The variety of configuration settings can be a bit intimidating, but Wow! can it do a lot! Widget areas all over the place, including in your main content, plus 5 ad hoc widget areas that you can call with short codes. And the forum support is phenomenal.
Author Sayontan Sinha has committed many hundreds of hours to crafting a theme that really will meet the needs of novices and pros.
Out of the box, Suffusion is an attractive theme that can be quickly enhanced with included widgets and colour schemes without delving into the full array of customization options available.
This allows beginners the freedom to start with the simplest steps and progressing into more and more customization as their time and interest allows.
For pros, there is basically nothing this theme cannot do.
For fairly common customization wishes the wide range of "click-and-set" options makes the work easy. Still, if you want or need to do very specific customizations that are not included in the various "control panel" settings, the Back End panel allows you to add custom code to heart's content without having to FTP up/down or directly edit any files.
Using the Back End custom code feature makes testing out your css tweaks easy. Working with two browser tabs, one with the Suffusion custom code panel and the other your site, you simply save your tweaks, switch to the other browser tab, reload and see how they worked out.
If you are working at that level of customization I also recommend using Firebug to help you identify elements and test them out in Firebug before committing to Suffusion. But no matter really, because undoing your changes is as easy as removing them from the custom code box.
Long time WordPress admins know that there is one very critical consideration in adopting themes or plugins. Stability.
Stability does not just mean the code base is stable, but often more importantly, that the development base is stable. Sites get themselves into all kinds of trouble when they whole-heartedly adopt some theme or plugin and then a couple of years later, the author abandons the project. The code base becomes vulnerable over time or just non-functional with new WordPress releases and unpleasantness ensues.
While Sayontan is clearly a committed developer and shows no signs of walking away from his projects, he has done better by us than mere personal commitment. He has created a community of users that includes many who work with the code on a regular basis.
Face it, things happen. People's lives change or catastrophe strikes. So it is vital that mission-critical code has a succession plan.
With such a large community of users and Sayontan's willingness to include all willing hands in the development process, I am confident that should the author sign on for the first Moon Colony, Suffusion will survive and thrive.
Short version: Suffusion is the best theme available for all purposes and it is here to stay.
I've been using this theme since it came out, and though I test drive lots of themes when I build a new site, I always seem to come back to Suffusion.
So many options. So much customization. This is always the theme I recommend most.
A great theme with many possibillities.
Not only is Suffusion one of the most feature rich Themes, that will allow the designer to create pretty much anything,.... but it's true power is the fact that all this can be done in any one of more than 33 Translated Languages!!
As a European design company our clients are based all around Europe and need sites to be in the lanuage of their choice and sometime even in multiple lanuages simultaiously.
Suffusion integrated seamlessly with WPML and makes design and maintaining Multi-Lingual site a doddle.
Here is an Example of a site using WPML and another using 6 individual WordPress installs, 1 for each language, and a common look thanks to Suffusion's export and import facilities.
And all this,... from a FREE Theme!
My eternal Respect and Gratitude to Mr Sayontan Sinha.
El mejor de todos los themes gratis. Y quizás mejore a todos los themes de pago... No pánico. Con algunas configuración del CSS tu sitio quedará unico. Gracias a Sayontan.
The best of all free themes .And perhaps better to pay all themes ...Do not panic .With some CSS setting your site will be unique. Tannk Sayontan .
I have been using Suffusion now for over 1 year and I am extremely happy with the results.
I have now designed many websites using Suffusion, all with a different look and feel. There will be more websites to come. The support you receive from the forum is great and very quick. I like to thank everyone involved in the forum for their help and support.
Sayontan Sinha is the developer of this great theme. He is very quick to release updates and troubleshoot any problems you come across. His thorough knowledge of web developing and different developing languages makes his theme one of the best in the market.
I have no problem in recommending this great theme and before I forget to mention, this theme is FREE. I know once you learn how to drive the theme you will see the endless potential.
I just wanted to report that I have now tested Suffusion 4.4.7 with WordPress 3.6 and it works well.
Thank you …..great job….God bless
I've used Suffusion on more than 20 sites, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a theme/framework with maximum flexibility. You can configure Suffusion to look like nearly any website out there, and it's so well-supported by the developer and other Suffusion users that you will rarely run into a question about configuring it that can't be resolved.
The other advantage to Suffusion is that it interacts well with the ecommerce plugins that it's specifically designed to support, and with any plugin that has been coded properly. The only time that I've ever run into an issue with a plugin causing problems on my Suffusion sites, the problem has turned out to be with the plugin's code, and not with Suffusion.
It's got a bit steeper learning curve than most themes because it's actually a framework, but it's well worth the effort to learn.
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