If you’ve ever needed a new website and looked to WordPress to solve this issue, I’m sure you’ve been bombarded with countless themes to choose from. All of them claim to offer something different and unique that no other theme does, but let’s face it, most of them are slight variations of the others.
There also exist multi-purpose themes, some of which have been making a big hit recently, especially with the additional customization tools and settings being included.
One of the most recently released multi-purpose themes offering much more than just your basic requirements is Specular.
Specular is a multi-purpose business theme from Codeless that not only offers a large variety of ready-made demos, but also lets you customize the theme before purchasing it.
That’s right, you can customize any demo you’d like, in any way you’d like, without any coding skills, and have your brand spanking new WordPress site up and running in no time.
What does it offer?
Specular has a long, long list of features and rather than list them all down, I’ll go through the most important ones. The rest you can have a look through on Specular’s features page.
First up, before you even spend a dime on this theme, you might want to check out how it works and whether it will suit your needs, so you’ve got a new online template builder. This allows you to create your predefined templates and gives you the chance to change a number of options to create the look you want.
Once you’ve done all this and you’re satisfied with the result you can export it and use it on your site.
Besides that, you’re also provided with a lot of advanced theme options that include anything from individual styling for each element on your site to custom sidebars for particular pages or categories.
You’re even given a new and innovative full-width creative sliding blog style that will certainly grab anyone’s attention, as well as a new custom slider built straight into the theme, so there’s no need to install any additional plugins.
There are a lot more features to mention, including but certainly not limited to, multiple layout and header customization options, video backgrounds, parallax sections, extra side navigation, various blog styles and even a live customizer.
Finally, Specular also comes with a number of WordPress plugins already included! In fact, when you purchase Specular you also get WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, Revolution as well as Layer Slider, and Visual Composer. All these plugins are fully compatible and offer you a multitude of options to play around with.
Oh, and in case you’re not satisfied yet, Specular WordPress theme is also fully responsive and incorporates a 1-click install and innovative backup system whereby you can now backup your content, install a new dummy site, and return to the backup in the simplest way possible.
How does it all work?
Well, at the time of writing this post, there are 27 demos to choose from. Now, you can either choose to import one of these demos to use as is, or you can import one and modify it as you wish, or you can simply use the theme’s default options and settings to build your site without a pre-set design.
Upon installing the theme you’ll find a new tab in your WordPress dashboard for Specular. From here you can access the Specular dashboard and all the settings and options it brings with it. Let’s have a look at them.
As you can see from the screenshot above, there are too many settings to mention them all here, but I’ll go through the main groups. First up are the General Options. From here you can assign such things as your logo, favicon, reponsiveness, 404 error message and such.
Header Options includes everything from your basic menu options typography and padding, to dropdown options, widgetized area options, default page header settings and even a couple of settings for a sticky nav header.
The Styling Options cover absolutely everything that has to do with colour, backgrounds, icons and so on for every part of your WordPress site. It includes options for the default page header, footer, blog, sidebar, portfolio, buttons and more.
The Typography Options allow you to assign font family, font weight, font size, line height and so on for various parts of the site, from the blog content to all the individual headings.
Specular continues by letting you set some options for the Footer and the Blog, in each case also assigning the layout of your choice. Next you’ll find the Portfolio Configuration, followed by your general Layout options for the overall site.
The Clients section gives you the chance to upload client logos, Social Media is where you link to any social media profiles you have that you’d like to include on your site, and Custom Sidebars lets you choose which pages or categories you want to assign custom sidebars to.
Finally you’ll find the Import / Export section which you can see a screenshot of above. Here you can choose whichever demo you like and choose whether you want to import everything that has to do with it, or just the content, theme options or widgets.
For each of these you have the options to import any attachments and/or backups. The last options are to Import from Online Builder as well as the Export Option that allows you to export your current site data to save as a backup in case something goes wrong. There’s even an option to send this data to the Codeless Team to share it with the community.
Once you’re done with all this, you can head to the front-end and edit your site from there using the pre-installed Visual Composer plugin, as seen above. I’ve imported the One Page demo in this case, just to keep things a bit simple.
In just a few seconds the demo was downloaded and ready for editing. A whole WordPress site waiting for my content to be added to it, and I didn’t have to touch a single line of code.
What templates are currently available?
As I already mentioned, at the time of writing this post there are 27 demo templates available for use. These include the default theme from Specular, Agency themes, Business themes, Church, Estate, Magazine, Marketing, Medicine and Minimal themes.
There is also a Micro theme, the One Page theme I used above, a Parallax theme, Personal theme, Photography and Portfolio themes, a Restaurant theme, Shop theme, Sliding, Gallery and even a Fullscreen theme.
As you can see, from this list alone there are enough options for anyone to get a head start on building their own business WordPress website, whatever it may be for.
What does it cost?
The Specular WordPress theme is on sale from ThemeForest on the Envato Market for $58 for a Regular License.
Within that $58 price tag it’s worth remembering that you’re also getting a number of WordPress plugins that will help you create your new WordPress website in less time, and without the need for a developer or anyone with any coding knowledge.
The Specular WordPress theme seems like a great tool for anyone who’d like to build their own WordPress website without the need to learn any code.
You can just select a template, install it in a few seconds, and edit away using the many settings and plugins that come with the Specular theme itself.
Its sales and ratings on the Envato Market are looking great and all comments seem to point towards this theme being a great buy. The Codeless team’s support is also very quick and efficient, having dedicated staff at hand to help you out with whatever you might need.
Overall I have to say that the Specular theme seems like it’s going to be quite a hit with those who aren’t familiar with any code or who simply don’t have the time or resources to build their own site from scratch.
What do you think of Specular? Have you had the chance to try it out yet? Let us know in the comments section below.