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Odessa vCard, DJ, Creative, Personal Trainer and Designer Resumé

Odessa DJ Designer Business and Personal Trainer Theme

Odessa DJ Designer Business and Personal Trainer Theme

More than a vCard, this is a complete solution for your online calling card.  No mater what business you’re in, Odessa has a look that can help make your personal and professional live a bigtime success.  I think the four demo pages are an interesting selection, seemingly random. Creative, corporate, DJ and Fitness?  Hmm.  Who came up with that idea?  Anyway, I’m highlighting this as a vCard because it’s the only one I’d recommend to anybody.  Also, because Visual Composer sucks.

Maintain a Modern & Inspirational Portfolio. If you’re a creative professional, you’ll want to be sure that your portfolio is a stellar reflection of this. The best way to prove yourself to a suspecting client is through your portfolio, as it can be seen as an extension of your work and helps sell your talents to prospective buyers. A Theme like Odessa is a stunning starting point for any creative professional either you are freelancer or agency.

If you need to display your creative work online with a robust canvas of options and with not a pixel out of place, Odessa is a great choice! It’s undoubtedly a high-performance WordPress theme, which tells a story through imagery, fonts and layouts. It can be used to create just about any kind of site you want, and is definitely up for the task of making a stunning portfolio.

That’s what they say.  I say this, anybody using Visual Composer to build a portfolio probably has no idea what they hell they’re doing.   To quote some guy on Reddit.

Each element they use an ajax request to load in the content. Say you had a pretty large page with lots of elements, that’s a lot of requests that most cheap shared hosting slows down on because of CPU usage.

And you get something that looks something like this.

Visual Composer Sucks

So, as a vCard, I think you’ll have fewer issues since you probably won’t have  a ton of images on your site, though maybe I’m just sort of talking out my ass on this one?  Anyway, let me know what you think.

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Sukar, Full Featured MultiDemo Restaurant Theme

Home - Sukar Food and Restaurant WordPress Theme

Home - Sukar Food and Restaurant WordPress Theme

Billed as a restaurant theme, Sukar does more than just highlight delicious food items, it’s a premium quality restaurant theme that can help make your business a massive success.  With over 20 different unique demo layouts, you’ll quickly realize how much flexibility there is in this food-centric theme.  Sukhar is a restaurant theme for café, bar, bistro or pub websites.  It’s a perfect restaurant theme that comes with reservation system, food menu, chef pages and more.   All the needed pages and elements are built with Visual Composer for simple page creation and there are tons of great additions to your download package too.

SUKAR WP is a WordPress Restaurant Theme for Cafe, Bar, Bistro and Pub Website. It is Perfect WordPress Restaurant Theme comes with Beautiful Reservation, Food Menu, Chefs.  With All necessary pages and elements integrated and built with Drag and Drop Visual Composer Page Builder for easily page creation with Custom and Default Addons, Contact Form 7 and Slider Revolution.

I love that this theme works with Contact Form 7, but I’m a little disappointed that it also uses Visual Composer.  I guess they’re calling it WPBakery Page Builder now.  Whatever they call it, it doesn’t change the fact that the plugin drastically slows down the back end and I feel like most VC based sites load slower too.  I guarantee they load slower than they would with a theme that’s not reliant on Visual Composer.  Something like one of our free themes perhaps?  hehe.

Strangely, Sukar is also BuddyPress ready, I guess if you wanted to build a community based around food, that’s a choice you could make.  More features include bbPress, Bootstrap code, a full WooCommerce based shopping experience, Google fonts, Google maps, Yoast SEO support, simple and powerful theme options panel, social media integration, clean, minimalist and responsive design and a whole bunch more.

At $59 for a license, this theme is about average for ThemeForest.  One interesting thing, this is the only product that One Touch Themes has on Theme Forest at the moment, thouygh they did have at least one other product up at some point.  They have 400+ sales for their lifetime, but Sukar has yet to be downloaded.  I guess that’s no big deal but it’s something I’ll keep my eye on in the future to see how this one does.

Checking out archive.org, looks like they had about 4 themes uploaded for a while, though all have since been removed.  Those themes were called Hammad, 2DooClean, Maktab and Kiwicky.  The latter two got great ratings, close to 5.0 overall, so it’s a good sign that while One Touch Themes is getting back into the WordPress game after having sat on the sidelines for a while, there’s no shame in that.  Hopefully they learned some great stuff while they were away from ThemeForest and hopefully their newest theme is rated just as high or higher than anything else they’ve done before this.

