Inspired by our customers, we set forth developing this new theme thinking about how an IgnitionDeck owner could build their very own hand-crafted goods website. Stellar started as a simple design that was meant to invoke that creative and handcrafted feeling, while holding true to the modern web design trends that have developed. As we went further into development, we realized that we didn’t need to limit the theme to that vision; it was going to suit a crowdfunding platform just fine also.
Our resident theme architect, Robin Singh, felt we could take Stellar and ensure it was ready and capable for the existing crowdfunding use case immediately, and iterate upon it as more features of IgnitionDeck Commerce are released. What that means, is that with the release of Stellar today, it’s completely capable of building your own crowdfunding platform – and in the future it will be upgraded, just like every IgnitionDeck theme, to match future IgnitionDeck Enterprise surprises as well.
The tried and true features of 500 Framework are at the heart of Stellar.
Stellar introduces a few of its own new widgets as part of the 500 Content Widget scaffolding, and some fresh designs to what has become a standard in the crowdfunding arena – the project (campaign) page.
A new ‘CTA Widget’ helps define a call to action right when you need it, making it easy to place a great looking headline and a button anywhere on your home page. Drop it into the chosen widget area on the home page, fill out a couple fields, and you’re done!
Trio Features Widget
The new Features Widget built into Stellar is a stackable 3 column widget that is perfect for listing features along with an icon for quick visual perception. Using the amazing Font Awesome package built directly into Theme 500, you can easily select your desired icons for each feature item.
The Features Widget is broken into three columns, and you can simply add another row by adding another Features widget to the fray. Complete control over the height, padding, coloring and more – you can even add a custom class to gain even more control over the elements of this widget.
A new look for the project grid.
Theme 500 has essentially used the same grid design for all of its child-themes aside from Venus, which introduced a great new design to the project grid. However, Venus was built with pre-orders in mind – specially focused on the home page of the site being all about said pre-order.
Stellar has put some thought into the most important information on the project grid, and displayed it in a thoughtful and refreshing to grasp layout. And with a very clear visual cue on hover of each item, it makes it easy to draw a visitor further into the website so they stick around!
The project page takes center stage.
Most visitors to the site of a crowdfunding platform don’t arrive by the home page. They get there from a link shared by one of the project owners. The project owners are your customers, and they want their project to stand out and be the center of attention when anyone gets to their page. That’s why we made the featured image and video bigger, and we put the emphasis on them.
With Stellar we’ve placed the headline, the short description, and the project creator at the top – and it is very likely going to be the first thing a visitor looks at. Those coming to the website via a link don’t need to know it’s your site right away – they just need to get right into the nitty gritty of the project they’re interested in, and then support it! Once they’ve done that, they’ll explore a little more – and probably think about using it themselves. We’ve made sure it’s very clear how they can support – with the support now button being very prominent in the upper right.
Stellar Color Customization
The color customization of Stellar is just like the Maximus, Venus and Classic themes – flawless. Select your color palette and let Stellar do the heavy lifting of making sure it blends seamlessly into the rest of the design. No more digging into CSS files to make sure your colors look nice. None of this single color option that gives the site a monotone drab feeling. Selecting just a few colors and some different shades of them, you can achieve a website that feels like a designer custom designed it to match your branding.
Slider Plugin Ready
We’ve made sure that Stellar plays nice with your chosen slider plugin, including the always popular Slider Revolution. You can replace the home page banner widget with a Slider widget and you’ll be off to the races.
The beauty of building themes for IgnitionDeck Enterprise is that with each new theme, we’re pushing the limits set by those released before it. The end result is a better product for everyone involved. We’re excited to share this new theme with you, and hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoyed building it!