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.
Been using Vantage for over a year now at http://www.soyeg.club, and I'm LOVING it. It's absolutely beautiful. Just upgraded to Vantage Premium, but waiting on an e-mail issue for my order number. My own fault though, soooo... FIVE STARS!
When I refresh the home page, footer is seen under the slider for one or two seconds. This isnt aesthetically pleasing.(Not for internet explorer, only for google chrome) Also, the theme is responsive but when I make the page smaller and then reload home page, images in metaslider becomes bigger and then smaller, I mean they change in size after the home page is loaded.
I like Vantage because for his features and PageBuilder.
I've translated in french the free version and everybody can get it here.
One of the best themes I've ever used from WordPress.org
The free version has every feature that you would require and if you want more just get the premium version which is reasonably priced.
I am extremely impressed by the abilbities, options and overall ease of use that Vantage Premium adds. For those wondering if the premium version is worth the money, definitely is worth it and so much more. I have used it a couple times on various websites, each time donating an amount based on what I earn from the clients.
Though the forums are not monitored on the weekends, they will get back to you as soon as they are able. Great support for a fantastic theme!
This is the first time I have submitted a review for a WordPress theme, but I felt compelled to do so.
Vantage is a very nice theme, allowing me to create sites that look classy but unique at the same time.
The free version provides some good basic functionality and the upgrade to Pro gives you a very functional system.
The pricing model does not make you pay a lot for the Pro before trying it - a true open-source concept that lets you try and then pay what you think it is worth.
I upgraded to Pro (at reduced price) to test it for a client and, upon reviewing it, will be upgrading to Pro for the client and paying a real price for a theme that is as good or better than other "Pro" themes that cost $60+.
Nice work Greg and the SiteOrigin team for both creating a great theme and honoring the spirit of open-source
I'm creating a business website for a friend and have been through this process about 10-15 times for other friends, artists, bloggers, always using WordPress. Vantage is so beautiful, flexible, elegant and the forums and threads are so plentiful, helpful and specific, that I've just given birth, on my own, to some CSS code to tweak something. OK, there might have been VERY specific instructions via these forums but no-one else is gonna know that. Can't believe this level of sophistication is FREE. Thank you.
I don't often write reviews, but this one I am making a point of doing. Great work guys. It's professional, fully responsive, looks amazing, and really customisable. Love it! :)
I loved this theme, I have one query shall I use your theme for my personal site (Non wordpress CMS)
I really liked the theme.
thanks and regards,
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