Present your business and portfolio in a stylish and efficient manner with Daylight business and portfolio WordPress theme. Pros and cons in the review.
TeslaThemes is an established WordPress themes club which offers more than 60 uniquely designed themes for any type of website you can think of based on extremely affordable pricing plans. Peeking into Teslathemes.com Pricing Section made me realize that money spent on a single theme from Themeforest can get me access to all 60+ Tesla themes for one year which at under 1$ per theme doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
For sure they must have compromised on quality you might think but besides some minor areas that could be improved, they didn’t and here is why. Having the opportunity of testing Daylight, Tesla’s latest WordPress theme I decided to write this review and share my impressions with you.
I used Daylight to create a business services presentation website based on the provided demo content and I’m happy to report that everything went smoothly without any hiccups.
Going through the initial setup phase was a fairly straightforward process thanks to Tesla’s efforts towards simplifying the demo content import sequence but I would have liked to find a dedicated section in the documentation that enables me to accurately recreate the demo website. It covers all of the themes essential aspects and features but could be improved with better structuring, a search field and some video tutorials for the WordPress beginner.
So if you’re not an experienced WordPress user and you want to recreate the demo website as a starting point for your customizations don’t forget to:
- Install Tesla Framework, Revolution Slider and Visual Composer plugins right after you’ve activated Daylight
- Also import Theme Options from Daylight – Import/Export Options – Import Demo Options
- Import Demo Slider for the selected Homepage from Slider Revolution – Import Slider. The file is in your downloaded package inside Revolution Slider Demo Import folder
And that’s it, your screen should now display an elegant business presentation website exactly like in the demo. When viewing the freshly installed website for the first time you’ll immediately realize that TeslaThemes provides all imagery and photography seen in the live preview unlike some other theme developers which leave you staring at some ugly placeholders.
The hand-picked stock photography is complemented by a stylish design built around well-chosen fonts and colors. Some of the default layout’s sections would look even better with larger margins between elements but that’s no biggie and can be solved with a few adjustments in Visual Composer.
Yes, Daylight integrates Visual Composer in the standard package and it relies heavily on the popular plugin for website creation using its full range of shortcodes and templates. Having no proprietary shortcodes and quite a small number of prebuilt page templates doesn’t work in the theme’s favor but I guess implementing a popular and easy to use page builder with its own tried and tested shortcodes and templates should balance out the disadvantages in most cases.
Visual Composer comes bundled together with Slider Revolution which is another premium plugin that handles sliders design and management throughout the entire theme.
At this point you might wonder where did Tesla invest its development efforts besides integrating these popular third party plugins into Daylight? Well, you quickly realize where, when you open the Theme Options panel found in the theme’s administration dashboard. If offers control over branding, typography, header, footer, contact information and a useful newsletter subscription widget while not being overloaded with unnecessary options and controls thus speeding up the website building process. It’s easy to work with and like with every other Daylight feature you get the feeling that it wants to make your life easier and help you create a beautiful and functional website in the shortest amount of time.
Besides the awesome Theme Options panel, I also enjoyed working with all three Custom Post Types provided by the developers: Testimonials, Portfolio and Team each with its own design and characteristics. While Tesla advertises Daylight as the right theme for Corporate, Portfolio, Blog, E-commerce and Creative Agency websites I get the feeling it was built more with Corporate Presentations and Portfolios in mind especially if you consider the design, the available page templates and the provided Custom Post Types.
So, Daylight is the right choice if you plan to build a stylish lead machine for a growing business or a modern online presence for an impressive creative portfolio but for anything else you should also consider some dedicated alternatives from Tesla’s portfolio:
- Blog: Vogue, Relive, Salt & Pepper
- Creative Agency: Rhino, Cre8or, Yopta
- E-commerce: Beatrix, Bishop, Zero
Keep in mind that you can get all 60+ themes for less than 1$/theme and that actually is a great deal.