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Be theme review

Be theme reviewScore 87%Score 87%

BeTheme is a multipurpose premium WordPress template by The Muffin Group, an Envato Power Elite author. One of the most appreciated on the market and the author’s best-selling theme, this template was released in May 2014. BeTheme comes with a flexible design, performance-oriented functionality, and hundreds of pre-built websites. With so many interesting tools, this template can be the right solution to build any site, from architecture, eShops, food to medical, sports, tech or fashion industries.

Design

BeTheme is a versatile template that brings you an attractive design. With this theme, you can create a beautiful website without using any code, and, at the same time, delivering a captivating experience for your visitors. Give them an engaging site design, a great content mixed with responsive and retina-ready layouts and your visitors will surely come back over and over to see what’s new.

With BeTheme it’s easy to start the building process with examples of ‘One-page navigation’ sites, as these demos are using full width pictures and various elements. The Muffin Group author has created the BeTheme Demo Data panel to help you import the default layout, a pre-made demo, content, menu with pages, options or widgets, with a button touch. If you select a demo, then a list of over 240 pre-built websites will pop-up, each with its individual design, tools, and feeling.

With BeTheme you can enhance the navigation usability on each page by using a different menu and nine styles that you can choose from. The images bring dynamics to a website. With this in mind, the theme authors challenge you to use a custom image background for each page and add an elegant touch with a parallax effect.

You can display mega menus, a top sliding area and integrate icons & texts to highlight your great titles. This option also allows you to add a left side menu with a custom background image.

One interesting feature of BeTheme is that you can display as many menu bars as you want, for different pages, and this way you’ll improve the site’s visual impact over the visitors. Also, the menu can acquire one of the nine styles, each with different specifications.

You can promote some valuable content by setting up an ‘Action Bar’ above the header section and display your slogan, social icons, phone numbers, email addresses and more. As an important part of its brand identity, the name and the logo of your website are easy to customize in many different ways. You can also modify the bottom area of the website using a predefined layout, and custom adjustments (icons, social networks, image, or column position).

As the content makes a website interesting and alluring, BeTheme brings you five post formats, so you can adjust every post with the Muffin Builder, and display it in one of the two post templates available.

The images, videos, and sliders are some of the strongest tools you can use to impress your visitors. You can show pictures in a modern lightbox or embed videos from YouTube or Vimeo channels. With eight different portfolio and six blog layouts, plenty of headers and custom skins, BeTheme is a highly flexible template designed to enhance the value of your WordPress website.

There’s always a good idea to have engaging fonts on your website. On BeTheme Options panel you will find a tab dedicated to typography, and you can customize the Google pack and upload the desired custom fonts.

If you have styled your website in general and want to focus on details like the navigation options or related information, just use a sidebar. The BeTheme can display two sidebars at the same time. This option can be enabled only if your page is using a boxed layout.

The BeTheme is a social, friendly template, so it is easy to share posts with other people using your favorite online networks.

Functionality

BeTheme has a settings panel called Muffin Options panel where all the essential functions are gathered together.

The theme’s author has created a drag and drop page composer, called the Muffin Builder. In the last six months, the BeTheme was highly improved and fixed, so now the Muffin Builder reaches the 3.0 version and comes with a new building system made of ‘wraps’ and dividers inside the section. With the new ‘wraps’ and the search tool, you’ll create new pages or posts easily.

With plenty of options, the Muffin Builder helps you have a clean, bright-looking, and fast loading website. Within the drag and drop tool, you’ll find over 60 elements to pick from and include into your content (article box, icons, sliding boxes, maps, tabs or testimonials templates). The Muffin Builder allows you to clone the page sections and the items so that you can reuse them on the same page. Independently from the page composer, you can create slides, testimonials, layouts or templates, and include them in your website through the Muffin Builder. Also, there’s a new feature that hides the admin menu bar and allows you to write content without your attention being distracted by other elements.

If you are already used to build pages with Visual Composer, you can still use it, as the BeTheme authors added a bundled license to this plugin in the theme’s files. Many additional shortcodes like hover colors, progress icons, link images and more are ready to be used to make your pages and posts look different.

In addition to the .po and .mo files, located in the theme installation package, the BeTheme has a built-in translation panel and an improved RTL writing system.

This template comes with six custom widgets, Muffin Tag Cloud, Menu, Recent Posts, Flickr, Login that allow you to show a list of assigned post tags, Flickr thumbnails, menu items, your newest posts or a login form.

Bundled with the Revolution Slider and Layer Slider plugins, The BeTheme provides you plenty of elements to help you create a beautiful website. All these elements can be mixed with various animation effects and video backgrounds.

The theme is compatible with WPML, WooCommerce, bbPress, Events Calendar, Gravity Forms, BuddyPress, Duplicate Post, Contact Form 7 and other plugins. Some of these are recommended and come with the theme, while other plugins are premium and you need to purchase them. The BeTheme plugins can be updated automatically since the author added the TGM Plugin Activation in the theme files.

GENERAL
Item nameBeTheme
CategoryMulti-purpose
TypePremium
AuthorMuffin Group
Envato elite authorYes
Tested version16.6
COMPATIBILITY
Content widthFull Width
Browser compatibilityIE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
WooCommerceYes
bbPressYes
BuddyPressYes
WPMLYes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translationYes
Google fontsYes
Custom fontsYes
Typekit fonts
RTL supportYes
POST FEATURES
Video postsYes
Audio posts
Post templates1
Post view counter
Smart lists
Social shareYes
Custom image lightboxYes
Custom image galeryYes
Link postYes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates6
Blocks64
Widgets6
Header styles20
Footer styles3
Masonry layoutYes
Mega menusYes
Sticky menuYes
Social networksYes
Social counter
Video playlists
Instagram widget
Custom Page BuilderMuffin Builder
Portfolio styles8
Responsive layoutBreakpoints
Blog layouts6
Menu styles9
Dual SidebarsYes
ShortcodesYes
Video sliderYes
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included240+
SEO optimizedYes
Custom Theme Updater
ADS
Ad system
Adsense supportYes
Custom adsYes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size225kb
Overall speedMedium
Performance documentationYes
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings3660
User rating
LearnabilityEasy
DESIGN
Responsive designYes
Retina readyYes
DOCUMENTATION
DifficultyBeginner
ExplanationsExplicit
Explicit screen shotsYes
Video tutorialsYes
Search option
Extra documentationYes
PREMIUM PLUGINS
PluginsVisual Composer, Layer Slider, Slider Revolution
VALUE
Price$59
Value for the moneyExcellent

Performance

We have tested the BeTheme default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content with a medium speed.

BeTheme-PageSpeed
BeTheme PageSpeed

The theme has additional documentation about how to improve the website’s performance and optimize it.

Downsides

The theme doesn’t provide a review and a post views system or audio posts. For some WordPress users, these missing features can be a disadvantage.

There is no custom theme updater. You can import the updates using the Envato Toolkit.

Review

87%

Summary The BeTheme is a mature template and one of the most user-friendly multi-purpose themes, continuously improved and fixed. Every feature is explained in detail in the documentation and illustrated with many screenshots and video tutorials. The BeTheme was designed to suit many activity niches so that both WordPress beginners and advanced users will be inspired to create a new website for their project.

Features
90%
User experience
80%
Documentation quality
85%
Flexibility
80%
Performance
90%
Stability
90%
SEO Friendly
90%
Monetization
85%
Code quality
90%
Value
90%

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