Foxy Theme Review

Review of: Foxy Theme
Price:
39

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On November 14, 2013
Last modified:November 20, 2013

Summary:

 

home
The banner is in fact a rather smart implementation of the Slideshow shortcode, showing how it can be used to create an animated header

With smart rollover buttons, the clean design layout typical of ElegantThemes, and a subtle default colour scheme that tastefully livenes up an otherwise sober palette with flashes of bright orange, we immediately liked Foxy. As we explored the theme we realised that it is also very fully featured, sporting all the little things that make a website great, such as a contact form,  sitemap, advanced search function etc., but also having a well presented and sophisticated product catalogue and shopping cart system, that would be ideal for any number of business. Add in an impressive array of shortcodes that can be used to add extra individuality and functionality to the website, and we think Foxy is a winner.

Resident Designer’s Opinion

It’s the little things that make a design stand out isn’t it? While there are definite similarities and common design elements shared between the themes in the ElegantThemes range, some of them just work better than others, and Foxy is a classic example. What might have been a somewhat understated colour scheme is brought to life with careful uses of orange highlights (other color schemes are available) and odd bits of slick animation that flash color at you, and give the design a fun, dynamic feel, rather than the slightly static feel some designs have. The fact that so much functionality, and so many customization option, are also included shows thoughtfulness, and that the designers have obviously have put time into making this a theme that is as practical as it is… well.. yes, elegant. It therefore gets a big thumbs up from me!

Highlights

The Recent News page is very attractively laid out, with various site navigation elements placed neatly to left. We also like the way that each article has its author’s profile picture displayed on its banner.

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Something you can’t see here but which looks good, is the rollover animation when you mouse over the site category buttons at the top of the page

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The Blog page itself is a little plain, but additional elements can be added using the shortcodes. Once you have an item in your shopping cart (see below), it will be handily displayed in the sidebar. There do seem to be some issues with the header display though

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Again, the Contact, Full Width, Advanced search and Login pages are not too exciting, but they are cleanly laid out and get the job done

At the bottom of each page is room for custom text widgets – great for adding company information, customer endorsements, and whatnot.

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The site category buttons have the same nice rollover effect seen at the top of the page, and there is room for social media buttons, allowing you to stay connected to you readers through a number of channels

Blog pages also have a comments section, which is nicely laid out and allows commentators to display a profile picture of themselves.

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Foxy comes with a selection of shortcodes, which can add some pretty groovy effects to your website. The full list of  shortcode categories is Button Varieties, Content Boxes, Toggled Content, Tabbed Content, Image Slider, Easy Tooltips Social Media, Password Protect your Content, Author Info, Column Layouts, Custom Icon Lists, Corporate Lists, Corporate Pricing Tables, funk DropCaps effects, and Quotes. That is a good selection, many of the shortcode effects look great, and they make it easy to personalise the theme.

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We’ve already seen creative use of the Slider shortcode on the Home page, but it is great feature for bringing a page to life

pricing tables
Attractive pricing tables are another neat looking (and practical) shortcode

You can further customise Foxy by changing theme and font colors, and Header and Body fonts.

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One small issue we found was that the Category header text showing the current page stayed orange whatever theme we chose

Shopping Layout

One area this theme excels in is its shopping cart facilities. Not only does it have them (which many in ElegantThemes pack don’t), but they are fully featured, well laid out, and for what is a very practical area of the design, attractive.

 products

The products page allows you to give customers a clear overview of what you have for sale., and the funky rollover effects on this screen are one of the reasons we like Foxy

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Clicking on a product allows to you provide detailed information about it (and includes a customer review tab)

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Adding products to the cart is simple, and is handled well. You can also place ads if you wish

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The cart itself is well laid out, while still managing to look good

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As does the nitty-gritty of the Checkout area

Portfolio & Gallery Layout

As with most ElegantThemes designs, there is little real difference between the Image Gallery and Portfolio pages (Small, Medium, Large, With Sidebar, and No Text), except that the Image Gallery has no text (and we really don’t see the point of the Portfolio No Text page) and has a nice rollover effect when you mouse over the images. In fact these pages are the standard ElegantThemes templates, but that is no bad thing as they look good, if a little unadorned. We have in past criticised ElegantThemes for just using these basic template, but in Foxy’s case it is the little things such as the rollovers and well places splashes of color that make them feel fresh.

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The Image Gallery. As with the Portfolio pages, hovering over an image gives you option of enlarging it, or jumping to its associated blog article

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As with the all the ElegentThemes Galleries and Portfolios, we like the way the enlarged picture bounces up and back down again

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As you can see, the Portfolio pages are very similar, except that each picture has text associated with it

Features

  • Perpetual Updates
  • Responsive Design
  • Theme Options
  • Secure and Valid Code
  • Unlimited colors
  • Shortcodes (see above for full list)
  • Page Template
  • Complete Localization
  • Browser Compatibility
  • Theme Options
  • Page Templates
  • Full shopping and cart features

Price

Part of a pack of 86 themes for $39, Foxy is the kind of theme that makes getting the pack worth it, and may even justify paying $39 all by itself. While definitely an ‘ElegantThemes theme’, with design elements shared with the others in the pack, Foxy stands out both in terms of ascetics, and in functionality, most notably its extensive shopping cart facilities and its fully featured list of shortcodes, which allow enough variety and customization that you may even find yourself using the theme more than once. Definitely a bargain then!

Conclusion

In our view Foxy is an ElegantThemes theme done right. While not dramatically different from others in the collection, Foxy brings all the best elements together – subtle but effective flashes of color, clean layout, well presented information, and informative sidebar and bottom-of-page widgets – while adding a fantastic looking Product display and shopping cart system and a host of funky widgets, making it not just good looking, but a very fully featured theme.  The only real criticisms we can think of are display issues with the header on the Blog pages, and that changing the theme’s color from the default orange left the current page rollover text still showing orange. Still, these are minor issues, and overall we liked Foxy very much.

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