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7.3.0 Final is released, new Mobile-Friendly "Responsive Web Design" is now available

We have been hard at work for the last 6 months, working on the next stair-step release: version 7.3.0, which focuses on mobile friendly features. Previous version 7 releases were about 3-4 months in the making. This one took a lot longer due to the re-design of the entire default template set, which now uses Responsive Web Design (RWD) principles. We've also added a lot of optimization options that will make pages load much faster, which is particularly important for viewing sites on mobile devices. In total, 7.3.0 has 39 new features & enhancements, 45 maintenance / bug fixes and stability improvements, and 106 template files changed.

When you first look at the new default design, which you can see in our main demo, it may look very similar to the previous 7.2 design, at least if you view it in a browser on your desktop computer. The goal was to make the desktop look very similar to the previous version, though you may notice minor changes throughout. However, if you look at the new version on a mobile phone or tablet, or just change your browser width to be small, you will see where the huge changes are and the reason this new version was 6 months in the making. The entire layout responds to the size of the window or device! On mobile devices, it gives a feel close to what a native app might look like. This responsive layout extends into every part of the site on the front side, including listing placement, registration, etc.

See the changelog for a full list of changes. We will also have a forum post up shortly with all the technical changes. For those updating from a previous release (even those using the 7.3 release candidates), be sure to follow the Full Update Instructions as there will be additional steps that may be required to your existing templates. For most, the changes are minor if you wish to keep using your existing design. No matter what you want to do with the design, the full update instructions will have you covered as it contains instructions for different scenarios.