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EvoNews, Creative and Complete WordPress News Magazine Theme

Evonews - News Magazine Theme

Okay, this theme is called EvoNews, by Evolle.  EvoNews, a news magazine with a purpose.  Evolle has only created a handful of themes for ThemeForest, a lifestyle and magazine blog called Broden, Hague, which is also a lifestyle magazine and blog theme and a theme called Garage, which is more of a creative magazine theme.  Now the ratings of these themes keeps getting better and better as time goes on, which is a good thing.  From 4.2 with Broden, to 4.25 for Hague and then a 4.35 for Garage.  That’s why I have high hopes for their 4th theme, EvoNews to earn an even better rating.

What does Evolle have to say about their newest creation? Let’s have a look.

Evonews is a modern WordPress theme that lets you write articles and blog posts with ease. We offer great support and friendly help!

Evonews template is excellent for a News, Newspaper, Magazine, Lifestyle or Review site. It also supports videos from YouTube, Vimeo and features a rating system. It will works good as a News Website, News Portal, or in categories like: News, Fashion, Sport, Tech, Travel, Food, Car or Blog. Evonews is the perfect combination of a beautiful and professional design with tons of powerful features and a bulletproof code base.

Fashion magazines, news magazines, both are equally at home on EvoNews.  This theme uses Visual Composer as the page building tool.  It’s very popular right now, though I often don’t like the results in terms of page load speeds.  I’d rather have a proprietary code structure, those themes load up a lot faster and look a lot better most of the time.

But, a lot of folks love the Visual Composer themes because they’re so flexible, you can do literally anything with Visual Composer.  WooCommerce, layout changes, tons of different styles, fonts, whatever.  You name it, it can be customized.  But that type of flexibility takes up a lot of space and the code is bloated and half the time, completely unneeded.  I’d rather go with a theme that has less flexibility but loads up faster.  That will actually help your SEO.  For magazine themes, the importance can’t be stressed enough.

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Aveo, Flat and Functional WordPress vCard Theme

Aveo Alex Smith Just another WordPress vCard Theme site

Aveo Alex Smith Just another WordPress vCard Theme site

Aveo is all about letting you promote yourself.  This drag and drop vCard WordPress theme has unlimited color schemes, cool and funky page transitions, a powerful portfolio and it’s super simple to install and customize.  It’s a nice looking way to make a strong case for yourself on the web.  With a simple, flat design and plenty of white space, this responsive theme is a creative and cool way to highlight your work experience, your portfolio, a personal blog page and, of course, your vCard or resumé.

LMPixels is the theme maker here and they’ve had some success in the past creating very high quality, well received vCard themes.  For example, their theme called Unique, another vCard theme, has scored a perfect 5.0 rating on Theme Forest.  One of the rare themes to do that.  So, that’s a pretty good sign that Aveo should enjoy similar success.

Aveo WordPress Theme is a  premium tool to promote yourself. Ready to look stunning on any device – from a widescreen monitor to a mobile phone.

I was reading through some of the comments on this theme and noticed this exchange between a prospective buyer and the developer.

Great looking theme. pre purchase question On the demo the homepage seems to blink white when the text changes under the name so it goes completely white. Also on the portfolio page when you hover over each work example the page goes white. Is this a bug.

Within an hour, the developer said this.

Hello. Thanks for your comment, in which browser do you see this bug?

A few minutes later, this.

We were able to reproduce this issue in Mozilla Firefox + macOS, and we fixed it, today we will release an update of the theme. Thanks again for your comment.

And a half hour later.

Theme updated.

That’s a great sign, I’d say.  When the developer gets on an issue and sorts it out that fast, you can bet that the support, the theme updates, the little annoying bug fixes are going to be fast and efficient.

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The Qlean, WordPress Housekeeping and Cleaning Service Theme

The Qlean – housekeeper company WordPress Theme

Made to be the ideal web template for cleaning services, housekeepers, commercial and residential cleaners and more, this is The Qlean.  If you’re working hard to grow your cleaning business, you really will want a professional looking website that allows your potential customers to see what it is you have to offer.  And it needs to look great too, you can’t have a janky website that looks bad on mobile devices or loads up really slow.  It’d be really cool if customers could even book appointments online and make payments right from your website.  Well, with The Qlean, they absolutely can.

