For the benefit of people who find this thread I think it is important to reiterate a few points.
As a moderator here for a number of years I can categorically tell you that when Gantry 4 was released we had the same complaints about how hard it was. People could not get their heads around using the layout page. Just search the forums and you will see how many times we had to keep explaining that the 'layouts' page defaulted to the set up for the home page. So when people had 2 items in a section on home page set to 6|6 split and then clicked to set for 3 items at 3|6|3 and saved, they got the layout they wanted. But next time they would go in the admin they saw 6|6 again and started complaining that Gantry 4 didn't save their settings. And that was just the biggest and most common problem.
Yes people are used to Gantry 4 and humans are naturally averse to change so anything new that takes some effort to learn is often berated. And as I was a specialist trainer in change management for a multinational blue chip company I have a lot of experience with people and change
The advantages of Gantry 5 are subjective. We have members who need complex layouts that simply could not be achieved with Gantry 4. Other members want to build their own particles so customers cannot edit them or break them. We also have members like Deb, who want to build quick and easy websites, either for clients or themselves. In this respect they can use Gantry 5 and set the outlines to just contain module positions and no particles. Then they can use any modules they wish, in just the same way as Gantry 4 but using Gantry 5 as a faster framework.
In our latest release, Topaz, you will find that many of the particles now come with the option to populate content from Joomla articles as well as editing the particle directly.
Before my father passed away 30 years ago he had two sayings that I still use now...
- Minds are like parachutes. They work best when open.
- Some people's mind are like concrete; all mixed up and permanently set.
I personally see Gantry 5 as a massive new tool box. Most things I could ever need are there to use if I wish. It doesn't mean I have to use them.
Could Gantry 5 be better? Of course and it will get even better as we are continuously working on the framework. Some of that work is based on feedback from our members, which is the way RocketTheme have always considered as important. That is why certain particles can now be populated from Joomla articles.
The reality is that will never please all of our members all of the time, but we do try to ensure the majority are happy.
Please remember that we document a huge amount of information. If it isn't in the documents then the moderators will do their best to provide the answers in a timely and appropriate manner.
Cheers for now.
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