Multipurpose website building at its best, but find out if it’s just hype or the real deal reading Enfold WordPress theme review.
Without any doubts Enfold is one of the bestselling (3rd actually) themes on the market right now, built and maintained by Kriesi one of the most respected authors on Themeforest. But did it actually evolve from the release of its early versions quite a long a time ago or the massive sales number reflects just a lot of users scared of trying something new?
To start with, let’s get some facts out of the way. Enfold is a modern, responsive, multipurpose WordPress theme released back in 2013 by Kriesi, a Power Elite Themeforest Author with excellent support and customer feedback as seen on the theme’s comments section.
It offers 24 pre-made demos each with unique layouts and content allowing you to build 24 different websites in a couple of minutes. Of course, if you’re not on such a tight schedule you can build an unlimited number of completely different websites with the included theme options panel and custom page builder.
Yes, Kriesi didn’t settle for the easy route of integrating a third party page builder (e.g. Visual Composer) like most theme authors, instead they decided to develop their proprietary page builder allowing Enfold to morph in any kind of website without installing a new plugin. Less plugins less headaches when you upgrade to the latest WP version. It sure is a testament of commitment to quality from Kriesi and probably one of the reasons Enfold is a top selling theme.
Back to the demo selection page you can preview all of the 24 demo layouts before you purchase the theme and see which one is best suited for your project. The pre-made layouts cover a wide range of possible websites from small blogs, landing pages and microsites to corporate websites, creative portfolios and online shops, although e-commerce has only one dedicated demo which is not encouraging for someone looking for a capable WooCommerce theme. If e-commerce is not a critical component in your online project then Enfold will do just fine but if it is, then you should probably be looking for a dedicated theme.
Generally, all the demos share a modern design with smart usage of white space around the content, brought to life by discreet animations which complete the overall smooth user experience. Although I appreciate the style’s consistency throughout the demos, some of them seem to be oversimplified or just lacking character. Thankfully Enfold’s customization options come to the rescue by allowing you to personalize the theme as much as you want.
The chosen stock photography while not spectacular in any way does its job and works together with the content to highlight the theme’s features without bothering your eyes. But there is a possible issue here because some of the images from the demo will be replaced with placeholders in the downloaded package since they aren’t all licensed for unrestricted distribution. So a small case of what you see is not exactly what you get but most of you will probably replace those images anyway so it just comes down to your own preference.
Personally I’ve used Enfold with its default layout for a corporate presentation website and for the most part I’ve replaced the content in the pages provided by the demo. For the rest, including the homepage I relied on Enfold’s powerful page builder Avia and I wasn’t disappointed.
The theme’s options panel is home to all the imaginable settings and works like a charm with every WordPress and theme component. Navigating it takes a little time to get used to but once you master it you’ll appreciate even more the panel’s complexity. It allows you to set general styling rules like color schemes and fonts but then you can also go ahead and choose different settings for individual HTML tags, menu items and image overlays. This feature will only grow in the future since the author is encouraging users to send in their ideas for new elements to be added.
You can also customize layout settings for the header, footer, blog page and add an unlimited number of sidebars. Lastly the theme options panel provides access to: logo settings, Google Analytics code, import/export and theme update options.
Enfold incorporates LayerSlider WP script and makes it easier this way for users to create image and video sliders that can be used anywhere in the website thanks to the plugin’s flexibility. Another feature I’ve enjoyed in my own Enfold installation is the seamless WPML plugin integration which allowed me to run the customer’s website in two different languages with a straight forward dropdown flag button to switch between them.
Kriesi’s Enfold redefines the standards for themes support files. Content wise it’s one of the richest documentations I ever came across with a powerful search function and well-structured content: tutorials, FAQ, downloads, code snippets, videos. And if that’s not enough to get you unstuck then you can always consult the support forum and submit your questions there. With over 12 000 members and Kriesi’s team on the watch you will definitely receive a prompt answer.
Enfold is one of Themeforest’s bestselling multipurpose WordPress themes, developed and supported by a top Power Elite Author: Kriesi. It’s easy to customize and comes packaged with 24 pre-made modern layouts and their specific content. If time is of the essence and you are looking for a fast and reliable solution to deploy a good looking blog, landing page, small shop or a fully featured presentation website Enfold has you covered. But on the other hand if your plans include advanced e-commerce functionalities or stunning designs for creative portfolios then you should also consider some dedicated alternatives.
I would love to hear about your experience with Enfold in the comments section below.