WordPress can be difficult to customize without any coding knowledge.
Most WordPress themes come as is, with maybe a few options. And the visual editor offers very little in terms of customization.
But luckily there is the Avada theme. It provides a huge amount of customization, allowing you to build almost any site you can think of.
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Below are the features that impressed me about the Avada theme.
1. Complete, Easy Customization
The thing I liked most about Avada is the fact that you have complete customization over almost every aspect of the site. And all the changes are easy to make.
You can change everything from fonts, to colors, to complete layouts.
All by changing a few options on the backend.
2. Pre-built Pages
If you aren’t sure where to start, that’s not a problem.
Avada comes with a number of pre-built page templates.
You’ll find a business home pages, magazine and blog style pages, and even portfolio pages. All ready for you to add your own content or customize.
3. So Many Shortcodes
Unlike most WordPress templates that give you a visual editor that only allows you to add text and media, Avada comes with hundreds of shortcodes.
These shortcodes allow you to add such things as:
- pricing tables
- content boxes
- and much more
4. Built In, Advanced Sliders
Avada comes with a number of built-in sliders, from simple fade in fade out type sliders, to more complex sliders with 3D transitions.
These can be added to the header of pages, or even within pages.
You’ll be able to create the most awesome sliders you’ve ever seen.
5. Advanced Parallax Design
One of the most modern and coolest looking web design trends is Parallax.
And Avada has Parallax built-in.
In a nutshell, as you scroll down the website, you’ll see different effects occur. Backgrounds moving, images fading in or out, etc.
It allows you to build really cool looking websites for yourself or your clients.
6. Beautiful Responsive Design
It almost goes without saying: a website built today needs to look good on both desktop computers and mobile/tablet devices.
Responsive design is the best option to achieve this.
Sadly, there are still many WordPress themes that don’t have responsive design. And if they do, they look like they were added as an afterthought.
But Avada is responsive. And it’s responsive design is beautiful.
It looks just as great on your desktop as it does on a phone or tablet.
7. Solid Coding
Something extremely important to me is how solid the coding is.
If you have a theme that was just slapped together, you may find certain features that don’t work correctly.
But Avada is solid. Everything words perfectly.
8. Consistent Updates
Avada is on top of updates.
They have released consistent updates with new features and any small fixes that are required.
That means it’s always improving. And will only get better and better.
Like anything in life, there are bound to be a few negatives.
1. Slow Load Times
Because the Avada theme has so many options, and many of those options are quite complex, it can take a while to load.
Lets say you create a page with a lot of images and sliders and parallax effects…that certainly would take long to load.
But I even experienced a slow load time when I created basic pages.
2. Lots of Complexities
Whenever you have a theme that has a lot of customization options, it can start getting quite complex.
With all the shortcodes and options, you have to learn how each one works. The documentation for Avada is quite long (as compared to many simpler themes). So Avada does a good job explaining everything. But it can be overwhelming to new WordPress users.
3. Analysis Paralysis
In a similar vein, I’ve seen many users get stuck because of the complexities of Avada.
Not because they don’t know how to work the theme.
But because there are so many options that they can’t decide how to move forward.
Do they want a slider in the header? Or just a static image?
I’ve seen simple questions like this go on for days.
I recommend when starting with a theme like Avada to have a clear idea in your mind what you want to build.
Otherwise, you’ll get stuck.
Avada, overall, is a great, solid theme.
I highly recommend it to WordPress users who want to build a custom website, but don’t want to mess with coding.