My first impression of the Pro Business group theme from template monster is that it’s very stock looking, not original and kind of looks cheap. I certainly feel that the audience it would most likely appeal to would be business people who may be looking for a clean template that is easy to navigate.
Product Features and Benefits
The theme has a massive image slider that fills up around 80% of the themes homepage, in the demo it allows up to 3 images that automatically rotate. It sports a left hand side bar, no word on if that theme can allow for a right hand sidebar but the sidebar Is widget enabled.
It has a search feature, along with full commenting capability, though I don’t see any comment nesting available in this one.
One thing that does look promising is in the right hand sidebar at the bottom it has a newsletter email signup area where people can signup through.
Overall very easy to navigate the theme, as it is designed very much like one of the regular style html templates that were popular 5 years ago. There really is no major stand out points with this theme when it comes to functionality.
Compatibility and Code
I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, Opera and Chrome and found that there were no conflicts with this theme and it appeared and functioned nicely in all of them.
When it comes to plugins, there is no information as to what plugins come with this theme, I did jump on with tech support and they said that every theme comes with plugins so its very possible that this theme relies on plugins to function.
I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS were and it passed but with 2 warnings that were to do with line 188, column 76
I found the theme did load very fast except in internet explorer for some reason it was a little bit slower. 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 77/100 with a five 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
- Nice business style
- Sports a Newsletter signup field
- Comes with PSDs
3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good
- A bit out dated in its appearance
- Use of Stock photos in the slider was too big
- A very mediocre theme