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Academia Theme

Academia is a premium Education WordPress theme developed in March 2016 by ThemeXpert, an Envato author. No matter if you are a student, teacher or parent, for a website that brings information, online classes, quizzes and more, this theme can be the right solution. The Academia theme gives you a clear structure and well-designed tools, specially created for an Education WordPress portal.

Design

The Academia theme is creative and innovative, with features specially designed for schools, language centers, and other educational websites. The look of this template is styled and clean, with no overwhelming add-ons, it lets visitors focus on the information they need. If you want to test your website in a quick way, you can import the demo which comes with media files and examples of pages and posts.

To help you built the website’s static front page, the theme author created three different styles of homepages which come with distinct layouts and content types. You can design your entire site by adding hues of color from the predefined scheme of blue, red, green, orange or a lilac color.

Academia is a theme dedicated to catching the attention of the ‘Generation Z,’ so the design and the way the visitors can navigate through your website are equally important. As an admin, you can organize pages, posts or links into mega menus and select icons to enhance the visual impact and the functionality of your website.

With the Academia theme, you can customize your header to fit your needs. The author provides three predefined styles for it. If you want to modify the footer, you can split this area into up to eight columns, change the background color and add the copyright note.

The flexible Academia template allows you to choose the way to display the sidebar – on the right or left side of your website.

You can choose the Google fonts to style the Header, Body, and Footer texts.

The Academia theme is social-friendly. You can activate Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn icons, and add your profile URLs. This template comes with a responsive & retina ready layouts and has RTL support.

Functionality

Academia Options panel brings together all the theme’s settings, structured in seven sub-menus, General, Header, Custom Style, Typography, Sidebar, Footer, and Backup.

This template allows you to build pages on the backend or frontend using the premium drag and drop page builder, Visual Composer that comes bundled with the Academia theme. With some extra ‘Page header options’ you can pick an image, a title or a subtitle for that specified area. The template allows you to choose from a list of seven formats to style your posts.

If you want to organize your educative content, Academia theme gives you the possibility to include Courses, Quizzes, Questions or Lessons with the LearnPress plugin. Also, if you are trying to setup a website for a school or university, this template gives you the possibility to edit the ‘Teachers’ area with designation meta and social profiles.

The custom Academia Core and Slider Revolution plugins come with the theme and give you the power to build beautiful pages with stunning sliders.

The theme is compatible with WPML, WooCommerce, bbPress, BuddyPress and comes with more plugins like Contact Form7, LearnPress or The Events Calendar.

GENERAL
Item name Academia
Category Education
Type Premium
Author ThemeXpert
Envato elite author -
Tested version 3.1
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1170 px
Browser compatibility IE8+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari / Edge
WooCommerce Yes
bbPress Yes
BuddyPress Yes
WPML Yes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support Yes
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts Yes
Link post Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Blocks 9
Header styles 3
Footer styles 8
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Social networks Yes
Shortcodes -
PRODUCT FEATURES
WooCommerce version 2.5+
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 1
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater -
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 115 kb
Overall speed Medium
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 18
User rating
Learnability Easy
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Medium
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Visual Composer, Revolution Slider premium, Academia Core
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Good

Performance

We have tested Academia’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content loads at a medium speed.

Academia PageSpeed

Downsides

The theme doesn’t come with any custom widgets.

The demo takes a long time to import.
The theme doesn’t include a custom translation panel, but you can use .po & .mo files with a language editor or purchase a premium plugin.

Academia Responsive
Category: Education
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Conclusion
Are you a student, a teacher or a websites developer? If the answer is “Yes”, then Academia is the right template to use on your site. Academia Education theme is a well structured WordPress product, with a beautiful and fresh design which doesn’t require any coding knowledge. Since Academia ensures an excellent user experience, with this theme you can deliver accurate and organized information for parents, students or teachers.
Good for
  • Creative, fresh design
  • Premium page builder, Visual Composer
  • Many options related to Education subject
  • RTL support
  • WPML compatible
Not so good for
  • No custom widgets
  • No custom or Typekit fonts
  • No custom shortcode system
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Lisa Jones
Editor-in-chief of WPion. 100% passionate about WordPress, Lisa is part time web developer and part time front-end designer. With a master's degree in computer science, she is specialized in CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL and PHP. Lisa uses her knowledge and experience to offer you a complete analysis of WordPress most popular themes and plugins.

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