Rational Magic – clean bold and lightweight design

We love clean and effective designs. We wanted a template that was super lightweight, fast loading and still had a lot of versatility and we think we nailed it with Rational Magic. This template also has our brand new menu system. If you want to showcase your product or content, this template is perfect for you.

 

 

 

Rational Magic comes with four color switch options including:
Blue, Peachy, Brown Green

Give your users the ability to change the sites overall colors from a simple switcher in the header. Users can change the site color on the fly, make the text bigger and smaller, and basically personalize your site to their tastes. If this much control for your users is not desired, it is just as simple for you to set the colors and sizes that you want everybody to use via a few simple changes to the template_options.php.
It’s all about choices.

Brand new menu system!

…for Joomla 1.5

For Joomla 1.5 users we have reworked the menu and made it a bit leaner. Rational Magic for Joomla 1.5 has our SuperMenu as well as SuperDrop – a new drop down menu not seen on any templates yet. It is a vastly slimmed down version of the superdrop and superfish menu that uses much less css and has great control features to set it up just how you want it. The best part is: it’s completely based on Joomla’s core menu, we are adding all needed markup dynamically to keep things extremely simple and maintenance easier.

The new menu works like a dropline menu where the sub-items display in a row below the main navigation (horizontally across the page) – and if there are any sub-items in these then the sub-items will slide out like the traditional suckerfish or superfish menu. Well, the best way to find out how this works is to view the Rational Magic Joomla 1.5 demo and see for yourself.

…for Joomla 1.0

We have implemented an entirely new menu system called SuperMenu. This menu is great because it combines all of the most popular menu systems into the template. We packed Superfish, Dropline, Suckerfish, Split and module menus all in one. This system also degrades gracefully when Javascript is switched off, allowing users who have older system to still be able to navigate your site. This menu system is also equipped with a time-delay on mouse-out which means your users won’t lose the menu because they weren’t quick enough or accurate enough in pointing.
60% Faster with CSS Compression and file Include

With modern websites, load times are going up respectively as the size, complexity and number of javascript and css files loaded into a page increase.

With Rational Magic we have implemented a method built into the template to do 2 very important things in order to help reduce the load speeds.

Compress (gzip) CSS and Javascript
We include a php script that first checks the server accepts this method, then it uses one of the php compression methods to reduce the size of the file for loading as well as revalidate the cache header.

Using php includes to minimize “http” requests to the server
The main focus here is to merge (on the fly) the css and javascript into single files in order to reduce the http requests. So instead of loading 6 css files, only one is loaded.

These 2 methods have shown us and increase of nearly 60% and we think it makes this an exceptionally fast loading template. This feature is built into the template and requires no setup, directly after install your visitors will enjoy enhanced browse speeds.

Module versatility at your fingertips

Intelli Modules Built in
This template comes with intelli-modules which calculate how much space they can take up depending on how many of them you publish. It can handle a maximum of 2 rows of three modules. What’s more Rational Magic has a fully collapsible top & bottom shelf. With this template there are over 30 module positions for you. Talk about options!

Module FX – Mix and match module styles!

One thing we have learn over the years is that our users want control and the means to easily customize the template to their needs. That is why we have come up with this clever system allowing you mix and match your different module styles.

Express yourself through style, color, and layout versatility
Rational Magic brings a new dimension to layout flexibility using its flexible layout configurations that are available on a per component basis. This allows you to set a 1, 2 or 3 column layout for any component, not only that, you can even specify the ordering of the columns!

This allows you to change your sites layout, depending on the content that your users are viewing. For example, if you wanted your site to have a forum, but did not want the sidebar to be loaded when viewing the forum, you would simple set the configuration to com_fireboard = content. It really is that simple!

Extra Goodies included when you buy Rational Magic
For Rational Magic, we decided to include a couple of simple additions that would make your life easier.

Simple Feed Module
Ever wanted to display a rss module, but did not know how to customize the default joomla syndicate module? Well, we have taken the concept and run with it. With our Simple Feed module, you can now add your own “pre text”, customize the link text, customize whether to pull the rss feed from Joomla! or MyBlog and if choosing Joomla! you can specify what type of feed you would like to syndicate. All this without digging in a single line of code!

Simple company contact Module
A simple yet effective module that allows your company to have a contact blurb. Save space and use this module for easy and quick contact info.

Features Summary:

  • Out of box install
  • Joomla 1.0 – 5 different menu choices, SuckerFish, SuperFish, Dropline, Module and Split
  • Joomla 1.5 – 2 different menu choices, SuperFish, new and exclusive SuperDrop
  • Compressed CSS
  • 8 Normal and 5 Intelli Module Positions which are capable of expanding to 30 module positions
  • Fully XHTML and CSS Validated and Compliant.
  • Multiple layout options
  • Detailed style guide
  • Semantic markup / separation of presentation and content
  • Comprehensive setup guide
  • Fireworks source included
  • Fully collapsible module positions
  • Tatami ready
  • Fully compatible IE6, IE7, Safari 2, Firefox 1.5+ (mac +win), Opera

 

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