Trim is an elegant and modern layout WordPress Theme that is designed to build a professional website. It is a fully responsive theme that looks great on all the devices and is mobile friendly. This theme is provided with different layouts and design for your site to make it appealing for the visitors. It also contains various page templates which can be used for different purposes.
On activating this theme, you get an e-panel theme options panel that comes packed with all theme settings, allowing you to easily customize your website without touching a single line of code. This panel allows you to toggle on and off features, adjust site layout, manage advertisements, control colors, optimize for search engines and much more. Hence, with the help of e-panel options you can easily setup Logo for header, Menu, Page layouts and other parts of the website according to your requirements. The header section supports custom Logo and Tag-line message.
This theme provides with .po and .mo files and is translation ready. It is also compatible with almost all the browsers. Users have a control on all the theme options through the settings and can be customized easily giving the website an elegant look.
It is always a great experience using Elegant Themes’ WordPress themes. They have come up with 87 different themes each with different style and layout. No matter which type of theme you require, you will always get it here on Elegant Themes. Here I am sharing my experience with a multipurpose WordPress theme by ET called Trim.
Design & UX:
Trim has very less stylistic, lightweight design suitable for multiple purposes. It has fine tailored boxed layout with more focus on homepage. It has animations for navigation bar menus. Then it comes packed with featured slider for homepage that will feature articles and even pages. The homepage is made up of different sections that will help showcase recent work, blog, 3 content areas to show pages in vertical format and quote for homepage. So layout wise this theme is good enough and suitable for blog websites.
Ease of Customization:
On activating this theme you will get its customizing settings in Appearance => Customize and Appearance => Trim Theme Options. Here is a brief description of the theme options with screenshots of dashboard.
Colors – From here you can choose Background Color.
Background Image: From here you can upload background image.
Menus – It has one menu location i.e. primary menu location.
Trim – ePanel – Homepage settings
Trim – ePanel – Layout settings – Single page layout
Trim – ePanel – Layout settings
Trim – ePanel – Navigation settings
Trim – ePanel – SEO for single post page
General – You can upload logo image, favicon image. From here you can enable/disable social media icons, use of excerpts in posts or pages, option to make shortcodes respond to various screen sizes, excerpts when defined, manage header & body fonts, background texture, colors, etc. You can add Custom CSS from here.
Homepage – Enable/disable Content Areas, choose page to display in Content Area 1 to 3. Manage different sections like recent work, quote, blog, 3 content areas to show pages in vertical format, etc.
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 date icon and thumbnails on index page.
Trim – ePanel – General settings
Trim – ePanel – Featured slider
Trim – ePanel – Colorization
Trim – ePanel – Code integration
Trim – ePanel – Ad management
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.
This is a tool that can be used to find hexadecimal color values. These values can be used to customize the colors of the various elements like main fonts, menu links, footer text, header links, footer links, etc.
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:
Trim – Page templates and page & post settings meta box
Trim – Portfolio page template settings
Trim – Quick tags for posts and pages
Trim – Widgets and Widgetized areas
Widgets – ET About me widget, ET Adsense widget, ET Advertisement widget.
Widgetized areas – default 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 – Select editing post or page as featured.
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.
Trim – Mobile menu
Trim – Mobile portrait version of homepage
Trim – Portfolio layout on tablet portrait version
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 Trim official demo on Mobile and Desktop mode. The Performance is quiet impressive on both devices. It is recommended to use W3 Total Cache plugin for speeding up site.
Search Engine Optimization:
Basic search engine optimization is done such 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.
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:
Trim – TAC result
Trim – Theme Check result
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.
Colorization feature for obtaining hexadecimal code of colors.
Custom CSS box.
Custom code boxes to add code in header, footer, body.
Multiple ad banner slots.
Multiple layouts for portfolio page.
Page builder is not included.
No Custom Post Type included.
Contact form not included.
Fullwidth layout is not possible with this theme.
Trim has a homepage featured with different sections, which is an outstanding feature. Other features are good enough to customize this theme to make it look better as a blog, corporate or personal website.