Interested in CSSIgniter? Thinking of making a purchase? This review will give you what you need to decide, you’ll discover the good and the bad, so you might want to read this first. I have summarized the main points in this article. Watch the view for details and to see the setup, demo data import, and Customizer with the Blockchain Theme.
I became aware of CSSIgniter themes when I was putting together WordPress Themes and Plugins with a Lifetime License – The Ultimate List. CSSIgniter has a lifetime option so I checked them out. Their themes are very attractive and reasonably priced.
Remember the movie The Endless Summer? Surfing fans travel the world in search of the perfect wave. That’s me. I’m always searching for the perfect theme. CSSIgniter has 89 themes so, yeah, I wanted to take a look. I joined the Lifetime Club during the summer of 2017. In the following months I saw three new themes released as well as a plugin for Elementor and many Elementor templates. This impressed me. I’ve joined several theme clubs that rarely added anything new, so it was nice to be a member of one that’s alive.
CSSIgniter – Background
The company was founded in 2010 by Gerasimos Tsiamalos and Anastis Sourgoutsidis. The philosophy of the company is to create niche themes that solve a single problem. Excellent customer support is a top priority. Niche themes together with excellent customer support has worked well for them and made them a well-respected theme company.
CSSIgniter has 89 themes. 7 have free versions. There are hotel, business, WooCommerce, fashion, music, photography/portfolio, magazine, restaurant, a job board theme and of course blogging themes. There is variety and the styles vary. You are not getting the same look and feel recycled from theme to theme.
There are 6 plugins, 4 free and 2 premium. The free plugins cover Slack integration, a slider, a light version of their audio player, and a plugin for extending Elementor. An event management plugin and the paid version of their audio player are the premium plugins.
Olsen, Andros, and Blockchain are the bestselling themes. Andros is a newer hotel theme and Blockchain is a business theme. Olsen is one of their older themes. It was initially released in September 2015 and was a hit because of its stylish design and flexibility. I believe it was also one of the first themes to embrace the Customizer. There is a lite version of Olsen in the WordPress.org theme directory, one of their only themes showcased there.
As we will see, the newer themes include a ton of Customizer options. This started with the Olsen theme and carries forward in many of their newer offerings. These customizer options offer a lot of flexibility for color and layout choices, all with a few mouse clicks. The days of having to manually edit PHP template files are gone.
Something of these themes have been around for a while. The older themes were not updated to use the Customizer and instead use a custom options page. I probably wouldn’t use one of the older themes on a new project.
From everything I’ve seen, CSSIgniter follows WordPress best practices closely. I looked at the theme source files and the code is clean and well organized. Some newer themes include a “features” plugin that provide the ability to show a hero call to action at the top of a post or page. If the theme has any Custom Post Types, such as testimonials, portfolio, rooms, and so on they are enabled through the theme specific plugin. This is in line with WordPress best practices. The themes also come with several widgets. Some of them, such as a widget for social icons, are included with several themes, others, such as a one to display a business’s opening hours, are theme specific.
A weakness in the CSSIgniter portfolio of themes is that there is no auto-update functionality built-in. The user must download the new version from the members area and install the theme manually. I asked about this and was told they hope to have this working by the end of the year.
- Reasonably priced
- Active development
- Clean code and best practices
- Responsive support
- Older themes still using custom options panel / not using customizer
- No automatic updates / must manually update themes
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