When it comes to innovative ideas, clean design and added features, Satellite7 multipurpose WordPress theme goes beyond the call of duty with hoards of responsive design elements, high resolution graphics and parallax scrolling support for high powered presentations. I must admit, Satellite7 had me at the demo and I just could not wait to try it on for size. A power packed retina flat glass style WordPress theme that includes everything that a designer could ever need to create high quality web or mobile sites, Satellite7 may just be the greatest thing since Google glass.
Created in September of this year by QODE, a premiere WordPress developer, Satellite7 is quickly becoming the hottest theme with bloggers and designers worldwide. It has already been added to my personal top ten list of must have WordPress themes.
This Designer’s View:
When flexibility matters, Satellite7 delivers with customization tabs that include a choice of top header menu, boxed masonry layout, multiple pattern layouts, backgrounds, and six different colour combinations. Did I mention that it also has 6 layer-sliders. including my personal favourite, a full page width slider?
In my view, what is most notable about the theme is the considerable number of portfolio layouts options, huge number of columns (up to 4), and unexpectedly, each page can display its own header and slider in various sizes and formats. Satellite7’s designer has succeeded to create a quick, fast and smooth loading responsive design that offers a huge amount of customizable options without ever skipping a beat.
From the very first view, it was not hard to notice how the multiple portfolio layouts and blog page display options could easily be used as part of the overall design.
Interior designer’s would simply adore the large image display pages, while recipe toting moms and DIY crafters could benefit highly from the masonry style boxed pages. The parallax scrolling page for presentations and blog display options are my two favourite features as they provide unique and powerful marketing landing style pages that display quite nicely on a multitude of browsers. The future of web design has arrived and not a moment to soon.
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According to the The International Telecommunication Union as of February 2013, there were 6.8 billion mobile users worldwide and it seems only natural that as a designer you would want a theme that is mobile friendly, highly interactive, SEO ready with amazing high quality icon and graphic display options.
Designed with multi platforms and devices in mind, Satellite7 includes interactive shortcode elements such as; counters, pie charts, horizontal progress bars, icon progress bars, flexible menus, price charts and a huge variety of nifty animated features.
All this to offer so far, and I am just getting started with the most exciting part.
- A modular contact page that provides integrated tools such as Google Maps, contact forms and general layout and content options.
- A parallax scrolling feature used for creating powerful presentations for products and services. Parallax allows users to seamlessly scroll up and down multiple frames or areas on the same page. It can simply be described as similar to a vertical powerpoint presentation whereby each frame can include highlighted text, interactive elements, images and other elements making it extremely useful for landing pages, promotional marketing and uniquely designed homepages.
If that was not enough, Satellite7 comes pre installed with WooCommerce, is WPML ready has a unique flat glass design and fully supports Search Engine Optimization. As any designer knows, these are all key elements to successful web design.
By far, one of the most interesting features is the huge variations of portfolio layout styles, page transitions, post displays, and customizable header and slider options within the design itself. Satellite7 is fantastically sharp, technologically advanced and designed with the latest Retina screen resolutions for improved graphics, it seemed only fitting for it to have the ability to create audio posts. Yes, Satellite7 has that too!
The theme has several ways to display blog posts including a unique masonry boxed page that resembles the trendy and popular image website known as Pinterest, along with a huge image post display page that is really quite beautiful and highly suggested for image heavy designs such as those used by photographers.
Masonry or Boxed list Style
The shop layout is simple, clean and products can be displayed in three different ways: (1) featured on the home page, (2) in a product list or (3) as a single product view. While the front page of the shop allows for minimal graphical customizations and sliders, the shop is perhaps a bit more practical and a little less fancy than I would have liked. I am certain however, that there are premium shop features available from WooCommerce that can be added to make the design a bit more lively and personal.
That being said, I do like the single product display page a great deal, it has a huge product description area and the related products are displayed in a more organized fashion than most other e-commerce themes. Mobile users will appreciate the clean and simple design, therefore in all honesty, I would only add premium features to computer or server based sites.
