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    Bateaux – Fast Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme with In-built Page Builder by

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    • Created on: 27 Jun 2016
    • Last Updated: 29 Jul 2016
    • Compatible with: WordPress 4.0+
    • Tested up to: WordPress 4.5
    • Auto update: No
    • No. of columns: 4
    • Layout: Responsive
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    Theme Summary

    Bateaux is a Multi-purpose WordPress theme with lot many features including the in-built Page Builder and app-like interface. It comes with 30+ menu variations and 25 unique designs for the homepage. Along with this theme, you also get LayerSlider and Slider Revolution pre-packaged. Like any other plugin, you can activate these premium slider plugins from dashboard and start using it. As claimed by the developer, Bateaux is having Google PageSpeed score of 97% and YSlow score as 77% which makes the theme very fast.

    One of the Bateaux theme’s user said,

    Very intuitive. Easy to learn. Demo quickly imported. Nice alternative to other page builders Click To Tweet

    WooCommerce and WPML compatibility makes Bateaux is great option for eCommerce and Multilingual WordPress sites. It comes with special designs for WooCommerce powered sites and works perfectly fine with WPML sites. You also get Typekit and Google Font integrations to customize the theme fonts using the dashboard. Unlike other themes, you get a ready-made Child Theme copy with Bateaux.

    With the fluid layout, Bateaux theme’s responsiveness works great on all devices.

    Expert Review

    There are many multi-purpose WordPress theme available on the web (premium and free) and all themes list down a large list of features. It becomes difficult for the user to pick a good multi-purpose theme for their purpose. Today we are reviewing another premium multipurpose WordPress theme named Bateaux and going to pass the theme through our rigorous testing procedure.

    What You Buy, What You Get

    Once you purchase this theme from Themeforest, you will get a .zip file of almost 30 MB in size. Once unzipped, you will find following folders and files.

    • Main Theme’s .zip file
    • Child Theme Folder (sample child theme .zip file)
    • Documentation folder with complete documentation in HTML format
    • Import Folder (includes some demo import files)

    I was surprised to find a ready child theme along with the main theme. Usually you don’t find a child theme supplied along with the parent theme.

    As the files are with me, I went ahead and install the main theme on my WordPress dashboard.

    The first screen after activation is the recommended plugins panel. Here you get a list of recommended plugins (few pre-packages and few WordPress.org hosted). In pre-packaged plugins, you find LayerSlider, Slider Revolution, Bateaux Core and Envato Market plugins. Other recommended plugins appearing under the panel are Contact Form 7, Yoast SEO, WP Google Maps, WooCommerce.

    Design and UX

    Bateaux is a clean and minimal design responsive theme with fluid layout. It looks elegant with proper use of white spacing and clean typography. The design is not suitable for all type of website but those who like clean and rich designs, will love Bateaux for that.

    The user experience of Bateaux is brilliant as you can even preview the mobile responsiveness from the Customizer panel itself. For example, if you are changing the font-size, you can preview the site on Customizer for all kind of devices. Apart from that, even the new page builder Blueprint is also having a very good UX. It is very easy to use and self explanatory as well.

    For the design and UX, I will give a thumbs up to this theme.

    Responsiveness

    Fluid layout of Bateaux WordPress theme makes it perfect in terms of responsiveness. Page adjusts with the screen size automatically and looks perfect. On the Customizer panel, you get one option as “Responsive” where following 3 fields are available.

    responsive

    • Responsive (Enable/Disable)
    • Parallax background in mobile (On/Off)
    • Topbar in mobile (On/Off)

    These options allow you to enable or disable the responsiveness (don’t know why somebody will use this one), use the background with parallax effect and to show or hide a top-bar on the site.

    Ease of Customization

    The most important thing for any WordPress theme is how easy it is to customize the elements as per our need. Expectations increase when we purchase a premium WordPress theme. T check the ease of customization of Bateaux WordPress theme, I am splitting the review in 4 different sections,

    • Customizer
    • Widget
    • Page Builder
    • Theme Options

    Customizer

    WordPress Customizer panel is having lot many options when you enable Bateaux theme. Options such as Theme Color, Logo, Layout, Responsive, Design, Header, Footer, Page Title, Blog, Portfolio, WooCommerce, Social, Custom Code, Menu and Widgets make the panel very useful. Without any knowledge of PHP or HTML, one can customize the site in no time.

    Customizer

    Theme Color

    This panel is having Color Scheme and Pick Color options. Here you can either pick the scheme such as light or dark for different parts of the site or you can select the color of your choice.

    Logo

    As the name suggests, one can change the logo of the site using this option field. Bateaux comes with lot many options for the logo only. For example, you can upload different logos for the navigation bar or mobile devices or normal view. Even the text logo panel is having options to set the font size, typography from the panel only.

    Layout

    Boxed, Wide and Frame layout options are available for the site. You can also set the max-width of the site from the panel. There is an option to enable or disable the sidebar.

    Responsive

    As explained earlier, this panel allows you to enable or disable the site’s responsiveness and even customize the responsiveness a bit.

    Design

    Well, with this panel you can customize the typography, pre-loader, carousel, Heading etc. for the site without writing any piece of code. The pre-loader designs are modern and stylish. I really liked the double bounce loader.

    Header

    It allows you to change the Navigation bar, Top Bar and enable or disable these features. You can also customize the color schemes and layout of the menu navigation panel. Options such as having logo in center and menu in both sides or logo in left and menu in right side etc. are available to change. Lot many menu customization options are available.

