Product Features and Benefits
Creations Belt has a featured slider front and center which allows you to slide up to four images automatically from right to left. It sports a drop down menu style with the menu at the top of the site and a right sidebar if you switch to the blog view.
The theme comes in in only two different style appearances. I was quite disappointed that it didn’t offer more colors being that many themes now are offering up to 15 or 30 options. Anyway, it does offer the default color which looks dark and grungy as well as a blue.
Below the slider it makes use of shortcodes to allow you to have a 3 column layout with testimonials below that. A contact form has been placed on the homepage along with social media icons in the footer area and integrated twitter feed.
If you were looking to display a group of apps that you had created as a company I could imagine a business using this theme as it puts forward any product or service that you might be offering in a professional way, it’s just a pity about the sides being cut off in a larger browser.
It provides up to five different page layouts such as; standard page, full width, blog, contact and a custom 404 page. If you wanted a gallery then it does provide you with that through positioning your images in seven columns.
The theme is widget ready so you can insert flickr photos, twitter feeds and comments in your sidebar.
The portfolio section is quite interesting. It offers up to six different layouts and two different styling options for your images within those layouts. So for instance both layouts allow you to have one, two and three columns but one style creates a fold in your images while the other leaves them plain ( no fold )
Under the Blog area you will see related two columns. In one column is related posts which provides an image and the title of that post and the other is popular posts. At first I thought these were being run using a plugin but a little look inside the source code and I was able to see that they have hard coded it into the theme.
There are ample shortcodes to choose from in this theme, such as;
- Contact form
- Fancy buttons
- Pull quotes
- Image frame
- Divider with top button
- Toggle Show/Hide
Compatibility and Code
I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome and everything was good in them all except for in Internet Explorer which is a designer’s worse nightmare. In this theme the slider was actually getting stuck it wasn’t entirely moving all the way. All the other browsers it was fine in though.
There is no mention on the theme description area as to whether or not it relies on plugins and after much searching I haven’t come across anyone saying it does need any.
I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS were and there were 101 errors with 105 warnings so there is some serious issues going on there behind the scenes in the code and it really could be cleaned up.
The theme loaded reasonably fast but not as fast as other themes do. It’s always wise if you want to determine how fast it loads to run the theme through Google page speed tool to really get a better idea of how good it was and I found it scored 76/100 with a few references to areas they could improve on. 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
- Lots of shortcodes to use
- Would be good for a techy blog
- 32 sliding effects that you can choose from
3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good
- Tons of errors in the XHTML
- Slow Loading in Google Speed Loader and lack of color options
- Issues with the slider in Internet Explorer