Avada WP Theme Review

wordpress theme:
Peter Zaborszky
Price:
45

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On October 23, 2013
Last modified:November 6, 2013

Summary:

Great theme with so much functionality you can use it for anything

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Avada is one of the most popular paid wordpress themes out there. In fact, they claim to be the best selling wordpress theme of all time, selling over 32,000 copies. That sounds like a lot, so we took a look at it to see what the fuss is all about.

Quoting their own sales pitch, this is what they say about their theme:

Avada is so cleansuper flexible and has a fully responsive design! This theme sets the new standard with endless possibilities, top-notch support, and free lifetime updates with newly requested features from our users. And its the most easy-to use theme on the market! Avada is very intuitive to use and completely ready to operate out of the box. Built with HTML5 & CSS3, a lot of thought and care went into this theme making it a pleasure to use. Avada gives you an awesome tool to get your website noticed! The clean design can be used for any type of website; business, corporate, portfolio, blog, products, etc. Come join the 25,000+ users and be a part of this awesome community!

Our Resident Designer’s opinion

Avada follows all the standard website rules that a user visiting a website would expect (logo, menu at the top, dropdowns form menu, content below it), therefore a user is very unlikely to get lost on the site. The font is very nice, and reduces the “minimalism” of an otherwise fairly clear and minimal design, which is a nice mix, it definitely helps making the theme a bit warmer. Titles are clear and seperated from the text, which makes reading easier. The footer is perhaps a bit cluttered, that’s the only criticism I have of the design. All round, I can understand why it’s the top theme for WordPress!


Highlights

Avada has a really nice feel to it. It is clean, with a very clear menu at the top. You can add dropdown menu features to this if you want. Depending on the style of site, you can add a large picture to the front page, which is more useful for selling a single product.

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They also have a lot of different styles of blog, which we really liked as well. You can have a simple grid style blog:

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But also a Facebook style timeline type blog as well:

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And that’s not all, the listed blog types include Large Image, Medium Image and Small Image type blogs, and also a “Home Blog” style which is your average easy-to-read blog style.


Shop Features

Avada also has a fully integrated shop style, take a look at the screenshots:
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Shortcodes

Avada also includes shortcodes for a lot of other features you might want on the site. For example, Google Maps, Pricing tables or social media buttons. These are all included you just need to add the short code to the post where you want them.


Features

What we especially like about Avada is the fact that they have so many “features” that anyone can use the theme and be really happy with it. From being fully responsive, to having a very advanced control panel, the theme is fully customisable but at the same time maintains good structure. Take a look at the full features list:

