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Soledad Theme

Penci Design, one of Themeforest.net’s elite authors, developed Soledad, his first premium news theme a few months ago. It is a nice looking template for magazines and blog websites, easy to customize with interesting project portfolios.

Design

Soledad comes with two mega menu styles, three sidebar layouts, sliders and templates allowing you to create beautiful pages & posts with distinctive typography.

This template provides an attractive option: you can set a featured video with sound as your website’s background.

Soledad has a feature called Portfolio content type, allowing you to create beautiful image galleries and to organize your projects using a masonry grid layout. You can illustrate your portfolio using different page layouts and sidebars.

In Soledad, you will discover three distinct gallery lightbox styles to display photos in a more enjoyable and natural way. A justified gallery can showcase plenty of images, structured in columns. The single slider gallery loads images one by one using an elegant lightbox effect. The Masonry option can display your photos in up to 4 columns.

Functionality

Soledad allows you to enable or disable your options in real time, through the Theme Customizer, and all your adjustments can be seen live in the page’s right side.

The theme has no drag and drop page builder, but after you created a page you can customize it using on and off buttons. The setup process can be confusing and time-consuming especially for WordPress beginners.

If you want to get an idea of how content will display on your website, you can import one of the 12 demos from the installation package. You will need to install a free plugin called the WordPress Importer, and upload the .xml demo file from theme’s installation files package.

GENERAL
Item name Soledad
Category News / Blog / Magazine / Personal
Type Premium
Author Penci Design
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 2.4.1
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1170px
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 -
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts Yes
Post templates 7
Review system Yes
Post view counter Yes
Smart lists -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox Yes
Custom image galery Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 6
Blocks 1
Widgets 9
Header styles 6
Footer styles 1
Category layouts 1
Masonry layout Yes
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter -
Video playlists -
Instagram widget Yes
Currency widget -
Pinterest widget Yes
Weather widget -
OTHER FEATURES
Mobile theme -
Demos included 12
SEO optimized Yes
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support Yes
Background image ad Yes
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 295kb
Overall speed Medium
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 175
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready -
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Penci Portfolio, Penci Shortcodes, Penci Slider
VALUE
Price $49
Value for the money Good

Performance

We have tested the Soledad theme’s default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content relatively slow.

Downside

Soledad has a useful theme Customizer displaying your changes in real time, but the absence of blocks and elements may result in a lack of structure and consistency on your pages. Without a page builder and a predefined structure to give you the versatility that any news website needs, the effort required to create and design your website rises exponentially. Also, a review system included in posts can be useful to your website’s users.

Soledad
Category: News
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Conclusion
Launched in November 2015, Soledad theme lets your news ideas creatively color your website. In time, as the author will simplify the page building process, add more flexibility and solve the website performance, Soledad may become a very popular theme for blogs with stunning image galleries and sliders.
Good for
  • Nice looking theme
  • Featured video as background
  • Portfolio content type
  • Documentation quite detailed
Not so good for
  • Loading speed is slow (42 / 100)
  • No page builder available
  • Custom, typekit fonts are unavailable
  • Limited footer style:1
  • Limited category layouts:1
  • RTL writing system is not available
Overall score:
71%
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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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