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Sherlock, Multi-Purpose Visual Composer WordPress Theme

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Sherlock WordPress Theme Presentation – Flat and Multi-Purpose

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.

That’s not a great thing.

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.

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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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Plexus

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Plexus WordPress BuddyPress theme

Many BuddyPress-specific themes do not integrate well with WordPress Multisite, but Plexus was developed to do just that. Even if your goal is not a website network, the Plexus theme still provides everything you could want. Its unique design will push your site to the forefront of visitors’ minds as they appreciate the clean, stylish, and user-friendly look and feel. Although it appeals straight out of the box, site owners can also do a huge number of customizations and edits to build a unique style. Any site built with the Plexus Buddypress theme offers retina-ready graphics and responsive layout options.

Other premium plugins packaged with the Plexus WP theme include the user-friendly Visual Composer drag and drop page builder and Layer Slider, which helps you create stunning slideshows on any page. A ton of eye-catching elements and content blocks can be arranged however you like to properly display your information and graphics. All of these features and the seamless integration with BuddyPress social networking and bbPress message board community addons make the Plexus theme a grand solution for anyone with an ambitious project to complete.

Well, Plexus has been removed from the ThemeForest marketplace, but more BuddyPress themes can be found here.

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