Vantage 4.0 Preview

We’re finally ready to reveal the new look and key features coming in Vantage 4.0! It’s by far our most advanced theme yet. In addition to a design refresh, the code under the hood has been almost completely rewritten.

Our main goal was to update the design and make the theme much easier to customize and use.

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Update Mar 22, 2017 – Vantage 4.0.1 has been released and is available for purchase! We’re still updating our marketing material and docs so things will slowly be rolled out. Existing customers can use 4.0.x but won’t be able to upgrade an old 3.x site until 4.1.0 has been released (mid April). It will contain the migration script to ensure everything gets transferred over properly. Note: You won’t lose any data if you activate 4.0.x on your old site. Things like reviews and search will just not work properly.

We had our own punch list of items to enhance but also took constructive criticism from our customers. The most common requests were:

  • Update the outdated design
  • Make it easier to customize the look and layout
  • Better compatibility with plugins
  • More action and filter hooks for developers

We took this feedback to heart and did our best to include these requests (in addition to other items). Here’s a high-level list of what has changed.

  • Refreshed the UI to adopt modern aesthetics
  • Improved overall theme customization options
  • Better support for popular WordPress plugins
  • Improved extendability for 3rd party developers
  • Removed modules better fit as plugins (events, maps api, reviews, etc)
  • Stripped out features that caused option bloat
  • Added the Foundation Framework (v6)
  • Enhanced Google Maps with auto-complete location search, new marker options, and geocoding features
  • Replaced schema.org microdata with json-ld structured data format
  • Adopts WordPress theme best practices

We’re using the native WordPress customizer for easy color changes. Each page module can be moved to any position you like. For example, on the single listings page, you can move the photo gallery above the main content module or move the comments/reviews modules to the top of the page. In addition, sidebars can be moved to the left or right side…or even removed completely.

We’ve basically made it super easy to drag and drop content blocks (modules) into whatever location you like!

Also, we’ve added a nifty new feature to allow cover photo (aka large header photos) to be added to many different locations. These include the home page, single listings & categories, blog posts & categories, author profile pages, etc).

When Will this be Available?

There’s still a lot of work to be done and bugs keep popping up but we’re targeting an end of the year release launch.

Update Mar 18, 2017 – We’ve patched up the Updater API and fixed some bugs in 4.0. Look for 4.0.1 to appear next week for download. Note: Existing customers will be able to download it but the migration script from 3.x will not be available until 4.1.0. That means you can install it on a fresh copy of WordPress and everything will be setup correctly but using it on your existing 3.x site, it won’t work properly.

Update Mar 11, 2017 – We had to pull the Vantage 4.0 release down due to some unforeseen issues with our Updater API. The plan was to allow existing customers using 3.x (who didn’t want to upgrade) to manually download 4.x so the auto update wouldn’t notify them of an update and on click, blow away their existing site. Turns out it wasn’t working correctly and the API needs some additional work. We chose to err on the side of caution so more customers wouldn’t be affected. We apologize for this “false start” and will be working the next several days to resolve the issue. If all goes well, we will re-release 4.0 later next week.

Update Mar 9, 2017 – Vantage 4.0.0 has been released! We’re still updating our marketing material and docs so things will slowly be rolled out. In the meantime, you can download it and tinker with it.

Update Feb 22, 2017 – We’re back to Vantage work after a few weeks off. Unfortunately during these past few days our Jenkins CI server crashed and we had to completely rebuild it. Artem and I spent several days working on that instead of Vantage code. πŸ™ That server is very important as it runs tests and automatically builds our products into .zip files (from our Github repos) to deploy to our file hosting server (where you download things from). Without this server working, we couldn’t release any of our themes. So….we’re back online finally. So from here, we expect another two more weeks of development time before release. That puts us at March 9th, 2017.

Update Jan 29, 2017 – I’m going to be honest. We’re completely burnt out and need a break. The stress, pressure, anxiety and lack of sleep is taking a toll on our bodies. Our dev team (myself and Artem) have been working so hard on this release non-stop for months and we physically cannot continue coding and testing until we get a few weeks break. I hope everyone understands and is able to wait a bit longer (two weeks break plus one-two weeks more dev time). It’s painful, I know but we’re actually human and need some time to recover. Thank you for understanding.

Update Jan 14, 2017 – We’re really really trying to get this launched and we’re sooo close….however, last minute bugs keep popping up which push back our launch date (sorry sorry sorry!). We also have some personal things that are taking us away from work time (e.g. my 11 month old daughter is teething so sleep = very little).

Sorry to disappoint — especially for those waiting to start their new site. Don’t worry, we’ll have a special promotion for you once we launch! Keep checking back on this post for updates.

Jan 6th, 2017 Update – The Vantage 4.0 demo is now live! Disclaimer: It’s a work in progress so things may change as we make updates or fixes. The official demo with access to a user account and the backend, will be available once we launch later this month.

Update Dec 21, 2016 – With the holiday season in full swing and some technical setbacks, we won’t be able to deliver 4.0 before year-end. We are very disappointed as we hoped to release it next week. The good news is, we’ll have a public demo available soon for everyone to check out. New ETA? With Christmas and New Year holidays this week and next, our team will be taking a much needed break. We’ve been working ’round the clock on 4.0 so it’s time to recharge our batteries and then return for a final sprint to finish up the theme. With that being said, January 15th is our new target date.

Is it a Free Upgrade?

Yes, if you’ve got an active subscription to either Vantage or Club or are a legacy customer (with lifetime updates), the upgrade will be free. If your subscription has lapsed, you can easily renew once 4.0 comes out and get access right away.

