Hooray, it’s another Visual Composer theme! Whoopie!!! Everybody seems to love Visual Composer because it’s super easy to use, but I think these themes are incredibly trashy. They suffer from assive amounts of bloat, you can get locked into your theme with very little chance to simply switch to a different theme without losing information or simply breaking your entire website and if you download a theme that has Visual Composer bundled with it, you’re basically at the whims of the theme developer to update their theme with the newest Visual Composer iteration.
But, sometimes the positives outweigh the negatives and you may find some Visual Composer powered multipurpose themes to be worth the time and effort it takes to get them working properly. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there, but here…is what the theme’s developer has to say about the Sherlock WordPress theme.
Sherlock is a Creative WordPress Theme with an amazing modern design. Pixel Perfect WordPress Theme built with Visual Composer. You can choose from 170 + Page Templates. Every page is easily to customizable with infinite options given by our Advanced Theme Options Panel. There lot of premium plugins included for free like Revolution Slider and Layer Slider
Well, those are some bloated plugins all around and they’re almost guaranteed to slow your website down. That’s going to tank your rankings, so I’d suggest you avoid those kinds of WordPress plugins and themes that rely heavily on Visual Composer and other code-bloated tools.
Sherlock is by THEMEPLE, who have quite a few themes available on ThemeForest, many of them are quite popular. But that’s the trend these days, pile tons of stuff into a theme, bundle it up and sell it for $60 and people think it’s a huge bargain. And, I suppose it is, until something breaks, that is.
Sherlock is off to a fast start with sales, but I’m a little concerned since one of their last themes, Motive, has gotten absolutely brutalized by reviewers to the tune of a 3.2 overall rating on ThemeForest. I see a lot of defensiveness an deflection in the comments, sounds like their support forum is lacking and it’s showing with the very, very bad reviews, 20% of reviews have given this theme a 1 star rating and that’s just not acceptable.
Again, that’s for THEMEPLE’s other theme Motive, the Sherlock theme is as yet unrated, though I’m concerned what it’ll be like when it does get a handful of ratings.
If you’re looking for a theme I really do recommend highly, try Mango. Basically, it’s the polar opposite of the Sherlock theme. It loads fast, it’s cleanly built with strong code, it’s simple to use and it’s a great value. I highly recommend it.