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Wally Theme

Wally is a multipurpose premium WordPress theme, developed by the BlueHookStudio author in August 2016. This template is focused on visual elements that will help you build a blog, portfolio, business, fashion, sports or travel websites. With its creative design, premade demos, homepages, layouts, your site will look beautiful and engaging.

Design

When you buy something new and appealing on the exterior, you expect the inside material to delight you. Wally combines a simple, elegant design with creative tools built to keep surprising you at every step. The theme authors made Wally’s layout responsive and retina ready.

If you don’t have time to create a website from scratch to start sharing your content, you can import demos like The Agency, Cooking Academy, Organic, The Studio or Adventure and spread the word about the brand-new project!

The Wally theme comes with the Massive Panel plugin and a Page Installer submenu to help you build your site by choosing from a list of over 30 beautiful page templates and preset shortcode styles. This system is surprisingly easy to use, and the final results are stunning.

If you already have a strong image of your project’s website in mind, Wally is flexible enough to let you customize every little aspect of your blog.

When a visitor reaches your site, the first thing to notice is the above the fold section. With Wally, you can switch between five header styles to see which fits your content better, especially since the Wally developers enhanced it with a fluid functionality the same as for the bottom area. The footer section can be customized by using one of the two predefined layouts. The header and footer styles can be displayed on the entire website or only on the homepage. In these sections, you can include social buttons, search icon, contact details, make them even more personal use a Call to Action button, URL address, colors and border radius.

The theme comes with six post formats, Standard, Video, Audio, Gallery, Quote, and iFrame. The posts category allows you to choose from five standard styles and three layouts – to make your website amazing. You can also include a download link in your posts if you want to share files with visitors.

With Wally, you can create a beautiful blog and portfolio pages and style them with layouts like a standard, squared, portrait or masonry template. All these layouts can be combined and customized, so finally you have over 20 different designs for portfolios and blogs. From the Wally Panel, you can change the Google fonts and see them in a live preview, to make your choice even faster.

Wally comes with two custom blocks, ‘Wally Posts’ and ‘Wally Search’ you can use on
your pages.
Keeping in touch with your visitors is vital for your website. With the Wally template, you can connect your social accounts, Facebook, Twitter or Google + with the site.

Functionality

The Wally Options panel gives the template’s functionality on the backend of your website. You can make adjustments related to Styling, Fonts, Header, Footer, Portfolio, Blog, Social and other. If you want to see your modifications live, some of the options also appear in the Customizer and can be used on the frontend.
The Wally template comes with the premium page builder Visual Composer plugin, which allows you to customize your pages on backend or frontend.

To add functionality to the website, you can use widgets like Wally Categories Filters, Wally Search, Wally Tags Filter and other on the sidebar.
In Wally, the BlueHookStudio author has also incorporated the premium Slider Revolution, Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer, Massive Addons for V.C., Wally Theme Initializer, and Advanced Custom Fields Pro. The theme is also compatible with other plugins like Contact Form 7, Disqus Comment System, Duplicate Post, Max Mega Menu.

GENERAL
Item name Wally
Category Multi-purpose
Type Premium
Author BlueHookStudio
Envato elite author -
Tested version 1.0.
COMPATIBILITY
Content width Full width
Browser compatibility IE8+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
WooCommerce -
bbPress Yes
BuddyPress -
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 9
Post view counter -
Smart lists -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox -
Custom image galery -
Link post -
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 20
Blocks 2
Widgets 3
Header styles 5
Footer styles 2
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 4
Responsive layout Breakpoints
Blog layouts 4
Menu styles 1
Dual Sidebars -
Shortcodes Yes
Video slider -
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 10
SEO optimized Yes
Custom Theme Updater -
ADS
Ad system -
Adsense support -
Custom ads -
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 340 kb
Overall speed Very high
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
User rating
Learnability Easy
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Medium
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials -
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Wally Theme Initializer, Visual Composer, Massive Addons for Visual Composer, Ultimate Addons for V.C., Slider Revolution, Advanced Custom Fields Pro
VALUE
Price $39
Value for the money Good

Performance

We have tested Wally’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content loads at a high page speed.

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Wally PageSpeed

Downsides

For those who want to build an online store or advertise their websites, the Wally template isn’t an inspired choice since the theme is not compatible with WooCommerce or any ad systems.
Though it provides explicit screenshots of the backend, the theme’s documentation is less detailed than expected and doesn’t provide a search button.
Unfortunately, if you want to outline your content with a unique typography, you cannot upload your custom fonts or any Typekit fonts.

Wally
Category: Multi-purpose
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Conclusion
With a fresh start in the themes industry, Wally delivers a great user experience, especially if you are a WordPress beginner. It is optimized and improved, as Wally is the only product of the BlueHookStudio author, for now. This template has its structure based on Redux Framework, which simplifies the way the user interacts with the settings. Portfolios with various listing styles, hover effects for your images, a great page builder, and more tools will help you transform your dreams into reality.
Good for
  • Elegant Design
  • Many layouts and styles
  • Responsive and retina ready layout
  • Premium plugins included
  • bbPress compatible
  • WPML compatible
Not so good for
  • No custom or Typekit fonts available
  • BuddyPress is not compatible
  • No built-in translation
  • No RTL support
  • Not compatible with WooCommerce
Overall score:
75%
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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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