  • WordPress 3.6 Tested and Approved
  • Clean, Modern Design can be used for any type of website
  • 100% Responsive Theme – and you can easily turn it on or off
  • Retina Ready, Ultra-High Resolution Graphics
  • Built with HTML5 and CSS3
  • Advanced Theme Options Panel using Slightly Modified Options Framework by Syamil MJ
  • Extensive meta options which provide incredible customization options
  • Easiest and fastest way to build your website
  • Full Color Customizations – change every element with ease
  • Choose a Light or Dark skin with one click
  • Includes a Sticky Header for more advanced usability, enable/disable via theme options
  • One Click Demo Import – Includes XML file for our demo data (excludes images & sliders but our demo sliders can be downloaded from our support forum)
  • 17 Beautifully designed home page layout options (import XML file or copy individual pages from our docs)
  • Includes the most extensive online documentation you can find and its constantly being updated with new material
  • Multiple HD video tutorials for easy instruction
  • Get all future updates with added features FREE for lifetime
  • Free support with a growing community in our support forum, thousands of users and we answer each and every post because we care about you and your site
  • WPML plugin ready
  • WooCommerce compatible
    • Plugin ready with full design integration
    • custom short codes to display your products
    • full width or sidebar single product pages
    • full width or sidebar shop page
    • display products based on category, ID or SKU
    • WooCommerce short codes are compatible with Avada columns
    • Demo products were provided by END Clothing and are not included with the theme
  • Form Plugin OptionsCompatible with Many Popular Plugins
    • Built in custom styles for the free Contact Form 7 plugin
    • Built in custom styles for the premium Gravity Forms plugin
  • Fully compatible with Ubermenu, enable/disable integration via theme options
  • Advanced options to enable/disable individual features
  • Child Theme Compatible – includes dummy child theme!
  • Includes Amazing Revolution Slider Plugin – $15 Value
  • Includes the Awesome Parallax Layer Slider Plugin – $15 Value
  • Includes Elastic Slider
  • Includes FlexSlider 2
  • Includes Beautiful FlexSlider plugin – $35 Value
  • Sliders are touch swipe compatible
  • Includes entire Font Awesome 3.0 icon set, fully integrated
  • Unlimited Color Options with Backend Color Picker
  • Unlimited Backgrounds for boxed mode
  • Unlimited Portfolio Pages
  • Multi-Site Tested
  • Translation Ready, Includes the .po and .mo files
  • Built-In RTL support
  • Includes multiple languages already translated
    • German – Deutsch (de_DE)
    • Español – España (es_ES)
    • Italian (it_IT)
    • Dutch – Nederlands (nl_NL)
    • Czech – Cestina (cs_CZ)
    • French – Français (fr_FR)
    • Polish – Polski (pl_PL)
    • Turkish – Türkçe (tr)
    • Portuguese (Brazilian) – (pb_BR)
    • Chinese – Taiwan (zh_TW)
    • Russian – ??? (ru_RU)
    • Swedish – Svenska (sv_SE)
  • Advanced Portfolio Options
    • 3 layout options to choose from
    • 1-4 column classic layout options
    • 1-4 column text layout options
    • Portfolio Grid layout
    • Set up multiple portfolio pages and set custom categories per page
    • Choose custom layout for archive/category pages
    • Select specific categories for each portfolio, fully customized!
    • Easily order your Portfolio Items with awesome Re-Order Plugin
    • Awesome image rollovers with lightbox and link icons!
    • Full-Width featured image or Half-Width featured image single post page
    • New Full width single post page with no details or sidebar
    • Use 100% Width page template on single post pages
    • Use sidebars on single post pages, also enable/disable project details and descriptions
    • Use Images, Slideshows, & Videos Very Easily!
    • Set Custom Featured Image size per post
    • Show or hide rollover icons per post
    • Change the opacity and color of image rollovers
    • Auto generated thumbnails
    • Easily specify the number of items per page
    • Automatic pagination
    • Sortable/filterable categories
  • Advanced Blog Options
    • 6 Layouts to choose from; grid, timeline, large, large alternate, medium, medium alternate and full width
    • 4 post types (video, sideshow, audio, image)
    • Set up multiple blog pages and set custom categories per page using our blog shortcode
    • Select a premium slider to show on your blog page!
    • Easily order your Blog Posts with awesome Re-Order Plugin
    • Awesome image rollovers with light box and link icons!
    • Set Custom Featured Image size per post
    • Show or hide rollover icons per post
    • Change the opacity and color of image rollovers
    • Auto generated thumbnails
    • Easily specify the number of items per page
    • Choose pagination or infinite scrolling
    • Pages can have left or right sidebar
    • Tons of options to add or remove meta data, featured images, full or excerpt, etc
  • Custom Page Templates & Page Options included
    • Customize each and every page easily
    • Use and of our 4 premium Sliders on every Page!
    • Contact Page
    • FAQ Page
    • Sidebar Left or Right using Default Page
    • Full Width
    • Blog Large, Medium or Full Width!
    • Side Navigation
    • Portfolio 1, 2, 3, 4 Columns
    • Built-In 404 Page
  • Unlimited Sidebars!
