For this review I have tested both the free and pro version of the theme so that I can show you all the differences between them. From the outside both themes look identical though the pro version has a more advanced options area therefore I will detail which sections are absent from the free version. Before we look at the backend, let’s look at the design of iFeature (note: screenshots were taken from the iFeature Pro Demo).
Cyberchimps iFeature is a great theme for business websites or blogs. Some of you will love the simplicity of the iFeature design though in my opinion it’s a little dated and could do with a revamp. Thankfully, the theme has a fantastic options areas that makes customising your site straight forward. WordPress beginners will love how easy it is to enable and disable common features and change the design layout.
I would recommend giving the free version a try first. It lacks of a lot of great options that the pro version has but it is still a very capable theme and will give you an idea of what you can expect from the pro version.
iFeature Pro usually retails for $60 but at the moment it has been reduced to only $30. The pro version includes the slides and carousel options and has lots of extra options such as defining where the sidebar is placed. iFeature Pro also supports all WordPress post formats, 8 colour schemes instead of 2, child theme support and gives you support that you won’t get with the free version. It’s a good price for such a feature rich theme.
I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any questions about these themes or the differences between them, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them. Also, please make you sure check out WP Mods tomorrow as we will be giving away 3 copies of the pro version to WP Mods readers.
Cyberchimps iFeature Design
The demo showcases a corporate style home page with a large featured slider displayed underneath the drop down navigation menu. Both the top navigation menu and the bottom menu underneath the footer widgets are powered by the WordPress system. The design has a kind of boxy feel to it that is reminiscent of the design many content management systems had many years ago.
Social media icons for Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and LinkedIn are integrated into the bottom left corner of every post but it’s so easy to miss them as they blend into the grey background. A bigger problem is the size of the icons; they are only 16×16 pixels in size. These social media links also take the visitor away from your site in order to share your content. This is something that most developers are moving away from. It’s more common to have the Facebook like and Twitter retweet buttons that show the number of votes that the old style links that force a new browser tab to open.
The design is not terrible though it’s something which I believe holds the theme back. As you will soon see, the heart of Cyberchimps iFeature lies in the backend.
The options are for the free and versions have the same section. The only difference is the free version lacks the import and export section that the pro version has. The main sections have similar features however in each section the pro version has many more features than the free one (as would be expected).
At the top of the options pages are links to important links such as CyberChimps support, documentation and their discussion forums. A welcome section is the first you will see when you visit the options area. This gives you some basic information about the theme and how to use it though for a full explanation of how the theme works you need to check the theme documentation.
The free version only allows you to choose from a grey and green colour scheme whilst the pro version also allows you to choose from blue, dark blue, black, orange, pink, red and white. There are an additional 3 background colours to choose from too and 4 more areas to change the colour for (footer, site description etc). The pro version also has a handy box for adding your custom CSS.
The header section can be customised using drag and drop elements. The free version is fairly limited as you can only choose from 3 element types. The pro version allows banners, icons and custom code. In the Header Options you can upload your logo and favicon, change the margin for the social icons and turn the site description and breadcrumbs on and off.
Cyberchimps iFeature uses the WordPress menu system for the top navigation menu. Via the iMenu options are you can change the menu font and switch the home icon and search bar off. The pro version also allows you to switch on rounded corners for the menu and customise the colours that are used in the menu.
The social icons that are displayed at the top of the page can be configured in the header section too. The free version has two icon sets to choose from whilst the pro version has three. Apart from that, they are identical. Google Analytics code can also be added in the header section and with the pro version you can add additional scripts to the header.
There are few differences between the free and pro versions in the blog section. The main differences in the pro version are additional options for the slider and the ability to set the sidebar. You can remove the sidebar, place it on the left or place it on the right. You can have two sidebars if you wish. If you choose this option you can place on sidebar at each side of the content or place two sidebars on the right. For some reason there is no option to place two sidebars on the left.
Also available in the pro version is the ability to show Facebook Like and Google+ share buttons underneath posts. Both buttons can be switched on and off easily in the pro blog options area.
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