December 21, 2023

Breakdance 1.7 – New Features, New Template Marketplace

Breakdance 1.7 is now available. Breakdance 1.7 includes a number of important new features, and a large number of tweaks, enhancements, and general quality of life updates.

Template Marketplace – 37 User-Submitted Templates and Counting

A screenshot of the template marketplace at breakdance.com/templates

Since we announced the template marketplace with the release of the 1.7 beta, 37 templates from 3rd party authors have been submitted. Here are our favorites from each author:

You can search the entire templates library to find beautiful templates by 3rd party authors and by the Breakdance team.

To further enable the distribution and sale of third-party templates, we’ve introduced a few enhancements to our design library features.

Hide The “Copy Section” Button

On sites designated as design sets, visitors are presented with a convenient “copy section” button while browsing the site on the front-end.

For premium template sellers, this needs to be hidden for any users who haven’t already paid for the design.

In Breakdance 1.7, we’ve made this button optional and disabled by default.

Password Protect Your Design Sets

Previously, it was difficult to protect premium design sets from non-paying customers.

In Breakdance 1.7, you can password protect access to your design sets easily.

The password you designate can then be distributed to paying customers via your sales platform or other means.

Submit Your Templates

Submitting a template is easy – login to the customer portal and then click Submit Template.

Add Alternate & Static Items In Repeater Layouts

A screenshot showing the Breakdance builder controls for adding alternate and static blocks to Repeater element layouts

Breakdance features stellar support for repeatable content from plugins like Advanced Custom Fields and Meta Box via its Repeater element.

In Breakdance 1.7, you can now designate alternate Global Blocks and even static content to be shown interstitially within your Repeater element, enabling a vast array of creative and effective layouts.

Build Massive WooCommerce Stores with Breakdance

New in 1.7, we’ve heavily optimized Breakdance to operate on WooCommerce stores with enormous product inventories and extremely large taxonomy term counts. Stores with huge numbers of products or those dealing with a large number of category and tag combinations can now operate smoothly without any performance hiccups. This is achieved through improved data handling and query optimization, ensuring that large-scale operations do not compromise the site’s speed and user experience.

This makes Breakdance an ideal solution for high-volume online retailers seeking a robust and reliable e-commerce platform. Looking ahead, this update positions Breakdance not just as a tool for current needs but as a future-proof solution for expanding online stores. As businesses grow and diversify their offerings, Breakdance will continue to provide a stable and efficient platform, adaptable to evolving market demands and customer expectations. Our commitment to scalability and performance makes Breakdance a valuable asset for ambitious WooCommerce store owners aiming to scale their operations seamlessly.

Edit Rich Text Your Way

Image of a TinyMCE rich text editor

In Breakdance 1.7, we’ve introduced the ability to edit Rich Text elements with the TinyMCE editor.

This feature was highly demanded and provides an incredible amount of flexibility when authoring rich text content in Breakdance.

Developer API For Global Settings

A screenshot of a code example related to the new Global Settings API for Breakdance

Developers rejoice! You can now add your own Global Settings to Breakdance’s Global Settings areas via our new Global Settings API.

You can learn more about the API and view examples at https://breakdance.com/documentation/developers/global-settings-api/.

Polish & Fixes

  • Custom design sets are now listed by name instead of URL
  • Adjusted the width of the design library modal
  • Design Library now remembers the last used provider
  • It is now possible to filter design sets by name
  • Code editor instances now wrap lines by default
  • Made performance improvements for sites with large numbers of posts, products, tags, etc…
  • Template Content Area now uses “main” tag by default and allows different tag choices
  • Typography presets are now sorted alphabetically
  • Header Builder now supports “aside” and “nav” tags
  • Hashlinks now work with sticky/entrance animations
  • Added center/center positioning for Image Hover Card captions
  • Improved semantics by removing use of footer tag from the Form Builder
  • Fixed responsive text field for Social Share Buttons
  • Fixed number typography for Simple Counter
  • Exposed new formValues variable for Form Builder JS action
  • Fixed issue with the Form Builder breaking in certain instances after clearing settings in “advanced” sections
  • Fixed issue preventing slider arrow size + overlay from working on mobile
  • Fix date picker input not opening on click
  • Prevent flicker when hovering over overlapping sections in the design library
  • Add types/documentation to the frontend utility script breakdance-utils.js
  • Form Builder – make CSRF opt-in instead of on by default
  • Form Builder – fix repeated ID A11Y issue related to CSRF
  • Add support for free trials of Breakdance Pro
  • Menu Builder – fix spacebar key in builder opening the dropdown
  • Video element – allow border radiuses without manually setting overflow: hidden
  • Add `flex-shrink: 0;` to Popup contents for generally better layout in cases where elements have `overflow: hidden` explicitly set

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