One of the best features of mojoPortal as a content management system is the ease with which you can apply a custom skin, to implement a unique look and feel designed specifically for the needs of your client. As of version 188.8.131.52, mojoPortal supports HTML5 & CSS3. Let’s explore what that means for designers and developers.
From the announcement about this enhancement to mojoPortal, as mentioned here: “including better support for use of newer html 5 structural elements (like article, nav, and aside) configured from theme.skin. In these example skins we are using article and header for HTML Content and blog features and aside for page and blog side columns as well as nav to wrap the menus and paging links.”
I’ve had a chance to look over the new HTML5 skins that are included with the newest version of mojoPortal; I’m pleased to see support for responsive web design built into these skins, as well as some re-organization of how various CSS elements are grouped in their own .CSS files.
If you’re a designer who absolutely loves HTML5/CSS3, there’s a new project for mojoPortal you may be interested in: HTML 5 Skins for mojoPortal. This project’s been established for designers who work with mojoPortal to participate and contribute to extending the selection of HTML5-based skins for mojoPortal.
If you’re a bit more focused on the development side, or just don’t have time to “roll your own”, never fear: Joe Audette’s also working on a plugin for Artisteer 4.0 (currently in beta) to allow direct export of Artisteer-based designs to the mojoPortal skin format. I’ve been given the opportunity to do some early beta testing on the plugin, and I can say without reservation, that once it’s complete, it’ll be an amazing time-saver. The “ready for prime-time” version of the plugin should be available once the final version of Artisteer 4.0 is made available. (Update: Joe’s decided to release the plugin for public use during Artisteer 4’s beta testing. More details on the mojoPortal/Artisteer plugin can be found here: Announcing the mojoPortal Skin Exporter for Artisteer 4