Over years WordPress has come up with so many features that has really become a game changer. There are so many themes and plugins available that can be activated in no time to ease the work. I am really amazed that there are so many themes available that is best suited for all the events and situations of your life. Gone are the days when you would hire a technical person with a sound knowledge of all the code to build your website. There are so many themes available to build a powerful website suitable for any occasion or event without much technical knowledge. While I was exploring different themes, I came across plenty of WordPress themes to build a Wedding website. I decided to explore them and selected Match Theme which is not only good to build a wedding site but also gave you the freedom to customize the site as per the requirements and can also be used to build a personal. portfolio blogging website.
Match allows to build an eye catching website for the visitors that compel them to have a look on the site with different background and featured images. I found this theme to be very simple initially while going through some of its theme options. But I decided to review the theme based on different factors and then come to any conclusion.
Design and UX:
This is a very simple theme that allows to change the color of the background and set any color for it through the color picker that is available in the theme option panel. The site looks very beautiful as one is able to add a background and header image that indeed makes it appealing for the visitors. It provides with a very good user experience as one is able to customize the theme as per the requirements and best suited to build a wedding layout site.
It is a very mobile friendly theme that looks great on all the devices and allows to access the site from anywhere and anytime. This theme provides with the fluid layout to give a good experience to the visitors.
Ease of Customization:
This theme provides with very simple options to give a new look to your site. There are no widgets that are provided by this theme. The design of the theme is indeed very simple with very limited options. As in a Wedding website or portfolio there is more importance that is given to the looks of the site, so it provides with options to add colors and images to header and background. It gives you the full control on all the settings without touching any piece of code.
All the theme options can be found in:
Appearance >> Customize
The options that can be customized easily are:
- Allows to add a title and favicon for your site.
- One can select the background color for the website from the color picker.
- Allows to add the header image for your site with the options to hide it. Also it keeps the track of the previously added image that can be used anytime after removing the image.
- To make the site appealing for the visitors, it allows to add the background image with different options such as position, attachment and repeat.
Speed and Load Order:
In order to check the performance of any website, Speed of the site plays a very important role. So in order to keep a check on the speed and load order of this theme I decided to use Google Page Speed. But I was not impressed with the page speed on the mobile devices. It was 59/100 for mobile devices and for desktop it was 90/100.
In order to check whether this theme has followed all the standards and practices of WordPress and to scan all its files to know about any malicious and unwanted code, this can be done by activating 2 plugins Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) and Theme Check.
Match was successful in passing the basic tests that were performed on it.
Search Engine Optimization:
This code of this theme is not designed by keeping SEO in mind and also it is not SEO optimized. It is advised to use Yoast SEO WordPress plugin for even better SEO for the site.
By going through all the options and settings that is provided by this theme, it is a very simple theme that does not provide you with many complex options. This theme is suitable for building a wedding websites or portfolios. As it gives many options related to images and backgrounds. For this theme instead of the content the look of the site plays an important role. So all the options available are to make the site appealing for the visitors. In order to improve the performance of the website one can activate Cache plugins such as WP Super Cache and W3 Total Cache. But this theme gives you the freedom to customize the site from the different theme options.
- Control over all the settings of the theme options.
- Allows to add background image for the website with different effects.
- One can add favicon and site details for the website.
- Applying background color and header image for the site.
- This theme does not provide with Google fonts or other awesome fonts to be applied to different sections and elements.
- As this theme is designed to give a site an elegant look, it does not provide with any sliders.
- The theme does not provide with the page builder.
- Theme is not designed by keeping SEO in mind.
- As this theme is also used for the blogging purpose but it does not provide with Full Page template.
- There are no additional widgets that are provided by this theme.