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Here is the social icons section, you can see options for social icon placement can be adjusted in many ways:

Astroid SocialThere are quite a number of popular social profiles you can select. However, if the option is unavailable, you can use Font Awesome to create a custom icon and thus, a custom profile. We have done just that by using the Font Awesome code for the icon:

Astroid Font Awesome

We use Gantry 5 for most of our projects, now the approach of Astroid is not the same as Gantry, however, we note that in the Astroid Joomla Framework, you cannot alter the Offcanvas section other than the colours. This is a shortcoming because in Gantry, the Offcanvas can be customised and we place social icons in the Offcanvas Mobile Menu, something not available in Astroid, but perhaps a future feature.

Another differentiating point between Gantry and Astroid is that in Gantry, the mobile menu can be brought up by sliding to the right. This feature is not in Astroid yet.

Despite these comments, we are by no means not saying Astroid is not a good Joomla Framework. On the contrary, it is very good, but Astroid is in infancy. Two features available to Astroid not present in Gantry is the preloader and customisation of Menus, seen earlier. In Gantry, you only have one option for your menu. Astroid allows for plenty of customisation as seen earlier. 

 

Benchmarks

We have benchmarked Astroid and we are very pleased with the results, see below:

Astroid Benchmark

Astroid scores really well. It is compatible with JCH Optimize, and loads in under three seconds for this website. The Astroid Joomla Framework is already well designed from the beginning. Perhaps one day it will be a contender for the CMS Critic Awards.

 

Conclusion

 Astroid aims to be an easy to use but powerful and flexible Joomla Framework. For the most part, it achieves its objectives, alllowing for many customisations without coding. 

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Simple layout
  • Many customisations
  • Less coding
  • Bootstrap 4 compatible
  • Has Font Awesome
  • Competitively priced ($39USD per template, many free templates)
  • Dedicated support team

Cons:

  • None

Astroid is in its infancy. It has only been released for a short period of time at the time of writing. There will be many developments for Astroid and perhaps one day, it will be a world leader. In the meantime, if you wish to be an early adopter, please click the banners to visit JoomDev, the developers of the Astroid Joomla Framework. Should you require our services, please have a look at what we do here. If you need a Joomla website, we support these frameworks.

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About the Author

Clarence Ling

Clarence Ling is the founder and business owner of CLASS Digital Marketing. He is a self trained Joomla Front End Web Designer and a Digital Marketer, constantly procuring the latest martech (marketing tech) and incorporating current developments in marketing. Based in Perth, Western Australia, he is also a real estate agent in Malaysia, selling Australian property overseas, attached to the largest and best East Malaysian real estate agency, Kozin Real Estate Sdn Bhd. Clarence regularly commutes between Australia, Malaysia and sometimes other parts of Asia in his line of work. 

Phone (Australia): +61 413 665 375 
Phone (Malaysia): +60 12 818 1160 
Email: clarence@clarenceling.com

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