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Some Great Free WordPress Themes

Apr
22

WordPress is the most widespread platform for bloggers and it is very easy to use. The great thing about it is that using it is completely free, and getting a free theme makes creating a blog, a personal website or an online portfolio quite an affordable endeavor. There are few great free themes that work like a charm for blogs and personal sites. Here is my selection.

 

Origin

 

Origin is a free WordPress theme ideal for the type of blog where there is a lot of written text. If you are a blogger with a passion for various things, and you want to share them all with the world, you will find this theme to be quite convenient to use. It is very elegant and it keeps things organized, so that your readers will have a great time while visiting your blog. The articles are displayed in a single column, so the general aspect will be tidy and neat. The theme allows you to make a stylish intro to each of your articles, so the readability factor is high.

 

Hatch

 

In case what you are after is a theme for an online portfolio, a great choice would be Hatch. Just like an egg waiting to hatch, your talent and inspiration will be showcased through your works in a very fashionable and fascinating manner. The 12 image grid will offer visitors an instant idea about your vision. A main image, one that you consider representative for your work, can be displayed on top of the page. For photographers, graphics artists and any type of visual artists, this theme is great because it manages to accommodate a lot of content on the same page.

 

Optimizer

 

Optimizing your website or blog to best serve your purposes is important, and Optimizer is a WordPress theme capable of offering you exactly that. You can fiddle with plenty of options, so you can make your website according to the minutest details, just how you want it. Ideal for creating a personal blog, a portfolio showcase, or a website offering services, Optimizer is the kind of multi-purpose theme that many people like. The design of the theme is responsive, so your website will look great on any device, be it mobile or not. It is also retina ready, so you will absolutely love its crispiness and cleanliness that will be maintained regardless of the resolution on the user’s device.

Why I like Elegant Themes – Their Support – Part 2

Dec
16

 

The only issue I have with the support forum is that they can be slow at times.

The WeaknessesAccessing my account to download themes can sometimes be a pain as I get timed out frequently and need to keep logging back in. I’m sure many other members have experienced this many times too.Some themes have sluggish page load speeds due to large page images that have not been properly compressed or not compressed at all to be at par with Google PageSpeed guidelines.The Verdict

With a theme collection currently standing at 87 themes, Elegant Themes offers a wide range of beautiful themes of exceptional quality. Nick has always favored simplicity and flexibility and this is a constant in all the themes his team has built.
I’ve used many themes of theirs and I’m pretty impressed so far. I like the minimalist approach when it comes to aesthetics and this is the philosophy they use at Elegant Themes. They’ve been around for 5 years now and many other theme companies have come up within the same time to try and compete. But I think Elegant Themes has plenty of room to grow. They just need to polish up a few areas in support, the user experience for registered members, and perhaps work on some of their older themes to bring them up to date with responsive features.

Why I like Elegant Themes – part 1

Dec
12

 

I’ve been using themes from Elegant Themes for a while now and they are doing along of things very well, however there are some areas they could improve on.
Here is a summary of their strengths and what I believe are their major shortcomings where Nick and his team need to put a little focus on this year.

The StrengthsVery affordable: Elegant Themes offers three membership plans for their themes – a Personal plan at $69 per year, a Developer plan at $89 per year, and a Lifetime Access plan offered for a one-time fee of $249. All plans give you full access to all the themes in the company’s collection so long as your membership is active. This breaks down to $0.79 per theme on the personal plan, which is basically a steal and very hard to beat.Variety: Over the past five years since Nick setup Elegant Themes, the company has built an impressive catalog of beautiful themes comprising 87 themes in total as of this writing. There is a theme for every genre and you can customize them to suit a variety of uses. Genres include e-commerce, magazine, blog, multimedia, blog, personal, business, and many others. The themes are all well-designed and there are a couple of real standouts. Some themes may require a lot of customization to get the look and functionality you want.

Their latest release is a theme called Divi, released in January 2014. The claim on their website is that it is the most powerful, flexible, and smartest theme they’ve developed to date. I will do a hands-on of Divi and post a full review soon.
Good Support: I know every customer’s experience is different, but I’m generally pleased with the support I get from Elegant Themes. The contact page on their website offers full documentation for every theme as well as a detailed installation guide.

In my experience, all installations I’ve done for clients have gone smoothly. If you need more specialized technical assistance, there is a dedicated support forum where you can post your queries. The support forum is pretty elaborate but easy to use, with several categories representing theme genres so that it is easier for members to submit queries for the right type of theme and duly follow up.