TheGem is a multi-purpose template, launched in August 2016 by Codex Themes, an Envato elite author. Designed for both creative and business industry, it helps you create a beautiful online portfolio, multiple niche websites, and virtual stores. TheGem is packed with features, demos, styles and layouts, ready to transform any project plan into reality.
A modern and minimal theme, TheGem was designed to help you build a professional website combining creativity with style. Responsive and retina ready, this theme is flexible and allows you to choose your page layout. Using a full width or boxed layout, merged with beautiful graphic elements, you can be sure your website will be unique.
TheGem has a custom plugin dedicated to helping you import the demos on your site, giving you a choice between a full demo, a partial one and over 40 pre-built designs called Selected Concepts. I’ll leave it to you to discover your favorite combination and create a beautiful website using pre-built templates like Agencies, Apps, Construction, Architecture, Real Estate, Beauty, Creative, Gym, or Shop.
With TheGem you can adjust the logo size with a control button. For desktop and mobile, you can also customize the logo style with a dark, light color to be more visible when the header’s background is enabled.
Horizontally, in full-width mode or a vertical position, you can style the website’s main menu & header to be light or dark, changing the visual appearance of the whole page.
The footer area can be customized with an information box, color or image background, and widgets to make this section a dynamic part of your website.
This theme comes with six post formats to choose from: image, video, audio, quote, gallery and multiple custom post types. ‘TheGem Theme Elements’ plugin gathers portfolios, news, quick finders, clients, galleries, teams, and testimonials post types, accessible from WordPress admin area.
When a website is built using media files and texts, typography is an important feature that goes hand in hand with creativity. From the Fonts Manager, the theme allows you to upload custom fonts in different formats like EOT, SVG, TTF, and WOFF. You can also use beautiful typographies from the Google Fonts set.
TheGem template is social friendly and comes with a dedicated section in the Theme Options panel. You can activate your favorite social profiles like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Vimeo, Youtube and so on.
The Theme Options panel is intuitive, very easy to understand and use. From this panel, you have multiple choices to customize the General Options, Header, Fonts, Colors, Background or Social networks. With the drag and drop functionality given by the Visual Composer page builder plugin and TheGem Shortcodes, you will be able to customize your posts and pages with a large number of elements, blocks, columns, both on backend and frontend.
When creating a new post or page, you will get an additional set of customization options. These refer to functionality, but also to appearance. You can choose what widgets you want to display on sidebars and set up the header’s behavior on a particular page. You can also style icons from three available packs, add a video background, select a given background for header section or upload an image.
The theme comes with six pre-defined areas for sidebars. The Codex Themes author included over 15 custom widgets in the template, like The Gem Clients, The Gem Gallery, Picture Box, Project Slider and so on. Using the Visual Editor widget, you can add information boxes containing media files into sidebars.
To add beautiful slideshows on pages, you can choose to create them with the NivoSlider, LayerSlider or Revolution Slider plugins. This template also comes with premium plugins like Visual Composer, TheGem Import, TheGem Theme Elements.
If you plan to create a web shop, you will be glad to know that the WooCommerce plugin is compatible with this multi-purpose theme. MailChimp, Google Analytics, Contact Form7, Black Studio TinyMCE widget plugins are also included. With the free plugin ZillaLikes, you can show automatically likes and counts on posts and pages.
The theme package file contains a child theme, which can be enabled when a user wants to make code changes, without altering the main template.
|Envato elite author||Yes|
|Content width||Full Width|
|Browser compatibility||IE8+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari / Edge|
|FONTS AND TRANSLATION|
|Post view counter||-|
|Custom image lightbox||Yes|
|Custom image galery||Yes|
|Custom Page Builder||Visual Composer|
|Custom Theme Updater||-|
|CSS file size||894 kb|
|Explicit screen shots||Yes|
|Plugins||Visual Composer, TheGem Import, TheGem Theme Elements, Revolution Slider, LayerSlider,|
|Value for the money||Very good|
We have tested the TheGem’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content loads with a high speed.
Importing the demos might take some time, as the imports are loading quite slowly. The author also warns users about this.
Even if the theme is entirely compatible and tested with the WPML premium plugin, TheGem comes without a custom, built-in translation panel. You can find .po and .mo files in theme’s installation package and use an editor to work with them or you can purchase WPML plugin.