Last, but certainly not least, the Portfolio layout adds a unique element to the theme that I have not seen in many other WordPress Themes. There are literally twelve different portfolio options that allow you to display media in unique ways, with text and columns, without text and columns, as single video productions projects or as full width page images. As stated earlier, this theme makes for a flexible choice option for designers with a variety of different clients and a variety of different image display needs.
When it comes to images, Satellite7 is hands on one of the best themes that I have ever seen and the reason it had me at the demo, but do not believe me, see for yourself how truly amazing it is.
Single Big Image Display
3 Column Display with Text
2 Column Display without Text
Main Features list:
- Fully Customizable Headers – Each page can have it’s own custom header with different height and background image or slider.
- AJAX Animations ON/OFF – Choose between 4 fluid AJAX animated transitions between pages for a creative experience or turn AJAX off to create a classic website. Besides the predefined animations, create your own scenario by choosing animation type for any page individually.
- Bonus Parallax Pages – SATELLITE7 comes with an amazing bonus feature – easy to create Parallax pages perfect for presentations, microsites or a new homepage.
- Woo Commerce Integration – Add online shop module to your web site.
- Interactive Elements – Counters, pie charts, horizontal progress bars, icon progress bars, elements with animation, elements fade in
- Custom Post Formats – SATELLITE7 supports following custom blog post formats: Standard, Gallery, Link, Quote, Video, Audio
- Portfolio – Choose between 6 different portfolio single layouts and 4 different portfolio list layouts combined with different number of columns
- Blog Masonry Layout – Make your blog page display in masonry layout
- LayerSlider Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin ($15 value) – Create a responsive (mobile friendly) or fullwidth slider with must-see-effects
- Easy-To-Use Powerful Admin Interface – SATELLITE7 comes with very intuitive, easy to use admin interface. Add unlimited sliders and slides while you are editing page/post/portfolio, add unlimited portfolio images or videos while editing your portfolio item, add unlimited parallax section to any page.
- Retina Ready – This theme includes high resolution icons
- Smooth Scroll – This theme includes smooth scroll ON/OFF
- Multiple Sidebars – Create unlimited custom sidebars and choose them on global or post/page level
- Fully Customizable Mega Menu – Customize both standard and mobile menu, create wide or normal sub-menus at the same time, choose wide menu layout with or without icons
- Side Menu – SATELLITE7 comes with an amazing side menu widget area.
- Modern, Professional Design – This theme is designed by a team of professional designers focused on user-experience and unique design style.
- Fully Responsive – SATELLITE7 is a fully responsive WordPress theme and works perfectly on all screen sizes and mobile devices.
- Extremely Customizable – Unlimited colors and sizes for all elements, 500+ Google fonts and a robust backend offers a solution for a variety of business or personal uses.
- Flexible Layout – Use our demo layout or create your own visually different experience using our modular shortcodes and feature-rich backend.
- Modular Shortcodes – Get creative with unlimited combinations of easy-to-use shortcodes and quickly create any type of page you like.
- WPML Ready – Fully compatible with WPML plugin – create multilingual web sites
- Translation Ready – This theme is fully prepared for translation to any language using po & mo files
- Search Engine Optimized – Search engines will easily index any page of your website because of the integrated search engine support. Set meta keywords and description for each individual page and increase SEO ranking.
- Perfect Code – Coded in HTML5, CCS3 and jQuery, this skillfully constructed theme is 100% valid.
- Modular Contact Page – You can set any combination between Google maps, Contact Form and regular content.
- Child Theme Ready – Create child theme starting from included dummy child theme.
In my opinion, priced at a mere 55$, the bonus features included in this theme alone makes it extremely worthwhile. The truth is, sometimes adding plugins to achieve the design effects and interactive elements that you are looking for is extremely costly and time consuming, especially if they are not compatible. Considering that Satellite7 has all the bells and whistles integrated already, it seems like a bargain compared to what many designers are prepared to do to get the same results.
This theme is a no fuss, set it and forget it highly responsible, high resolution theme that can be used as a simple blog, mobile site, fully functioning content heavy website or E-commerce product website, and is fast becoming one of my personal favourites. The only problem I am really having with the design, is deciding what website I want to build with it. No worries, I can do just about anything with it.