X | The Theme Reviewed

X | The Theme, is one of the top selling WordPress themes with over 180,000 licenses sold on ThemeForest (an Envato Market site). X is aesthetically pleasing, very effective and easy to get to grips with. In this article we will review the X Theme - please be wary this isn't a review of ThemeCo's X Pro WordPress theme.


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About X | The Theme

X | The Theme is created by WordPress Developers ThemeCo. This is their leading theme presently and has been on the marketplace since late-2013 (it's improved vastly since it's inception).

ThemeCo have presently sold over 180,000 X | The Theme licenses which equates to over £8,000,000!

With the ever growing community ThemeCo have with their latest APEX support / community site things are always looking up and are on the rise.


X | The Theme Stacks

The X Theme comes with four separate designs which are referred to as stacks with more on the way! Each stack can be heavily customised to suit your needs / requirements. The current stacks available are:

Unlike with WordPress child themes, the X | The Theme stacks are individual designs and their own entities. With each stack being Integrity, Ethos, Icon and Renew - you may still create your own child themes and ThemeCo provide you with a child theme for the stacks to help get you started.


Cornerstone WordPress Page Builder

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Since version 4 of X | The Theme the Cornerstone WordPress Page Builder has been included for free (can be purchased separately if using a different WordPress theme for $39).

With the Cornerstone WordPress Page Builder this allows you to create rows, columns whilst dragging and dropping in content in real time with a real preview providing you with easy access when it comes to modifying pages / posts.


eCommerce Support

X | The Theme is a very suitable theme for building a WooCommerce store. The theme fully integrates with WooCommerce and every popular WooCommerce plugin. When it comes to the design, each given stack has it's very own online store design so your store can differentiate from another person's store.


Responsive Design

As more and more users now use mobile and tablet when it comes to the internet, having a responsive website is a very high priority and with the X Theme it's really all done for you. As long as you do not custom code any elements, all of the stacks have been created to be responsive without any extra leg work.


Shortcodes

With the X Theme, there are a lot of shortcodes that you could potentially look into using. The ThemeCo team have created an abundance of these that allow you to create buttons, add different design elements, icons etc.

An example short code would be {Author} (with square brackets instead of curly ones) and this would create the following on your WordPress post:


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Extensions

Once you have installed and configured the X Theme, you then get access to a load of unique features which are called extensions. Extensions in the X Theme are plugins made specifically for the theme itself. You need to enable through the extensions section and then follow the instructions on screen. An example of some of the extensions included are; Facebook comments, Disqus comments, Olark Live Chat, Revolution Slider, MailChimp and many more!

Some of the extensions listed i.e. Revolution Slider are usually a paid for product, but ThemeCo have included these for free with your X theme license.


More Notable Features
  • Retina Ready
  • Automagic handling of thumbnails
  • Highly customizable navigation menus
  • Create one page sites with on page navigation
  • Better WordPress search experience
  • Fully responsive, looks great on all devices
  • Create mega menus with beautiful dropdowns
  • Use more than 600+ Google fonts
  • Lightbox popups
  • Portfolio
  • Icon fonts
  • Supports WooCommerce, bbPress, BuddyPress

Is it easy to setup?

Many users believe that more features means more complexity. Many site owners don’t need this many feature, so they might think that X | The Theme is probably not the best choice for them.

X | The Theme simply works out of the box. Users can just activate the theme and choose a stack. Now all they need to do is start adding content to their site. Without the content, any theme is just a barebone structure.

Theme customization options are quite easy to use. Users can edit their site while looking at the live preview.


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Support and Documentation

X | The Theme is a premium WordPress theme so it comes with premium 6 months support with every license. It is sold on ThemeForest, they carefully examine documentation for each theme listed on their marketplace.

X | Theme comes with detailed documentation taking care of every single feature available with the theme. You will find easy to understand instructions to setup the theme on your website just the way you want it to be.

ThemeCo, the company behind the X theme provides support directly through their own support portal being APEX.


Other client reviews

I’m an average joe and I tinker with Wordpress and decided after years using wpbakery to try something different. Theme X is a brilliant piece of work, providing everything needed. Then, I’m shown the ‘Pro’ version... designed for professionals in mind - my ego took over and thought I’d go for it.
...this is amazing, it is a learning curve, but you just don’t want to put it down. Whether you earn money or not, buy it... I think it works at all levels and actually teaches you so much more about Wordpress.
I’m converted and already acting as a semi-professional or so it seems to me lol. WPBakery sucks compared to this... can’t wait for the future to see what occurs. Aaaaaaad it has unlimited updates and support. Genius. Thank you!

Review by Airtrooper (view review online)

The theme itself in my opinion is one of the most powerful and flexible themes on the market. However, it is the company's innovation, vision and their importance on customer support that I give them a 5 star review. This is a company that is leading the way in WordPress theme development and they are doing so with integrity!

Review by PelanPelan (view review online)


Conclusion

The X Theme really does bring something extra to the table, in terms of the individual unique designs that are included in one package. The vast amount of options for configuring those templates also helps make it an ideal choice for anyone who wants to create something of their own, based on an already appealing design.

Now with the addition of the Cornerstone page builder tool you get a truly versatile theme that can be used to create almost any type of website with WordPress. While many other premium multi-purpose themes may include a third party page builder tool, X goes one step further and features a purpose built tool that has been designed to work perfectly with the theme.

Cornerstone is not only easy to use, but comes with a great selection of page elements as well as pre-built layouts and content blocks, which will enable you to have a custom built website up and running in no time at all.

One of the best multi-purpose themes at ThemeForest just got a whole lot better, thanks to the inclusion of its own front end page builder tool.

When you consider the additional videos from internet experts that are included, then the package comes with everything you need to create a site that not only looks good but performs well.