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Are you looking for a free blog theme for your site and wondering if OceanWP would be a good fit?
OceanWP is one of the fastest-growing free themes on WordPress.org. Since it’s inception in 2016, it’s been rapidly growing and currently, it’s been used over 500,000 websites.
In this OceanWP review, I’ll have a close look at the 5 aspects of the theme.
- OceanWP Theme Overview
- OceanWP Theme Features
- Ease of Use
- Documentation & Support
Towards the end of the post, I’ll tell you what we think about the theme and if its the best option for your site.
So let’s get started.
OceanWP Theme Overview
OceanWP is one of the popular multipurpose WordPress themes that provides state-of-the-art eCommerce features built directly into the theme.
This theme offers around 13 free demo sites that you can import with one click. The free version of the theme can be installed from WordPress.org. With a premium license, you’ll get 13 premium extensions to add enhanced features to your site.
OceanWP Review: Features
As a free theme, OceanWP has done a great job when it comes to the features it offers. You can have almost everything that you might need to style your website.
1. Visually Stunning Demos
OceanWP offers a range of beautifully designed demo websites that can be imported with just a single click of the mouse. Instead of building your website from scratch, you can use these demo sites and tweak it a little before you finally launch it.
In order to install a demo site, you’re required to install a free plugin called OceanExtra.
2. Built for eCommerce Conversions
It’s easy to sell products and services with OceanWP because it’s fully compatible with WooCommerce. With its premium extension, you can create add a lot of enhanced cart features as follows
- Native Cart Popups: This feature can be used to capture the attention of your visitors when they add an item to their cart.
- Floating Add to Cart Bar: Your customers will see add-to-cart bar even they scroll down the page. This enforces them to go back to their cart, which ultimately reduces your shopping cart abandonment rate.
- OffCanvas Filter: Easily find the product that you’re looking for using the off-canvas filtering sidebar.
- Quick View: Offer a quick view of your product with a popup without redirecting your users to another page.
3. Mobile Responsive & SEO Friendly
The theme has been designed with the best SEO practices in mind. Plus, the websites you create with OceanWP are fully responsive, so you can rest assured that it will appear equally good on mobile devices as well as on desktops.
4. Page Builder Compatibility
If you want the freedom to customize your website the way you want, then OceanWP is the best bet. This theme supports almost every popular page builder plugin out there, so when it comes to customization, the sky is the limit.
5. Translation & RTL Ready
OceanWP supports different languages across the globe including RTL languages like Arabic. This is an added advantage for sites that serve non-native English speakers.
6. Robust Extensions
You can also extend your website functions by installing its free and premium extensions. It offers 21 extensions, including free and premium ones. With these extensions, you can stick anything to your site, display your Instagram feed on your website, add a popup and login form, display your portfolio and do a lot more.
Ease of Use
OceanWP has been designed with beginners in mind. So it’s extremely easy to design and customize your site with this theme. As soon as you install and activate the theme on your website, you’ll see a few plugin recommendations, including WPForms and Elementor.
You’ll now be redirected to a new screen with all the customization options on your left and the preview of your website on the right.
Under Header you’ll see several options like:
- Header Media
- Social Menu
- Mobile Menue
Under the General tab you can work on the header height, add a border to your header, add a background color, align your header texts and do a lot more.
Under the logo tab, you can upload a logo, add a color, hover effects, etc. Under the Menu tab you can select your templates, align your menus, add links, color, background etc.
Under the Social Menu tab, you can enable a social menu, add social links, style your links, add a social link target, work on its color and do a lot more.
Finally, under the Mobile Menu tab, you can make your site responsive to mobile screens.
Similarly, if you want to customize how your blogs should appear on your site, just click on Blog.
Now, you can set up your archive and entry layouts, select a mobile sidebar order, add a heading tag, select excerpt length and more. This can be done for your individual posts as well.
The process is pretty much the same for customizing different parts of your website. So if you want to customize your top bar, sidebars, widgets, footer or anything else, just select the option on your left and start customizing your site from the expanded options. When you’re done making the changes, hit the Publish button on the top left corner of your screen to save your changes.
Basically, you don’t really need to learn anything before you start using this theme. You can do it with a few clicks even without any prior knowledge of using WordPress.
OceanWP – Documentation & Suppoprt
OceanWP has an extensive documentation on how to use the theme. You can look for the question that closely resembles your problem using the search bar and chances are, you’ll have it right there.
If you need direct help from their support team, submit a ticket on their website.
OceanWP is a free plugin. The free theme offers all the above discusses features except the demo websites. But if you want more features with the theme, you’ll have to upgrade the theme to one of its premium plans.
The theme is priced under 3 different pricing plans:
Personal: $31 for 1 site
Business: $63 for 3 sites
Agency: $103 for 25 sites
Each of these plans offers 12 months of updates and support. You can also have 8 free extensions, 13 premium extensions, and 60 pro demos.
What I Think about OceanWP – My Verdict
OceanWP is a wonderful theme that can give your website the best look it deserves. If you have products or services to sell online, then you might want to consider buying the pro version, so you’ll get a lot of eCommerce-centric extensions.
If you’re after a free theme, that’s well-coded and also comes with a lot of pre-built demos, then OceanWP is worth trying.
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