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EvoLve

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3 stars
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1 star
I am so sick of this theme and their random updates!
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I have had it with this theme. They update it and completely screw you over. It has happened way to many times. Now they want to charge me to read their support docs to try to figure out how to fix what they screwed up for me. I don't have time to keep redoing my blog. Thanks Theme Press and Evolve, but NO THANKS.

1 star
Every. Update. Breaks. EvoLve.
By , for WP 3.8

TL;DR-
This theme is free, but it's not worth your effort.

Every single time an update for this theme is released, I shudder.

Without exception, they all have caused unexpected, significant and unwanted changes to the site. In the past, customizations made using the theme's UI were simply lost when updates were released. Now, we have to click around the entire site and find out what's newly broken (this time a new background was imposed upon us, menus have a weird rollover effect and - oh look - breadcrumbs are suddenly active).

A backup/restore feature was recently added - which doesn't seem to work, incidentally. We've resorted to taking screenshots of each page of the theme's configuration so I can rebuild it following an update.

If we had not have already invested significant time in getting this otherwise beautiful theme to work (in earlier versions) we'd abandon it.

We usually use free themes to test out whether we'd like to buy more themes from the same company. A test-drive, if you will. If this is an example of the quality work to be expected from Theme4Press, no thanks.

1 star
Update just ruins everything
By , for WP 3.7.1

Updates are full of bugs. Backend configuration does not work properly. Custom logo will not work. Slider arrow positioning in newest version is graphically challenged. Also, social icons will not display. Was good at 2.4.6 but is now a massive mess!

1 star
Update just ruins everything
By , for WP 3.7.1

Updates since 2.4.6 have many bugs. First the custom logo quits working, then slider is formatted badly. Now social icons will not display. It is a train wreck!

1 star
Miserable failure on mobile
By , for WP 3.5.1

The layout works really well on desktop browsers. It's a miserable failure on phones - full-width header leaving a massive side-scroll, sidebar shoved to the bottom, huge space between post teasers (on Android, BlackBerry OS5 browser and Opera Mini), post teasers render with negative horizontal indent meaning only the right half of the paragraph is displayed. Despite claiming to be "responsive", it was clearly never tested on a phone.

Sample image, from Opera Mobile Emulator: http://rationalblogs.org/rationalwiki/?attachment_id=698 - you can't scroll left to see the actual text.

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