There are an absolute ton of WordPress frameworks out there. About 7 years ago I got the opportunity to use Elegant Themes on a clients website that was using the WordPress platform. Of all the themes I have worked with Elegant Themes seems to be one of the most trustworthy themes out there. But, in the recent years, I have really grown to love themes that let you customize everything you could possibly want to customize (like Headway). Since Elegant Themes decided to integrate Divi into their themes I have really become a huge fan of them over the years.
In this full Elegant Themes WordPress review I am going to discuss the different themes, plugins, ePanel options, customer support, and then the price tag. Then, it’s up to you to decide if Elegant Themes will work for you.
About Elegant Themes
Nick Roach is the owner of Elegant Themes. He started his first website when he was in middle school. Elegant Themes was run out of his college apartment, but over the years has gained some traction in the WordPress community. They have established eight years ago, have 30+ team members, 315,000 loyal customers, and have developed six different plugins that work with any WordPress theme (even ones not using Elegant Themes).
Elegant Themes has over 87 different WordPress themes you can choose from. That should be able to work for any project your working on. There are 10 App themes, 32 blog themes, 30 business themes, six eCommerce themes, 23 magazine themes, 15 multimedia themes, 24 personal themes, 14 portfolio themes, 21 responsive themes, and 4 “tumblog” themes.
Prior to purchasing any theme you can see a working demo of it. When viewing the demo you can change out the color schemes, fonts, backgrounds, overlays, etc.
For all of their plugins, you don’t need to use any Elegant Themes themes. You can use any framework you want.
Divi Builder. This plugin is a plugin that allows you to customize any page/or post. You don’t need any coding knowledge, and you can drag and drop everything. It comes with 46 content modules there is certainly a lot you can do with Divi Builder.
Bloom (email opt-ins). This plugin allows you to integrate an email opt-in on your website. You can choose from a number of layouts, way to display your opt-ins, and even split A/B test your conversion rates.
Monarch Social Media Sharing. This allows you to add social sharing to your website. You can even integrate your networks, display your following count, integrate it as a widget or a shortcode.
Handheld Mobile Plugin. With this plugin, you can transform any plugin into a responsive mobile site. It has some settings that make it a painless process to make sure your site is responsive.
Maintenance Mode Plugin. If you’re making changes to your website and want to take your site offline you can easily do it with this maintenance mode plugin.
Shortcodes. You can easily add some shortcodes to your site. The following can use as shortcodes:
- Toggled Content
- Tabbed Content
- Image Slider
- Password Protection
- Social Media
- Author Info
- Custom List
- Pricing Tables
All Elegant Themes themes are equipped with ePanel. This makes it very easy to make changes to your website. This is a control panel made exclusive for Elegant Themes frameworks. You can change your color schemes, post/pages format and images, categories, archive pages to display, navigation, layout settings, ads management, customize your colors, SEO, etc. There is a lot of documentation to help you with anything you might need too.
One of the huge benefits to paying for a premium theme is the support. Don’t get me wrong free themes are great, but most of the time your pretty much on your own if you need any additional help. All the help is handled via forums. Meaning you just fill out a couple of fields about your website and one of their developers looks into the problem for you.
I have spoken with Elegant Themes sometimes, and it usually takes about 12 hours for them to reply back. For more intricate problems Elegant themes will require that you install a token on your website so they have access to your site and can help troubleshoot the problem.
The pricing structure is one of the biggest pros to web developers that are working on a tight budget. I know when I started out ten years ago every penny I had to spend was tough to come up with. A lot of WordPress frameworks will charge you a yearly fee. This helps pay the developers, marketing cost, etc. But, with Elegant themes, the price tag is priced fairly. Here is a screenshot which shows their prices:
The “Personal” plan does not come with access to all the Elegant Themes plugins or layered Photoshop files. However, the “Developer” and “Lifetime Access” plans do include all the plugins and Photoshop layered files.
You are not limited to the number of websites you can install Elegant Themes on, like a lot of other WordPress developers. Even if you want to pay the $69/year plan, you can use that on an unlimited amount of websites. You don’t have to pay for updates or support either.
You can try them for a year and then upgrade a “Lifetime Access” plan. It will be prorated so you only pay the difference. I did this years ago and it was a worthwhile investment. Make sure you upgrade on Black Friday sales to take advantage of an extra discount.
Here are some of my favorite themes by Elegant Themes:
Don’t just take tbwhs.com’s word for it
Themegrade has rated Elegant themes as their number one WordPress framework. They get 8.1 stars out of 10. Over 220 of their customer have left feedback about Elegant Themes. Overall, people seem to be pretty satisfied with them.
This Elegant Themes review shows you what their ever so popular Divi theme can do.
Also, this article by Joe Fylan over at athemes.com discusses the power of Divi.
I do recommend Elegant Themes to any web designer, business owner, or entrepreneur that is looking to use their WordPress framework for developing a website. It’s hands down one of the best premium WordPress themes. They are very popular in the WordPress community, have nearly 90 themes to choose from, six plugins, helpful support, and a “one-time” payment option is great!
I had used Elegant Themes when they first started, and for 7+ years they have been an asset to my online business.