Support » Theme: Vantage » Not a free theme

  • I’m fed up with developers releasing free versions of their themes just to trick you into installing, then littering the admin pages with countless invitations to upgrade to the premium version just so you can actually get the theme to do anything useful. “Vantage is responsive to the very last pixel?” sounds good, until you go to the menu settings and discover there’s no responsive menu in the free version!
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against premium themes and I’ve used them before, but when I want to purchase a premium theme I go and look for it on a premium theme directory like Theme Forest, not on the WP directory where I can find thousands of genuinely free – and fully responsive – themes.
    What annoys me is that every time I get tricked into installing a theme that’s been purposely crippled, I am wasting a lot of valuable time looking at demos, installing, going into the settings, seeing the limitations and then uninstalling again.
    Please be clear and transparent about the limitations of your free version ON YOUR DEMO PAGES or keep getting 1 star reviews!

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  • Hi webrightnow

    Sorry to hear about your poor experience with Vantage.

    I do understand what you’re saying. In fact we’ve been moving more and more functionality that used to be exclusively available in Vantage Premium, over to our free plugins like Page Builder, Widgets Bundle and SiteOrigin CSS.

    If all you’re looking for is a responsive menu, there are a few free plugins that offer this functionality, but with Vantage we let you pay what you feel the premium version is worth. $5 gets you all the features and premium support – but you can definitely take the free route.

    The demo here on does display the standard collapsing menu.

    I’ve gladly paid $15 for each Vantage Premium install because I KNOW what I’m getting: a nearly bug-free, bare bones theme that I can mold into any look that I want. And another great bonus: Vantage rarely conflicts with the array of plugins that I routinely use. Added to that SiteOrigin’s excellent support — they’ve managed to answer every query that I’ve had (and some questions have already been addressed).

    Anyway, I’ve paid three times that amount for themes on Themeforest riddled with bugs and developers who take forever to respond to support requests. You take your chances with many of those themes. Like I said, with Vantage I always know what I’m getting for my fifteen bucks and this theme has saved my butt so many times.

    Oh, and PageBuilder is my favorite WYSIWYG drag ‘n drop editor.

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