DMS is a theme that has the right idea, but I have run into a myriad of issues with DMS plugins that are NOT free and the customer support for PageLines products is awful, pointing you to forums for answers. Any one-on one-support is via email and takes 24 hours and -- in my experience -- is handled by ONE tech.
I cannot endorse this product due to their lack of support.
I downloaded this as I struggle with CSS. DMS is really impressive for those of us who hate code and just want things to work. It's all drag and drop and really flexible. It take a little getting used to but once you do it's a god send.
Best true drag and drop theme on earth! I'd suggest go for premium!
Very nice theme, but very misleading once installed.
For instance when you try to build pages, this message is shown over and over:
"Looks like you haven't installed the DMS Pro tools plugin. Grab the plugin on your My Account > My Downloads page. Its free and easy to register.
This free plugin enables a lot of functionality we could not include in this WordPress.org version of DMS."
There is no free plugin, UNLESS you pay to get the free plugin. Huh?
One place on their forum mods say they put a free one on WP org, then in another place they tell people it is only for paid members.
But like I said, very nice them. Just can't give high ratings when have to spend all this time finding out I have to pay for what is said to be free.
So if I don't want to use Chrome, the editor doesn't work. First time I've come across a theme that tells me which browser to use. Ridiculous.
Could not preview, activated but would not load, just saw the hamster running on his wheel. Nothing!
I've been playing with it all afternoon, I haven't tried everything yet but now I've got use to how it all works I have to say it is impressive. It looks great on mobile and on all devises I've tried.
The ability to use different elements in your design on a page by page bases is something I've wanted from WP for years. And included in this free version there is a good number of elements oyu can add to your template. The only negatives i've come across so far are:
As far as I can see when you add a section you can't only add it to a given page or say only categories. I used a HTML box to add a featured post section on the top of the home page and it added the box to all pages with a text like "add content". I had to set in global settings some random html like <b></b> plus css 0px 0px in options to get rid of the text on the top of all pages... the negative of this work around is that the box code is still added to the source of the page, so although you don't see anything, it makes the content on the page page drop by a number of pixels, not a biggy, but I lost a lot of hours with it....
You can't edit the template your self and add code... you will always have to use their html boxes to add code for other plugins etc.. which is a little less flexibly than hard coding it (example problem mentioned above), then again it does mean that when you update the theme files there's no need to go back and code it back in.
It will of cause depend on your needs, but so far I think in most cases the positives way out way the negatives, It looks like I'll be using it on most of my projects for the time being.
When I first tried DMS, I was skeptical. It's new. It's very fresh and you can feel it. There were some broken links in the homepage. There are still some bugs. Googling stuff that usually brings lots of solutions instantly with other themes etc. might not bring you anything (as the community and support forums are so new alse).
Also, all the drag & drop -themes I've tried in the past have been horrible and I really did not think it would be possible to create anything usable with that philosophy.
But DMS is different. It's amazing, I love it and it has actaully changed my entire design process. It has also cut the time of developing sites by about 40%-90%, depending on how much customization I need.
With the time I need for coding custom stuff being smaller, I can now focus more on great overall design and serving my clients needs better.
The first huge problem DMS solves, is that traditionally with WordPess you can only create pages or posts. And if you want to have i.e. boxes of content on a landing page, you need to create a page template and hardcode the content. Or make the boxes from posts and loop them or something. There just hasn't been a good solution.
But with DMS you can just drag and drop boxes of with all kinds of contents to your site and customize the text/content in the front end. This is the biggest, awesomest thing DMS brings to the table and it just takes some much time out of the process.
Second thing that I'd like to stress is that DMS is for developers. It's NOT the "drag & drop -system your grandmother will learn to use" and that's the best thing about it. It's so developer friendly, and doesn't frustrate me by being "too easy" like most solution like this do for people who actually know their way around HTML, CSS etc.
Third thing is the responsive grid, based on Twitter's Bootstrap. It's just se well made, so fast, and it just works.
Up until this point I've custom coded pretty much everything to make it as good as I want and work the way I want it to work. But DMS is so good that I made the decicion to always use it. So there is just one framework to use, and all the code used in previous projects is easily available as custom sections I've coded my self.
I first bought DMS for one page for one month for $8. In a week I ended up upgrading to pro and doing all of my client work with it, even using it with more complex custom layouts ordered from me by graphic designers.
I've been a PageLines user for a couple of years now and I can say DMS is by far the best WordPress Framework I've ever used. The design flexibility and options give you the ability to create beautiful-looking websites with minimal coding. I highly recommend the product.
In WP 3.8.1 don't work... I must change setting via MySQL database because my sites were blank :)
In MySQL find table wp_options and change it in template and stylesheet.
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