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TheFox is a responsive multi-purpose theme, created in May 2015 by Tranmautritam, an Envato elite author. The template is surprising and versatile, allowing you to build a corporate, business, agency, portfolios, eShop, blog or a magazine website.

Design

TheFox theme has an elegant and minimalist design, and your website will look engaging on each device, as the authors made its layout responsive and retina ready.

This template is designed to give the right visual impact. You can combine strong images with a wide layout to amaze for your website’s visitors. But if you need to display the content on a boxed layout, you can choose a beautifully patterned background to style the site. TheFox comes with the parallax effect for images and videos, to add more dynamism to your website.

With TheFox you don’t have to create everything from scratch, as TheFox authors crafted more demos and over 30 pre-defined homepage template. Using the Business, Classic and Trending premade layouts, you can start building your website right away.

Once you uploaded the demo, you can start to build pages and posts with the elements provided by the page builder and the three custom shortcodes. Most of the tools you need to customize the website to fit you project are just one click away. To give you more control over your website, the author crafted some extra settings for each post and page. With one of the four-page templates and post formats, along with the additional options you can customize sliders, headers, colors, videos and the sidebar area.

All the website’s areas are important, but the header section is essential as it holds your project visual identity and all the navigation. You can style this section using one of the 14 predefined layouts and customize it with colors and icon elements.
In TheFox, you can choose over 12 footer layouts with various styling options to make the bottom section of your website will look great.

There are some other “small” design elements, all vital for your websites like color schemes, typography and mega menus options we have tested for you. If you like colors, this theme gives you over 10 color schemes to choose from. TheFox also encourages you with color pickers that use HEX and RGB code to add your particular brand color on your website.

TheFox lets you adjust your website’s typography using Google font’s family and see them in a live preview. The theme also comes with Font Awesome, IcoMoon and Elegant Icons packs to help you style the menus and mega menus.

This template is social, friendly offering you sharing option to all your favorite social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Reddit, Tumblr or Google+.

Functionality

The theme comes with TheFox Options panel, which you can navigate through with ease and customize your website. Also, you have the opportunity to use the Customizer feature on the frontend and change some of the theme’s styling options. With this tool, you can select the header & footer layout, style the mobile menu, sidebar, content, with a particular color for text, background, borders and decide if you want to use a simple or a complex pageloader. Customizer offers a quick way to design the main layout, it behaves like a Live panel, without many functionalities, but with high usability.

If you like to handle your site with clicks and never touching a line of code, you’ll be glad to know that TheFox comes bundled with a drag and drop Visual Composer plugin. You can use this plugin only on the backend section on your website.

The page builder comes with handy tools and elements like Sponsor/Partners carousel, IconBox, Facebook Like, Testimonials, Tweetme button, Video Player or Portfolio, etc.

If you want to build a website dedicated to a specific business, you will be glad to know that you have special sections dedicated to Staff Members and Partners. With the page builder plugin and extra settings related to the description, background color, social icons and page sliders, you can personalize each member of your staff.

The theme also includes five custom widgets like Blog Post Carousel Widget, Portfolio Post, Recent Posts (Footer), Recent Posts (Sidebar), Social Icons, that you can combine on sidebar or footer areas.

TheFox is packed with two premium slider plugins – Revolution Slider and Layer Slide – which allow you to make your pages and posts more interactive. Besides these, the theme comes with single custom made ‘Blog Slider’. This block element can acquire one of the three styles available.

BbPress and BuddyPress are compatible with TheFox, but they don’t come with a specific style. This means you can use them with their default layout, and the template style will not be applied on the forum pages you create with these two plugins.
TheFox allows you to create an interactive online store, the theme is compatible with WooCommerce.
If you want to translate your website in other languages, you can use the premium WPML plugin, which is compatible.

GENERAL
Item name TheFox
Category Multi-purpose
Type Premium
Author tranmautritam
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 1.599
COMPATIBILITY
Content width Full width
Browser compatibility IE9+ / IE10+ / IE11+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
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 1
Post view counter -
Smart lists -
Social share -
Custom image lightbox -
Custom image galery Yes
Link post -
Lightbox skins 1
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 3
Blocks 50
Widgets 5
Header styles 14
Footer styles 12
Masonry layout Yes
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter -
Video playlists -
Instagram widget -
Custom Page Builder Visual Composer
Portfolio styles 1
Responsive layout Breakpoints
Blog layouts 2
Menu styles 1
Dual Sidebars -
Shortcodes Yes
Video slider -
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 3
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater -
ADS
Ad system -
Adsense support -
Custom ads -
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 656kb
Overall speed Medium
Perfomance documentation Yes
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 463
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Medium
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials -
Search option -
Extra documentation Yes
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Layer Slider, Slider Revolution, TheFox Custom Post, Visual Composer
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Good

Performance

We have tested the TheFox’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content is loaded with a very low page speed, due to the multitude of images which aren’t compiled.

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The theme’s documentation provides extra information on how to optimize your website’s speed by installing a cache plugin, compressing images and a database optimizer guide. Also, they recommend you to remove unnecessary plugins and decrease the number posts, pages, images or icons.

Downsides

The biggest downside of TheFox is the missing search tool in the documentation. This could be a steep learning curve, especially for a WordPress beginner.

You have three demos to test your website with, but unfortunately, they come only with the structure and design, but without any content or media files.

TheFox
Category: Multi-purpose
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Conclusion
Outfitted in beautiful images with parallax effects, TheFox is a flexible and neat WordPress theme. With multiple pre-built homepages and a lot of customization tools, the interface is not so user-friendly as expected. Nevertheless, I felt that TheFox worths the effort and dedication to learning how to use it and build a complex and beautiful eShop, blog, business, portfolio website.
Good for
  • Minimalist and neat design
  • Over 45 custom blocks
  • Blog slider
  • Performance documentation
  • WPML compatible
Not so good for
  • Custom and TypeKit fonts options are missing
  • No custom theme updater
  • The authors haven’t provided RTL support
Overall score:
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