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Extra Theme

The Elegant Theme author created Extra, a premium news and magazine theme, powered by a custom page builder, called the Divi Builder. This template comes with plenty of customizable features and elements.

Design

Extra is a beautiful theme, with many sliders, effects, and animations you can use to create an attractive website. Whatever you use a dark or a light version, this theme is crafted to emphasize customizable posts. The header and the logo are animated, making your website more visually appealing.

Extra brings you twelve custom layouts and a library with predefined portfolio styles, with text and images. Portfolios are post projects that can be displayed using different sliders. With the custom builder, you can design each category using modules, sliders, masonry grids, ads, and more. An interesting feature refers to the way the embedded video can be played directly on the page, without opening the post itself.

The mega menus can be set up to display on posts, pages, and categories, as lists or featuring 2 or 3 posts. A sitemap can be created using a page template so that your website’s visitors can easily navigate through your content.

Functionality

To add functionality to your site, you can use the most powerful tool of Extra, the drag and drop ‘Divi Builder’. Using the ‘Divi Builder’, you can create multiple homepages and category layouts by adding columns, modules, and various elements.

You can customize each post and page, create new layouts from scratch and save them to be used later, in other projects. Inside the Extra Theme Options panel, Theme Customizer, Module Customizer and Role Editor, you will find plenty of options allowing you to control all your website’s content and structure.

The ‘Divi Role Editor’ is placed in the Admin area and is a useful tool for websites with many co-authors. Here you can assign custom settings and rights for the administrator, editor, author, and contributor. As an admin, you can set how your co-authors can use the builder.

If you want to use your website for selling products, you can use the Woocommerce plugin as it is compatible with Extra. Other suitable plugins are BuddyPress and the bbPress forum.

Extra has a flexible Ad system that lets you insert ads in different website areas.

GENERAL
Item name Extra
Category Blog / Magazine
Type Premium
Author Elegant Themes
Envato elite author -
Tested version 1.3
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1920 px
Browser compatibility IE8+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari / Edge
WooCommerce Yes
bbPress Yes
BuddyPress Yes
WPML -
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support -
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts Yes
Post templates 1
Review system Yes
Post view counter -
Smart lists -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox Yes
Custom image galery Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 9
Blocks 37 de module
Widgets 9
Header styles 2
Footer styles 11
Category layouts 9
Masonry layout Yes
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars -
Social networks Yes
Social counter Yes
Video playlists Yes
Instagram widget -
Currency widget -
Pinterest widget -
Weather widget -
OTHER FEATURES
Mobile theme -
SEO optimized -
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support Yes
Background image ad -
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 739 kb
Overall speed Medium
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
User rating
Learnability Difficult
DESIGN
Responsive design -
Retina ready -
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Expert
Explanations Explicit
Explicit screen shots -
Video tutorials Yes
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins The Divi Builder
VALUE
Price $69
Value for the money Average

Performance

In our era, time has become a precious commodity. We value a product by the benefits it offers, but we also judge it by the speed delivered by its output. We have tested Extra’s default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content is medium.

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Downsides

The theme has many options, though, they appear scattered in three different panels. This kind of arrangement could be useful to advanced users, but overwhelming for beginners.

If you have never worked with this theme and with the ‘Divi Builder’, Extra is pretty difficult to learn.

The theme’s documentation is rich in information but has no search option, and this makes the process setup time consuming especially for new users.

Extra
Category: News
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Conclusion
Extra is a sophisticated theme, with lots of features and functionality given by the custom builder that doesn’t require coding skills. Extra comes with plenty of modules, layouts and custom designs making this theme a flexible and interesting one. This template can be purchased only from the Elegant Themes website. In the Lifetime Access package, the author allows you to use all their themes, for as many websites as you want with a single license code. Even if Extra’s documentation has no search option, the author provides explicit video tutorials, detailed explanations and screenshots.
Good for
  • ‘Divi Builder’
  • Sophisticated, modern design
  • Lifetime Access payment package
  • Flexible Ad system
  • ‘Divi Role Editor’ for hierarchical organization
  • Plenty of sliders and animations
Not so good for
  • Settings scattered in three different panels
  • Rich documentation, no search button
  • Page loading speed is medium
Overall score:
81%
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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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