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Builder, Responsive MultiPurpose Bootstrap Theme for WordPress

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Checking in with one of the most expensive price tags I’ve ever seen, $200, Builder better bring the features, the design and the all-around awesomeness like few others.  In fact, the only theme I can think of that’s more than this one is called Pile, which runs $225 per license.  Pile is maybe worth it, at least it’s close.  We’ll have to see about Builder.

So, what do you get for your $200?

Well, for one thing, you get a theme that has recently been re-built from the ground up.  A complete revival of the original theme we reveiwed over a year ago.  They’ve added tons of new features that will hopefully justify that hefty price tag.  It’s still based on Bootstrap, which is good.  Bootstrap themes tend to load up fast and look good too.

The support is 24/7/365, which is nice.  Who knows when and where you’ll be if things suddenly need to be fixed on your site.  Anything can happen and it usually does.  So, that’s a big checkbox in the ‘recommend’ category.

Builder is responsive, which should go without saying, it’s also retina ready.  WooCommerce is totally supported, meaning you can build a fancy WordPress web store of your own.  One negative, this theme is now built on Visual Composer, which is a lame copout and a terrible, bloated and un-fun plugin that I don’t like.

But to make this an insult sandwich, here are some more great things about builder.  Multiple blog styles, multiple portfolio styles.  Unlimited colors and sidebars too.  Demo data is included for rapid deployment of your new site.  There are a pair of boxed layouts and a pair of widescreen layouts.  Three bold home page styles and a lot more.

Builder is still a great theme, but I worry that that value just isn’t there at a $200 price tag.

So, I decided to check this theme out on Pingdom to see how fast it loaded.  Not great results.

tools.pingdom.com-Website speed test

The performance grade is great, meaning they’ve properly set things up in terms of caching, minimizing redirects and all that, but 119 requests?  A load time over 12 seconds?  That’s horrible and for a page that’s only 2.1 MB, that’s really, really slow.

I blame Visual Composer.

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Alpina

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Simple and sort of dated looking, this theme is called Alpina.  I’ve removed it from all collections because I really don’t recommend it anymore, but I’m leaving this review here so I don’t get dinged by Google.  Looking for an actually nice looking corporate style theme?  Check out this collection.

The main advantage of this theme is fully customizable theme colors, from theme options panel!  Also, the content of the main page is a custom, and is formed using large amount of theme shortcodes (examples of the main pages in the documentation) that allows you to adapt the theme for yourself and make it completely unique!  In the theme a lot of settings, which you can easily customize the theme, as you need, also documentation and support attached!

Welp, we’ll be back again soon for more good stuff.  Until then, so long.

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NRG Network

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NRG Network BuddyPress and bbPress community theme

Social networking sites only work if they are user-friendly, attractively designed, and have plenty of positive traits that people want. When you choose the NRG Network theme in conjunction with the powerful WordPress plugins BuddyPress and bbPress, you can deliver on every promise. Site visitors can sign up easily with a new user name and password or by using their Facebook account. BuddyPress offers many specific addons so you can customize your website to be the perfect solution for either a diverse group of socializers or a unique niche group.

Packaged with NRG Network theme is Visual Composer, the ultimate drag and drop page builder plugin that usually comes with a premium cost. Revolution Slider is another premium option that allows you to create dynamic slideshows with attention-grabbing graphics or videos. If you do not wish to build site pages from scratch, NRG comes complete with a collection of pre-made templates to help you launch your new social network more quickly.

For additional bbPress and BuddyPress themes, try this collection.

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Bounce

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Bounce BuddyPress WP Template

Companies, freelancers, and other professional who want to create a social community or network for their industry or niche should consider the Bounce theme. It integrates smoothly with both bbPress and BuddyPress on any WordPress site. Every bit of the backend power is handled by these plugins, but the design elements and features come from Bounce. Customize the home page to suit your particular needs. Copy and paste shortcodes to add unique content blocks or capabilities. Choose from one of the seven attractive color schemes included with this theme.

For flexibility and professional style, the Bounce WordPress theme offers everything you need for bbPress and BuddyPress social platform creation. It offers truly flexible and completely responsive styling.  This unique design focuses on helping people make new friends and send messages, the notifications look good and sending out messages has never been easier.  If you want to take full advantage of BuddyPress, it’s best to select a theme that is specifically designed to take advantage of all of the wonderful features that this free plugin has to offer.

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