Call me a nerd, but I tend to get all excited and really worked up when I get to do a review on something new and exciting. And today, we've got an exciting to theme by Tesla Themes to share with you guys!
I haven't had much of a chance to express my genuine love for the themes by TT and their Framework, so I'm excited to highlight their newest theme that they recently released to their theme shop.
As with all of my reviews, I'm going to do my best to give you an overview about the theme, and then I'm going to take you through the backend to help you get a feel for what it would take to use the theme to build a website.
Let's do this!
Sevenfold– A Multipurpose Theme By Tesla Themes
What's so "multipurpose" about this theme? The fact that if can become just about any category theme that you can think of. The 3 main areas that it's sure to shine is in a Blog, Business or Portfolio Style layout.
This theme has been packed full of more features than you may know what to do with, but that just means it's going to be a powerful tool for your only business. Here are the main features that you'll want to know about the theme.
Brand New Form Builder
This drag and drop form builder in the backend of your theme settings area is a brand new feature to the Tesla Framework. Now you can quickly create custom forms for your site that can be easily integrated into areas of your theme.
Revolution Slider–A Free Add-on That Save You $20
The Revolution Slider has quickly grown into a favorite web slider plugin for WordPress users. The slider allows you to create 3D animations as well as a whole slew of other options. And with a drag and drop builder to help you visually design things down to the pixel, if easy to understand why they wanted to use it in this theme.
Some nice additional touches to the Sevenfold theme are the built in page templates and widgets. The page templates that come in the theme are:
- Blog Masonry
- Events Masonry
The Masonry page templates are a nice change of pace to the average blog layouts. You can display your content in a sort of brick layout that is nice on the eyes. You also get 5 Custom Widgets that are built into the theme:
- Posts & Comments
- Recent Posts
The Other General Features With Sevenfold
- 12 columns grid
- WPML compatible
- Drag & drop form builder
- 10 custom post
- Font icons
- Google Web Fonts
- Twitter Bootstrap
- Cross-Browser Optimization
- Well-commented code
Okay, we've covered the basics. Now let's dive in.
Sevenfold: Not Your Ordinary Theme
After taking a look around the backend of Sevenfold, I realized that this theme what unlike anything that I have ever seen before.
Don't let that discourage you. I mean this is the best way possible.
Where their Zero theme used the famous Visual Composer plugin for drag and drop page building, the Sevenfold took a new approach.
At first, I was confused at what that approach was. I un-zipped the file, installed the theme and looked around, but I didn't understand the options that I was looking at.
Thankfully, the Documentation for the Sevenfold theme did some enlightening and helped me realize just how different this theme was to any other that I had the pleasure of digging into.
Though not a drag and drop theme per say, the team did some impressive coding that let's you easily build pages through various shortcodes that you create yourself. How is this done?
Well the theme comes with these 11 options that are built into the WP sidebar:
- Clients Slider
- Toggle List
- Pricing Tables
Take the Pricing Tables area as an example. With Sevenfold, you can create a price table similar to this:
To get this table ready for use, you have to create it and then use the defined shortcode that can only be found in the documentation for the theme.
To create it , go to your WP Admin -> Pricing Tables -> Add New -> Add a title -> Add content -> and then, Fill out the options. (Below are the exact terms used to create above sited table.)
After you've created your you Pricing Table(s), you can go back to your desired page or post and insert this short code:
Essentially, you'll do this same sort of action in all the areas that you want to be included in your site.
For example, the Team option in your sidebar. To set up things like you would see in the Demo, you'll have to: Add a new member. Fill out the all the needed parameters. Find the shortcode needed in the Documentation. Add it to your desired page or post.
That's pretty much all you'll need to do to create the shortcodes that you'll need to build your site to look the way it does in the demo, or to however you'd like it to look.
Final Thoughts On The Sevenfold Theme
There is a lot that I like about Sevenfold and the Tesla Framework. This sort of 'create your own building blocks' idea behind building your website is very different from anything that I've seen before, but I like it. And $39 for a top notch theme like this one is a great buy!
Like with just about every other theme out there, figuring out just how to work with the theme and getting things going is going to take time. Even the Documentation states that in order to get a real feel for the theme, you should import the Demo content to play around with so that you can understand how it works. After you get the hang of it, you'll be able to pound out your designs rather fast.
This creative new way to design things does have a learning curve, but it does have the large advantage of being able to design your theme without writing any HTML, CSS, or PHP to get a fresh looking site. Thus, it's perfect for beginners who want to get their hands into designing a website but who don't have much coding knowledge. (Score!)
There are also a few other things that are worth mentioning about the theme though.
First off, this theme works best with a fresh WordPress site with no content, plugins or anything of the like. With that being said, you could still try and use it on a website that has been up and running for a little while, but there's no guarantees that things will work out for you and Tesla Themes doesn't provide the extensive support on that issue because the issue isn't in their theme, but is something that is on your end.
Another factor to take into consideration is the Revolution Slider.
The plugin is amazing for a responsive slider and all the animations that come with it. However, in times past, I've worked with this plugin on many occasions and it's proved to be frustrating. It's a great slider, but it's got some bugs.
Depending on your designs, creating slides will likely be one of your most time consuming parts in building your website. It comes with its own learning curve and you'll have to be patient with it.
It's an amazing tool, and can give you a big uptick in conversions if you use it well so stay the course.
The wonderful thing about Tesla is their customer service standards. If you need help or have questions about this theme, just contact them. They'll be more than happy to help you as best as they can.