Total Multipurpose WordPress Theme Review
Flexibility served in a modern design
Some of the layouts tend to look a little too generic
8.3Overall Score
Design8
Functionality7
Documentation10
Reader Rating 2 Votes
9.5

Planning to create a blog, business, portfolio or ecommerce website? Total multipurpose WordPress theme has you covered but find out here its real strengths.

WPExplorer, the creators of Total, take pride in their multipurpose WordPress theme and they do it for a good reason. It comes pre-packaged with no less than 34 completely different demo layouts which means if you consider that each demo is offered its own images and photos you pretty much have 34 premade websites at your disposal covering almost any type of online project.

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The 34 demos range from landing pages, blogs and portfolios to corporate and agency websites all the way to online shops though you can’t find one that’s completely e-commerce oriented. But you get a Shop/Store section in at least two of the demos (Base – Master Demo and Flat).

I like WPExplorer’s honest approach when it comes to presale marketing because you can see an overall preview of the theme’s capabilities in their 34 demos selection page. They deliver as promised a multi-talented theme capable of morphing into 34 different websites depending on your project’s needs.

On the other hand as with all multi role themes, it’s very hard to please everyone and with so many variations it’s impossible not to strike out with some of them in terms of design. With the risk of being subjective as I think most buyers are when making a purchase, I am not fond of every demo’s design direction so you’ll have to make sure that the type of website you want ticks your design expectations before you decide to buy.

Fortunately WPExplorer made all the efforts to help their potential customers in the evaluation phase having created a fast, intuitive, easy to navigate demonstration website. Having said that, most of the demos fit in the clean, modern, professional design category and can certainly act as a solid foundation for a successful website. Looking through the demos you can see that WPExplorer designers didn’t take any shortcuts in terms of imagery and photography quality integrating them with the right color schemes and appealing font families.

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If you want to speed up the development process once you have installed and activated the theme, you have the option of importing sample data according to one of the 34 demos. At this point you start to realize that you’ve made a good decision when choosing WPExplorer’s Total theme because after no more than a few clicks following the documentation recommendations you will be sitting in front of a complete website which includes all the imagery and photography you fell in love with in the preview demo.

Base, the original master demo offers all kinds of page types (somewhat overwhelming) with 30 Homepage variations, 6 Services pages and multiple options for Portfolio, Staff, Testimonials, Blog and Shop pages. The rest of the demos don’t look so overcrowded with options and include dedicated pages according to the website scenario.

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Personally I used the sample date and layout from the Blog Nom demo for some client work and I was blown away by the speed you can get things done with this theme if you have a clear picture of what you want to achieve.

During the customization process I relied heavily on Visual Composer and Slider Revolution premium plugins which are bundled together with the theme. So there is no learning curve if you’ve previously used these popular plugins and you will not run into any major problems if you’ve never used them before since they’re designed to be used with minimum WordPress knowledge (no coding required).

On-page theme settings allow you to select boxed or full width layout, sidebar position, one of three header styles and any of four title styles for each page extending the boundaries of what you can accomplish without coding skills. On the other hand the Theme Options Panel is not one of my favorite parts of the theme but it compensates to a certain degree with an intuitive Front End Editor thanks to the integrated Visual Composer plugin and a configurable Customizer interface. Maybe it’s just me but I would have liked to see a little more effort invested in developing a better Theme Options Panel. I guess it’s a matter of preference and this kind of workflow might work better for other designers and developers out there.

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Although you will not find any advanced SEO settings included by default, you can always install one of the free and dedicated SEO plugins created by the WordPress community.

Total’s documentation is conveniently available online and covers everything you need to know in order to setup your website. Besides the written part you also have access to video tutorials and if that’s not enough you can always turn to their customer support forum.

Conclusion

Flexibility served in modern design, sprinkled with beautiful stock photography are the right words to describe WPExplorer’s Total theme. It’s a great multipurpose theme for both WordPress beginners and power-users. If you need a versatile theme packed with limitless possibilities to display your content online then Total is the way to go. If you are looking for advanced out-of-the-box features for a specific type of website then make sure you spot them in the preview demos or else be prepared to invest the necessary development resources.

I would love to hear about your experience with WPExplorer and Total theme in the comments section below.

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