For the owners of cleaning services, maid services, janitorial and maintenance services companies, we have prepared this new catchy design that will give your website a whole new look. The theme’s layouts include anything you might need to present your firm to your potential clients. Besides a full overview of the services provided, your clients will find a get-a-quote form on your website, using which they will learn a cost for the specific type of work to be performed around their house.

Advanced theme options allow users to customize The Qlean with no efforts. A full pack of shortcodes and custom widgets contributes a lot to quick and easy content and layout management. The Qlean is functionally SEO ready, so be sure your website will be noticeable to your potential customers on the web.

The Qlean, which at $29 for a limited time a total bargain, does all that and more.

The Qlean offers several pre-built pages, creative and attractive ways to introduce yourself.  These layouts are customizable though, so you don’t need to get bogged down or locked into one style, you can switch things up until you find what works for you.  The Qlean theme has one click demo data installation, it installs in just seconds!  Powerful ThemeRex addons are included too, which help manage post types and social media profiles.  Social media is a great way to help get the word out about what you have to offer.  Mobile friendly, The Qlean also has a scrollable swipe effect support, which is pretty cool.  It’s like we live in the future!

SEO optimized, fast loading, attractive and socially connected, The Qlean is a great theme for building your business and building your brand.

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Ayame, Feminine Styled WordPress Wedding and WooCommerce Theme

Ayame – WordPress Theme for Florist and Gardening Shops

This theme is called Ayame, it’s a gorgeous theme, well designed and simple to use.  The feminine style works well for wedding websites, for online stores catering to women and even personal blogs, if that’s something you’re looking for.

Ayame WP theme has incredible functionality and versatility with an abundance of customization options. A true ecommerce WordPress theme Ayame will provide your customers with a modern, elegant and fast website, without giving you the headaches involved with advanced coding.

5 Minutes Theme Setup – install demo content, with all settings, widgets and everything, exactly as in online theme demo, with minimum time and effort. Only follow “Next” buttons steps, without any additional setting up, plugin installations. Go from there and customize your site using Elementor – fast and intuitive front end page builder.

Here’s another clip from the description.  You don’t know how much I love hearing this.

Ayame completely embraces native Theme Customizer.  This means – no confusing extra panel options built in, Ayame does it all using only Theme Customizer = simpler for the end user. With a little help from KIRKI TOOLKIT and designed from the ground up with WooCommerce in front of mind, Ayame greatly extends WordPress’ capabilities.

Ayame is a WooCommerce theme too and it’s really powerful in it’s ability to let you set up a shop for selling any type of product.  Folks will go wild for whatever it is you’re selling, because they’ll be framed in such a beautiful and professional way.  If you want control over just about everything on your website, from products layout displays, product elements for Visual Composer, wishlists, quick view and more, this is absolutely one theme you should consider.

Oh yeah, have you heard of the MiceMade Elements WooCommerce plugin?  Well, that’s included with your purchase price and that gets you a ton of great features that aren’t native to WooCommerce right out of the box.  Micemade posts grid, WooCommerce products and single products as well as the Micemade products slider.  There’s Micemade support for MailChimp and Contact Form 7 too so you can stay in touch with your customers.

I really love how this theme uses the Elemento Page builder and the them customizer.  Too many themes get bogged down with extra-fancy editors that don’t work or, worse yet, make your site slow and choppy.  It’s early, this theme just got released, but I think this Ayame theme is going to be a huge hit.

 

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Koop, MultiPurpose Theme with Social Network Feed

demo.themewizz.com-Koop - ThemeWizz

This is Koop, a theme that seems to believe that social media and networking is about the most important thing in building a website.  Of course for some, that’s probably absolutely true.  For some sites, for internet celebrities, for social networking icons, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, those may as well be on Mt. Rushmore.  What Koop does is this, it allows you to build a page with a specially made social feed plugin that combines all your social network feeds into one spot, a single network stream.  That is you can create a single feed for multiple social network profiles.  Like, for example, you can aggregate every feed from your company or build feeds for other special purposes.