Here are some screenshots (subject to change):

Single Listing Page

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Single Listing Contact Owner

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Listings Category Page

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Single Blog Post

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Manage Listings Page

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Edit Profile Page

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Public Profile Page

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Responsive Design View

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Admin Setup Guide Page

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So what do you think? We’d love to hear your feedback!

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 Comments (457)

  • Alex Branchet

    Hello, I want to know if the new Version 4.0 allows to include specific custom fields within price package. It would be possible to do Fields Monetization?. I can see in the version 3 demo that it is not possible.

    I have a second question, I want to know if it is possible to choose other currencies other than the preset in the regional section. Is it possible to manually enter some other currency?

    Thank you

    • author
      David

      No, field monetization is not possible with our themes.

      Besides the preset list, what other currency would you want to use?

      • Alex Branchet

        I would like to use Latin American currencies, such as the Argentine Peso, the Bolivar of Venezuela, the Chilean Peso. Or enter the currency symbol manually.

        • author
          David

          We’ll add support for all three. πŸ˜‰

          Keep in mind that the payment gateway must also support those currencies otherwise they will only be for display purposes (e.g. show symbol next to prices on website…not pay via that currency).

  • Garfield

    What happened to you guys today?

  • Garfield

    Gaaaaaaa! Oh well. I’ve got my hands full now setting up my hosting and figuring out WordPress.

  • Djamel

    Hello David,

    When public demo will be available precisely ? Thank you

    • author
      David

      Hopefully have it finished by the end of this week. Check back on this post. We’ll include a link to it when it’s presentable. πŸ˜‰

  • Sabrina Capelli

    Hi ! Love your theme – When will we be able to buy the new Vantage 4? I am reale realy awaiting for it πŸ™‚

    thank you for your kind short feedback. Have a nice christmas! πŸ™‚
    Sabrina

    • author
      David

      Hi Sabrina, hope you had a nice Christmas and New Years! We don’t have an exact date yet. Working out some kinks which are taking longer than expected. Our goal is have 4.0 ready by the 15th.

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  • chris

    If you are not going to update this – can someone at least add some fairylights to this page ?
    https://www.appthemes.com/releases/

  • customer
    valuser

    All the best for the new version of the theme!

    Will the management of custom-fields change with the new version ?

    • author
      David

      For legacy Vantage users, the custom fields/forms will behave the same. For new 4.0 customers, custom fields won’t be enabled for the launch. We’re in the process of rebuilding it and it won’t be ready for our initial launch.

  • Navdeep

    Any updates on clipper (new design) ???

    • author
      David

      We haven’t even looked at Clipper yet. We’ve only got two developers so our resources are limited. First we need to finish Vantage. Then ClassiPress. Then probably Clipper.

  • barccc

    If I have Easy Digital Downloads, do you know if that would integrate or not?

    • author
      David

      It should work alongside of EDD but it won’t be “integrated” (e.g. use the same checkout process, etc). We already built those features into our themes.

  • customer
    tallis1970

    Do you know when the public demo will be available?

  • customer
    tallis1970

    Will there be options to add additional fields to registration pages eg. additional phone numbers, company/organisation name etc.

  • David Hutchins

    I mean … what can we do. I really wanted to start the year with a new look but looks like that won’t happen. When we upgrade to 4.0, we don’t lose post content correct? Just certain code and customizations?

    • author
      David

      Yeah we were hoping it would be ready as well. You won’t lose any post content but there will be some manual migration required. We’ll have a doc or video explaining how to do this.

  • Andres

    Hello David,

    Will Vantage 4.0 allow for a single listing to have multiple locations associated with it? Hope you have a happy new year!

    • author
      David

      No. It’s a one to one mapping just like how other major business directories work (e.g. Yelp). That way each business can have unique photos and reviewed independently, etc.

  • guiadelamujer

    No release date yet?

  • customer
    xpose

    Hi Davis

    I run the Vantage theme in South Africa – currency is Rand.

    Any chance of including this in the currency options under pricing?

    Much appreciated

    Denzil

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  • Arno

    Hi,
    I’m using Vantage for my french business directory http://www.business-directory.fr/ since a long time πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait the new release and thanks for the work !

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  • customer
    websmart

    YES, please Jan 15 or sooner!!

    Thanks πŸ™‚

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  • customer
    werbeagentin

    Hi David,

    how much is the payment system changed from 4.x to 3.09?
    I want to develop a payment bridge to a digital market place, doing all the tax and invoice work.
    Is it possible to hook a beta into my account so i can start developing?

    Thank you

    • author
      David

      @werbeagentin, it hasn’t changed much (if at all) so you’re safe following the existing payments documentation and Vantage 3.09.

  • customer
    garfieldm

    Dave is there a way to contact you privately for a question? It’s not regarding 4.0, but rather I want tp make sure I’m on the right track with my business model.

  • author
    David

    Everyone, the Vantage 4.0 demo is now live!

    http://www.vantagetheme.com/

    Disclaimer: It’s a work in progress so things may change as we make updates or fixes.

    The official demo with access to a user account and the backend, will be available once we launch later this month.

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  • customer
    malkie

    Looking good πŸ™‚

  • customer
    peppemangiameli

    listing events?

  • Max

    Looks nice. However, I would rather prefer a grid view like the blog posts. Will there be a way to switch listings to a grid view?

    • author
      David

      Initially no, but it’s something we could consider adding. Note, each section on the home page (and most other pages) is a widget so they can be rearranged as you like (or 3rd party developers can build plugins to add more).

  • customer
    anunciate

    Looks amazing worth the wait

  • Garfield McCormick

    Very slick! My spirits are buoyed. This is going to be great.

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