Fusion is a smart looking, lightweight theme that does its job well. If you have never seen an ElegantThemes theme before then you are likely to be very impressed, as the design has a tasteful yet eye-catching pallet, a crisply functional layout helped by the inclusion of useful meta-site tools, and has some great looking image gallery and portfolio pages. ElegantThemes’ usual suit of shortcodes allows for a huge variety of formatting options, as well as the creation of some quite dazzling effects (although the Fusion live demo is not as good at showing these off as some of the other live theme demos). If you are familiar with the ElegantThemes pack then Fusion holds few surprises as it relies heavily on standard templates, but this should not take away from the fact that it implements these well to create nice little theme, best suited to bloggers and visual displays.
Fusion gets off to a good start with its striking full-screen home page sliding banner. It has to be said that this is the most visually arresting aspect of the design, although the default color scheme also works well, using turquoise and white with lime green highlights to offset the rather functional but smart-looking grey and white main web page area. I would definitely suggest sticking with the default scheme though, as the alternatives really don’t work with the other design elements, and look, frankly, hideous.
Functionality is somewhat limited by the lack of any shopping cart or advertising options, but as other themes in the ElegantThemes set have shown us before, the ElegantThemes shortcode tools can turned to all sorts of useful purposes (and for creating some very eye-catch effects), greatly extending what you can do with the theme.
The rollover effect on the category buttons, which consists of a lime green underline rapidly expanding from the middle, looks snazzy, and adds a touch of class to the theme. The drop-down menus also look good. The social media buttons allow visitors to easily connect to their social networks, and visually fit in nicely with the rest of the theme
The stock contact form is similarly enlivened by having a full width banner header…
… as are the Sitemap, Advanced Search, and Login Page, although they are otherwise more functional than beautiful. We like the way that pages are sorted in different ways on the Sitemap, making finding the article or information required very easy
You can change meta-aspects (color scheme, individual color elements, and fonts) of Fusion using the Theme Customizer. However, when it comes to the color scheme we suggest that you stick with the default, as only a limited number of design elements are changed (mainly the navigation bar beneath the header banner, and sometimes (but not always) the category button rollover effects, and these simply do not work with the rest of the design elements, clashing with them to ugly effect
One of the best aspects of all ElegantThemes designs is the inclusion of its suite of shortcodes. These are very comprehensive and flexible, and can be used for all sorts of fun and useful things. The Fusion live demo does not show this off as well as it might, but you should look at some other themes in the range to be impressed at what can be done with them (and get some inspiration for ideas of your own!). The full list of shortcode categories on offer is: Button Varieties, Content Boxes, Toggled Content, Tabbed Content, Slideshow, Image Slider, Easy Tooltips Social Media, Password Protect your Content, Author Info, Column Layouts, Custom Icon Lists, Corporate Lists, Corporate Pricing Tables, DropCaps, and Quotes
Blogging is an area that Fusion excels in, providing all the tools needed to present a strikingly presented series of news style articles.
At the bottom of each blog page is Comments section, which looks cleanly laid out and matches Fusion’s default color scheme. We like the way that contributors can add a photo or avatar picture to their profile, so that posts look more personal and individual
Image Gallery and Portfolio layout
Again, although using standard Image Gallery and Portfolio page templates, these still look as great as ever. There isn’t a lot of difference between the Image Gallery and the various Portfolios except that the Portfolio pages (usually) include text and can also link to video content (although this is not shown in the live demo).
- Perpetual Updates
- Responsive Design
- Theme Options
- Secure and Valid Code
- Five Unique Colors
- Shortcodes (see above for full list)
- Page Template
- Complete Localization
- Browser Compatibility
- Theme Options
- Page Templates
- RSS feeds
Because of its relatively limited functionality and heavy reliance on standard ElegantThemes templates, Fusion is not a heavy hitter in the ElegantThemes package. However it does look good, with a striking Home page and a tastefully fun color scheme, and it makes good use of those templates (which always work flawlessly and look fantastic) so that, if its aesthetic appeals to you, it could well be worth the modest $39 entry price. Given that you also effectively get another 85 themes thrown in for free, we’d call that a bargain!
If your needs are not too demanding, and you like the default color scheme (and we do), then Fusion hits the nail on the head. It takes some of the best elements of the ElegantThemes range and turns them into a tightly realized, highly focused whole, which has enough flashiness to catch the eye and be memorable, while keeping the clean functionality that is the hall mark of ElegantThemes designs. If you need commercial functionality then other themes in the range will likely suit you better, but if creating a more visual and text based impact is your aim, then you can do a lot worse than Fusion.