SimplePress Portfolio theme – by ElegantThemes

The initial reaction I got when I looked over this theme was the thought that it would capture the heart of the minimalist with its large amounts of white areas while cornering the portfolio market with its unique and prominent slider.

Review published: April 1, 2014 · by LeTune · One comment · Rate this theme

Product Features and Benefits

Simple Press up front feature is the unique slider which automatically rotates up to four different images, each image is displayed in its own small box that moves up when it’s selected or changed to. With each image it provides to the left of the slider a place where you can enter text description to explain the item that is currently being viewed.
There are, like most of elegant themes the option of choosing between four different colors which in this theme are blue, green, red or purple which will allow you to change the appearance to match the market you are focused on very easy.
Below the slider you have a nice headline area with subheading which would be a great benefit to a company that wanted to bring across their company slogan or a catchy sales headline.
Below the headline are 3 column text blocks which are obviously created to allow you to feed people into the main parts of your site which may be your services, products or portfolio.

Functionality

Navigation on the site uses a drop down top end menu which is smooth in all browsers including Internet explorer which is where there are issues with the slider.
If you’re looking for a theme which could make your site look less like a blog and more professional this theme will definitely allow you to be able to do that with its full width page option. When it comes to page templates you have a variety to choose between such as blog page, contact page, gallery page, login page, search page and site map page which can be changed when you create a page in the backend.
Like all of Elegant themes they really make sure that you get a lot of shortcodes which allows you to add elements to your posts and pages just by adding a simple snippet of code like [tab]. There are actually up to sixteen different types of shortcodes which can take complex requirements and simplify them within seconds such as adding:

  • Small buttons
  • Big buttons
  • Context boxes
  • Icon buttons
  • Toggled content
  • Tabbed content
  • Slideshows
  • Image slider
  • Tool tips
  • Social media Icons
  • Password protected content
  • Author information
  • Column layouts
  • Custom icon lists
  • Corporate pricing tables
  • Testimonials
  • Drop caps
  • Quotes

Compatibility and Code

I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, Opera and Chrome and I actually found that all of them loaded fine except for when it loaded up in Internet Explorer. The Slider is super messed up, when you mouse over the bubble boxes blend together and the big read more keeps going behind then appearing where in all other browsers it just moves up and down.
The theme does use a lot of jQuery and from what I was able to determine as they don’t make it clear on the theme. It uses the WP-pagenavi plugin to help with navigation.
I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS were it passed without a problem there were no errors.

Performance Check

In all browsers it loaded fast but as per usual I like to run a theme through the Google page speed tool to really get a better idea of how good it was and I found it scored 75/100 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

  • Very clean and professional appearance
  • Mammoth amount of short codes to use throughout the site making your life easy
  • You can translate the theme into another language easily using their included MO and PO files

3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good

  • The issue in Internet explorer with the slider
  • Would have liked to have seen the site in silver
  • It could provide an easier way to change the logo with an upload option in the admin area.
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One comment

  1. Looking at this for a client, I have to wonder how hard it would be to remove the “read more” box, and have the small thumbnails running the width of the theme ?

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