6 months ago…
I signed up for the lifetime access package ($249) with Elegant Themes. This is basically unlimited downloads and updates to all of their WordPress themes and plugins. Most of my website development for clients is done in WordPress. So I needed some themes to make my development life a bit simpler. Now, choosing to use WordPress was a no-brainer. WordPress makes all the basic website development tasks easy. And if you need to customize, that isn’t a problem either. Theme templates, of course, make it even easier to build and deploy custom websites.
There are a lot of WordPress themes out there. Actually, that is a gross understatement. There are thousands upon thousands of WordPress themes. More than you could ever sort through. Choosing to go with Elegant Themes was a difficult choice. But after several weeks I decided to go with Elegant Themes. I was a little nervous about the up front cost, but I already had one client in mind and decided it was worth the risk of the themes being useless. So far I am pleased.
Remember it has only been about 6 months. But so far so good. And I will do another review in a year.
A Theme called Divi
They have this theme called “Divi” that is really customizable. In fact, it is designed to be the last theme a developer will ever need (we’ll see). There is a small learning curve but Elegant Themes does a great job of providing videos and articles about using their themes and all the features. Check out Divi here. To date I have used it on half a dozen projects. Elegant themes has a bunch of themes (87) but the Divi theme is built to be completely customizable and flexible via intuitive interfaces.
Elegant themes also has a few handy plugins. I haven’t explored them too much but Bloom and Monarch seem promising.
As far as the company itself goes, I am delighted with the frequency of updates and product idea emails that they put out. They appear to be very active and I receive at least an email a week that either informs me of new things or offers templates they created for all sorts of different projects. Now, I have only been with them for 6 months but I am very happy with them so far.
Pricing and Final Thoughts
Elegant Themes prices their packages pretty typically with an option for an $89 per year and a $249 one-time lifetime package. With this pricing they are targeting two different types of customers. If you need a website for your business and want to do it for yourself or have an internal expert to work on it, then the annual price makes sense. You get all the updates with that. The lifetime package seems to be targeting developers, like me. Either way, the pricing is pretty typical of other companies.
As I take on new website projects I start with either Divi or another theme from Elegant Themes that is already tailored towards what my client wants. In fact, I will even just send my client a link to Elegant Themes and say, “Choose a theme template.” Then we go from there.
I am going to write another review when I have a few more projects into Divi and Elegant Themes. In the meantime, thanks for reading and if you are looking for a great WordPress theme then check out Divi with Elegant Themes. I highly recommend it.
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