Gantry Framework

Definition of Gantry


gan·try (gan′trē) noun

  1. (RocketTheme) A framework used for assembling, building and maintaining a RocketTheme template

Overview of Gantry

Gantry is a sophisticated WordPress theme framework with the sole intention of being the best platform to build a solid theme with. Gantry takes all the lessons learned during the development of many RocketTheme themes and distils that knowledge into a single super-flexible framework that is easy to configure, simple to extend, and powerful enough to handle anything we want to throw at it.

Key Features

The Gantry framework is packed with many great features that enable the rapid development of feature-rich designs with a minimum amount of effort. We’ve also gone to great lengths to enhance the standard WordPress administration user interface to make configuring a Gantry-powered theme easier than ever before. Check out a sampling of the features Gantry brings to the table:

  • 960 Grid System
  • Stunning Administrator interface
  • XML driven and with overrides for unprecedented levels of customization
  • Per item/taxonomy level control over any configuration parameter
  • Preset any combination of configuration parameters, and save custom presets
  • 65 base widget positions. Easily add more!
  • 36 possible layout combinations for mainbody and sidebars
  • Up to 3 sidebars for a total of 4 column layouts
  • Many built-in widgets such as font-sizer, to-top smooth slider, IE6 warning message, etc.
  • Flexible grid layout system for unparalleled control over block sizes

More Features

Installing/Updating Gantry

The Gantry plugin is a separate from the themes that use it. It is installed separately as gantry in the plugins directory. Therefore, to update Gantry, you just need to reinstall through the WordPress interface rather than manually edit files in the theme.

Each theme will have a bundle download option available to install both the theme and the Gantry plugin at the same time, in conjunction with a standalone download.

Overview of the Administrator Interface

The administrative interface for Gantry is one of, if not the, most extensive and intuitive WordPress administrators in the community as a whole today. Gantry takes the theme options ability of WordPress and takes it to the next level with a robust, diverse, functional and overall, substantial array of options to control, essentially, all aspects of the theme.

The best way to discover all the options available, as well as what they do, is to visit the administrator itself at Admin Dashboard → Grunge Settings

The options are subdivided into various categories:

  • ContentSet the content display options
  • StyleConfigure preset specific settings such as Link Color
  • Gizmos Control the various Gantry gizmos such as Feed links
  • LayoutCustomize the layout options of Gantry such as the Feature-a/f row distribution
  • AdvancedVarious other options are located here

Gantry Framework Full Features

  • 960 Grid System(http://960.gs – 12 & 16 Column Support)
  • WordPress SupportCurrently The Gantry Framework is available for the WordPress! A very powerful and popular GPL Content Management System
  • Stunning Administrator interfaceGantry provides a uniquely intuitive interface to control all aspects of the design
  • XML driven and with overrides for unprecedented levels of customizationGantry is easy to configure, customize and extend
  • Per item/taxonomy level control over any configuration parameterLayouts, colors, features, etc can all be different for any item/taxonomy
  • Preset any combination of configuration parameters, and save custom presetsCreating custom presets allows you to easily save any combination of configuration settings for later use
  • Built-in extensible AJAX communication layerOur powerful AJAX system allows dynamic functionality in features as well as opening up AJAX to 3rd party plugins
  • RTL language supportGantry makes it easier than ever to develop Right-to-Left (RTL) based designs for languages such as Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi
  • Built-in CSS and JS compression and combinationReduce the total number of requests for your site as well as adding compression for maximum page optimization
  • Flexible grid layout system for unparalleled control over block sizesControl the sizes of your blocks with our simple grid layout controls
  • Optimized codebase with speed, size, and reuse core tenants of the framework designGantry is more than just unparalleled flexibility and control, it also provides a powerful basis to build professional quality designs.
  • 65 base widget positions.To get you started right we’ve included plenty of widgets, but adding even more is a trivial procedure
  • 38 possible layout combinations for mainbody and sidebarsThe mainbody and sidebars now have an unprecedented level of control. Gantry provides support for all kinds of layout options
  • Source-ordered 4 column mainbodyWith up to 3 total sidebars, Gantry allows you to achieve highly complex mainbody layout scenarios
  • Many built-in widgets such as font-sizer, to-top smooth slider, date, etc.Easily add your own unique functionality with Gantry’s gizmo support
  • Ability force ‘blank’ module positions for even more advanced layout customizationCreate layouts with blank spaces or complex alignment requirements with this functionality
  • Flexible parameter system with ability to set parameters via URL, Cookie, Session, Presets, etc.Any parameter can be configured via XML to be settable from a variety of mechanisms for complete customization
  • Table-less HTML overrides with content overridesGantry designs provide modern table-less output for the best in SEO and usability
  • Standard typography and WordPress core element stylingGreat typographical features right out of the box
  • ini-based configuration storage for easy portabilityAll configuration options are stored in simple text-based ini files
  • Automatic per-browser-level CSS and JS controlAdvanced control of CSS and JS for any specific browser version allows browser bugs and issues to be isolated and patched with a minimum of fuss

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