Spoiler Alert! Responsive 2.0 is Changing the Game

Responsive themeIn the two years since Responsive was launched, CyberChimps’ technology has grown extensively with new features, new designs, and plenty of behind-the-scene enhancements.

This made us realize that our current Responsive theme’s code base doesn’t allow for fast development or for taking advantage of these new technologies.

The code for Responsive has become pretty much like trying to work on a classic muscle car. While beautiful and powerful, its technology is behind the times. It’s getting a little hard to find parts and some of the new technologies are, well, amazing.

Moreover, Responsive’s current code wasn’t developed with “mobile first” in mind. This modern method of web design is something we take pride in here at CyberChimps. Our flagship theme needs to bear that standard.

We’ve thus begun a complete rewrite of our Responsive theme, both the free and Pro versions, which we call Responsive 2.0.

What this means is that there will be some changes coming that could affect you. This will take several weeks, and there’s no delivery date set at this time. In other words, we will take the time to do it right. We owe that to you, and to ourselves, to continue to provide themes you can trust.

In the meantime, we will keep you posted regarding how this might impact you, the steps you may need to take, and what the new features will be as we get closer to a release.

We’re super excited about Responsive’s new beginning!

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  • Meek /May 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

    What does it mean? Does this mean that in spite of your promise that Responsive will always be free, it will not be free any more?

    • Bryan Hadaway /May 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

      No, Responsive will always be free and there will always be an optional upgrade to Responsive Pro. This is more regarding the code-base changing and we’re trying to prepare everyone for those changes. Specific details from development will be forthcoming.

      Thank you.

    • Adrian /May 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Reading between the lines I think it means the theme will start using HTML5 standard coding, perhaps introducing newer elements such as and so forth instead of simply .

      Mobile first is an interesting way of doing things, looking forward to seeing what these changes mean.

  • LongtimeUser /May 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Will Responsive 2.0 be available as a new theme (like Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, Twenty Fourteen…) or will users have to make major changes to their child themes? Alternatively, will it be a security issue to not upgrade to 2.0? And lastly, are the changes directly related to the upcoming version of WP 4.0 or more of a cosmetic makeover?

    “We owe that to you, and to ourselves, to continue to provide themes you can trust.”

    I’m also looking forward to seeing what CC has been developing for Responsive 2.0, however, you do realize a little bit of trust is lost when the theme you use for your website and for clients is getting major changes in architecture that will require extensive child-theme updates across all associated sites. And I feel like this has happened before; this is more of a new-new beginning. Didn’t you do a major overhaul when you first acquired the theme? It’s a little more than an inconvenience for some – it’s time and money. I’m not about to complain about well-intended updates to a free WP theme that owes me nothing, but spoiler alert: it’s a little annoying! I’m wondering if I put TOO MUCH trust in this theme. :/

  • msqinc /August 6, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I own Responsive Pro (not the free version) and have used it as the base for a large number of very customized client sites both stand alone and multisites. Am I correct in assuming this major update to Responsive Pro 2 will require all these child themes to be rebuilt?

    And what is the expected release date? I see it as an announcement every time I need to update the Responsive Add Ons but other than the “Buy and Reserve Your Copy Now” I haven’t been able to find any information as to what exactly I’d be buying and reserving and when I would get it.

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