Introducing Dynamik Website Builder 1.5 and Genesis Extender 1.4

u-control-snapshotWith one of the biggest updates in quite some time (especially for Dynamik) I’m excited to finally release and share with our community these notable Cobalt Apps product updates!

First, before I touch on a few points I wanted to make it clear that for those wanting to cut to the chase and see all the new changes to Dynamik and/or Genesis Extender you can scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the appropriate changelog links. Also, the screencast just above those links will walk you through the main points of those lists. Read more “Introducing Dynamik Website Builder 1.5 and Genesis Extender 1.4”

Retina Ready Logos: A New Dynamik Feature

Retina Display

With Dynamik Website Builder 1.4.2 hot off the presses I thought I’d take a moment to share one of the new features found in this latest version of our flagship product.

This new feature gives you the ability to easily add a “Retina-Ready” (High Definition) version of your site’s logo, ensuring a crisp and clear rendering of your brand on high definition displays. From iPhones to iPads to MacBook Pros to Google’s HD tablets, your logo will take full advantage of those extra pixels instead of becoming blurry and pixellated. Read more “Retina Ready Logos: A New Dynamik Feature”

Dynamik Website Builder 1.3: New Default Design And More Responsive Than Ever

iPhone Dynamik 1.3 Demo Page

The Dynamik Website Builder and Genesis Extender 1.2 update was all about the Custom Options, providing several new powerful tools to display your content and structure your pages and posts. But Dynamik 1.3 is ALL about design, both in the “defaults” department as well as the way it responds to tablets and mobile phones.

Our main emphasis with 1.3 was to not only completely redesign the default styles of Dynamik (check out the updated Dynamik Demo Site), but to refine and enhance both the options that already existed as well as add any necessary options to bring it all together. Previous features like the various mobile menus have been completely reinvented to provide the best possible experience for both the developer as well as the site visitor. And a few new design options have also found their way into Dynamik to provide the end-user with an even more complete package to build their latest custom WordPress websites.

If you’d like to play around with the updated Dynamik Demo site in terms of viewing on various devices you can check it out on the Screenfly tool found over at QuirkTools.com. Read more “Dynamik Website Builder 1.3: New Default Design And More Responsive Than Ever”

Create A Custom Home Slider In Minutes With Genesis Extender

This tutorial walks through the simple process of creating a Custom Home Slider for your Genesis Child Theme using the Genesis Extender Plugin. All that’s required is the Genesis Framework, your favorite Genesis Child Theme, the Genesis Extender Plugin and your favorite WordPress Slider Plugin (we used Nivo Slider, but any solid Slider Plugin will do the trick).

Note: I just realized that in this screencast I typed -website-box-shadow instead of -webkit-box-shadow. I just wanted to make it clear that I’m aware it’s not -website-box-shadow. 🙂 Read more “Create A Custom Home Slider In Minutes With Genesis Extender”

Moving Genesis Elements To Make Them Fluid

Dynamik Website Builder provides a simple solution for making your entire Genesis website either “fixed” or “fluid” as you can see by the screenshot below.

fixed-fluied-design

But there are some instances where you need a little more fine tuned control over which elements remain fixed and which become fluid. In such cases I’ve provided a simple solution that requires only a bit of copy/paste coding to get the job done. Read more “Moving Genesis Elements To Make Them Fluid”

Creating Completely Custom Layouts Using Dynamik Website Builder

One of the things that make the Genesis Framework / Dynamik Website Builder combo so amazingly flexible are the many ways in which a page or post can be uniquely structured. From the simplest tweak to the most complex and unique framing of your content, Genesis plus Dynamik provides the tools to get the job done!

Tools used:

  • Genesis Layout Options
  • Dynamik Custom Labels
  • Dynamik Custom Conditionals
  • Dynamik Custom Widget Areas and/or Hook Boxes
  • Genesis Simple Sidebars Plugin

Introducing Dynamik Website Builder And Genesis Extender 1.2

This is by far the biggest update to hit these two Genesis powered products since version 1.0 and we’re absolutely blown away at the added flexibility! From the subtle, but notable refinements to the interface (Retina-ready images, for example) to the powerful new Custom Options that seriously take customizing your site’s structure and content to a whole new level, version 1.2 is a huge step forward! Read more “Introducing Dynamik Website Builder And Genesis Extender 1.2”

A Warm Welcome to Community Members Old and New

Welcome to Cobalt Apps, home of the Dynamik Website Builder and the Genesis Extender Plugin.

We’re thrilled to have you with us because, after all, what is WordPress, what’s a WordPress theme, and what’s a WordPress product without a community?

It’s you, the community of old friends and new friends that make everything possible. We thank you for being here, and we’re happy to have you along for the ride. Read more “A Warm Welcome to Community Members Old and New”

Custom Page Templates The Dynamik Way

The traditional WordPress Page Template provides us with the ability to display our content in a manner that is unique to the “default” page structure provided by our WordPress Theme.

This can be very useful and as simple or complicated as we want/need it to be. From a minor structure change to a complete overhaul of that page’s output, there are really no limits to what a Custom Page Template can do.

Please Note: Since writing this blog post we’ve added several new features to Dynamik that enhance its ability to structure your pages. One such feature is a Custom Template feature that allows you to create these traditional WordPress Page Templates using the Dynamik admin interface. You can learn more about this Custom Template feature HERE. Read more “Custom Page Templates The Dynamik Way”