    Footer

    Change the copyright information or enable/disable the footer area using this panel. You can also customize the bottom bar using this panel.

    Page Title

    Breadcrumbs are good for a website in terms of UI and SEO. Bateaux comes loaded with its own Breadcrumbs and you can enable or disable this features from this panel. You can also show or hide the page title from Breadcrumbs or perform other customization to that using this panel.

    Blog

    For the blog page, there are 3 different layout options available – List, Grid and Masonry. You can choose the layout from this panel and customize the typography and color schemes from this panel.

    Portfolio

    A Custom Post Type with name as Portfolio is provided with the theme and you can again choose the layout for the portfolio as List, Grid or Masonry. You can also choose the filters for the images or select the hover effect and light-box effect for the same. A responsive portfolio page can be easily achieved and customized using this panel.

    WooCommerce

    As mentioned earlier, Bateaux WordPress theme is compatible with WooCommerce WordPress plugin, you get a dedicated customization panel for the same as well. Using this panel, you can customize the shop page as well as product page designs and features. For example, to show the product gallery thumbnails, you can choose whether to show in bottom or left or right side. You can also enable or disable the Lightbox or Zoom effects for the product images. To show or hide the social sharing options or Related Products, you can choose from this panel.

    Social

    Social Sharing and Social Profiles, both options are available to customize. Populate these fields and use the same as per your requirement.

    Custom Code

    Sometimes you want to put certain CSS for a simple change but don’t want to edit the style.css file of the theme. You can use this field to do that.

    Menus

    Lot many options to customize and make a beautiful navigation menu. Color schemes and typography options are also available in this panel.

    Widgets

    This is a basic feature or WordPress Customizer which allows you to put the ready widgets in widget areas. Here you get Header Widgets, Footer Widgets, Top Bar Widget and Sidebar Widget areas.

    Widget

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    Lot many specially designed widgets are provided with this theme. Here is the list,

    • Bateaux Feature
    • Bateaux Banner
    • Bateaux Highlight Post
    • Bateaux Instagram
    • Bateaux HTML
    • Bateaux Portfolio
    • Bateaux Social
    • Bateaux Post
    • Bateaux Twitter

    You can drag and drop these widgets into the widget ready areas and get a nice feature in your site.

    Blueprint Page Builder

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    Bateaux comes with 25+ different homepage layouts and all these layouts are available as template under a new page builder named Blueprint. The Blueprint page builder comes with more than 26 different elements such as pricing, model, milestone, table, slider, testimonial, client, contact form, countdown etc. to add inside a page layout. One can also add elements such as divider, quote, box, button etc. using the builder. One can enable or disable the sidebar, footer etc. for a specific page using the page builder itself.

    A brilliant piece of work with Blurprint Page Builder of Bateaux WordPress Theme. Clean and Easy Click To Tweet

    Theme Options

    Once you activate the Bateaux WordPress theme, you get “Bateaux” option below the Dashboard. This theme option panel allows you to import the demo files. It also allows you to export or import the “Customizer” data which helps in migrating the site from local machine to a live server. It also helps in taking the backup of the Customizer fields data.

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    Speed & Performance

    As claimed by Bateaux developers that the theme will give Google PageSpeed Score of 97% and YSlow score of 77%, I passed the theme’s blog page on GTMetrix and here are the results.

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    Almost same as claimed by the developer.  Bateaux WordPress theme scored Google PageSpeed 97% and YSlow 76% on GTMetrix test. Click To Tweet

    Job well done Bateaux team.

    Quality of Code (Standards)

    One should not think of the rules listed for WordPress Repository themes as premium themes on Themeforest comes with lot many functionalities and features. WordPress repository says that functionalities should be covered by plugins and theme is only for the looks. But when someone is paying more than $50, he expects features as well. To check the code standards of Bateaux theme, I passed it with “Theme Check” plugin and found following results.

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    Well, Bateaux passed the test with some recommendation or good to have changes. The warning part is for couple of translatable strings but not a major one.

    Search Engine Optimization

    Basic search engine optimization is done as visible in the theme. I check the archive page as well as single page to see how the On-page SEO is there and found satisfactory result. Still it is recommended to use Yoast SEO plugin along with the theme for better SEO. Even Yoast SEO is also in the recommended plugins panel of Bateaux theme.

    Conclusion

    In-built page builder, inch by inch customization options, nice elegant design with fluid layout makes Bateaux definitely a good choice for portfolio website, corporate or agency website, photography site, app launch website, personal blog with clean layout, magazine site with white spacing etc.

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    Detailed Features

    • Created on: 27 Jun 2016
    • Last Updated: 29 Jul 2016
    • Compatible with: WordPress 4.0+
    • Tested up to: WordPress 4.5
    • Auto update: No
    • No. of columns: 4
    • Layout: Responsive
    • Widget: Yes
    • Retina display ready: Yes
    • Documentation: Well documented
    • Page builder: Yes
    • Theme author: Themeforest
    • WooCommerce: Yes
    • BuddyPress: No
    • Ticket Support: Yes
    • Email Support: Yes
    • Community Support: No
    • Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, IE9+, Opera, Safari
    • Membership: No
    • Membership Price: n/a
    • Supported Versions: WordPress 4.0, WordPress 4.1, WordPress 4.2, WordPress 4.3, WordPress 4.4, WordPress 4.5
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