    • Create custom sidebars for the various sections of the site
    • Sidebars can be positioned on left or right side
    • Use any of our custom or built in widgets in any sidebar
  • Advanced Typography Options!
    • Use Google Fonts, Standard Fonts, or Upload Your Custom Font!
    • All font options are controlled in the theme options panel
    • Set different font sizes for all fonts, H1-H6 headings, body, footer, sidebar, etc
    • Set different colors for all fonts, H1-H6 headings, body, footer, sidebar, etc
    • Set line-height values for each font type as well
  • Wide & Boxed Layout Versions
    • Upload custom background images or hex number per page (boxed version)
    • Upload custom page title bar images or hex color per page
    • Choose 100% background image, or varying repeat options
    • Choose boxed or wide mode per page
  • Lots of Useful Shortcodes
    • Easily accessed as buttons via the visual editor
    • Shortcode styling tab in theme options allows you to change colors with ease
    • Buttons, Recent News, Recent Work, Pricing Tables, Sliders, Boxes, Icons, Tabs, Toggles, Maps, animated counters, dividers, text tooltips, and more!
    • Many shortcodes have several design options to choose from
    • Easily Create Stunning Pages within Minutes using Shortcodes
    • Slider shortcodes are even Touch Optimized & swipe-enabled
  • Advanced Header Options
    • Select from 5 different header designs/layouts
    • Choose what you display in the top left, top right and banner section
    • Change colors for the varying elements in the header
    • Select dark or light social icons to show in the header
    • Change the position of your logo; left, right, center
    • Insert a custom background image in the header, or custom hex color
    • Change all margins with ease via theme options
  • Advanced Page/Post Meta Options
    • Assign any slider to any page or post
    • Show/hide page title bar and page title text
    • Insert an image or color in the page title bar per page
    • Select boxed or wide mode per page
    • Insert custom image or color for header section, main section, boxed background per page
    • Select custom categories to show up per portfolio page
    • Insert custom excerpt length per portfolio page
    • Choose left/right sidebar per page, or use default theme option
  • Advanced Color Options
    • Extremely detailed styling tab in theme options
    • Choose from light or dark skin with one click
    • Shortcode styling tab in theme options to style shortcodes with ease
    • Change the color any and every element on the site
    • Choose from light or dark social icon set
  • Beautifully designed Built-in Custom Widgets
    • Twitter Widget
    • Flickr Widget
    • Facebook Widget
    • Recent Works Widget (pulls from Portfolio Items)
    • Contact Details Widget
    • Advertising Ad Widget
    • Social Links Widget
    • Layer Slider & Revolution Slider Widget
    • Basic Text Widget which can take our shortcodes!
  • Advanced Contact Form
    • Built in form with ReCaptcha Spam Protection
    • Uses Google Maps
    • Set custom sizes for your map
    • Use a sidebar with your contact page or have it full width
    • Options easily selected and setup via theme options panel
  • Side Navigation Page With Parent/Child Levels
    • Select “on-hover” or “on-click” for side menu items
    • Unlimited amount of side navigation sets can be made
  • Easily upload custom backgrounds to pages and title bars!
    • Use a global theme option if you want the same image on every page
    • Or upload a custom background image for each page and page title bar
    • Upload background image for header or main content area via theme options
  • Excellent Customer Support that is On-GoingEnable or Disable nearly every element you see
    • We take pride in offering THE BEST after sales support around. We care about your site as much as you and will help in anyway possible
    • Once you purchase, you can use our dedicated support forum where we quickly answer your questions
    • Access our extensive knowledgeable that is ever-growing
    • Extremely detailed documentation that covers it all
    • HD Video Tutorials that are also Narrated
    • 14,0000+ users can’t be wrong, read our user testimonials above!
  • Favicon Upload field for every Device – iPhone, iPhone Retina, iPad, iPad Retina, PC & Mac, Mac Retina
  • SEO Optimized, Great SEO base already built-in (compatible with SEO Plugins like Yoast)
  • Well organized, commented & clean code
  • Cross-Browser Compatibility FireFox, Safari, Chrome, IE8, IE9, IE10
  • Fully Tested for WordPress 3.6, and compatible with WP 3.2+
  • Threaded Comments
  • 60 Layered PSD’s for customization
  • Strong focus on typography, usability and overall user-experience
  • Post sharing box with social icons
  • Super-Enhanced Performance For Viewers
  • Amazingly Cool jQuery Enhancements
  • Supports Up To Fifth level dropdown menus
  • and many more bells & whistles

Pricing

Avada costs $45 on ThemeForest, which is quite a standard price for a premium theme. Considering the quality of Avada, this is a very good price and well worth it.


Conclusion

Avada delivers everywhere, it is well worth the price. While it’s priced at the more expensive $45 on ThemeForest, it is definitely worth that higher price if you will use the features that it offers. It can be used for a blog, shop, product selling website, so most formats of website out there.

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