The story goes like this: Themeco team has analyzed their customer’s profiles and learned that some of them have higher standards of customization. So, they’ve launched X Pro for people who create websites for others, ‘people who want a more advanced control to their websites.’ I’ve tested both X v. 5.0 and X Pro to find out the differences and help you choose the right one for you. After two days of intense testing, I came to a conclusion: the release of the X Pro is a marketing strategy aiming to give Themeco a backup plan, free from Envato while targeting the customers from the Australian market. X Pro is an evolved twin sister of the X theme.
Let’s start with the beginning
Three days ago, on April 10, 2017, the long expected major update of X theme finally happened. The big surprise for everyone was not feature related, it was about the new Themeco product strategy: the X Pro.
If you want to test the Themeco new product, and have a previously bought X license from Envato, you can convert it for free (directly from your Themeco account). For the moment, things are a bit unsure, and you don’t have a clear path where things are going with the pricing.
You are not an Envato client and want to purchase the X Pro theme? You don’t have to make an account on Themeco website to get it. On the X Pro landing page, you have to hit the Purchase button, and you’ll be redirected to a checkout page. Just fill your personal info and the preferred payment option, and you’re done. The price is $69.
Quick X Pro thoughts
X Pro introduces three interconnected builders with new tools. The theme detects the Cornerstone builder and automatically deactivates it because in the X Pro this “plugin” is integrated into the theme files as part of the content builder. With the X Pro you’ll have a Header, Content and Footer builder, all in one theme.
Header and Footer Builders are a creative and new way to built the above the fold and bottom sections. If you have converted the X theme to X Pro, the new interface of the template lets you choose what area do you want to customize: Theme Options, Templates, Headers, Content or Footers. You can explore and modify the Bars, Containers, and Elements. The Header and Footer Builders come with a CSS library – Flex Box, that gives you control over how the content is displayed. From borders, box shadow, dimensions, margins, paddings, these two builders are quite flexible, and you can include 15 elements to make these areas more attractive. You can assign each footer or header to a specific page or globally on the entire website.
Main differences between X and X Pro:
|$39 on Envato Market (special offer for now)||$69 on Themeco website|
|Free converter for X users|
|Cornerstone and Visual Composer page builders||Visual Composer, Header Builder, Footer Builder, Content Builder (Cornerstone)|
|27 extensions (plugins)||27 extensions (plugins)|
|No custom widgets||No custom widgets|
|Admin Panel with 15 submenus||Admin Panel with 14 submenus|
|Launch button (customize): Theme Options, Templates, Content||Launch button (customize): Theme Options, Templates, Headers, Content, Footers|
|43 Demos||No demos|
|22 blocks||22 blocks|
|5 premade pages||5 premade pages|
So, at first sight I’ll say that is much easy to use the X theme if you are a WordPress beginner, or you don’t have the time and you don’t want to build your site from scratch. But, if you are searching precisely for details and you want to design each pixel of your website with your own hands, then, X Pro is what you are looking for. All in all, these two seem to share a common framework and both come from an experienced theme author :).