Canvas has had twins! Meet Uno and Duo

Written by Matty Cohen on July 7, 2014 Blog, Product news.

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On the 9th of February 2010, a new theme was released into the wide world of WordPress. While seemingly an every day occurrence, little did we know the impact this theme would make. Crafted by Magnus Jepson, co-founder of WooThemes, Canvas version 1.0 was posted for sale on WooThemes.com.

Now in 2014, Canvas has grown in popularity in leaps and bounds, with developers and website beginners alike, offering a framework for advanced development, coupled with an intuitive configuration screen, for customising the design of your Canvas theme without touching any code.

Ladies and gentlemen, Canvas has had twins! Meet Uno and Duo, our first two Canvas child themes.

Uno

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The first of our Canvas child themes, Uno is aimed at helping you to engage with your customers, by showcasing the products you are most proud of in your store. With a large hero image and text area, Uno makes it really easy for you to welcome your customers to your online store.

Purchase Uno View our Uno Demo

Duo

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Uno’s sibling, Duo is aimed at personal professionals, looking to showcase themselves, their knowledge and their services. Whether you’re a business consultant, a freelance web designer or a tennis coach, Duo integrates seamlessly with our WooCommerce Bookings extension and WooCommerce to help you to sell your time and services with a few small clicks.

Purchase Duo View our Duo Demo

When are these themes available?

Both Uno and Duo are available for purchase right now from our catalog. Please note, a copy of Canvas is required in order to run either theme, so please be sure you’ve got your copy of Canvas as well.

If you’ve purchase the All Themes Package, you don’t need to purchase these themes. They’re waiting for you in your downloads section.

What’s next for Canvas?

Being a part of Canvas’ evolution is a very special place to be. We’reΒ glad to share this place with you all. In 2014, Canvas is responsive, WooCommerce compatible, includes a collection of useful page templates, a neat mobile navigation menu and a myriad of other features including full width header and footer sections (two of my favourite settings). Today marks the next evolution in the Canvas product line.

Sharing this special time with you all is very important to us. To this end, we’d like to direct your attention towards our Canvas Ideas board. If you have ideas for features you’d like to see in Canvas, or a child theme you’d like to see us explore, please feel free to post your idea on this board, where the community can discuss and vote on your ideas.

Visit the Canvas Ideas Board
If you have feedback on Uno or Duo, or you have a query about either theme, please post your query directly to our help desk where our ninjas are on hand to assist.

We’re excited to be sharing this milestone with you all, and look forward to your feedback. Enjoy, everyone!

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35 Responses

  1. raison
    July 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    Well done guys – great news for all of us developers who are invested in using Canvas for our clients sites. Thanks for putting your focus here and looking forward to seeing whats in store in the next versions / next child themes.

  2. FireIFA
    July 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Duo is awesome πŸ™‚

    • Marina Pape
      July 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Agreed!

  3. Moonworks
    July 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Thanks for listening πŸ™‚

    Just a quick problem I’ve found with the Uno demo though, it goes to the Canvas demo.

    • Warren Holmes
      July 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      We’ve just fixed that up πŸ™‚ Sorry about the issue!

      • Moonworks
        July 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

        Not a problem, just thought I should let you know πŸ™‚

        Continuing with that, I also noticed that on Duo, it says Buy Now for $99, instead of $39.

        I can’t help myself, as I edit all the time :/

        • Maria
          July 7, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

          πŸ™‚ Thanks for the heads up!

  4. allmyhoney
    July 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Like the Uno demo alot, only suggestion is the dropdown cart on the Primary Nav needs to have it point of focus to the left and not out to the right for those of us who do not have the massive pixel resolution screens! πŸ˜‰ right now the dropdown cart is hidden by the browser!

    • Tiago
      July 7, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

      We are aware of this issue, it will be fixed in Canvas 5.8.2.

      Thank you!

      • allmyhoney
        July 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

        Great!

  5. Blake Imeson
    July 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Theoretically, if one was to create beautiful child themes for Canvas, where would one sell them?

    Is Woo going to have a marketplace? ThemeForest?

    • Matty Cohen
      July 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      Hi Blake,

      As this is new territory for us, anything is possible. πŸ˜‰

      If you’ve got beautiful child themes in production, please pop a new ticket over to us in our helpdesk, for attention “Matty”. πŸ™‚

  6. Frank McClung
    July 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    A great start with Canvas child themes. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Great start.

