t always suffice. Clients aren’t always interested in more expensive hosting options.
Last I checked, it’s based on the now much older Bootstrap v2 series. Bootstrap v3 has been out and has had several updates since it’s release last year. Now v3.1 just came out days ago. For the longest time it wasn’t even responsive. It always seem to be behind on current trends and staying current / ahead is what clients expect from me (especially those paying for bespoke sites).
Who’s updating? (Theme / Site / Both)
I confess to having bought a developer license (lifetime updates) for Ultimatum way back before I knew how to code WP themes but to this day, I’ve never used it to make a site that actually launched / get used. Throughout the updates, I still take a peak now and again. Though I just have never been satisfied with handing what it can create to a client for reasons too many to go into here.
I have no experience with Headway, iThemes Builder or PageLines DMS. They look too much like Ultimatum and so I stay away. I’ve never had a good enough reason to ever try them in lieu of what already works.
Out of those 3, Genesis gets my vote. If you go the Genesis route, you wish to consider this too – http://cobaltapps.com/downloads/dynamik-website-builder/
There’s typically always room for improvement in how things are done. I sometimes use my own custom themes and sometimes don’t. I definitely find it easier to update those but theme development / maintenance takes way more time but I charge for it. So when the budget isn’t there I often save much more time / money than I lose using a paid theme. If I didn’t get paid monthly recurring fees for client maintenance plans then perhaps I might be more inclined to complain about time / money waste. Doubt it, though.
I’ve been fortunate to sell nearly every client on maintenance contracts (which aren’t limited to 3rd party updates) after site launch. To me, it’s all about how you’re able to structure your client relationships and agreements. If you’re not getting paid enough, perhaps it’s because you’re cheating yourself? Sell your services better and give yourself a raise while you’re at it. It’s not 100% Envato’s fault IMO (maybe 10%). It’s not the Theme Author’s fault at all since “free updates” (for life) are typically never promised / part of the deal. I’m thankful to get what updates I get having paid only what I did.
Well…you didn’t noticed UIKit I guess?
Indeed, I had not (or had pushed it out of my mind for whatever reason). Interesting. There was once a time when YOOTheme only did Joomla but I guess with WP’s increase in popularity and Joomla’s slow decline they have continued to diversify. I haven’t looked at them (YT) since the Warp 6 days, I think. It’s nice to see Warp 7 finally include LESS.
Just noticed that BS3 is now available in a SASS version now too – http://blog.getbootstrap.com/2014/01/30/bootstrap-3-1-0-released/
It remains to be seen whether LESS and SASS will be both maintained going forward. I might just jump ship over to Zurb’s Foundation though if the LESS branch of Bootstrap was ever discontinued in favor of SASS.