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Great day at SMFPacks, we're releasing our second theme, it's called BLUX and I'm sure you're going to love it, it's our second theme, as you may remember we released Laguna a long time ago.

You maybe wondering what makes this theme special? Well here are the main reasons:

Blux is going to be released before 2012 to the General Public, this is such a powerful but great-looking theme that I'm sure everybody is going to just love it!

#1 - December 22, 2011, 08:19:06 PM
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Design: Blux is fenomenal, it just looks great, everything is done with CSS, almost no images were used and that helps a lot in speed load and customization, besides that, Blux has a quite pretty design that looks different from all the other regular SMF themes, the main color behind this gorgeous theme is blue which has been mixed with grey and white to create a really unique design that I'm sure you're going to love.

This is theme is trully tableless, not like Curve, for example the lists of boards and topics in Curve were done with tables, that isn't tableless at all, in Blux we've changed those tables to divs which means a faster page load and an easy customization with just a few changes to the main .css file.

Blux is just easy to the eyes, good looking, professional and the best of all, it's super powerful as you will see in the SEO and Functionality features of this theme. One thing that is quite important, is how Blux gives priority to content, the really important things in a forum are now displayed as they should, leaving all the other stuff behind, this gives the user a better experience.

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Every part of the main areas where covered when Blux was designed, it's a great theme with a lot of things that you won't see in any other SMF Theme, it gives great professional look to your website and you, your members and Google (you'll see why) are going to love.
#2 - December 22, 2011, 08:21:44 PM


SEO: This is the most important feature in this wonderful theme! It's a real SEO theme that is going to improve how google reachs your forum, you maybe wondering how a theme can do it? well it's quite simple, Blux integrates HTML5-Microdata, has a great HTML Semantic Format and it includes a lot of tweaks and nofollow tags that boost SEO in your website.

HTML5-Microdata: As google's explains here Microdata helps spiders to separate and group content based on what they are, in this field Blux gives importance to the breadcrumb (linktree) of the forum letting google knows what it's and that is going to be shown in how google shows your website in their results, in addition to that microdata is used to let google know about what are the posters of a topic and gives info about them, this helps in how it index content.

HTML Semantic Theme: This theme includes a great HTML Semantic, this means that without all the CSS Styles the forum still readable, as it's property ordered, content is shown as it should and the really important parts are the ones with higher priority, how you can see it? just turn off the CSS and browse as a guest (Spiders are guests) and this is what they are going to see: (LEFT BLUX | RIGHT CURVE)

(Comparison of board index Blux Left, Curve Right)

(Comparison of a topic Blux Left, Curve Right)

Another reason to say that this is a really semantic theme is how the Semantic Extractor Tool created by W3C check a website with Blux (with help of the SMFPacks SEO Pro Mod), here are some screenshots of a topic:

(Semantic Content)

(Semantic Content Two)

In addition to that the really important content will be shown in <hX> tags as they should, this means that the important areas of all forums will be property marked as such, helping google while it's indexing.

This means that Google is actually going to see the content in your forum at first, not all the other things that aren't that important, boosting SEO and helping in indexation, which means higher positions in Google and all the others!

NoFollow Tags: Nofollow has been included in this theme, this means that google won't go to areas that it shouldn't and it won't be browsing duplicated parts of your forum, again helping in indexation and boosting how content is find and indexed.
#3 - December 22, 2011, 08:22:25 PM


FUNCTIONALITIES: We worked really hard on Blux, that's why we didn't want to finish it without extra additions to it, and here are the main changes in user experience:

Hidden Menu: This feature is just great and you're going to love it, the best of all is that it was made only with CSS, no javascript is used so everybody can enjoy it and it's faster that the regular menus! This hidden menu allows you to quickly access all those important areas that in the past required three clicks, now a Hidden menu is shown allowing users to quickly select what they want, to do it just set your cursor over your username at the top and this is what you're going to see:

Hidden Menu in Posts: As the mentioned menu, but this one is included in posts, also with CSS not with js, allowing you to have a much more clean postbit layout leaving all the unimportant things behind and showing the content as the really important part, all the additional poster info is now available at this hidden menu, to see it just set your cursor over the username of the poster.

Quick Report: Reporting a post should be as easy as possible, as the main interested is you not the user, they should be encouraged with a painless process, in Blux we've included Quick Report, this means that you won't have to load another page to report something, now you can do it in the same topic page, here's an screenshot of it in action:

RSS in Boards: RSS is a great way to stay tunned over the internet, that's why we've added a quick access to the RSS of each board at forum index, allowing users to access to 'em quickly and painless, but as this isn't a crucial part of a forum index they are shown with a little opacity which is eliminated when you set your cursor over the icon, and keeping SEO in mind that image is loaded with CSS so it won't be shown to Google as it should.

Unread Posts: Unread posts are specially marked, letting you know since when new posts has been posted in a topic.

Link to Full Edit: Now in Quick Edit of a post you'll be able to quickly go to the main editor where users can use the editor to make a much deeper modification, this is useful for all the regular users of this great feature.

Full AJAX Support: All the regular Ajax features are supported in this theme, this means that you'll be able to Quickly Modify Posts, Topic Titles at Message Index and Change Posts Icons on-the-fly.
#4 - December 22, 2011, 08:22:59 PM


Any word on pricing? :)

It looks great, but for most serious users there's a big obstacle in actually paying for such a product: the bad way SMF deals with themes integration. For a well-established and developed board it will be a pain in the arse to reapply all the mods and stuff... :(
#5 - December 22, 2011, 11:56:13 PM


really nice themes, like IPB Themes, clean n neat, nice
#6 - December 23, 2011, 01:29:27 AM
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I don't know if it's going to be a free theme, if not it's going to be offered with Laguna for the same price, I mean you would be paying for all my themes an specified fee, about changes it shouldn't be that hard, I was able to apply Advanced Topic Prefix and SEO Pro Mod in a few minutes

Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)
#7 - December 23, 2011, 06:07:10 AM


Blux is the actual design on smfpacks? its like a live demo?
#8 - December 23, 2011, 08:43:32 AM


Yes, it's. The public version should be out soon, the thing is that I must remove some code that was adapted to this website
#9 - December 23, 2011, 08:54:19 AM


The new theme looks great.  Besides the design itself, I think the best part is how every profile option is included in the dropdown when we hover our name at the top. :)  Very nice.
#10 - December 23, 2011, 01:16:36 PM
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That is great work
#11 - December 23, 2011, 01:56:29 PM


It would be nice a little #eee background when hovering those links (to show wich link will be used)

(the same for the main dropdown menu)
#12 - December 23, 2011, 02:31:56 PM


I've been looking for a good theme like this. I'm ready to order!  Pricing and payment info?
#13 - December 24, 2011, 05:13:09 AM
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It was released yesterday :)
#14 - December 25, 2011, 09:28:25 AM



Previously I bought 2 pro mods from you (just weeks ago). Even before I launch my forum, it went down while uninstalling a free mod. I'm now thinking to use Blux theme.

My question is if I purchase Blux, do I need to purchase the mods again? Obviously, I won't buy twice for the same mod.

Thank you.
#15 - June 07, 2012, 08:48:44 AM


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