Acumen - The Highly Extensible Magento Theme

Acumen - The Highly Extensible Magento Theme

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Acumen is the best supported and most extensible Magento theme in the world — and a best seller too.

Acumen is a powerfully flexible, grid-based Magento theme. It was designed specifically for easy customization and to fit a wide range of stores. Its minimal layout puts maximum attention on products, while keeping a clean and modern aesthetic throughout. You’ll love it!


Over 5 Years of Acumen Updates — View Changelog

Acumen has supported every stable Magento release since its launch.

Store owners, developers, and design studios choose Acumen because it’s the best supported and most rigorously updated Magento theme available.

Acumen 1.3.8 -- 2015-01-04 -- Magento 1.9.1.0 and 1.9.1.1 compatible
Acumen 1.3.7 -- 2014-05-19 -- Magento 1.9.0.0 and 1.9.0.1 compatible
Acumen 1.3.6 -- 2014-02-08 -- Magento 1.8.1.0 compatible
Acumen 1.3.5 -- 2013-10-01 -- Magento 1.8.0.0 compatible
Acumen 1.3.4 -- 2012-05-31 -- Magento 1.7.0.0 to 1.7.0.2 + 27 feature updates!
Acumen 1.3.3 -- 2012-03-19 -- Snippets! Plus a massive number of optimizations!
Acumen 1.3.2 -- 2012-01-12 -- Magento 1.6.2.0 compatible + 7 new UI Widgets
Acumen 1.3.1 -- 2011-12-26 -- UI Widgets! Big feature update!
Acumen 1.3.0 -- 2011-11-04 -- Magento 1.6.1.0 compatible
Acumen 1.2.9 -- 2011-09-09 -- Magento 1.6.0.0 compatible
Acumen 1.2.8 -- 2011-05-02 -- Magento 1.5.1.0 compatible
Acumen 1.2.7 -- 2011-03-29 -- Bug fix in JS form validation
Acumen 1.2.6 -- 2011-03-17 -- Bug fix for IE
Acumen 1.2.5 -- 2011-03-11 -- Magento 1.5.0.1 compatible
Acumen 1.2.4 -- 2010-12-17 -- Magento 1.4.2.0 compatible
Acumen 1.2.3 -- 2010-08-15 -- Updated Google Analytics handling
Acumen 1.2.2 -- 2010-08-13 -- Magento 1.4.1.1 compatible
Acumen 1.2.1 -- 2010-07-17 -- Minor bug fixes
Acumen 1.2.0 -- 2010-06-22 -- Magento 1.4.1.0 compatible
Acumen 1.1.0 -- 2010-06-05 -- Improved documentation, bug fixes, and easier customization
Acumen 1.0.0 -- 2010-04-21 -- Magento 1.4.0.0 compatible


A Remarkable History of Magento Compatibility

If your business counts on Magento, you can trust Acumen will always support the next update.

Magento 1.9.1.1 -- Released 2015-05-01 -- No update needed
Magento 1.9.1.0 -- Released 2014-11-24 -- Compatible in 41 days (holiday delay)
Magento 1.9.0.1 -- Released 2014-05-15 -- No update needed
Magento 1.9.0.0 -- Released 2014-05-13 -- Compatible in 6 days
Magento 1.8.1.0 -- Released 2013-12-11 -- Compatible in 59 days (holiday+conference delay)
Magento 1.8.0.0 -- Released 2013-09-25 -- Compatible in 6 days
Magento 1.7.0.2 -- Released 2012-07-05 -- No update needed
Magento 1.7.0.1 -- Released 2012-06-20 -- No update needed
Magento 1.7.0.0 -- Released 2012-04-24 -- Compatible in 37 days (vacation delay)
Magento 1.6.2.0 -- Released 2012-01-11 -- Compatible in 1 day
Magento 1.6.1.0 -- Released 2011-10-19 -- Compatible in 16 days
Magento 1.6.0.0 -- Released 2011-08-18 -- Compatible in 22 days
Magento 1.5.1.0 -- Released 2011-04-26 -- Compatible in 6 days
Magento 1.5.0.1 -- Released 2011-02-09 -- Compatible in 30 days
Magento 1.4.2.0 -- Released 2010-12-08 -- Compatible in 9 days
Magento 1.4.1.1 -- Released 2010-07-26 -- Compatible in 18 days
Magento 1.4.1.0 -- Released 2010-06-10 -- Compatible in 12 days
Magento 1.4.0.1 -- Released 2010-02-19 -- No updates needed
Magento 1.4.0.0 -- Released 2010-02-12 -- Initial release

We believe transparency. It usually takes 1-3 weeks from the time Magento announces a release until GravDept publishes a compatible update. Sometimes a release overlaps a vacation/holiday/conference and it takes a little longer.

