As a WordPress Lover I am always in search of the best themes as well as plugins that will help you to make your dream website. And one such theme by which I came across was Customizr. The thing that amazed me the most was its number of downloads till date and it was indeed more than 1 Million. Moreover this theme was available for free. Before actually using this theme I wanted to know the exact reason that Why anyone should opt for this theme for their website and Why it is used? As the name suggests that this theme can be CUSTOMIZED easily as per the requirements to build a professional website that is well suited for everyone.
So here I have reviewed this theme by considering some of the important points that will be helpful for my fellow friends to make the right decision.
Design and UX:
Very elegant looking website where you have a full control on all the settings. The site will indeed look appealing to the visitors with different fonts and styles that are available for it. It provides with a good experience to the users with the control over all the settings. This is a good theme that provides with different skins, layouts, fonts etc. to make an elegant website.
It is fully responsive theme that works great on all the devices and is mobile friendly. This will allow the visitors to access the website easily from any of the devices. It provides with a fluid layout and also it is compatible with all the browsers.
Ease of Customization:
This theme provides with many configuration options in order to adjust the sidebars, slideshows and other elements. Even a person with no technical knowledge can customize it according to their requirements. It provides with two different widgetized sidebars and a footer with three widgetized areas. This theme is perfect for the users with less technical knowledge as every thing can be easily customized from dashboard and further by using CSS. All the options related to the customization of the theme can be found in:
Appearance >> Customize
Some of the options that are present to customize the theme are:
- One can change the layout for the particular post or page from the layout options which consists of Default layout (Left sidebar), Right sidebar, Left sidebar, 2 sidebars: Right and Left and No sidebars: full width layout.
- One can easily change the site title, logo, apply Google fonts and Settings related to the image from the Global Settings.
- It provides with 17 different skins that can be applied to the site to give it a different look.
- Allows to add Social Media links that will appear for the site.
- One can add the custom CSS code for any customization and if you want to make some important changes for the customizations then this can be done from the style.css file.
- In order to improve the speed of the site, this theme also provides with an option whether to use a minified CSS stylesheet or not.
- Provides with different options for the Header related to design and layout and the settings related to the Sticky header.
- Easy and Quick to add different menus and select posts, pages and categories under that menu.
- Allows to customize the footer whether to stick the footer at the bottom of the page and provides a scroll for the top.
- Allows to add the Sliders for your site along with the links and the slides can be reordered by simply dragging and dropping it.
- This theme is compatible with bbPress, WooCommerce and JetPack plugin.
Speed and Load Order:
Though this theme is bundled with so many features and options that can be customized easily but the main thing of concern for any website is its speed and time taken to load it. So I decided to check its GooglePage Speed for the site’s home page that was 81 out of 100, for the post with images it was 79/100 . For mobile devices the site’s it came 66/100 for home page and for the article with images was 66/100.
Search Engine Optimization:
Search Engine customization can be done as,
- On Single Post, the title is in <H1> tag
- In-built Breadcrumb available for better navigation for Search bot.
It is advised to use Yoast SEO WordPress plugin for even better SEO for the site.
Customizr is one of the best free theme to build a professional website instantly. Also it provides with many options that helps you to customize the site from the dashboard. It gives you the freedom to create any type of website ranging from business, blogs, portfolios, shops and many more. Also one should not require much technical knowledge to use this theme. I really like the ease of use of this theme with amazing options to customize it. I feel that it will hardly take an hour or two to get familiar with its options and you will be able to build the site in no time. The performance of this theme is optimized by W3 Total Cache and CDN via Rackspace Cloud Files.
- Control over all the theme options through the Settings Panel.
- Option to include the logo & favicon and provides with different skins.
- Allows to add Social Links for your site.
- Provides with two different widgetized sidebars and footers with three widgetized area.
- Allows to keep a check on the performance of the website through the Advanced options.
- Gives you the control to customize the theme as per the requirements with ease and simplicity.
- One can add CSS code easily without making any changes on the CSS file.
This theme does not provide with a Page Builder.