Localbiz Vortex 3 Is Coming

Localbiz Vortex 3 Is Coming

I am very pleased and excited to announce that we are about to release a brand new version of Localbiz Vortex, which replaces Vortex V2 series.

LBV3-ebox-500-enhancedThe new version contains some vast differences & improvements and is named Localbiz Vortex 3.

I expect that it will be ready within the next couple of weeks. The actual formal release date is Wednesday October 21st 2015.

Basically, we have taken the best of our “Vortex Site Builder”, and “Localbiz Vortex 2.0” and combined them into a new theme that has added improvements and functions not seen before. This means that we will only have one Localbiz product “Localbiz Vortex 3” which replaces WP-Localbiz, Localbiz Vortex 2, and Vortex Site Builder, which will all become redundant. Anyone that bought or upgraded to any of those products during the last 12 months will be automatically upgraded to Localbiz Vortex 3 for free! Any one needing to purchase an upgrade from an existing license will be able to do so for a fraction of the cost of a full licence!

Localbiz Vortex 3 is still a fully compliant and compatible, independent WordPress theme, which means that you remain in full control of its use and deployment. New licenses all come with Developer options which allows you to build, deploy and sell as many as you like without any further cost or monthly fees. It doesn’t matter whether you make 10 sites, 100 or 1000,… you’ll never have to pay per quantity for the sites you create and sell.

Your license comes with 12 months of free upgrades and elite support. That means that you’ll have access to all upgrades and 24 hour direct support included with your license. We will be activating a support forum as well which has dozens of tutorial and “How To” posts that you can learn from, as well as interacting with. Seriously, the support alone will be worth more than the cost of a license renewal/upgrade. We have many testimonials from members that will attest to how we have helped them out and on many occasions provided hands-on support to assist them in getting rolling or fixing a problem.

Some of the new features include;

  • Secondary Top Thin Banner added (now there will be 2 to choose from for different purposes).
  • Secondary style for menus (a ribbon style, continuous flat style menu) will be added to the default button style, so there’ll now be 2 different menu styles (with full color, gradient and border control).
  • 15 new custom widgets that you can deploy to the header or featured sidebar or common sidebars in any page. This means you can have different header messages, images, or video in the header of multiple pages, as well as creating different sidebar content for multiple pages (i.e. each page can have its own custom content).
  • A short_code so you can simply add any social media plugin that has short code built in.
  • Added transition effects for the gallery slider
  • Ability to hide the default “WP site title” when using header background image, so that you can use the built in Vortex text special effects directly over backgrounds when not using a header logo.
  • Short_code for flashing text so that can be used when creating custom text or custom sidebar content.
  • A flick-switch to activate/deactivate the “style-switcher” in the Top Thin Banner display.
  • Collapsible menu in responsive/mobile mode that will collapse the menu into a dropdown grid style menu when in mobile mode. This will make the menu look a lot smarter and perform a lot smoother in mobiles.
  • Option to increase margin space at the top and footer of sites so that the background can show through (this adds an impressive style and difference to the appearance when the theme is set in “boxed” theme mode).
  • A custom CSS page will be added to admin so that you can create custom styling for the theme which will be retained whenever you upgrade the theme (great for exporting styles to other Vortex sites as well).
  • Add option for every WP page created, to enable total plain vanilla stripping of page (remove header, footer and backgrounds) so you can create sales pages or use for any purpose requiring plain canvass pages.
  • A new widget that will allow you to replicate the styling of the main featured sidebar, in the sidebars of any page or post.

We are removing the “Duplicator” backup cloner which in fact utilized the open source plugin “Duplicator” which is being continually upgraded and remains a free open source plugin. Whereas we had customized Vortex to integrate ideally with Duplicator, the plugin kept changing and upgrading and caused us quite a lot of ongoing issues, so we decided to remove it as a standard built in theme feature and simply allow each person to install it themselves directly from the WordPress plugin library and by doing so, ensure the latest version available plus direct support from the developer “Life In The Grid”.

If you can think of any new feature or improvement that you’d like to see in Localbiz Vortex 3, please leave a comment below and we’ll take it into consideration!

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10 comments on “Localbiz Vortex 3 Is Coming
  1. Jeff Botheroyd says:

    V:3.0 sounds like a great upgrade. Can’t wait. And thanks for all the continued updates.

  2. Holger says:

    Hi Russell
    I know how much time and work you put into your products and I am sure this V 3.0 will be another outstanding tool for marketers in the local business area, with great benefits in the site structure as I can envision based on the previous V2 with your designs.
    Looking forward to more details
    hope all is well with you and family.

    • Russell says:

      Thanks for your positive and encouraging comments Holger.
      I appreciate your empathy for the work involved in creating the theme and to upgrading it.
      it sure is a challenge keeping it current and to figuring out the best improvements and keeping costs under control.
      You are going to love Localbiz Vortex 3. Some awesome features coming!

  3. CJ Boston says:

    Awesome news. Can we see a preview screenshot of the new site ?

    • Russell says:

      Hi CJ,
      there are quite a few different aspects to the new theme,.. all of which are conceptual at this stage and only exist as composite image and wireframe sketches. I may post some of those shortly, but in the meantime can only post the main feature details.

  4. Steven Croft says:

    Russell,

    I know that you have invested a lot of your time and heart into Localbiz Vortex. I have been a long-time client of yours and have every one of your modules. You always do exceptional work and quality on every enhancement to this suite of tools.

    I look forward to version 3 and can’t wait to put it to work within my business.

    Thanks for all of your hard work and also for providing Version 3 upgrade to your current clients for free.

    Best Regards,

    Steve

    • Russell says:

      Thanks for your comments Steve.

      Over the past year or so I have been consolidating my online business activities. During that time I’ve been able to refocus and prioritize a lot of things, and this consolidation and upgrading of Localbiz Vortex is a part of all of that. This is a theme that I so often use myself in a variety of instances because it just works and is so simple to work with. I know that there is a main core of Localbiz Vortex users that love the theme and use it as predominantly as I do, and therefore this new composite release makes good sense and hopefully it will also attract a lot more new users who will see the values and strength of working with a software that is now entering its 4th year of development.

  5. Jeff Botheroyd says:

    How’s it looking in regards to version 3.0?

    • Russell says:

      Hey Jeff,
      a very timely question. Just today I have reviewed what is almost a beta ready version of LBV3. It’s about 90% completed as far as all the new features and functions are concerned. It really is looking great and the new features are really nice and very practical and bound to be well received I’m sure!
      I’ll be making another post over the weekend with a preview to what’s coming,.. I’d say will be ready for release next week sometime.
      Cheers,
      Russell

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