I never have really been a fan of free themes as I felt that they lacked the customization and I was limited to what I was able to do with them. When I first started out online I had purchased many theme packages and tried out a variety of free themes as well.
Needless to say I wasn’t at all satisfied with the overall look of my website and I knew there had to be a theme out there that would make my website stand out and showcase my content. It wasn’t until I found Elegant Themes that I was able to feel proud of my website and have a theme that was easy to navigate as well as feeling confident in recommending them to other people.
What exactly is Elegant Themes?
This is a beautiful collection of 87 of the most professionally designed and customizable WordPress themes on the market today. In this review, I’m going to share with you 5 reasons why you will never go searching for another theme again. I got to admit that once I installed a few of these on my other websites I was sold on their professional design. Their 30 day no questions asked satisfaction guarantee also made me feel a whole lot more comfortable with my purchase as well.
I have just switched this website over to the divi theme since I have been blown away with the results I have got from my other websites.
5 things you need to know about ET before you invest in them
- No matter what your style of doing business online is they have got you covered. With a wide range of topics covering anything from blogging to e-commerce websites to membership sites.
- Responsive mobile friendly themes! Looking for a theme that’s responsive and looks great on mobile devices? Look no further!
- Integrates perfectly with Autoresponders like Mail Chimp and Aweber so you can grow your email list and focus on building your subscriber base
- They are translated into 32 languages so no matter what language you speak or what country you live in they got you covered! Do you know of any other designer that has included this into their theme?
- They have over 50 in-depth video tutorials that go into detail about how to use all of their features and explain how to achieve that perfect look
What all do you gain access to when you join their theme club?
I will go over some of the pricing here in a few minutes, but I want to show you guys what you will have access to before you join. Like I said earlier you will gain access to 87 themes that all comes with premium help and support from not only the designers themselves but you also have access to their entire customer base through their forum.
More than likely someone else has had the same question that you have and it has already been answered in the forum.
You also receive updates to all themes to make sure they remain compatible with all future WordPress updates.
Let’s go over a few of the categories below OK?
App- You will find a wide range of themes on anything from building location based websites (Local marketing), real estate, bands and musicians, question and answer websites to building a job search website where people can submit their resumes and apply for work in their area.
Blog- In this category you gain access to 32 themes based on blogging and keeping a daily journal. There’s a wide variety of styles to choose from ranging from simple and basic layouts to advanced magazine style layouts.
Business- You are presented with a variety of designs within this category which includes themes that adapt to the size of the screen you’re viewing and automatically adjust without the need to zoom in and scroll to read your content. They also include themes where you can sell your own products and services online in a store based setup plus so much more.
I’m not going to go into details about each one or I would be here forever. I just wanted to give you guys an inside look at what you will receive before you join. Here are a few other categories that are included in your membership package.
- Responsive(Mobile Friendly)
As you can see above, it doesn’t matter what your online business needs are. I think you will find something that suits your needs as an online marketer.
How do you setup your theme after you install it?
Once you have downloaded the theme of your choice to your computer and have installed it to your WordPress website you need to set it up properly and customize it to your liking.
To get to your E-Panel simply go to appearance—->theme options
This is where you can upload your own logo, choose a favicon, and decide whether you want a blog style website or if you want to just show a preview of each post. You can also set your on site SEO and easily add code to your header plus so much more.
There’s also a place to add your own custom CSS code if you want to change the font to a certain size, but don’t want to go into the code and possibly screw up your website. This is really convenient and another thing I love about ET.
More on how to do that in a few minutes.
It would take me a week or more to explain everything that’s possible with these themes and I don’t want to confuse you guys or bore you with the technical details.
How much does it cost to become a member of the Elegant Themes community?
Instead of buying a standalone theme like other companies offer, (ET) offers you an entire library of themes for the price of 1. If you break this down to the cost per theme if you subscribed to the personal package you would only be paying .79 cents for each one.
They have 3 membership options which I will list below
Depending on your needs, you should choose the package that fits into your budget and one that will work out the best for you. If you like to save money and you build websites for clients, then you will find that the lifetime access package will suit you best and it comes with everything you need for a one time fee.
The developer package which is their most popular package includes everything you need including access to a wide variety of plugins to enhance your site and increase your visitors engagement. If you are a web designer then you will probably want to take advantage of their PSD files that are included in this package.
These are basically the core graphic photoshop files that you can use to edit your theme even further and customize it to your liking. Personally, I found no use for these files myself because I’m no web designer and I was satisfied with the way these themes looked from the start.
If you are like me and you aren’t interested in all the other fancy bells and whistles then the personal package will suit your needs and provide you with the most value for your money.
Many of you may be wondering what happens if you decide to cancel your membership after a year? If you would decide to cancel your membership after a year you can still access all the themes you have downloaded as well as use them on as many websites as you want.
You will lose access to their premium help and stellar support and you won’t receive updates to these themes which I think is a very important feature. Support and continuous updates are 2 features that are well worth the membership fee alone and something you need to keep your theme working properly and compatible with future WordPress updates.
How’s the support?
Like I mentioned earlier, having a dedicated team that will be there whenever you have questions or run into technical issues with your theme is one of the main reasons why I have been a member of their theme club for over a year now.
Whenever you have questions or you come across something that you don’t understand the ET staff is there to assist you and help you out. There are 3 ways you can find answers to your questions and I will list these below.
The Support Forum- This is where you can go to get answers to your questions, but before submitting your question you should check to see if it has already been answered. Like I said earlier, someone else could have had the same question as you and they have already answered it.
Send Them An Email- You can also send them an email and they will get address your issue or answer your question in a timely manner. You are likely to get a much quicker response by using their support forum.
FAQ Section- This is a list of the most common questions asked so be sure to check here before submitting a support ticket.
Remember a few minutes ago when I told you about adding your own custom CSS code? Well, here is where this really comes in handy! When you are building an online business you don’t have time to learn coding or how CSS, PHP, or HTML work, so why not have someone who specializes in this type of work help you out?
Let’s say for instance that you want to change the size of your headings and don’t want them to be so big. If you tell the support staff what you want to do they can provide you with a custom CSS code that you would simply need to copy and paste into your e-panel.
My closing thoughts and recommendation on ET
Like I said, I have been a member of their theme club for over a year now and I use their themes on all my other websites. Like I said earlier, I have just made the switch with this website due to the success I have had with my other websites. I also love the look and feel of their simplistic design and flexible customization options.
This is something that you just don’t find with a lot of themes out there. Trust me, I have gone through many themes and I just wasn’t satisfied with any of them. For the price of taking your family out to a nice restaurant you could be a part of ET’s growing customer base of over 260,000 satisfied customers and gain access to 87 of their professionally designed themes where the only limits to customization are your imagination.
Chances are if you can imagine it ET can design it for you. Another thing to keep in mind is that when I joined over a year ago I only paid $39. I’m now locked into this price and it will never go up on me even when they raise their prices.
Recently they just raised their prices to $69 so when you JOIN NOW you will also get locked into this low price and you can rest assured that you won’t have to worry about the price going up.
Don’t put this off till later and miss out on this incredible deal. I really hope this review has helped you out and has given you an inside look at what ET can do for your online business. If you have anything you would like to add or have any additional questions for me please leave it below.
I will get back to you A.S.A.P
Your Friend, Scott