Product Features and Benefits
Actually having had the chance to play around with this theme both in the front end and the back end I can tell you that I’m very impressed with the amount of detail that Woothemes has put into the overall design, navigation and options to place content throughout.
You can choose between ten different styles which are blue, Default, Brown, Green, Pink, Purple, Red, Teal, Yellow, Chrome and White. When you change to a new style which is easily down through the admin panel with one click from a dropdown form, the top portion of the theme as well as the headline and text links all change to that color.
The slider that is displayed above the fold in the theme can actually display up to nineteen different slides and you can choose between fade or slide. By default the slide requires you to click on the buttons below it but you can change that so it automatically slides for you and pauses when a person hovers their mouse over a slide. You also have control over the speed, intervals and whether or not you even want to display a slider on the homepage. If you don’t want to have the same slides moving back and forth you can choose to randomize the slider this can be done also with one click of the mouse in the options panel.
For designers or anyone really the benefits of this theme are numerous. If your into web design and you want to display your portfolio or maybe you’re a photographer and you’re looking for a unique way of showing of your work, well bizniz has a portfolio section which uses a lightbox to enlarge your photo when its clicked.
Like most of Woothemes this works off the wootheme framework which provides you with a theme panel that is tabbed, making it very easy to change options. Inside the admin panel of this theme you have
- General Settings
- Styling Options
- Homepage slider
- Homepage layout
- Dynamic images
- Footer Customization
This makes it simple for even the most non techy user to set up their site and customize it to their liking. You don’t have to be a designer or photographer to see the various possibilities that this theme provides.
If your plans are to use the theme strictly with pages then you will find that bizniz provides you with a 9 different page options to choose from such as; Sitemap, full width, archives page, timeline, image gallery, tags, contact form, blog and portfolio. What this means to you is that if you want a certain page to display your portfolio you just go to pages click new and then select the portfolio template. If you want a contact page… just do the same again but pick the contact template.
When you first install this theme, you will notice that the homepage looks completely bare there is a fair amount of setting up that you have to do before it will look like the demo version. Now the up side is they do provide videos that guide you through setting up the theme once you’re a member and have purchased a single theme
I really liked where they had the blog position on the homepage. It definitely allows you to keep the homepage fresh with the search engines while providing the user with a landing page that is more consistent each time they visit.
When it comes to shortcodes woo really has gone all out and provides up to eleven different codes, so not as many as elegant themes sixteen but still covers most of the main things you need like:
- Small buttons
- Big buttons
- Custom buttons
- Icon buttons
- Info boxes
- Related Posts
- Social Buttons
- Horizontal Rule
- Icon Link
Compatibility and Code
Now while it says it is compatible with 3 browsers, I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, Opera and Chrome and I did encounter a problem with it in Internet explorer 9. The slider was not working correctly. All the other browsers it was fine in.
When it comes to plugins, woo themes don’t require plugins but they do recommend a few that they feel would work well with any one of their themes. Those plugins are free and are called; Scribe SE, Gravity Forms, WPML and Codestyling Localization
I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS were and it came back with 2 error warnings one on line 94, column 38 and line 94, column 39. Now having said that many sites that are online don’t always pass the XHTML validation and from what I can see this is just related to the use of & in the code and doesn’t actually effect the performance of the site.
I found the theme does load fast in the demo version. I decided to run the theme through Google page speed tool to really get a better idea of good it was and I found it scored 72/100 with six references to areas it could improve in. Had it scored 100 it would have been classed as perfectly optimized. At the moment Google is very big on load speeds of websites so it was nice to see that they scored high.
3 Pros – Things that are great about the theme
- The overall design is very up to date and would go over well I believe in any industry
- The customizable homepage, you really can change things up a lot.
- The support is extremely good from woothemes. Has a large community.
3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good
- They charge more $70 for 1 theme and then you only get two more
- You don’t get the PSDS in the standard theme
- It’s quite tricky to get pages to display correctly at the top