The free version had everything I needed, but liked it so much, felt compelled to pay. Have used several themes, but Vantage has worked best for my content and users.
I have designed 5 or 6 sites on Vantage now including my own. I always buy the pro version because I do want the responsive menu but, with the model they use; pay what you want; you can purchase the full version for as little as $5.00. Pay a little more (as little as $15. US) and you get easier access to top notch, invaluable support.
Good base theme with lots of flexibility + actively maintained and developed + fantastic support = really wonderful results
I thought it looked nice but then you started looking for ways to write your own code (php) to add a more flexibility and hit dead end right away. It doesn't accept ANY code changes. when I ask what you CAN change in the code using Premium I get no response and I take this as you can't. NO THANK YOU!
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!
In Your Face Ads to Upgrade. Even the developer's face is in your face. I swore off of Mr Hoppe's plugins for the very same reason. I don't care what you look like. I don't want your face on the backend of my website, nor do I want upgrade image/buttons everywhere getting in my way and taking up precious bandwidth.
Not professional. More like pushy salesmanship.
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).
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