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Kalium is a creative and portfolio theme, developed in April 2015 by Laborator, an Envato power elite author. With a considerable number of options, portfolio styles, custom elements, lightbox and hover effects, the multi-purpose category is the one to include this template. This means that whatever your plan is, Kalium can be the right choice for your photography, personal and blogging website.

Design

Crafted as a minimal and creative theme, it mixes stunning design with a clear architecture to help you build and organize an excellent website. As a clean and crisp, creative WordPress theme, Kalium comes with over 12 demos ready to be installed on your site with a single click. With the demo import system, pre-built layouts like Agency, Fitness, Architecture, Freelancer, Education, Main, Store and Blogger, can give your website a great start. Once you loaded a demo, you can customize it using the available options and build the website of your dreams.

Imagine and create distinct, beautiful pages using a drag and drop page builder and dozens of custom blocks. This theme helps you to do what you love, taking all the effort away so you can focus on the creative part of your work. Case studies, video presentations and photo-shootings, everything is now ready to be shared with the world in just a few minutes.

Kalium allows you to showcase your work in impressive, styled Portfolios using the drag and drop page builder and dedicated options. You can choose a different type of slide, columned, carousel, zig-zag, full screen or lightbox to style each portfolio, individually. If you want to set up a global portfolio layout, you have three options available in theme’s options panel. Also, you can choose the portfolio gallery, links, page options and general details.

You can create amazing blog and shop pages which include sliders or content designed with the page builder. Kalium comes with a responsive layout and also with adaptive images system that detects the screen size of your device to ensure the high-quality experience for any visitor across all devices.

When you build a post, you can add a standard, video, quote, image, link, gallery or audio format and make individual adjustments for featured image placement & size, header & footer, logo & menu. This means that each post can be customized like a page to create more attractive and engaging experience for your visitors.

Even if there are no pre-defined header styles, you can set up a static or an absolute position to this section and integrate it into your spectacular page. Whether you extend the header section with the full-width option or not, the Above the fold area will surely be a hit.

In Kalium you can choose between different layouts to customize your main menu area. Each menu type can be styled using predefined color skins or customized with the particular color you want to use for brand consistency. With nine post styles, combined with dozens of possibilities to mix headers with logos, menus, you can craft exactly that appropriate context for each post to reach and touch the heart of your visitors.

This template comes with many color options, including a custom skin builder which helps you pick the color you like and save it as a pattern for your website. You can add a final touch to your pages with one of the two pre-built footer styles. Customize this area with text, fade animation or a slider.

With Kalium you can add Google, custom, and Typekit fonts. The author included a live typography preview to help you choose the right font for the website’s sections.

Your visitors can share posts and portfolios with their friends on the favorite social networks as the theme is social-friendly. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and other accounts can be linked to your website.

Functionality

Kalium comes with a well structured Theme Options panel, which gathers Branding, Header, Menu, Footer, Blog, Portfolio, Shop, Typography, Styling, Social Networks sections. It also has a maintenance mode and a coming soon mode, so you do not have to use external plugins for these functions.

With 19 custom built elements is easy to create stunning pages. The Team Members, Service Box, Dribble Gallery, Social Networks or Products Carousel are a few of these items you can customize and introduce them into your pages.

Kalium is powered by the drag and drop page builder, Visual Composer plugin. You can use this page builder with on both backend and frontend interface.

The theme comes bundled with premium plugins like Revolution Slider and Layer Slider and it’s compatible with WPML and WooCommerce plugins. With as many shop options as an eCommerce theme, Kalium can also be used proficiently for an online store. Other free plugins like Advanced Custom Fields, Advanced Custom Fields Add-ons, Portfolio Post Type and Sidekick also come bundled with this template. You can use them to enhance the functionality of your website.

Kalium is designed to help you customize your theme files without modifying the main theme. You can access the child theme from the installation package and start making code adjustments.

GENERAL
Item name Kalium
Category Multi-purpose
Type Premium
Author Laborator
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 1.9.4.2
COMPATIBILITY
Content width Full Width
Browser compatibility IE10+ / IE11+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari / Edge
Woocommerce Yes
Bbpress -
Buddypress -
WPML Yes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts Yes
Typekit fonts Yes
RTL support -
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 -
Link post -
Lightbox skins 1
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 1
Blocks 19
Header styles 1
Footer styles 2
Masonry layout Yes
Mega menus -
Sticky menu Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter -
Video playlists -
Instagram widget -
Portfolio styles 7
Responsive layout Fluid
Blog layouts 3
Menu styles 4
Dual Sidebars -
Shortcodes -
Video slider -
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 12
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater Yes
ADS
Ad system -
Adsense support -
Custom ads -
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 726 kb
Overall speed Medium
Perfomance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 713
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Explicit
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option Yes
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, Layer Slider
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Very good

Performance

We have tested the Kalium’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content is loaded with a medium page speed.

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Kalium PageSpeed

Downsides

Kalium doesn’t offer RTL support.
The theme comes with a single pre-made page template (called Portfolio Page). This means you can use a demo and modify the pages, or you need to build every one of them from scratch.
The theme is not compatible with bbPress and BuddyPress plugins.

Kalium
Category: Multi-purpose
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Conclusion
Kalium comes with a user-friendly interface, giving you the option to build an attractive website. With adaptative images, portfolio items opened in lightboxes, pre-made demos, and no coding knowledge required, every WordPress beginner could manage this template and develop a creative, photography, personal or blogging website.
Good for
  • Minimal and creative design
  • Many custom blocks
  • Custom and Typekit Fonts
  • Flexible and versatile layouts
  • Theme Updates Checker
  • 12 pre-built demos
Not so good for
  • No translation built-in
  • No RTL support
  • No monetization features availableNo mega menus and option to add dual sidebars
  • No video playlist or slider
  • No shortcode generator provided
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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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