Experon is a Free WordPress theme from ThinkUp Themes. This is a multipurpose theme, which means that it can be used easily for a blog, business, magazine or portfolio.
The design is suitable for those who love the simple, elegant and professional style. The Customizer has many sections for you to carefully modify your page.
Gutenberg editor is already in mind so that you can edit posts easily. This theme is also responsive and user-friendly.
The general appearance of Experon is a bit similar to Minamaze, which is also from the same author. It remains the decent, clean style and the full-width slider. But this theme looks more impressive and prominent as all the elements are made bigger. For example, the larger slider and bigger size of text are the most integral factor making the theme so vivid and clear.
The color scheme is the major factor contributing to the elegance of this Free WordPress theme. From the top to the bottom, there are just cool and cool colors: grey, dark blue, and white. This choice of color just makes the design as cool and classic as it needs.
The fonts are PT sans and Raleway used with different style and size. The common character of them is the strong, solid and straightforward feeling that they bring about.
There is only 1 style for the header. This style primarily focuses on the neatness as you can see through the use of line to divide the top menu. Plus, with the color-changing effect, the header becomes really attractive and colorful.
Together with the full-width styled slider, there is one more container style. From my point of view, both styles are also beautiful in their own way.
On the archived post page, the posts are in a list. All texts and images lie directly on the background of the theme, which makes me feel so "free" and "open". Especially, the latest post is put on a light grey box to be emphasized. In addition, I really like the Read more buttons because they are not only unique but also very prominent that I can't help myself from clicking it.
The single post page looks quite straightforward without featured image. There is only the simple ribbon containing the post title. If you want more creativity for your single post by changing this ribbon, it's impossible as this is the default style. However, you can choose a different style for the comment section. I think that this different style is more unique than the demo's style.
In the demo, you just see the copyright text and social icons, right? But in reality, it's better than that with the footer column looking extremely outstanding. Thanks to the special background of this area, the appearance can be less boring and more creative. Finally, I find one different thing in the design when using this Free WordPress theme: the social menu. In the demo, they are the icons from Font Awesome, but on my website, they are just the text. And I think that icons can do better in prettifying my page.
I think that the design that marks the uniqueness of this theme the most is the featured content area under the slider. This area solely uses the icons instead of using a featured image. You can change these icons to different kinds while the hexagon background is unchangeable. Apparently, this design helps the website look very professional and concise, especially for a business or corporate.
Along with the featured content area, there is the Call to action area. It is not shown in the demo so I will display the 2 styles of it here. Each style has its own advantage and both of theme look nice and harmonious with the whole design.
When you use this WordPress theme in different devices, you can see that it can be flexibly adaptive to any kind of screen. The design looks god without any problem and the slider is still beautiful. You can see the responsive design checked by ami.responsivedesign.is.
This Free WordPress theme can be used right after being activated without installing any plugin or doing any extra steps. Without the 1-click demo import in mind, you can still easily set up your website by yourself to make it resemble the demo. The amazing slider and color palette are already like the demo so you just need to add your widget, menu, and content, which is very simple easy to do.
- Post format
- Featured content area
- Featured post slider
- Social sharing
The author doesn't recommend any plugin to have some important features of a business like a testimonial, service, portfolio.
Using the WordPress Customizer, you can easily customize every aspect of the theme easily. In this WordPress theme review, I'll mention some aspects that I think most interesting.
Firstly, Theme options give you plenty of options to change.
The full-width layout is unchanged in the Theme options but you can modify the position of the sidebar. The layout that you select can be applied in the right way just by clicking the symbol here. This option is also available for different pages like blog page, single post page, and other pages.
The sider can be disabled quickly here. This area is where you can add your own image, write your own title, description and add the URL, which easily allows you to show anything you want. But I think that it should give you more than 3 sliders to have more chances to show off the prominent posts and images here.
Regarding the Content Area, as you can see in the demo, there are just 3 areas for it. I suppose that this number is adequate to use and to be fitted with the design. I test one section and find that it's very convenient to custom it. The list of icons and page are already provided so you just need to select the favorite one.
There are so many styles for the footer that you can apply properly
This Free WordPress theme always amazes me. The way you add social media is very special. You can choose to show or hide each social linking and decide whether to use the automatic default icon or upload your own image like this.
Apart from 6 designated popular social linking. As a user, I think these social media are enough as they are the most common ones. Moreover, there is one custom CSS to let you add whatever link you want.
Secondly, like almost all the themes I've reviewed, this Free WordPress theme has basic options like color, background, widget for the footer and sidebar, menu, but the typography is unmodifiable.
The color section has only 2 options. The custom background color can be seen when you get out of the Customize, but I don't see any change in the header text after choosing a different color.
When choosing an image or changing a different color for the background, the style of the whole site will turn to the container style. As you see, there are 2 margins having the chosen color or background image here, which dramatically makes your page so different.
Finally, there is another way to give a bit different look to your website, which is by adding a header image. It's said in the Customizer that you can crop the image to any size, yet in reality, I just can use the 1600 x 200 pixels. Moreover, I don't think that the header image lies in a reasonable position as it doesn't seem to be harmonious with the header.
For the daily using, this WordPress theme gives you enough basic post formats that you may need.
The table and lists look so elegant like this.
The blockquote is put on a distinctive background, having the quotation marks so it's very stunning. But the second style has a small mistake with the quotation mark.
The gallery can resize your images to automatically fit with the general layout.
I've discovered that the SEO configuration hasn't been ready yet for this theme by using some special tools. I hope that the author will improve it soon or suggest a plugin for SEO.
By using the PageSpeed Insight, you can see that the average speed is medium. That's not an excellent result but I still it's adequate for a Free WordPress theme.
The documentation is categorized into different topics so that you can easily find what you need. But there is no search tool to help you quickly find the keywords.
It is written with step-by-step and understandable instruction. But I think they should add some illustration to make it more clear for a layman to learn more easily.
You can receive the support from the user community in the WordPress.org support forum. The producing team doesn't take responsibility for answering the questions here. To get premium support from the author, you must use the Pro version.
To sum up, this is theme can be flexibly used for many purposes just by some changes. Thanks to the ease-of-use and the instant use right after installation, even a beginner can get everything under control within one day.
This theme hasn't been effectively optimized for SEO and there are some small matters while customizing. But I don't think that they will bother you so much to choose this theme.