Webly WordPress Theme Review
I am in the mood for another WordPress theme review today since there had been quite a lot of themes being offered lately. However, the one theme that I would like to review today has been offered over a year ago. I had wanted to review this theme for some time but never got around to doing it until today.
The theme that I am referring to is the Webly theme from Elegant Themes. I am personally very fond of Elegant Themes’ themes. Reason is simple enough. They churned out plenty of amazingly designed themes which are user-friendly and packed with features. And best of all, the themes are really affordable, from as low as $0.79 per theme per year! We’ll discuss more on this later.
Now, let’s take a look at the Webly theme, at its layout and the features and why it’s an interesting theme. Though I may be a great fan of Elegant Themes, but when it comes to reviews, you can count on me to be honest.
Webly is a premium WordPress theme that is both creative and fun and yet at the same time provides a unique edge.
Who would benefit from this theme?
While Webly is professional enough for both personal and professional websites, I personally think that it is more suitable for slightly less serious websites or for those who wished to add a bit of fun to their websites. The first thing that your readers would be attracted to is the lovely hand-drawn homepage image. It certainly help project a friendly feeling.
Multimedia Slider & Portfolio Bar
The other cool tool that I am sure you will fall in love with is the multimedia slider across the hand-drawn homepage image. This is where you can rotate your featured posts, images and videos to capture your readers’ attention. This is a great slider to feature your products or best posts too!
The other multimedia tool that I really like is the portfolio bar. It serves as a simple yet attractive gallery for your images and videos. It easily allows you to embed your images and videos neatly on your homepage. When clicked on, the image or video will appear in a Lightbox window while the background is slightly dimmed. This way, your readers get to view a larger version of the images or play the videos without having to leave your homepage.
Overall, the layout is very refreshing and clean. Main menu is a drop down menu bar at the top right for easy navigation. There is a 3-column footer bar for various widgets as well as blog contents and perhaps a summary of your “About Us”. For posts and other pages, there is also a side bar on the right.
Talking about post and other pages, I really love the way they are structured. There’s a generous header area with dark background color so that your post title (which is embedded here) stands out.
Four unique colors
Webly boasts of 4 unique color schemes, which I am sure you will definitely find one that you like or one that fits your brand color.
This theme is fully compatible with all major browsers eg Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome and Netscape. I have tested the theme on most of them and found that it is indeed so.
Options & Customizations
With Elegant Themes’ ePanel, customizations of themes are as easy as can be. From toggling on and off features to adjusting layout to managing advertisements, the ePanel helps you manage your theme efficiently without having to learn any programming languages!
There are shortcodes that allows you to have unique layouts and add various elements while not getting drown in the coding sea. It takes the complexity out of creating things like buttons, icons, image sliders, slideshows, password protected content, column layouts and lots more.
And there are also 7 page templates (Gallery, Sitemap, Portfolio, Contact Form, Blog Feed, Full Width and Advance Search) that you can make full use of instead of trying to design them on your own! Using this theme will be a great time-saver!
Elegant Themes’ packages are slightly different from many of the premium themes providers on the Internet. Instead of purchasing per theme, Elegant Themes offers you memberships that come with unlimited themes download.
Yes, this means that by becoming a member, you get to download as many themes as you want for as many times as you wish. There are currently 75 themes (and counting…) in Elegant Themes collection.
So if you have a few different websites, it works out pretty cheap. Even if you have only one website, it’s still very affordable. You see, an Elegant Themes’ personal membership costs you less than the amount charged for ONE theme by some themes providers.
- Personal users
For personal users, you can opt for the Personal package. It costs $69 per year and will provide you with complete access to ALL their themes and their perpetual updates as well as technical support. As mentioned earlier, that’s only $0.79 per theme per year!
- Developers and web designers
For developers and professional web designers who generally require layered Photoshop files for further customization for their clients, Elegant Themes is offering them the Developer package. Costing $89 per year, it has all the features of the Personal package as well as layered Photoshop files and complete access to Elegant Themes’ plugins. That’s an amazingly low $1.19 per theme per year! Imagine how that would affect your ROI.
With so many features, Webly is certainly at par with a theme designed by a hired professional. To top that up, you can download it (and over 70 other high quality themes too) for a very affordable price and use it (and the rest of the themes) on as many websites as you want! Not to mention you have a great company like Elegant Theme to rely on for support.
It’s truly fitting when they say “building your own website has never been so easy”. Have a look at Webly’s demo and if you like it, why not give it a go. You have nothing to lose since Elegant Themes offer a 30 day money back guarantee.