Foxy is a responsive eCommerce theme from Elegant Themes bucket. It is also useful to create a business website with product details and showcases portfolios. It showcases the products in such a way to make it appealing for the visitors and also provides with product layout design for the website. Apart from that, the refreshing colors of Foxy theme suits the blog page as well. This theme is very easy to customize as per the requirements and accordingly it can be used for different purposes. So once you activate the theme, you can start running a full fledged eCommerce site over there.
Apart from the above features, Foxy is having dedicated settings panel in order to have a control on the front end. Also the Shortcode element plugin of Elegant Themes come with the theme to include pricing table, slider, tabs etc. This theme also provides with different Page templates for your site that reduces the efforts and helps to place it anywhere on the panel. As Social media plays a very important role for building up of any website so it provides with the social media icons that are placed at the footer of the page.
I was looking for a business WordPress theme that will serve both the purposes of business+ecommerce website in one. After searching lot of themes I found Foxy WordPress theme. This theme was absolutely suitable for my website. After using this theme I have following review for it.
Design & UX:
Foxy is just perfect as a business theme, with its set of scheme colors it gives your website a refreshing look. The menu has awesome animations on hover. It comes packed with featured slider which makes your homepage more attractive. It supports breadcrumbs for better navigation experience. Hence, this theme is decent in looks and gives good user experience on both frontend and backend.
Ease of Customization:
On activating this theme you will get its customizing settings in Appearance => Customize and Appearance => Foxy Theme Options. Here is a brief description of the theme options with screenshots of dashboard.
Colors – From here you can choose Background Color, Link Color, Main Font Color, Slider Background Color, Slider Shadow Color, Button / Tab Background Color, Button / Tab Shadow Color, Widget Hightlight Color / Progress Bar Color.
Fonts – Change Header fonts and body fonts.
Schemes – Choose between the provided color schemes namely default orange, Blue, Green, Purple, Red and Gray.
Menus – It has two menu locations i.e. primary menu location and footer menu location.
General – You can upload logo image, favicon image. Manage global Accent color. From here you can enable/disable fixed navigation bar, social media icons, use of excerpts in posts or pages, option to make shortcodes respond to various screen sizes, Google Fonts for Non-English languages. You can add Custom CSS from here.
Homepage – Enable/disable Content Areas, Products Slider, Pages in Tabs Area, Testimonials, Callout. Choose page to display in Content Area 1 to 3. Input Callout Url, Callout Text, Callout Button Text, Number of Featured Products, select pages to include in the Tabs Area.
Featured Slider – Enable/disable Featured Slider, Automatic Slider Animation, Duplicate Featured Articles, input Number of Featured Slides, Automatic Animation Speed, choose Featured Posts Category, include pages in the Featured Slider (if Use Pages enabled).
Pages – Here you can choose to remove certain pages from the navigation menu, enable/disable dropdown menus from the pages navigation bar, home link, sort your pages links, order pages links by ascending/descending, number of dropdown tiers to be shown.
Categories – Here you can choose to remove certain categories from the navigation menu, enable/disable dropdown menus from the categories navigation bar, empty categories, sort your categories links-Name/ID/Slug/Count/Term Group, order Category Links by ascending/descending.
General settings – Disable top tier dropdown menu links.
Single Post Layout – Here you can choose which items appear in the postinfo section on single post pages, show/hide comments on posts and post thumbnails.
Single page layout – show/hide comments on pages and thumbnails.
General settings – Here you can choose which items appear in the postinfo section on pages, show/hide Author Avatar on Blog Posts and thumbnails on index page.
Un-widgetized Ads – Enable/disable Single Post 468×60 banner from here. Enabling this option will display a 468×60 banner ad on the bottom of your post pages below the single post content. It accepts banner image, destination url, adsense code.
Homepage SEO – Enable/disable and add custom title, meta description, meta keywords, canonical URL’s. If custom titles are disabled, choose autogeneration method. Define a character to separate BlogName and Post title.
Single Post Page SEO – Enable/disable and add custom title, meta description, meta keywords, canonical URL’s. If custom titles are disabled, choose autogeneration method. Define a character to separate BlogName and Post title.
Index Page SEO – Enable/disable meta description, canonical URL’s. Choose title autogeneration method. Define a character to separate BlogName and Post title.
Code integration – Enable/disable and add header code, body code, code to the top of your posts, code to the bottom of your posts, before the comments.
Page, Post, Page templates, Widgets and Widgetized areas options of this theme:
Widgets – ET About me widget, ET Adsense widget, ET Advertisement widget, ET custom logo widget.
Widgetized areas – 1 primary sidebar & 3 footer widgtized areas are included in this theme.
Page templates – Blog, Contact, Gallery, Portfolio, login, search, sitemap, fullwidth. Page templates have some advanced setting options when that particular template is selected. See above screenshots.
Quick Tags – Add ET learn more block, ET box, ET button, ET tabs and ET author bio directly into page and posts.
ET Settings Meta Box – If the particular page/post is displayed in the featured slider on homepage, you can set options for it from here. Options like Slide Title, Description, Read More Custom Link, Blurb Icon Image.
This theme is 100% responsive to all devices ranging from desktops, laptops, tablets to mobile phones. The content gets automatically adjusted according to the screen size.
Page load speed:
A business website is mostly light weight and may not contain lot of heavy content. But as the theme is compatible with WooCommerce so if lot of products are added it may impact the page load speed. The PageSpeed score depends on the demo page content, caching of the page, number of HTTP requests, Image sizes and lot many other parameters. I checked the Google PageSpeed of Foxy official demo on Mobile and Desktop mode. The Performance is quiet impressive on desktop devices as W3 Total Cache plugin is used for speeding up site. But on mobile devices the page load speed is quiet low which needs to be improved.
Search Engine Optimization:
Basic search engine optimization is done such as,
Post Title on Blog Archive is in <H2> tag
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.
I have scanned this theme with TAC plugin for authenticity and with Theme Check plugin for WordPress standards of theme code, the result is as shown below:
TAC shows that it has hardcoded/static links in footer.php which is not an issue as these are not malicious scripts. But theme checker has given lot of warnings which needs to be resolved.
Support and help:
This theme is built by Elegant Themes club which provides good support to customers in case of any queries. They provide support forum, email support and ticket support for their member customers.
Multiple page templates.
Quick tags to insert tabs, box, learn more box, button for both posts and pages.
Testimonials custom post type integrated.
Custom CSS box.
Custom code boxes to add code in header, footer, body.
Multiple ad banner slots.
Integrated with Contact form 7.
Ecommerce features integrated with WooCommerce.
Page builder is not included.
You cannot enter site title and tag line in this theme from theme customizer.
This theme is perfect for business websites integrated with woocommerce features. It is a simple elegant theme with awesome customization options.