Late last year Marc and I took over full responsibility for live support. For a while we were responsible for every question and criticism that came our way.
When we initially built Layers our philosophy was “less is more”. Instead of loading the theme with features we kept it simple and as easy to use as possible and based on the feedback we have received from day 1 we achieved this goal.
That being said, as more and more users have become familiar with Layers we realised the need to open up the scope for customizability.
With our nose to the ground, deep in the support section, we came up with a list of priorities for the next version of Layers and came up with a plan. The initial challenge was coming up with an interface that was still easy to use and understand while still unlocking the customizability many of your badly wanted.
We have achieved this and are super proud to be releasing Layers Pro 2 which features a new widget interface and much more customizability.
Layers Pro 2. More Power. More Control.
A bunch of new controls have been added to all the standard and Pro widgets in the latest version of Layers.
New Accordion Based Interface
Just as simple as before but with more power. The new accordion based interface allows us to keep the overall design of our unique widgets while still making new controls available in just a few clicks.
This has allowed us to add a number of options, including the ability for you to adjust button, tab and accordion hover states and more.
For the first time ever in Layers you can now choose your fonts for each widget, slider and content block. Options include:
- Font size, line height and letter spacing
- Font weights
- Font style and font case
And pretty soon we will also provide you with the ability to choose your font family!
Ability to Add and Edit Borders
Adding borders to your widgets and content columns was a big feature that was missing from version 1 but that has changed with Layers Pro 2! You can now add borders on any side along with the ability to choose border style and border radius.
More Button Control
In Layers 1 it was possible to set the color and we’d automatically apply the font and hover colors. There were also 3 size settings that you could choose from: small, medium and large. Well now we’ve unlocked all the available options. Take a quick look at the new interface:
The new button settings include:
- Background color
- Borders (including thickness, style and radius)
- Fonts styling
- Padding and Margins
- For the first time in Layers you’ll also be able to choose hover styling as well.
Page and Widget Animations
Let your pages come to life with new widget and page load animations! There are two areas which you can now apply them:
- On Page Load – Any non-Layers builder page will now elegantly fade and blend in during the loading phase.
- Widgets – Now when scrolling down any Layers page you will notice your widgets beautifully fade in and slide up.
We are excited to expand this feature in the future but area already incredibly happy with the subtle effect this new feature has on the feeling of quality when visiting a Layers site.
Images and Background also have New Options
New features in the background and image settings bring you the ability to do a number of cool new things:
- Background repeat
- Background position
- Improved settings interface
- Image resizing (set max width and max height of your images)
- Image radius
- And finally, a new lightbox setting
What is Part 2?
You may have noticed that we mention “Part 1” in the headline and there’s good reason for that. Brand new widget controls are just the first step in a big update that we hope to release in a phased approach. Some of the stuff you can look forward to in the near future is:
- Brand new header and footer customizability controls
- The ability to edit your blog list and single post pages without touching a line of code
- Much deeper sidebar customizability options
- New widgets
Note: Appsumo Launch Deal!
To celebrate the launch of Layers Pro 2, we are running an awesome deal with Appsumo. For only $39 you get Layers Pro 2, 4 themes and the Showcase portfolio plugin. Find out more here!
If you already purchased Layers Pro, the update to Layers Pro 2 is free.