Vertex is well build to showcase products and services using WordPress CMS. It comes with lots of animations and effects to make the page look stunning. It includes Gallery, Portfolio, Team Template with Expertise bar and so on. Vertex is having responsive layout so expect site adjustments according to the device sizes.
Call to action button in Vertex helps in getting more conversions. This theme comes packed with many unique features that gives an appealing look to your website. It offers with multiple colors that can be applied for the custom background images. It also helps to keep a control on all the theme options through the dashboard of WordPress. This theme is the best way to showcase the products and give a product layout design to your site in an elegant way.
No matter which website you are building you will always find an appropriate theme for it. There are so many themes available belonging to different categories. You will just have to go through its features and demos and then make the right choice. I was in a need of a theme for my corporate website to make my site appealing for the visitors. But one of the primary thing of concern was that all the products should be showcased in the stylish way to attract visitors to the site. I came across Elegant Themes that provides with so many themes based on different categories. After going through the features offered by Vertex theme, I decided to go with the Vertex theme and review it with certain key factors. Vertex Theme showcases all the products in an elegant way that displays all the information and content in an attractive way to make it eye catching for the visitors. Different factors that I considered for reviewing the theme are:
Design and UX:
The layout and design of any website plays a very important role to provide good user experience to the customers. Vertex Theme allows to create a homepage which can be easily divided into different module sections. Those modules includes sliders, team members, galleries etc. There are different options that are available to add different colors and fonts to different elements of the site. One can also set a background image for the header. This theme provides with a sticky navigation bar that will help to easily navigate from one menu to the other. This theme provides with a very good design and an amazing user experience to the visitors.
This theme is designed by keeping the responsiveness of the theme in mind. It gives good browsing experience to the visitors and allows to easily conform to the user’s screen. It will look the same on all the screen sizes no matter which device you are accessing the site.
Ease of Customization:
Vertex Theme provides with many theme options that allows to customize the theme as per the requirements. It also gives you the full control over the settings.
There are also widgetized area that is provided by this theme and you will find it under:
Appearance >> Widgets
ET About Me Widget: This widget will display the About Me information.
ET Adsense Widget: This widget will display the Adsense Ads.
ET Advertisement: This widget will display the Advertisements.
ET Custom Post Widget: This widget will help to display Logo, Copyright and the additional information.
This theme provides with 4 footer areas and the widgets for it can be easily dragged and dropped.
2) Vertex Page Settings and Shortcodes:
There are different templates and shortcodes that are available for the theme that can be applied to any post or page.
ET Learn More Block: Learn more block can be added from here.
ET Box: Box related to info, warning, download, bio and shadow can be added from here.
ET Button: A button along with the content and link can be easily added from this option.
ET Tabs: It allows to add the tabs along with different effects and contents.
Author Bio: One can add the bio of the author along with the image from here.
There can be header background image that can be set for a particular page or post. Header Background Image option appears below the page or post.
Note: Depending upon the Page Template that is selected there will be different ET Page Template Settings that will appear in the bottom.
There are different templates that can be easily used and that are provided for each page and those are: Blog Page, Contact Page, Full Width Page, Gallery Page, Login Page, Portfolio Page, Search Page, Sitemap Page and Team Members Page.
3) Customizing Theme:
The theme options of the Vertex Theme can be easily customized from:
Appearance >> Customize
Colors: One can set Background color, Link color, Main Font Color, Accent Color, Menu Links Color and Active Menu Link Color from this option.
Fonts: One can easily set the header font and body font color by selecting it from the drop down.
Schemes: The color scheme can be selected from here.
Menus: All the settings related to Menus can be done from here.
Widgets: Settings related to Footer and Widgets can be done from here.
4) Vertex Theme Options:
The theme options of the Vertex Theme can be accessed from:
Appearance >> Vertex Theme Options
General Settings – One can easily set the Logo, Favicon, Grabbing first post image, Blog Style Mode, Call To Action Button Text, URL for it, Social Media icons, Number of posts per page, Date format, Responsive shortcodes, Google Fonts subsets and Custom CSS from here. One can also display the sliders from Featured Slider tab.
Navigation – One can exclude the pages and categories from the navigation bar, Showing Dropdown menus, Displaying Home links, Sort Pages Links, Order Pages Links by Ascending/ Descending and Number of Dropdown options that are shown.
Layout Settings – There are 3 different tabs that are available for it such as Single Post Layout, Single Page Layout and General Settings.
a) Single Post Layout will contains Choose which items to display in the post info section and Show comments on posts.
b) Single Page Layout will contain show comments on Pages.
c) General Settings will contain Post Info Section.
Ad Management – All the settings related to add can be done from here such as Enable Single Post 468X60 banner image, It will also consists of the options to add banner image, destination url and adsense code for it.
SEO – All the settings related to SEO can be done from here. It will consists of the options related to Homepage SEO, Single Post Page SEO and Index Page SEO. According to ones own choice all the settings related to it can be done.
Integration – In order to add third party code in the theme this tab settings can be used. It will allow you to add the code on the header code, body code, single top code as well as single bottom code. This will directly allow you to add the code without touching any other piece of code.
5) Custom Post Types:
There are 3 Custom Post Types that are provided by this theme such as Projects, Team Members and Testimonials.
Speed and Load Order:
The visitors will not wait for long in order to visit a particular site. The speed and time taken to load a particular page plays a very important role. So I decided to check the Google Page Speed of the Theme. The page speed for mobile devices was 74/100 and for the desktop it was 89/100.
In order to check whether the particular theme followed the standards and practices of WordPress and to scan all its files in order to know about any malicious and unwanted code. I checked it by activating 2 plugins Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) and Theme Check.
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
It is advised to use Yoast SEO WordPress plugin for even better SEO for the site.
Vertex theme provides you the flexibility and control to customize the given theme as per the requirements. It allows to showcase the product in an appealing manner that will divert more visitors to the site. One can have a full control over all the theme options without having much technical knowledge. It will hardly take an hour or two to get familiar with this theme and you will be able to design the website that you require. I will surely recommend this theme for those who want to display their site in an elegant and stylish way.
Allows to add call to action box on the header.
The code of this theme is designed by keeping SEO in mind and is SEO optimized.
Sticky navigation menu that allows to navigate through the site very easily.
Each item provides with the Custom CSS where one can apply different CSS to different elements.
Provides with Full width page options for blog pages.
Provides with Projects, Team Members and Testimonials Custom Post types.
Different shortcodes such as ET Learn More, ET Box, ET Button are provided.
It does not provide any way to add site identity or tagline for the site.