Clubbing, music, nightlife… three words that describe many people’s weekends, and even weeknights. Keeping track of all the latest events, promotions and music tracks cannot be easy, so having a singular site that you can refer to is a great idea.
Whether you’re a music lover who wants to keep up with the latest tracks and events, or a band, music magazine or promoter looking to get your content out there, it’s important to have a great looking website that can feature everything you need to attract more followers and fans.
WordPress once again comes into play here, providing some great themes and plugins with really cool features to keep your fans, followers and party starters coming back.
Clubix is a responsive WordPress theme created specifically for nightlife events, music, bands and magazines. It offers a website design that is different to the common themes out there, giving you that added level of cool to keep your followers coming back.
It brings back the fun aspect of browsing the web, bringing together as many artists, music tracks, friends and parties that you might need. The latest version has even included over 25 new features to help you create the most eye-catching website possible.
What features does it offer?
Layout & Design Options with Visual Composer
Visual Composer for WordPress is a back-end and front-end page builder plugin that not only saves you lots of time in designing your website’s content, but also makes it very easy to do so.
All the content on the Clubix theme can be built and designed using Visual Composer, from the major components on your homepage to the other small details throughout your site, such as tabs, accordions and lots more.
There are also two versions of the website’s layout – a light and a dark version. This can be switched very easily from the Clubix Options where you can also set a few other design options such as some basic theme styling, header and footer options, and a few others.
You also have an option to import and export options if you wish to. This is what I’ve done in the case of this review, using the demo content and options that were provided, and it was as simple as hitting the Import button.
MP3 & Radio Players
With the Clubix theme you’re provided with powerful widgets and shortcodes to add music players and radio players anywhere throughout your site. There are also two versions of the player, a normal size and a larger one.
Artist & Events Sections
The new Artists section on Clubix allows you to both add and manage not only artists, but also clubs, locations and more.
The Events section on the other hand provides you with a space where to add any events that you might have. There’s also an option to add recurring events, and you can manage both very easily. The recurring events option allows you to add an event just once, even if it happens twice a week.
The Redux Framework & Included Plugins
Clubis also makes use of the Redux Framework. This is an extensible options framework for WordPress themes and plugins that supports a multitude of field types as well as custom error handling, custom fields and validation types, as well as import/export functionality.
Apart from that, the theme package also includes a few plugins for you to make use of (apart from Visual Composer). These are the Revolution Slider, WooCommerce and Contact Form 7. All can be put to great use throughout the theme to give it that added value that your followers will keep coming back for.
Using the Clubix Theme
In order to get started with this review I went ahead and used the demo content for the site, applying some changes where needed and moving content around where possible.
Upon installing and activating the theme you will be presented with new options in your WordPress dashboard sidebar. These are options for Songs, Albums, Events & Recurring Events, Artists, Photo & Video Galleries, as well as the Clubix Options themselves.
Starting with the Clubix Options, from here you can start applying the most basic of settings for the theme. You’re given a number of settings and options that you can modify, the first of which are the general settings from where you can add a favicon, logo, tracking code as well as any custom CSS, amongst others.
The styling options are next in the list, giving you the options to change the theme colours, backgrounds and the colour scheme I mentioned earlier (dark or light). These are followed by basic header and footer options such as the use of a sticky menu and choosing the number of footer widget columns, some of which are highlighted above.
Lastly you can add any contact and social information, ranging from your email address to a link to your Facebook page, as well as import/export any Redux options, which is what I did in this case with the demo content.
Songs, Albums and More
Once you’ve got the basic styling of your site down it’s time to start working on the content. As I already mentioned, there are a number of new options in the dashboard’s sidebar where you can enter all the information you have.
Starting with Songs and Albums, from these two you’ll be able to add all the music you want. You can include a number of details about each song, ranging from the title to its Beatport or other URL, and of course the mp3 of the song itself. You can even include a featured image and set the appropriate genre for each song.
The albums section provides you with similar options while also giving you a chance to add a description, release date, rating and more. Once again you’ve got the featured image option where you can add the album cover itself and the various options you would have set for the genre of music.
Similarly, you’ve then got the possibility of adding Events and Recurring Events. You can include all the event details you need right here, from a basic description to the dates and times as well as location. You can even include ticket details and link to a purchase site that is selling them.
The recurring events are very similar, simply adding the recurrence details such as how often the event is held and for how long it spans. For both events and recurring events you once again have the options of adding an event poster as a featured image and of applying any categories you might want to use.
Moving on, you can also include Artists sections with details about each artist. You can include a short bio and even link them to the songs, albums and events that they’re a part of that you would have already created on your site. Lastly, there are Photo Galleries and Video Galleries sections which do exactly what you’d expect – create galleries for you to include throughout the site.
Adding some final touches
Once the design is finalised and the content is added, all that’s left to do is add the final touches. The Revolution Slider gives you the opportunity to add some beautiful sliders throughout the site, proving particularly useful on the homepage as you can soon see on the final result.
Along with the sliders, you can also include the contact forms and widgets that you need throughout the site to provide your visitors with all the information and details that they might need.
Once completed, you would have created an attractive site that not only pulls in more visitors with its looks, but also keeps them coming back for the great content it can provide. If you want to check out the final result you can take a look at the Clubix Demo Sites in action, both the light and dark versions.
Documentation & Support
The feedback from a large number of users with regards to the support for the Clubix theme is overwhelming. In fact, most of their 5-star reviews are focused on the great technical support on offer, as well as the theme’s design of course.
The Stylish Themes team have also put together an Installation, Setup Guide & Walkthrough video to help you set up Clubix from scratch. They’ve also got a premium Help Platform if you need to ask the developers any specific questions.
The Clubix theme is on sale from the ThemeForest market with the Regular License priced at $58. This will of course include the premium support from Stylish Themes.
Conclusions & Recommendations
Taking into consideration everything that the Clubix theme has to offer and the potentially beautiful and sleek websites that you can create, it’s definitely a contender for any music/events WordPress sites that you’re looking to create.
One must also take into consideration the great reviews it has gotten, especially with regards to support (which is so important for any theme) and the design potential. Both are impressive and they don’t come at too high a price either.
Have you used the Clubix theme before or come across any sites using it? What do you think about it? We’d love to hear know your opinions in the comments section below.