***NOTE: Because we change the whole design of FreelanceEngine in this version 1.8, you MUST notice the following points before updating your site to FreelanceEngine 1.8:
- Backup your database to avoid being lost all files and data when the nasty happens.
- If you have customized your site, please save these codes. It can help you restore the previous version in case you aren’t satisfied with the new design.
- From FreelanceEngine 1.8, all payment gateway extensions of FreelanceEngine are separated from AE extensions family. So, you must deactivate the old plugins including AE Pin, AE PayUMoney, AE PayFast, AE MOLPay, AE Paymill, and AE SagePay. Then, go to your member area to download and install new plugins such as FrE Pin, FrE PayUMoney, FrE PayFast, FrE MOLPay, FrE Paymill, and FrE SagePay instead.
- Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, and WPML plugins aren’t supported from this version. So, you should deactivate these plugins.
As we promised in our sneak peek 3 weeks ago, today we’re here to announce you that FreelanceEngine 1.8 is officially released with the new design. We hope you will love the new appearance of FreelanceEngine and find it cleaner and more intuitive to use.
Why we decided to change the UX/UI design of FreelanceEngine
We’re planning to develop FreelanceEngine with more improvements and functions such as multi-freelancers for a project, geo-location, or new package purchase. However, it’s really hard for us to implement these features based on the current design. Besides, the UX/UI design of FreelanceEngine is outdated. So, the theme design needs adjusting to be not only more modern but also easy for us to conduct more features in the future.
In other words, FreelanceEngine 1.8 is the first step in the process of developing our theme later.
What’s new on FreelanceEngine 1.8
When your site is upgraded to FreelanceEngine 1.8, you will certainly get a bit surprised since we redesigned the whole theme, including homepage and other pages such as project listing, profile listing, and project detail pages. Notification and login pages are also added in this version.
An elegant and cutting-edge homepage layout
One of the most remarkable changes in this version is the new homepage layout. With this design, we focus more on UI elements. That’s why we change the whole homepage structure and color.
Besides, we redesign the homepage with the new appearance, so Slider Revolution and Visual Composer plugins aren’t supported from this version.
From now on, freelancers or employers on your site can easily search for projects or freelancers by keyword. The box search is located on the header menu.
Header menu is fixed, according to user’s role. If you want to add more pages in the header menu, you must create the header menu and add many pages as you want.
Header menu displays on homepage of employers
Header menu displays on homepage of visitors
Header menu displays on homepage of freelancers
Header menu is integrated more pages
Previously, if you want the slider to display on your homepage, you must use Slider Revolution plugins. However, sometimes you find it inconvenient when integrating this plugin into your site. Thus, in this version, we decided to carry out the block banner, allowing you to add your own banner or ads on your site.
To upload the new image and customize the title text, you just go to Appearance → Customize → Title & Background → Block Banner.
Now, you are able to give a quick description of the main workflow on your site, helping users to grasp clearly how your site works.
Similar to block banner, please visit Appearance → Customize → Title & Background → Block How to add descriptions and upload icons.
There is a minor change in this block. The number of years experience and project worked are seamlessly displayed in the freelancer’s profile.
Similar to the previous version, this block will display latest projects. To customize the title of this block, please go to Appearance → Customize → Title & Background → Block Project.
This block will display the testimonials of your users, including their story and featured image.
If you want to edit or add a new testimonial, just click on “Stories” section from your admin dashboard.
All available package plans will be displayed in this block according to freelancer or employer role. If users are freelancers, bid packages are shown. Otherwise, packages for project posting are displayed.
Like other blocks, you can modify the title of this block in the Customize section.
Block get started
With this new homepage layout, we conducted the get started block to help you set up a greeting sentence, displayed according to user’s role.
The buttons of this are fixed, but you are able to visit Customize section to edit the greeting text.
New Pages For Better Experience
From this version, when users click on the login link, they will be redirected to the login page instead of seeing the pop up as before.
The notification page is also added in this version to store all user’s notification, helping them to easily track and manage the activities related to them.
UX/UI Adjustment For Better Display and High Usability
The role of user is distinguished when they create a new account on your site. User can register as either employer or freelancer.
There is no UX change when users sign up by social account.
Post a project
Previously, when posting a project, a visitor would select the package plan before signup or login. But now, a visitor must signup or login in advance.
Purchase credits and bid package
Similar to purchase project posting package, users and freelancers must sign up or log in before selecting the package and proceed the payment.
Besides the UI elements, the flow of searching projects is also changed. Filtering by project type is no longer available. Instead, freelancers can search projects by the number of bids and location. Other search functions such as keyword, skill, categories, and budget aren’t modified.
Searching by location and hourly rate are added from this version besides keyword, skill, and category.
Responsive Layout For Mobile and Tablet
From FreelanceEngine 1.8, we implement the responsive layout for both mobile and tablet display. As a result, we remove the mobile version of FreelanceEngine theme.
Remove the AE Custom Field
We’re planning to integrate custom field into our theme, so we remove this extension from this version. If you are using AE Custom Field on your site, you can still use this plugin as usual. However, we won’t develop or update AE Custom Field. Instead, we will carry out the custom field as a function of FreelanceEngine in the future.
Along with FreelanceEngine 1.8, FrE Escrow Stripe 1.3, FrE Private Message 1.2, FrE Credit 1.2, and FrE Milestone 1.3 are also released to the latest version.
Other payment gateway extensions, including FrE Braintree 1.1, FrE MOLPay 1.2, FrE PayFast 1.2, FrE PayUMoney 1.3, FrE Pin 1.1, FrE SagePay 1.2, FrE Stripe 1.4 are updated as well.
Exclusively for customers who have customized FreelanceEngine Theme
Many people are properly worried about the customization problem. Because we change the whole UI elements, your customization will be affected. But don’t worry, you are able to select to use either new homepage layout or the old one if you want to keep the customization.
However, please note that you can only keep the old homepage, other children pages such as project detail, workspace, user’s profile, freelancers, and projects will be changed must be used by the new design.
How to keep the old homepage when updating your site to FreelanceEngine 1.8?
After your site is upgraded to FreelanceEngine 1.8, your homepage will automatically be updated to the new design. However, if you want to use the previous homepage or keep the customization, please follow the following steps:
- Visit Pages → select the page you want to display as the homepage with the Front Page Template
- Go to Settings → Reading to set up the front page
- Tick on “A static page”, then choose the page you want to display as the homepage in the “Front page” field.
Don’t forget to click on “Save” to complete the setting.
***Note: Although you can use the old homepage and keep its customization, we recommend you to use our new homepage layout for your site and custom it again as you wish. That’s because we will carry out lots of improvements, and the old design may have some problems.
Exclusive Offer For You
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The deal also lasts 3 days (May 09 – 11, 2017).