The brilliant thing about WordPress is that it is not only a great platform for blogging, it can also serve as fantastic content management system for non-blogs as well. While WordPress itself is free, its customization is not quite so free. You either have to invest your time or spend some money to get your site or blog looking exactly how you want it.
I’ve reviewed a few premium WordPress themes on John Chow dot Com in the past and we continue that trend with today’s review of WP Remix. According to the developers, this “master theme” will help “everyone create custom websites in minutes.”
Remixing the Way You Use WordPress?
Getting started with WordPress can be a pretty daunting experience, especially for people who are not familiar with HTML, CSS, and PHP. They much prefer a more straightforward approach and WP Remix 2.0 adheres to this philosophy. It is “the only theme on the net that offers WYSIWYG page template editing.”
When you use WP Remix, you don’t necessarily end up with a site that looks like the one above. According to the feature list, there are over 50 page templates to use, each of which can be customized using a WYSIWYG page editor. The layouts are built on an 18-column grid.
Multi-Level Menus and More
For those of you who prefer a little extra style, you’ll be glad to hear that WP Remix comes with a Smart Drop Menu feature. In the context of a blog, you may have multi-level drop-down menus that allow visitors to view your various subcategories. If you’re using WordPress as a CMS for a mostly static site, like that of a business, this kind of look can also be very useful.
Among some of the other notable features are the ability to integrate add-on modules that the developers will release over time, the availability of seven different color schemes (with more on the way), the ability to set theme admin options, printable pages, integrated ad monetization, and free technical upgrades for life.
Although all of these features are integrated into the theme itself, WP Remix 2.0 should also be compatible for most of the popular WordPress plug-ins that are out there too, like Contact-Form, Gravatar, and Post Rating.
To get a better sense of what you can expect from WP Remix 2.0, have a look at the showcase that highlights some websites that make use of the theme. This includes everything from a pizza shop to Forex site.
Suffering from Information Overload
I understand that the developers view WP Remix as a powerful WordPress theme that is busting at the seams with valuable features, but there is something to be said about bombarding us with too much information. The main page features a highlighted section at the top and three columns below.
This wouldn’t be much of an issue if there was a clearer sense of focus. What is the prospective customer supposed to read? There is no natural sight line to follow. Having more information on the features page is more appropriate, because the customer has already expressed interest by clicking through to another section. The home page needs to be cleaner and more straightforward.
WP Remix Affiliate Program
Want to make some money with WP Remix? They have an affiliate program that pays you 50% of every sale that you refer. The digital delivery is handled via e-junkie and all payments are issued via PayPal. You get a payment once a month.
What if you want to buy WP Remix 2.0 for yourself? There are two licenses available. The single use license costs $75 and it allows you to use the theme on one website. The credit link must remain in the footer unless you pay the $20 fee for credit removal.
The multiple use license is $275 and it allows you to use the theme on as many sites as you’d like. The credit link can be removed and you can use the theme with as many of your clients as you’d like. The FAQ says that you can’t resell the theme, but by using the theme with clients, aren’t you doing the same thing?