I've been using this theme for the last 6 months and love it. There are plenty of features that you get rolled in with the theme, including the incredibly useful ability to save (export) and import your theme settings. Ie; develop a localhost based website, then within a few clicks fully update your live site to match (almost) the localhost site.
I am a new and first time user to WordPress. I'm not a professionally schooled webmaster or graffic artist. I'm self thought, so the learning curve has been wide.
I downloaded this theme about a month ago and have been playing with it ever since. Some of my major requirements included complete color control to match my current company uniform colors, a presentation page slider to highlight important services and custom navigation menus to give it the feel I had planed out in my head. It was very important for me to have WordPress site that cosmetically matched the previous site I built using FrontPage, yet have all the cool under the hood features that WordPress offers.
I'm very pleased that this theme has been simple to understand, easy to navigate and exceeded my expatiation on how much customizing I could do. There are only a few small things I would like to change but, I just may not know how to do it right now. I have not used the developers help forum yet so I cant comment on there support network and response times as of this review. But so far I'm happy, happy, happy!
Stop by http://www.ContractCanine.com and give me your input. See for yourself how much you can modify the original theme to fit your needs
Contract Canine LLC
Grand Blanc Mi. USA
One of the most feature-rich, customizable, user-friendly, quality-coded themes out there, free and premium.
It's got many, many customization options: for colours, text styling, post formatting and display, social media, special home page, custom CSS and JS code.
You would get more options that you would use and it can be fully customized right from the backend and without typing any code (if you don't want to, cause you don't have to).
Puts premium (commercial) themes to shame and sets new criteria for premium (quality) theming.
The only drawback I can think of is that, currently at least, it's not easy to set a logo for the site! Totally paradoxical considering the generous supply of settings and the attention paid to possible user demands!
But under the current configuration images inserted in the header are forced to comply with a certain width/height ratio and take up the whole of the header area.
One can TYPE a logo (site title and description) and the theme provides all settings for customizing the look of that header text, but
the team should really put this kind of astonishing lack behind them.
Also, the Slider in the presentation page leaves a few things to be desired, doesn't look as compelling really; I would much rather opt for a showcase display of posts per category.
I would also like to see some more widget positions, like content-top, content-bottom (above and below the content area, but underneath the header) and some compartmentalization of the header, to make it as customizable as the footer.
The theme is such a breath of fresh air in the WP-theme universe (especially considering it's free) that the above remarks cannot really take anything away from it.
Amazing theme, I like it
[childish use of bad language removed] greatest theme ever!
This is by far the best free theme out there. There are numerous options for customization right in the theme options. Other themes force you to create a child theme and make changes to CSS to change colors, etc., but Mantra includes most of those options right in their admin screen.
The theme IS responsive. I've tested it on my android and it shows up great.
This theme would easily sell for $50 - $100 on any "theme store" site, so this is a huge gift from Cryout Creations to the wordpress community. This theme actually has more options and features than many of the so-called "premium" themes out there.
It's the best free template that I have found. It's very customisable : you can change almost all what you want.
Besides you can export/import all yours settings.
Great work !!! Thanks a lot for your sharing.
Truly great, must say this is my favorite theme so far. fully customisable, I mean... fully! Well done guys! Keep the coffee running!
I was looking for a free theme that had a lot of the features that the expensive themes offered and Mantra has given me that and more. I've been able to set up a multi-page site that fits exactly what I was wanting without much fuss. There is a little bit of a learning curve if you're new to using WordPress but that's only because this theme can do so much. I highly recommend this theme.
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