    Matty, I would love to see Woo have a Canvas child theme “marketplace” outside of Themeforest.

    • tinygiantstudios
      July 7, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      Hey Frank,

      While keeping cards close to my chest, I thought you might be interested in some more “childishness”: http://goo.gl/xq3oou and http://goo.gl/Imnney

      Before you ask: Yes, it’s Canvas.

      • Ryan
        July 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

        Some amazing sites there, great work!

  7. Matt Mikulla
    July 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    A few things with the Uno demo.

    Check the shortcode styles for buttons. The light green text on colored buttons isn’t pleasant.

    Also, I’m not seeing sidebars in any of the layouts.

    • Maria
      July 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for pointing out the button text issue on the shortcodes. I’ve reported an issue via Git for this now. Regarding the sidebars, I can see them on individual page templates. Can you please open a ticket with us if you think we should look into something further here?

      Thanks!

      • Tevya
        July 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

        I’m seeing the same: there’s a space for the sidebars, but it’s as if no widgets have been placed in them. Would be nice to see what they look like with widgets.

  8. Jeremy
    July 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    Looks great and it will be neat to see how you might approach creating some sites that are more catered toward service or local businesses where call to action and focus on sales message or benefits is the key rather than shop or portfolio sites with big sliders.

  9. likoma
    July 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Excellent! I’ve been wanting to add more child themes and put them up for sale, but just haven’t gotten around to it–this is inspiring knowing that I won’t be alone! I have a free child theme available for download (that has been downloaded several hundred times with pretty much zero promotion, kinda cool) and I named it Kaapstad … thought you South Africans would get a kick out of that.

    But I’d LOVE a Canvas Child Theme marketplace! Great job on the child themes, WOO team!

  10. Scott Webb
    July 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Great job WooTeam. Was a long time coming!

    • Ryan
      July 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks, Scott! Definitely is overdue. πŸ™‚

  11. Cris
    July 9, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    This is so cool! Can’t wait to use them. πŸ™‚

    • Tiago
      July 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      Let us know when you do πŸ˜€

  12. Mark
    July 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Just grabbed Uno. It’s actually interesting to see the way Woo do Child themes. I’ve used them for a while but this gives me a “best practice” of sorts. Certainly picked up a few tips from looking at the themes files on how to correctly implement themes changes in the functions file etc.

    • Tiago
      July 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

      Thanks, Mark!

      If you’ve any questions, just open a ticket with us. πŸ™‚

  13. brianwahl
    July 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    Really love the Uno theme – it’s actually very similar to the child theme I developed and am currently using for http://worshiptutorials.com/.

    I purchased the theme and am trying it out on a test site, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to change the color of the primary navigation and buttons – it’s green no matter what I change in the back-end options. I know I can do it via CSS, but I’m just curious if that’s a bug or if I’m supposed to be able to change it via the options panel.

    Thanks!

    • Tiago
      July 10, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Go to Theme Options > Uno. Disable the “Use Child Theme Custom Overrides” option and you should be able to set your own colours and typography.

      If you need further help, please please open a ticket with us. πŸ™‚

    • Ryan
      July 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      Unrelated, but a very cool site too. Looks like many people have found it and use it. πŸ™‚

      • brianwahl
        July 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

        Thanks guys! That did the trick! And thanks about Worship Tutorials – it has really grown to be a great resource for musicians and worship leaders.

  14. Ross
    July 13, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Did you know that the changelog says that Duo was first released in 2012?

    http://dzv365zjfbd8v.cloudfront.net/changelogs/duo/changelog.txt

    • James
      July 14, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Yes, this will be fixed in the next update πŸ˜‰

  15. Case
    July 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi guys

    What would be the best way to customise a child theme but not mess with the files too much so updating is easy? Is it just a case of remembering your changes?

  16. echoleaf
    July 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    I love Duo, the product page & documentation do not do it justice. I’m having a devil of a time configuring a home page with anything besides the Hero message. Should the Woo component widgets work? Nothing appears on the home page if I put them into either the Homepage area or the “Widgets” Page Template area. The documentation is, I assume, a work-in-progress.

    Also, the home page layout is broken using the Business template in Chrome.

  17. Jonathan
    August 2, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    This Duo theme suits me just perfect, but have a questions. Besides my service and selling my time as a product, also have items for sale, hows is the integration in this case in Duo?

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