GravDept has never skipped a single Magento update since April 2010.


Take the Acumen Tour for an Overview — View All Features

Acumen Custom Features

  • 15 UI Widgets: create interactive content sliders, pop overs, featured product lists with ease.
  • 15 Snippets: add content areas you can update from the Magento Admin with no coding!
  • 960 Grid System: every template follows an orderly 12-column grid.
  • HTML5 markup: scrubbed clean of bulk and infused with semantic power.
  • CSS3 galore: progressively enhanced styles reward modern browsers while staying lean.
  • Language translation ready: 100% of Acumen’s templates use Magento’s translation methods.
  • 10 Sliders: New Products + Featured Products + Large Promo + Grid Based.
  • Mega Navigation Menu: show the full catalog structure easily.
  • Mini-Cart Menu: users see the cart on every page.
  • Designed for customizations: includes override.css for easy upgrades.
  • Web font ready: primed for Google Web Fonts, Typekit, @font-face, etc.

Magento Core Features

  • Category (Grid & List View) + Faceted Navigation
  • Product Page (with Related Products + Cross Sell + Reviews)
  • Product types: Simple, Configurable, Grouped, Bundled
  • Search Autocomplete
  • Cart (with Up Sell) + Onepage Checkout + Multiple Address Checkout
  • Customer Dashboard (with Order History + Reviews + Tags + more)
  • CMS Pages (100% layout freedom with grids)
  • Send to Friend + Wishlist + Gift Messages

Need more details? The Acumen Tour has you covered. Explore every aspect of Acumen’s development and see why it’s the perfect starting point for your store.


Seven Principles That Make Acumen A Better Theme

#1. Quality Over Quantity

We focused on what matters: primary navigation, deep linking home page, manageable featured products, and seamless interaction. Still looking for color variations? Acumen supports over 65,000 via CSS. Acumen’s intelligent features are so natural, you’ll have to pay attention to notice them.

#2. Better Design

Acumen was made for clarity and organization. We shook up the visual hierarchy to highlight the most important information and removed the clutter. The result was beautiful catalog and product pages with prominent photography. Both checkout modes were streamlined for simplicity. View Acumen’s clean layouts.

#3. True Grid System

While other themes claim to implement grids like 960.gs, they don’t. Look at the markup for proof. Every template in Acumen was stripped of Magento’s structural markup and replaced with our flexible grid. See Acumen’s grid framework.

#4. Better Code

We followed Magento and Zend best practices when writing Acumen from theme fallback hierarchy to fully supporting multi-language translation. Every modification is annotated with comments, and the every frontend template’s markup was scrubbed for improved semantics and accessibility. That’s SEO gold. View our code practices.

#5. Better Performance

Acumen was built for speed. Our best ideas are implemented for reducing HTTP requests, applying cached JavaScript libraries, minimizing repeat data downloads, and loading resources modularly. It’s a little technical, but see how Acumen is optimized.

#6. Rigorous Updates

Acumen was a launch theme for the Magento category, and it has the most active development history. We’ve supported every stable Magento version with a full compatibility release (usually in ~1 week). Other themes are still multiple Magento versions behind. We’re streets ahead, view the changelog.

#7. Amazing Support

Read through the comments. We answer every question and problem within 24 hours, often much faster than that. We don’t ignore customers or bugs, and include a comprehensive Magento/Acumen installation guide with suggestions for server selection and store configuration settings to help you go live.


The Absolute Best Magento Hosting

GravDept has sold hundreds of Magento themes, and seen Magento running in 40+ different server environments. We know from experience what works and what doesn’t.

We recommend Nexcess hosting for Magento websites without hesitation. Each SIP (Secure Isolated Platform) is an entirely self-contained and fine-tuned eCommerce environment. They provide the most stable, secure, and scalable out-of-the-box Magento hosting solution.

  • Dell Enterprise servers
  • Full PCI compliance
  • Nightly database backups
  • R1Soft continuous filesystem backups
  • 7.5 GB RAID 10 storage
  • 16 GB DDR3 memory
  • 75 GB/mo bandwidth
  • Email hosting included
  • Facilities in United States, United Kingdom, and Australia
  • 24/7 support (seriously great team)
  • Free setup
  • Free migration

GravDept uses a Nexcess SIP-100 server to demo Acumen, and fully recommends Nexcess to clients. They have hosting plans to that scale to companies of all sizes.

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