Photon FAQs

Below, you'll find some of the answers to the questions we get asked the most about Photon. To get your Photon journey started, reach out to your Account Manager or contact us

1. What is Photon?

Photon is a new website template engine built to enable web designers and developers to rapidly create responsive and accessible websites.

The new technology uses HTML5 and TWIG (the flexible template framework for PHP), which uses an easy-to-learn syntax.

2. What are the benefits of switching my templates to Photon?

When using Photon templates, you can enjoy these benefits:

  • Faster development and deployment

  • Increased security

  • Immediate accessibility

  • SEO-friendly URL structures and slugs

  • Access to new Galaxies Designer themes

  • Easier long-term maintainability

  • Improved extensibility

  • Ability to reuse and share templates with peers

3. Why the introduction to Photon now?

We’re introducing this new template engine to bring Jadu Content Management System (CMS) up to date with the latest web development practices. We also want to provide you with more development options to make designing, developing and launching your websites faster. 

Note: with the new accessibility legislation in the UK, this is a really good time to benefit from new accessible templates. 

4. How does Photon implementation work?

Photon uses the popular PHP TWIG framework to deliver designs that are easy to implement for your Jadu CMS and Galaxies websites. For the first time ever, Jadu CMS templates can be reused for your Galaxies, making design for large scale websites more flexible and reusable. This will also encourage sharing and innovation.

Photon is implemented by either redesigning your website (as all templates need to be re-coded in the new HTML) and/or remaking your website by matching its current design using the new Photon templates.

You can also leverage a standard template set created by Jadu, which significantly speeds up implementation and reduces build time and potentially costs too!

To find out more reach out to your Account Manager or contact us.

5. Is there a cost of implementing Photon?

Yes. There is a cost to implement Photon and this can vary depending on your requirements. The Spacecraft team or your Jadu Account Manager will create a quote on a customer-by-customer basis. Alternatively, please contact us.

6. If I implement Photon, does that give me access to Photon Galaxies Designer templates?

Yes. You’ll have the option to use Galaxies Designer themes for any new Galaxies sites. 

Note: existing Galaxies sites will not have access to the new Galaxies Designer themes due to non-Photon technicalities. 

7. Is there an additional cost for using Galaxies Designer themes?

There is a suite of Galaxies Designer themes that are provided at no extra cost with the software.

In addition to the out-of-the-box options, there are 4 ways of obtaining further Galaxies themes:

1. Download from the Jadu Library and reuse
2. Develop one yourself
3. Ask Spacecraft to develop one
4. Share with another Jadu customer

I also use Jadu Online Payments and Forms (XFP) and/or Jadu Customer Case Management (CXM). Will anything change with these products and how they work with Jadu CMS?

No. Nothing will change with regards to how Jadu CMS works with any of your other Jadu products.

9. Who’s using Photon now and how do we reshare templates?

Photon has been in a beta phase with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), who will be using the new Photon templates to power over 50 of their local authority websites.

We have many other customers now in the implementation phase for Photon.

The Jadu Library is a great place for our customers to share and reuse Photon templates. We will let you know when our customers start to upload their Photon templates.

10. I want to enquire about Photon. What do I do now?

If you’re an existing customer, you can reach out to your Account Manager regarding Photon.

If you’re not yet a Jadu customer, but want to start a conversation, please contact us.

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