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Native Theme

Native is a fresh, premium WordPress theme created by DFDevelopment, an Envato Elite Author. It is designed as a one-page layout and comes packed with demos and a helpful options panel. The Native template may be a good solution if you plan to build an eShop, a creative website or a blog.

Design

Native is an elegant, responsive and retina ready template. This theme gives you the absolute control to choose which page and post will be displayed on what device. Whether you want your site to be boxed or full width, you can give it a quick test drive using the premade layouts from the theme’ repository. You can import a Corporate, Digital, Car, Restaurant, Portfolio, Coming Soon demo and make yourself an idea about the template you’re about to design.

When you start building or remodeling a website, I know one of the main concern is “How easy is it to create the layout I need?”. Well, you’ll glad to know that with the Native theme, you can build pages and posts using the Visual Composer drag-n-drop page builder. It brings you over 50 custom elements, like the Animated Heading, Facts, Gallery Meteo, Milestone, Social Accounts or the Slide Parallax. With eight page templates and four post layouts, this theme is ready to give you considerable variations for pages and posts. Also, you can style the way a post is displayed, using different types, galleries or portfolios, and everything in between.

Native gives you 14 header styles to change how the above the fold area looks. There are also extra mobile header options, which you can apply globally on your website and display social icons, language switcher, shopping buttons and change colors for distinct areas.

Besides, the Native theme lets you assign a different header style for each page or post, and upload an image or a video. The header section uses a parallax effect, light or dark background scheme. You can also decide your header’ behavior as sticky or fixed.

As for the bottom section, you can use a compact, a widgetized or a Visual Composer Page layout, and you can show copyright information, the site’s logo and social networks.

As we already mentioned, this theme has a couple of interesting layouts, media and animations included. A nice feature of the Native theme is the lightbox effect with distinct styles and multiple options.

With the Native theme’ typography system you can acquire different Google and custom fonts to enhance the design for separate website areas.

Native allows you to keep your fans and friends always connected by displaying your favourite social networks. No matter if you use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vkontakte, Xing, Behance, Odnoklassniki and another 31 social platforms, this theme has gathered them all. Moreover, your site’s content can be shared on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, Google Plus and Pinterest.

Functionality

If you want to customize Native globally, you will be happy to discover a well-structured Theme Options panel. You can setup sections like Logo, Header, Footer, Typography, Blog, Portfolio, Styling, Social Accounts, Icon Manager.

The DFDevelopment team included the popular drag-n-drop page builder Visual Composer plugin, to help you create your posts and pages with ease on backend and frontend.

On both pages and posts, you can make individual settings for headers, sidebars, layout framework, parallax footer, and add one of the 28 custom fields. Moreover, the theme comes with a pack of shortcodes, counting Tooltips, Testimonial, Popover, DropCaps, Featured quote, Featured decoration and Underline Advanced.

The theme also brings 16 custom widgets, like the Additional info, Counter mail or Flickr which you can display on the left, right or dual sidebars. This template comes bundled with the DFD Extensions, DMK Sidebar Generator, Revolution Slider, and Visual Composer plugins and it’s compatible with popular plugins like the WPML and SEO by Yoast.

One more great feature of Native is the Simple Advertisement module, which helps you create banners and include them into your website. You can use one of the seven predefined styles, add animation, image, information, colors, hover effect and typography.

GENERAL
Item name Native
Category Multi-purpose
Type Premium
Author DFDevelopment
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 1.0.9
COMPATIBILITY
Content width Full Width
Browser compatibility 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 -
RTL support -
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts Yes
Post templates 4
Post view counter Yes
Smart lists -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox Yes
Custom image galery Yes
Link post Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 8
Blocks 60
Widgets 16
Header styles 14
Footer styles 3
Masonry layout Yes
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter Yes
Video playlists -
Instagram widget -
Custom Page Builder Visual Composer
Portfolio styles 5
Responsive layout Fluid
Blog layouts 5
Menu styles 1
Dual Sidebars Yes
Shortcodes Yes
Video slider -
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 42
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater -
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support -
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 2640 MB
Overall speed High
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 49
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 DFD Extensions, Revolution Slider, Visual Composer
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Excellent

Performance

We have tested Native default demo on different page speed tests, and loads at high speed.

The theme provides an extensive documentation, with extra information on plugins.

Native PageSpeed
Native PageSpeed

Downsides

The theme has a variety of settings for each element, and this might be a little bit overwhelming. But, the author has well organized every tool and related options, so once you get used to it, Native is easy to manage.

The theme is not RTL language ready.

Native
Category: Multi-purpose
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Conclusion
Native is a beautiful theme, with great styling and customization options. Although is still a relatively new template, the author continuously releases fixes and improvements. No matter if you are a creative WordPress beginner or an advanced user, the Native theme could be your choice. With the flexible tools, a well-structure and clean coding, you can build any website you wish, as Native brings you the multipurpose functionality.
Good for
  • Beautiful, clean design
  • 42 Demos included
  • Monetizing system
  • Multiple styling options
Not so good for
  • No RTL languages support
  • No custom video playlists/sliders
  • CSS is very large
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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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