Suffusion has a very large number of options, which take a while to understand, but once you have done that, it's worth it! Great front page Magazine layout, Featured posts (I use for urgent "Stop Press" type posts) it has the flexibility to work as a great CMS.
I find the "responsive option" for mobile is a good fit, which supports mobile/tablet users without the mobile needs getting in the way of good pages and layouts for bigger screens.
The support is good and updates are out regularly to track WordPress updates. This is important and (so far) I have never had a problem with the theme, (only with a couple of plugin updates - nothing to do with the theme - incompatible with WP updates!)
So thanks to Sayontan Sinha for the tremedous theme and ongoing updates. I am very pleased that I chose Suffusion for my web site!
I think the attraction of Suffusion is that people think they can design a site without knowing anything about CSS or PHP. Almost all Suffusion styling is done by choosing options from menus, altho anything not menu-selectable must be added as CSS in Custom Includes. New users rave about Suffusion because they feel they don't have to learn CSS or PHP and they post rave reviews before they run into the snags in this framework. It's true you can get by with the menus - until you want to do something a little different, not out of a can.
The creator of Suffusion put a lot of work into this theme framework and makes it available free - big appreciation on both counts is due. However, in fact the menu system is confusing, with related settings scattered between different menus so you are never sure where to look. In addition, he has been generous with tutorials - but the problem is that he changes his mind about what to call things and where to put them from one version to the next. It's a nightmare trying to find what some of the tutorials apply to because the name of a function or location has changed and he has not updated the tutorial.
I have never had as much trouble making things work as I have with Suffusion. The final straw was when I left a question on the forum asking what I had done wrong that I could not find my CSS stylesheet and got a snide answer telling me "We are not here to instruct people on how to use CSS". That was not what I asked. I could not find the CSS stylesheet and knew it had to be a wrong setting somewhere but was unable to figure out what I had done wrong in my setup. In other words, my question was about Suffusion setup, not CSS.
So I find nothing at all to recommend about Suffusion. I gave it two stars only because of the immense work the author put into it and because he gives it away free and because he has made it extremely configurable - if you can figure out how to use the menus. For me, CSS coding is easier. But in terms of usability, Suffusion gets zero stars from me.
I really loved this theme! It is so easy to customize nearly every aspect. Unfortunately, right before I was ready to start sharing the site I built I realized that it dose not look good on a mobile phone, which sadly was a deal breaker for a business site. Even though I ended up having to buy a responsive theme elsewhere, I wanted to leave a good review for this theme because everything else about it is great!
I 'developed' my first WordPress website using this theme (www.stmaryschildcare.org.nz). I put 'develop' in quotes because Suffusion's interface enabled me to do stuff I am incapable of doing from first principles myself. Without it, I couldn't have produced the quality of website I ended up with. In fact, I think I would have got someone else to do the design and just stuck to the content, which is my usual mode of operating!
Thank you so much Sayontan for making this theme available to people like me. I will definitely be making a donation to you.
My favorite theme so far. It has also helped me a lot in learning the basics of WordPress design and functionality as I've described in my blog (made with Suffusion).
I've tried lots of themes. Suffision is still the best, since the first time until now.
Suffusion has the all options one would need, which perhaps most importantly include the different layouts possible. The custom includes and hooks add so much more on top of the options already available. All that plus the friendly support make it the best theme there is.
Fast setup (despite loads of options) and beautiful.
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