This isn’t to be confused with BuddyPress themes, where you can sort of create your own social network.  That’s different.

Responsive Design

Koop is 100% responsive, meaning your website will be perfectly optimized for every browser, device and screen size.

Custom Page Templates

Choose from a selection of pre-made templates to build your site, including full width pages and contact forms.

Multiple Post Types

Create a content-rich blog and utilize the custom styling for articles, galleries, quotes, videos, and audio clips.

Multiple Blog Layouts

From the Theme Customizer you can choose to display a single column blog layout or a three-column masonry layout.

Retina-Ready

This WordPress theme is retina-ready, meaning your large, high-resolution images will look great on any screen or browser.

Theme Customization

Use the Theme Customizer to tailor the your site. Simply enter your preferred options and Koop will make the change.

demo.themewizz.com-Koop – Just another WordPress Sites site

I love the possibilities with Koop.  Here are the various social feeds you can integrate into your site.  Twitter, with tweets, replies and retweets.  Instagram with user video or photo posts.  Facebook, public user or page posts.  There’s Dribbble, team or user posts.  YouTube, add videos from a playlist.  Pinterest, include user or board pins.  Flickr, page photos or user photos and finally, WordPress, where you can include the latest blog posts.

What else can we say about Koop?  It’s brand new in November of 2017, it’s completely responsive, Retina display ready, easy to customize with multiple post types and custom page templates and multiple different blog layouts.

That’s a pretty big way to get the most out of your social networking.

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Kalium, Creative Fullscreen WordPress WooCommerce Shop

From the makers of another very popular theme called Aurum, this one is called Kalium.  These theme names sound like Superman’s clumsy, weak, stupid, lazy, relatively powerless cousins or something.  But that has nothing to do with Laborator’s massive hit theme, Kalium.

Kalium is more like Kal El than anything else.

This is one of the most popular themes ever on ThemeForest with over 17000 downloads and counting.  Still going strong after a few years on the market, Kalium is worth a look for professional and creative websites where visual style and stability are what’s needed most.

With support for WooCommerce and really any other eCommerce plugin, Kalium works great as an online shop.  I’m seeing a fashion store, tech store selling cool gadgets or even an SaaS store with digital downloads.

Here’s a look at some of the demo thumbnails.

Kalium WordPress creative theme

Gotta take a look at what the theme developer has to say about Kalium.

Kalium is a creative WordPress theme that will showcase your Portfolio, Agency, Photography, Travel Agency, Corporate, Business, Fitness Center, Restaurant, Medical, Construction, Product Landing page, Education site or your just a Blog, just everything is possible with Kalium. With stacks of layout designs, user-friendly Theme Options and rich Drag and Drop content builder to help create your perfect site in minutes, you can use it as a Multipurpose theme too so you can build whatever you like with this template. Kalium is well organized, visually stunning and constantly evolving through theme updates.

Okay, so a creative theme, nice work.

So, what’s the good and the bad?  Well, I think like all of their themes, Laborator does a wonderful job supporting their themes. I’ve scoured the internet and it’s difficult to find anybody who’s had anything bad to say about these guys.  And there’s not even many complaints about Kalium itself.  I think the 4.91 rating on ThemeForest is a pretty good indicator of the quality of this theme.  Customization is easy, the native WordPress theme options panel is put to good use here.  Anything can be changed with ease, so a custom look for your site is a definite possibility.  Kalium is responsive, retina ready and looks great with high quality HD resolution images.

Then, there’s the eCommerce setup.  It’s simple and looks great.  Have a read…

Create the shopping experience that you have been waiting for without all the bloat! Kalium works very well with industry standard plugin WooCommerce and offers full eCommerce support. It will knock your socks off with its sophisticated abilities and professional layouts made especially for WooCommerce. It features a ton of options for you to give users the ultimate shopping experience.

Good stuff.

Now, the bad.  Visual Composer.  It’s such a slow, terrible plugin.  I hate it.  But, there’s nothing that says you have to use it, right?  Avoid the bloat.  Other bads, they’ve bundled two really, really heavy sliders into the theme.  Revolution and Layer sliders are both massive plugins, too large for most sites in my opinion.  Plenty of other sliders can do the job with way less bloat.

