Why I like Elegant Themes – part 1
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.