Alfie, Clean Bootstrap Based Responsive Business Theme ThemePop Review

Alfie is probably the best example of a flat Bootstrap theme I’ve yet seen.  Coming correct with either a boxed layout or a full width design, Alfie is also perfectly responsive on either version, meaning your content will look superb, no matter the device your readers use to access your …

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UpShot, Clean and Flat WordPress Parallax Theme ThemePop Review

Upshot is an a strong, adaptable and intuitive WordPress theme, made to accommodate the requirements of creative professionals and small businesses with plenty of design features and an adaptable layout that is guarantee to please. The theme includes a selection of the most widely used and…

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Kickstart, Web Application Landing Page and Sales Page Theme

Looking for a great theme for your app startup company?  Why not give Kickstart a try?  This lovely little software and applications showcase theme has a tone of features from live customizer to custom headers, multiple widget areas and custom page templates.  It’s also mobile friendly, so it…

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Rebel, Flat and Stylish WordPress Business Theme

Rebel rebel, you tore your dress.  Rebel rebel, your face is a mess!
I’ll tell you what isn’t a mess, the clean and flat style of the Rebel WordPress theme.  This theme is all business, despite claiming that it has a rebellious nature, it’s really pretty squared away and organized.  It’s not m…

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Sherlock, Multi-Purpose Visual Composer WordPress Theme

Sherlock WordPress Theme Presentation – Flat and Multi-Purpose

Hooray, it’s another Visual Composer theme!  Whoopie!!!  Everybody seems to love Visual Composer because it’s super easy to use, but I think these themes are incredibly trashy.  They suffer from assive amounts of bloat, you can get locked into your theme with very little chance to simply switch to a different theme without losing information or simply breaking your entire website and if you download a theme that has Visual Composer bundled with it, you’re basically at the whims of the theme developer to update their theme with the newest Visual Composer iteration.

That’s not a great thing.

But, sometimes the positives outweigh the negatives and you may find some Visual Composer powered multipurpose themes to be worth the time and effort it takes to get them working properly.  Anyway, that’s neither here nor there, but here…is what the theme’s developer has to say about the Sherlock WordPress theme.

Sherlock is a Creative WordPress Theme with an amazing modern design. Pixel Perfect WordPress Theme built with Visual Composer. You can choose from 170 + Page Templates. Every page is easily to customizable with infinite options given by our Advanced Theme Options Panel. There lot of premium plugins included for free like Revolution Slider and Layer Slider

Well, those are some bloated plugins all around and they’re almost guaranteed to slow your website down.  That’s going to tank your rankings, so I’d suggest you avoid those kinds of WordPress plugins and themes that rely heavily on Visual Composer and other code-bloated tools.

Sherlock is by THEMEPLE, who have quite a few themes available on ThemeForest, many of them are quite popular.  But that’s the trend these days, pile tons of stuff into a theme, bundle it up and sell it for $60 and people think it’s a huge bargain.  And, I suppose it is, until something breaks, that is.

Sherlock is off to a fast start with sales, but I’m a little concerned since one of their last themes, Motive, has gotten absolutely brutalized by reviewers to the tune of a 3.2 overall rating on ThemeForest.  I see a lot of defensiveness an deflection in the comments, sounds like their support forum is lacking and it’s showing with the very, very bad reviews, 20% of reviews have given this theme a 1 star rating and that’s just not acceptable.

Again, that’s for THEMEPLE’s other theme Motive, the Sherlock theme is as yet unrated, though I’m concerned what it’ll be like when it does get a handful of ratings.

If you’re looking for a theme I really do recommend highly, try Mango.  Basically the polar opposite of the Sherlock theme.

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Foundry, Bootstrap Based Flat Business and Blog Theme

This theme is called Foundry, it’s a flat and responsive Bootstrap theme that we first reviewed over a year ago, so we decided to take another look at it.  First, here are some of the various demo thumbnails to get an idea of the different possible looks and styles Foundry has to offer.

Foundry WordPress Theme – The Last Theme You'll Need To Buy(1)

Flexible structure with a powerful framework are the keys to the Foundry WordPress theme’s success, and Tommus Rhodus really delivers with this one. Combine these two essential website building characteristics with a huge number of customization options and an intrinsically high-style and modern aesthetic and you cannot go wrong when it comes to building professional sites. Just as precious metals are forged in a real world foundry, this WP theme offers the chance and ability to forge true internet gold. The theme is modular in design so every content block and elements can be placed precisely where it will give the greatest benefit. It only takes a few minutes of your time to construct a working website with considerable style and functionality. No matter what layout you choose, the flexible and current coding provides fast loading pages that will not eat up your bandwidth.

Foundry WordPress Theme – The Last Theme You'll Need To Buy(2)

Now, what does Tommus Rhodus have to say about Foundry, the theme with over 3500 downloads and a sparkling 4.91 rating on ThemeForest?

Foundry is a versatile, high-performance WordPress Theme boasting an extensive array of styled elements for all occasions using clean, semantic markup and well-structured CSS and LESS that developers love, alongside ease of use and quick page building that clients adore. Foundry will feel right at home on any business website, and excels in portfolio and personal website applications.

Create engaging and alluring landing pages that build trust and confidence through the use of consistent and original design elements.

What you see is exactly what you get… Build in real-time using a vast array of meticulously designed blocks in the outrageously popular Visual Composer Page Builder. Quickly mock up ideas and experiment with layouts in real-time, then save directly in your page with no junk code and no inline style. Choose from a beautiful header and footer for your entire site, or use a different one for each page, your choice. Build one-page sites by easily linking your nav items to sections on the page! Light and dark skins – hit the lights on any section to give your site a different feel with the flick of a switch. Smooth parallax is just one click away – switch parallax on in any section that has an image background.

Because the Foundry WordPress theme is made on Twitter’s amazing Bootstrap framework, every single page can be structurally different and still retain its complete responsiveness for easy viewing on everything the from the largest desktop monitor to the smallest tablet or cell phone. High definition graphics and video will have no problem displaying perfectly on this retina-ready theme. Without complicated processes or code knowledge, your business can forge ahead with the Foundry WP theme.

So, that’s that.  What do you think?  Overall, this one still gets a big thumbs up from me, it’s a really great theme and a strong value at $59, considering all you get for that price.

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