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Unite, Old School, Veteran WordPress Blog Theme

It’s sort of surprising we haven’t tackled the Unite WordPress theme review yet.  I mean, the thing has been out since 2010, practically the infancy of WordPress.  And it’s by a great theme maker, Parallelus (the same developer as the poorly named, very expensive theme Pile.) **EDIT – Oops, parallelus didn’t create Pile, that’s actually Pixel Grade.

Now, styles change, tastes evolve.  I’ll say this, the Unite theme looks like something straight out of the past at this point.  Nowadays, everything is very flat, very minimalist and clean.  Back in 2010, the boxed layout with a lot of embellishments was King.  (Not to be confused with our free, flat and minimalist theme King, haha.)

Anyway, here’s a look at it.

Unite Boxed Theme for WordPress

The thing is, does everything *need* to look exactly the same?  Is it a problem that this Unite theme looks a little older?  A little more ornate and complicated?  I personally think it’s fine.

para.llel.us-Blog- A Premium WordPress Theme

So, it’s a little different at this point.  Personally, I think that’s a great thing.  If everything looked the same, it’d all be underscores basic design with different colors or something.

Unite is clean, it’s organized and it’s crisp, remaining strong in the face of wave after wave of new themes coming along to try to knock it off it’s pedestal.  But Unite remains free!  Not really free in the zero price sense of the word, but free as in having freedom.  For WordPress free themes, you know what to do.

This is a premium WordPress theme with 5 pre-made skins including a dark theme and textured background theme. The theme is easy to modify and ready to be up and running out of the box. The PSD files included have been customized to allow fast skinning.

That’s what Parallelus said about their own theme.  The reviews are generally positive, with over 5000 downloads and a 4.52 rating.

Parallelus has created a theme that doesn’t rely on plugins like Visual Composer to achieve that organized, polished look and the various possible layouts.  The theme is completely bloat free.

Now, the bad news.  Parallelus no longer supports the Unite theme, which is a shame, it served bravely for so long.  That’s not to say it can’t be functional for your website, but don’t expect a lot of help getting things done.  Some great things have to come to an end and Unite is no different I suppose.

Still, not a bad theme.

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Delict, Minimalist WordPress Theme for Creative Agencies

This theme is called Delict and that, of course reminds me of Derelicte, from Zoolander.  I’m not sure Delict would be a name I’d have chosen for a WordPress theme I spent months developing.  But I don’t know, they’re probably going for a portmanteau of, I don’t know, delicious and select?  That sort of vibe, I believe, is what they’re aiming for.  I’ll be the judge of whether or not they’ve achieved it.

Delict is a portfolio theme, it’s meant for creative agencies, freelancers, small to medium public relations or marketing companies.  You get the picture.  The type of place where everybody rides a fixie to work and buys beard oil.  Yes, even the women.

Here are a couple of thumbnails of two versions of the homepage, meant for creative agencies.  The first one is super clean, definitely a strong minimalist theme.

Delict WordPress portfolio theme

And here’s a couple more.  I like the simple, clean, grid design of the second one.  The masonry style of the first one, it feels too busy for me, so I probably won’t recommend this theme in our collection of grid themes for WordPress.

Delict is a minimal and clean WordPress Theme for creative professionals such as graphic & web designers, creative agencies, freelancers, photographers, graffiti artists and visual artists in general.

This beautiful minimal design is based on fine typography, bold colors and large photography. Delict is modern theme comes with well managed theme that you can use to show your works and talents to the world in a unique and elegant way.

Delict is suitable and the smart choice for creative designers, developers, and even photographers. Delict is designed based on 1170px Bootstrap grid system.

Delict is a clean, bootstrap, modern and minimal Portfolio WordPress theme. It has a wide range of incredible features,everything you need to create an awesome site in an incredibly easy way saving money and time doing it. Build any site design without coding! You can have a fully equipped website up and running within just a few minutes. The individual is not just a theme, it’s a collection of amazing examples with tons of features.

We know responsiveness is important once we live in a mobile world. It’s absolutely essential that your website be as accessible as necessary on all devices. However, we felt that responsive design was something else we wanted to make even better for you. Even better for the web. Make sure our theme is fully responsive!

So, that’s it for our review of the Delict theme.  Hopefully somebody found this as interesting as I did.

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