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Composer Theme

Composer is a premium WordPress theme built for business, personal, portfolio, or creative websites. Developed by the Innwit in September 2016, Composer is a nice theme packed with many features. From a restaurant, wedding, medical, business, architecture to a travel website, this theme is ready to give you a quick start with over 68 pre-made demo pages.

Design

Composer is an elegant, responsive and retina ready template built on the Bootstrap framework. Starting with above the fold and ending with the bottom section, this theme makes your website highly customizable. You have ten menu layouts, plenty of header & footer styles, demos, page templates, and much more. Composer comes with an attractive styling option for the header. Going beyond the usual pre-defined layouts, Composer brings 11 hover styles for your header. This will make the area much more engaging, and you can show it to the world in a wide, boxed or framed layout! Composer has a neat mega menu built-in, that gives you the opportunity to add a background image, icons, and tags to better address the navigation desires of your visitors.

The Innwit author took some time to test the usability of the theme and combined the design with the everyday hassle of posting, maintaining and optimizing to give a pretty intuitive theme. You can create pages and posts with media files and extras since the template comes with individual settings per page or post and global options for the entire website. Each page is ready to load custom blocks or templates using the drag and drop Visual Composer plugin.

You can change the typography globally for all the website or just for the desired components: titles, menus, content and so on. Composer comes with advanced typography options that show you the exact fonts for specific titles in blogs and pages, links, logos or main menu. You can combine Google Fonts and see them in a live preview box, in Theme Options panel.

One more thing before going to Functionality: the Composer theme comes with pre-made templates as the Home Pages, Inner Pages, Blocks and Header Styles, which you can use to create a new page. As these elements are designed specifically for Composer, you might need to take some time and experiment with the pre-built templates and layouts. All of them come with a different design and behavior, and you can customize or combine them as you like.

Functionality

Composer comes with a well-structured Theme Options panel that brings together settings related to header & footer, portfolio, styling, typography, blog, shop, archive and other. A helpful tool is the search button, which eases the process of finding a particular setting. As I previously mentioned in Design, Composer comes with pre-defined demos – over 68 already created pages and posts to ease your work. But to import a demo, you’ll have to install WordPress Importer v2 plugin and setup your homepage to be static.

A well-known drag and drop page builder, Visual Composer plugin powers the theme. This means that you’ll be able to build your website just using the mouse and without touching the code behind it. With over 25 custom elements and many more templates like blocks or portfolios, this theme can give you a pleasant experience in the backend & frontend editing. Additionally, Composer comes with a drag and drop Header Builder placed in Theme Options panel and dedicated to helping you create and customize a special header area with a menu, search icon, WooCommerce cart, widgets or social icons.

The theme comes bundled with some premium tools you most likely need to create a beautiful site like Visual Composer, Ultimate Visual Composer Add-on, and Revolution Slider plugins. It also comes with a required Composer Core plugin. The custom plugin brings the needed functionality for extra page & posts options.

If you want to build a multilanguage website, you’ll be glad Composer is compatible with WPML and RTL ready.

GENERAL
Item name Composer
Category Multi-purpose
Type Premium
Author Innwithemes
Envato elite author -
Tested version 2.0
COMPATIBILITY
Content width Full width
Browser compatibility IE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Opera Mini / Safari / Edge
WooCommerce Yes
bbPress -
BuddyPress -
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
Post templates 1
Post view counter -
Smart lists -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox Yes
Custom image galery Yes
Link post Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 66
Blocks 149
Widgets 1
Header styles 12
Footer styles 22
Masonry layout Yes
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter -
Video playlists Yes
Instagram widget -
Custom Page Builder Visual Composer
Portfolio styles 6
Responsive layout Breakpoints
Blog layouts 3
Menu styles 10
Dual Sidebars -
Shortcodes -
Video slider -
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 70
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater -
ADS
Ad system -
Adsense support -
Custom ads -
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 724 kb
Overall speed Very high
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 31
User rating
Learnability Easy
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Medium
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Composer Core, Visual Composer, Ultimate Visual Composer Add-on, Revolution Slider
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Good

Performance

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

Composer PageSpeed

Downsides

The theme’s documentation is not as detailed as expected, there is only basic information and it is not updated to the last version. Even though, you can find some useful screenshots and also video tutorials on YouTube.

Composer comes with pre-made templates like Home Pages, Inner Pages, Blocks and Header Styles. You might need to take some time and experiment with the pre-built templates and layouts since there is no clear information and example on how to use them.

The Composer template doesn’t give you the possibility to show two sidebars at the same time.

You can only update the template using the Envato Toolkit, as there is no automatic system created to ease this process.

Composer Theme Review
Category: Multi-purpose
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Conclusion
Composer is a premium multipurpose theme that can be a good choice for most of the online projects for both beginners and advanced WordPress users. As this template is still a young one, the author is constantly improving it and adds new features to make it more customizable and easy to use. If you don’t have the time and the coding knowledge and want to create a website, you can rely on the beautiful and flexible Composer theme.
Good for
  • Minimal design
  • Many styling options
  • One-click demo install
  • Header Builder
  • Video Playlist Gallery
  • RTL ready
Not so good for
  • No automatic update
  • No dual sidebars
  • Few custom widgets
  • No ads system
Overall score:
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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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