We have been using vantage premium for a few months and I have to say that it has by far exceeded my expectations. It's is very easy to use for beginners, and for the advanced users the new custom CSS features are a big bonus. I have to admit, the built in plugins are a great bonus. The customer support is excellent, I have had to get help twice and both times my question was answered very quickly. All in all, I recommend this plugin for beginners and expert users alike.
I have had no issues with external plugins. I have only had one "major" problem, and that was with an update that posted months ago. I was unable to access my website after an update. The support team was quick to respond and helped me the entire time. There response rate is next to none.
To summarize, our website: http://www.phoenixtopsinc.com, is easially managed with vantage premium. We are sure that whoever decides to choose this plugin will be very satisfied.
After surfing through many themes, I found this theme very useful. It's easy to customize and has elegant design, however I feel there is some room for improvisation. A very good video by Greg helps beautifully to customize it. But, I feel free version is little dull as some buttons are not able to display text, they are just white.
I've been working with Vantage for 6 months and it's terrific. The support staff is helpful and quick as well. Nice look that beat out the others for my uses by miles.
Great theme, very easy & simple. Few details that need to be fixed according to me, e.g. skype-callto:// does not work for me, or adding a extra callto://, mabey add a mailto:// link also
Managed to score 100/100 in google page speed (both mobile and desktop).
After searching around for a new theme, I came across Vantage. This is one of the most versatile and attractive themes that I have ever used. Definitely recommend.
I love this theme and I've purchased the premium version.
It makes my website look professional and clean on all devices.
Highly reccomended, even if you get the free version.
Ease of Use:
This is a great product for the uninitiated and honestly has enough customize-ability that it will nicely meet the needs of most standard users. Here's how easy it is to use: I installed a copy for my (non technical) 13 year old daughter on her own domain and she had herself up and running in a flash. Her initial success has made her dig deeper into design and programming - what an awesome side effect of a product that is well thought out and user friendly.
I did pay for premium because I wanted to customize my colors etc. but with the Vantage donation model, you don't have to pay a bundle for something that ultimately may not meet your needs like other "premium" themes. Yes, others offer a money back guarantee, but what a huge hassle when trying to find that "just right" product - I went through at least ten themes before I found Vantage. Screen shots are great, but I find you really need to get under-the-hood to see if you and your theme are soul mates.
Most people don't have the luxury of being independently wealthy, so if your project is important to you, it would be best to identify a well-supported, frequently updated, premium theme at the outset. If the development team is unable to earn a living off the product, updates and support will be abandoned for projects and products that do generate revenue. Ask yourself - how many hours a day do you work for free for strangers? - there you have it!
I had two support questions and both were responded to quickly and answered well (meaning they understood the question I was asking - not always the case with tech support).
I have changed and reworked my homepage at LEAST six times thus far (just enjoying the journey:) Only once did I have trouble with responsiveness in my header. I'm not sure if it was the image I used, the size, or some other variable, however, all other images, logos and layouts have been beautifully responsive on ipad and android phones as well as small Macbook pro (~13inch) and 15 inch Macbook pro.
Note - I am currently on a shared server and I have noticed that sometimes there is a lag that seems to cause strange problems if you are making a lot of changes in rapid succession, so it appears things have not worked correctly, but if you give it some time it finally does render correctly. Patience is key. I have also learned to be careful of how many tabs I have opened and limit it to two (one to make changes and one to refresh and see the site). Lastly I have learned that you need to pay attention to issues with your Cache. A YouTube video recommended to disable the standard WP Super Cache so I have done that from the outset, however, I have also had to clear my browser cache periodically to make sure the site is being rendered correctly. The process to truly clear the Cache in Safari is a bit involved (must delete the library files), so I stick with Firefox for changes. Of course this is just my experience - your mileage may vary.
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