Why you should upgrade your theme to our new framework

We are super thankful to have so many amazing customers using our themes for the past 5 years, and are also really excited to welcome all of our new clients who have just started using our products! We’ve put a lot of time and effort into crafting themes tailored specifically to creatives (with a strong focus on photography).

Those that have been with us from the very start, have seen the progression in our themes, as well as us – as a company. We’re happy that so many of you have been able to use our themes for many years. That was our original goal when we created Flothemes – to create timeless designs that allowed you to display your portfolio in the best possible manner.

In 2017, we introduced our new theme framework with our “lego” like block builder. That would probably be the best way to describe it.
Basically you can build pages, long or short, by using various blocks included in your theme. This allows you to easily create unique layouts for your website, personalize them and present your portfolio in a memorable and catchy way to your potential clients. If you haven’t checked out how our new, advanced framework works, it’s time you do!

In this video you can see how our new backend and page builder work:

For those of your interested in upgrading to a newer theme, scroll down as we have exclusive upgrade codes for you!

Still debating whether you should upgrade to the latest framework? Here are 5 additional reasons why you should take the leap:

  1. Greater Flexibility – you’re no longer limited with your layout options. You can use the predefined page template to create pages quickly, then add, remove blocks, or reposition them to suit your needs and purpose.
  2. Improved SEO – Add more text, link internal pages and add more CTA’s to your site. With our new framework we’ve made sure to create blocks that are as functional as they are beautiful.
  3. Enhanced Design – We’ve enhanced the designs of the themes, making sure that they stand out and are ahead of the market trends. Yet we’ve kept the feel and aesthetics of the older themes, which you love so much.
  4. More CTA’s – Add more call to actions to your new site. Get more users to browse through your work, guide them through your pages and increase the conversions with subtle prompts all over your site.
  5. Improved Code – We’ve made some changes to our code to improve the load on your site. We’ve also added some new transitions to give it a fresh feel and help you stand out in 2018.

All the other awesome features are still there too. You can add your own fonts, colors, icons and other branding elements, and be sure that it will always look and work great on any devices. We’ve even added the possibility to hide certain blocks on mobile, allowing you to create a streamlined experience for your mobile users.

Clients who upgraded say..

Still not enough? How about a few words from clients who’ve already taken the leap?

Annie Hawkes

Gotta stop by and give a review (which I rarely ever do) for this amazing company that has been a complete game changer in my business! I started with the Crowd theme and loved my website. I was still super satisfied with it when Crowd 2 was released so I left it as is with not much thought. I rebranded though and needed to update my site which is something I personally HATE DOING. So after weeks of frustration trying to just navigate the pages and implement certain features without having to code it out I gave in and updated to Crowd 2.
IT WAS EVERYTHING I NEEDED AND MORE! Seriously though, I was able to revamp my entire site in 13 hours. It normally would have taken me at least 3 weeks to get done and it never would have looked as good either! I no longer stress about updating my site or adding features. I know exactly what options I have and I use them creatively to meet my unique needs.
Everything looks SO professional and represents my brand perfectly. And to top it all off, a friend of my who was a lead designer at apple for like 10 years even complimented me on how good it looked! I died… no but really I felt so accomplished 😂
If you are debating upgrading… stop and just do it. I promise you it is worth it! 🙌🏻

Eneka Stewart

The switch was super easy from LVY to LVY2 and I have no special training in computer science or coding or design. I worked on the new theme in the test mode and only published  the new LVY2 once I was happy with all the images, layouts and links.
The video tutorials are super helpful and if I was unsure how to solve an issue I just submitted a ticket. I love the simplicity of adding/deleting layout blocks and with some creativity, there are so many different ways you can design each page. The website looks slick, elegant and very presentable to any of my clients and I can’t wait to share more of my work now.
I’m so thrilled with the fresh look and I would definitely recommend to any of my friends.

Richard Clarke

I’ve been with Flothemes since 2013 and continue to be amazed with the quality of their themes and support. From a pure support perspective they always do more than they need to, no matter how stupid the question or outside their remit the request is.
I recently upgraded from LVY to LVY2 and the process was simple and intuitive. The new backend is well structured, easy to navigate and makes website creation fun. The FloLaunch plugin allows you to design your new site in the background with no interruption to the live site – which is a good feeling to have.
I had a few glitches prior to launch due to some issues my side with hosting, but the support guys helped me work through it.
I’m so happy with the final outcome and would recommend anyone considering the switch to do it now.

Brian Schindler

After falling in love with Crowd, the simplicity and beauty of it, I knew that Crowd 2 would be the perfect upgrade. It was almost like my website matured, without a ton of work.
Flothemes was easy enough as it is to implement and update/change my site, and Crowd 2 made it that much easier. That, and a heck of a lot cleaner. I was hesitant, simply because no one wants to build something again from scratch, but my Crowd 2 site was up in running in about 48 hours, and I couldn’t be more pleased with it.
Using blocks feels like second nature, and everything flows beautifully now.
Trust me, the upgrade is 100% worth it.

Adam Grant

Let’s face it, Flothemes makes absolutely beautiful websites. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go with them. I fell in love with the original crowd theme, but with the release of crowd2 I felt it’s new layout was exactly what I had envisioned for my website. I will admit however that I was initially hesitant on upgrading right away after my purchase. What if it doesn’t go smoothly? What if my site gets messed up? Knowing me, I’ll screw it up somehow. This pretty much summed up my initial fears. Once I finally decided to make the switch I was stunned at how easy it actually was. Made me feel foolish for even having doubts in the first place. My only regret was that I didn’t switch over sooner. The new backend is without question INCREDIBLE! It affords the flexibility to customize the theme the exact way you want it to be. To fit me, my own style / personality and makes it stand out as my very own. Once completed, I can recall siting in front of my laptop, just staring at my new site with a greater sense of pride and appreciation of my photography work. And my clients love it too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “Hey, I really like what you’ve done with the site!”
It also needs to be said that Flothemes’ customer support was and always is amazing. They went above and beyond in quickly answering the few questions that I had.
Couldn’t be happier with how everything worked out. Thank you Flothemes!

How to Upgrade

First, you will need to log into your flothemes.com account, so the Upgrade code works for you. It should be the same account your purchased with before.

After logging, head over to the Themes page, choose the new version of your old theme, add it to Cart and apply the upgrade code for an exclusive discount.
Here are all the codes and current upgrade prices:
Note, upgrade prices go up every 3 months, therefore prices vary depending on the release date of the theme.

Upgrade from Crowd to Crowd II for $189. Code: UPGRADECROWD
From Porto to Porto II for $189. Code: UPGRADEPORTO
From Lovely or Rebecca to Lovely II for $149. Code: UPGRADELVY
From Fiji to Fiji II for $129. Code: UPGRADEFIJI

If you are experiencing any problems with the code, or can’t log into your account, send us a message and we’ll help.

Video Tutorials

You’ll be happy to know that we’ve also created video tutorials on how to upgrade from each theme, they will cover the process step by step, from A to Z to ensure that everything goes smooth and easy.

Crowd to Crowd II – WATCH VIDEO
Porto to Porto II – WATCH VIDEO
Lovely to Lovely II (also works for Rebecca) – WATCH VIDEO
Fiji to Fiji II – WATCH VIDEO
Other Themes
If you’re upgrading to another theme all together, check out the following tutorial for guidance – WATCH VIDEO

We hope this article helped you understand what’s the difference between our old themes and the new ones built on the advanced framework. After watching the videos you’ve probably realized how powerful and flexible the new themes are, and how simple the process of switching is!
Still more questions? Leave them in the comments below!

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