Product Features and Benefits
Elefolio works together with tumblog publishing and is targeted at those wanting to showcase their work whether that is design or photography.
You can actually stream from dribble directly into your blog so it has a lot of potential for designers who want a simple design with advanced features.
You have a full width portfolio area with a nice mouse over effect that doesn’t work in internet explorer but works well in all others.
You can choose from up to 6 different page templates to make life easier for creating your site. Templates like full width, archives, sitemap, contact, image gallery and timeline.
- General Settings
- Styling Options
- Homepage slider
- Homepage layout
- Dynamic images
- Footer Customization
A Nice feature in this is the ability to publish to your site using your iphone and the express app for iphone which lets you post images, notes, links and quotes when you’re out and about.
The theme is setup to replicate the functionality of a WordPress powered tumblogging site.
The two outstanding functionality additions to this theme have to be the custom typography which supports for Google fonts, the portfolio section which lets you stream in your dribble images and the tumblr functionality.
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 4 browsers, I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, safari, Opera and Chrome and unfortunately there was a problem in Internet explorer when you mouse over the images on the homepage. In all browsers there is a mouse over effect but in explorer it doesn’t even do it.
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 had 2 errors related to a alt attribute and an issue on line 438.
This one was strange because it loads well in the browsers but it only scored a 46/100 which tells me that there is other stuff behind the scenes that may be causing issues with speed. 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
- Easy to read like a paper, no glare
- Tumblr functionality
- Able to publish via iphone to your site
3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good
- Color appears washed out even though there are 9 to choice from
- You don’t get the PSD’s in the standard theme
- No option for a left sidebar