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Valenti Theme

Valenti is a premium news and magazine theme launched in October 2013, by Cubell Themes, an Envato Elite author. This theme was designed to suit magazine websites & blogs. It comes with a responsive and retina ready layout. The Valenti theme auto-detects RTL writing system, saving you from the hassle of adding the custom modification to your website.

Design

Valenti is an elegant blog format, crafted to impress your visitors with strong visual posts. Each post may have a unique look when using featured images, video or audio formats, enhanced with lightbox and parallax effect. The lightbox option can be applied globally. You can also include sliders and reviews in your featured post, to engage visitors even more. Valenti comes with ten predefined layouts you can combine with grids and sliders to design your website to engage your visitors even more.

Using this template, you can display pages in standard, full-width, parallax or background mode. An interesting feature is the video gallery which can be generated in every post using a shortcode. A video gallery can have up to four Youtube and Vimeo videos, and you can style the way it displays the content choosing a preview image and a caption to describe it.

Functionality

Valenti comes with a Theme Options panel, which was improved a few months ago. You can structure the website’s homepages with the custom drag and drop builder called Valenti Homepage Builder. This page composer allows you to split the page into sections and customize it with different modules, grids, sliders or ads. You can also sort the posts and add dark or light style to it.

Sticky menus and sidebars are great places to show your most valuable content because they get a fixed interface and emphasizes certain elements. With the dominant ‘Valenti Mega Menu Type’ each menu can be easily customized by choosing a standard, slider or text columns mega menu.

Valenti brings you an Ad system featuring a background image ad that ensures more views for your promoted ad. Woocommerce, bbPress forum and BuddyPress plugins are compatible with the Valenti theme.

GENERAL
Item name Valenti
Category News
Type Premium
Author Cubell
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 5.2.2
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1200 px
Browser compatibility IE8+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
WooCommerce Yes
bbPress Yes
BuddyPress Yes
WPML Yes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts Yes
Typekit fonts -
RTL support Yes
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts Yes
Post templates 6
Review system Yes
Post view counter Yes
Smart lists -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox Yes
Custom image galery -
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 6
Blocks 9
Widgets 12
Header styles 1
Footer styles 6
Category layouts 4
Masonry layout Yes
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter Yes
Video playlists -
Instagram widget -
Currency widget -
Pinterest widget Yes
Weather widget -
OTHER FEATURES
Mobile theme -
Demos included 1
SEO optimized Yes
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support Yes
Background image ad Yes
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 200 kb
Overall speed High
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 834
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots -
Video tutorials -
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Cubell Themes - Functionality
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Good

Performance

In our era, time has become a precious commodity. We value a product by the benefits it offers, but we also judge it by the speed delivered by its output. We have tested Valenti’s default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content with a high page speed.

Valenti PageSpeed

Downsides

With the drag and drop Valenti Homepage Builder, you have a lot of options, but it still lacks the flexibility needed for a news theme. Maybe in the future, Cubell author will improve the page builder to make it more versatile. Also, a post views system and smart lists are not available. Valenti has no translation in the Theme Options panel.The theme’s documentation is not as detailed as expected.

This theme uses the ‘Cubell Themes Functionality’ plugin, but we couldn’t find a full description of this plugin, and we have no idea what specific functionality it brings.

Valenti
Category: News
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Conclusion
Responsive and retina ready, Valenti is a customizable theme, that uses design and infinite scroll to impress your visitors with strong visual posts. Even if the theme doesn’t have a custom image gallery, you can insert a video gallery in a post or a page. Choose the most liked layout and use Mega Menu system and Valenti Drag & Drop Builder to create unique pages. Personalize your news website, include reviews and give the users opportunities to engage with your content.
Good for
  • Elegant blog format
  • Page loading speed is high
  • Auto-detects RTL writing system
  • Video gallery post
  • Custom Valenti Homepage Builder
  • Custom Valenti megamenu Type with three styles
  • Responsive and retina ready
Not so good for
  • Lacks the flexibility needed by a news theme
  • Documentation is not the most detailed
  • Custom Functionality plugin, no info about it in documentation
Overall score:
78%
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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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