In my quest for the perfect WordPress Responsive Theme, I came across a few good contenders, but, in the end, I’m very happy with my PageLines choice.
Here were the other contenders:
Catalyst Theme – http://catalysttheme.com/
- Killed the deal: Absolutely does not play nice with BuddyPress. That just didn’t make sense to me, and I couldn’t commit to a theme framework that knew it wasn’t able to be BuddyPress-compatible and wasn’t working hard to fix it immediately. They’re good people at Catalyst Themes, but I just couldn’t go for that.
- FYI: PageLines has BuddyPress documentation – “yeah, it does that.”
- Killed the deal: Not all themes in the Pro Plus package were responsive.
- I compared PageLines Developer with Genesis Pro Plus because of the pricing similarities and because I either wanted all of Genesis or none of it…
- I chose PageLines because not all of the themes that came with Genesis Pro Plus were responsive. If I didn’t pick PageLines, I probably would have leaned toward Genesis. (Plus, I got a PageLines coupon code, yes, they’re out there!)
Thesis – http://diythemes.com/thesis/
- Killed the deal: Yoast doesn’t like it. He said something along the lines of “they think they know better than everything else”. I got the impression that they recreated the wheel. I’m not saying it’s not a better wheel, but if it only fits a Model T and not a Model WP vehicle, I didn’t want to mess with headaches like plugins not playing nice.
- PageLines is all WordPress and even has documentation of plugin conflicts (not many and not PageLines’ fault)
Themes from ThemeForest – http://themeforest.net/category/wordpress
- Killed the deal: ThemeForest / Envato terms and conditions allow you to use an item (e.g. theme, image, etc.) for a single use (e.g. your own site, a single client’s site, etc.). So if you find a $35 theme that you love, like a theme from ThemeBlvd or Orman Clark, you’ve got to keep buying the same theme over and over. Or, if you get a different free or premium theme for each website, you need to figure out what items are already included, what features you’re missing from another theme you liked using, or otherwise may struggle; and if you need support, is it available?
Don’t just take my word for it, visit http://www.pagelines.com/pagelines-reviews/ to read opinions from others.
No doubt, I’ve been pleased (enough to build this site). You can build any and every kind of site with the PageLines Responsive Theme Framework.