Ready to jump right in? Headway 3.6 Beta 1 and Hinterland are available to Developer License holders in the Headway Dashboard.
It’s an exciting time for the Headway Team as we get to show you more of what we have been working on these past few months. Since Headway 3.6 is such a large update, we will be running a beta available to Developer License holders to help out weed out the bugs so you can have peace of mind when you upgrade to Headway 3.6 in the future.
We know you all love to test and see what is new with Headway, so we’re giving you first chance to see what we’ve been cooking up!
You have talked, we listened! Skins are by far the most requested feature so we’ve developed an even better way to build skins. While we were building skins, we also wanted to think about the way the Design Editor works. So let’s talk about these features!
We understand not everyone wants to start from a blank canvas. Sometimes people want to switch fonts, change a few colors and start blogging. So not only have we made this easier in Headway, we’ve built our own skins and will continue to do so.
We’ve never felt satisfied with our previous attempts at skin and child theme functionality, but we believe we’ve hit the nail on the head with Headway 3.6’s skin functionality. All skins are simple .json files that populate Headway grid and design settings so this means that you can edit every single part of a skin using Headway!
You can export your design as a skin, or start with a blank canvas for a brand new skin. Think of all the possibilities you could do with this! We are excited to see what you guys develop as Skins.
We’re happy to let you try out our first skin, Hinterland. Hinterland is is a great example of what can be achieved using Headway’s fluid wrapper functionality as well as the Nudging and positioning properties in the Design Editor to achieve a fixed header.
Don’t fret, Hinterland won’t be our only skin when we release Headway 3.6. We have plenty more!
As web designers and developers, one thing we do when we start building a new website is we build wireframes. Wireframes give us a great idea of what the site will look like. So we made it even more like a wireframe tool. Here’s an example of our new wireframe grid mode. Now you can wireframe out your site and let Headway build the site as you do so.
One thing we got feedback on was customers wanted an easy way to view properties for a given element or block. So we made this possible with the new properties view. Customers also wanted to see what elements weren’t customized, so we created a way to show un-customized elements. Of course, we still needed to show instances of blocks, and edit the element for the current layout only. So we moved those to the top element. We also added an easy way to get the element into the live CSS editor.
Here’s a quick video showing you want the new design editor looks like.
Finally, a big area we wanted to adjust based on customer feedback was the page/template panel. This was a panel we thought would get used. However, what we’ve found out over the last 2 years is it doesn’t get used as much and results in always hiding it. So we wanted to go about making an improvement to this area as well. Check out the example below and let us know what you think.
We sincerely appreciate everyone’s support and patience with this release! Most importantly though, we want your feedback!
Live Site Disclaimer: Do *NOT* under any circumstances install beta Headway 3.6 beta on a live site at this point. With that said, we highly encourage duplicating your live site over to a staging environment with BackupBuddy or a similar plugin or service so you can test how Headway 3.6 will work on your live site.