Best Multi-Purpose Responsive Themes Review – the Big Three
There are countless WordPress themes out there that claim to be multi-purpose and fully responsive. Today we are looking at Avada, X Theme and RT Theme 18 – the three highest rated and most downloaded premium multi themes available. I have extensive experience using all three of these themes. Having said that, each of these themes have their advantages and drawbacks, and I will do my best to point these out here. If you know of another theme that should be included here, let me know and I will update the post.
Here we go…
This, (and 110,000 others agree), is the best premium WordPress theme of any kind available today. In the last two years, I have built approximately 45 sites with this awesome theme, ranging from one page scrolling sites, to portfolio sites, to perfectly integrated Woocommerce sites and more. There is literally nothing you cannot do with this theme. It integrates perfectly with every plugin I have tried, and displays perfectly across every platform and browser. For beginners, there will be a bit of a learning curve as you navigate the Fusion Builder page builder, but that is only because you literally have limitless options for how you want your page to display. The developer, Themefusion, is actively engaged in a great support forum, response to service requests is fast, and the theme is consistently and automatically updated through the WordPress dashboard. All of the premium sliders (Revolution, Flex, Fusion) are included, as well as a large number of pre-built slider templates, so you can simply insert your own media and publish. There are an astonishing 28 pre-built pages of every conceivable layout, so most site designers will only have to insert content. Additionally, you can literally customize this entire site without knowing one bit of code.
Avada – $58 – Top Features
- Amazing support – over 25000 threads solved
- Over 110,000 downloads
- Advanced theme options – unlimited colors and settings from the dashboard
- Headers and menus – Five distinct headers and Megamenu
- Sliders – Layer, Revolution, Fusion and Elastic
- Translation – Seamlessly integrates with WPML and qTranslate
- 6 blog layout options
- Woocommerce integrated
- True one click demo import
RT-18, the latest addition to the RT themes, comes fully loaded right out of the box (so to speak). It also comes with an impressive list of included premium plugins, and complete, easy to populate demo content. The support is world-class, and it is actually the highest-rated of the three themes (but they are so close as to be insignificant). I have developed dozens of websites with this theme, along with the last version, and it works seamlessly. The design is geared slightly more towards portfolio, product showcase, and Woocommerce, but for these segments, it is probably the best of the three themes. There are unlimited sidebars, extended styling options, and unlimited content areas. You can easily create and insert individual headers and footers throughout the entire website and unlimited colors and styling can be controlled for the theme, or for individual pages. There is very clear, carefully written documentation with screencast tutorial movies, and a comprehensive template builder (along with a good number of prebuilt templates and sliders)… but… the template builder is not as intuitive as Avada, and the shortcodes as well. Therefore, a beginner is going to have a slightly harder time at first building custom pages.
RT-Theme 18 – $58 – Top Features
- Create unlimited templates – insert into any post/page
- Numerous prebuilt templates
- Unlimited sidebars left/right
- Multiple menu and header options
- WPML and RTL ready
- Floating sidebars/sticky main nav
- Demo content included
X is the breakout challenger of 2014-2015, and is in fact the second-fastest WordPress theme, behind Avada. I have only used this theme a few times, but the more I use it, the more I appreciate the unique structure of the design. The design is based on “stacks”, which are multiple, completely unique designs for different purposes – Integrity (business and general purpose), Renew (mainly for blogs), Icon (I am not really sure, very minimalist) and Ethos (which appears to be for news, magazine, or media-intensive sites). There are over 30 custom plugins (called extensions) and all of the WordPress plugins I installed have also worked perfectly. Theme options are controlled through the Customizer, with live preview, and it also has a Page Builder, but it is the least comprehensive and intuitive of the three. Demo content is included, and it comes integrated with both BBpress and BuddyPress. X is a nice theme, and one of the easiest for a beginner to get running, with a load of premium plugins included – but this comes at the price of less flexibility and less apparent uses than Avada or RT-18. If you want customization, especially if you are not comfortable with shortcodes and editing .php files, this theme is not for you. Avada or possibly RT-18 is a better choice.
X The Theme – $63 – Top Features
- Stacks – Multiple unique layouts and designs within the same theme
- More custom extensions and premium plugins than the other themes
- Customizer – Make changes to your site and preview live before publishing
- Page Builder for custom pages and complex layouts
- Woocommerce ready
- bbPress and BuddyPress ready
- Included page templates with demo content
Conclusion: Avada is simply the easiest to use, the best-selling, the best-rated theme you can buy. Regardless of the type of site you want, Avada is flexible enough to deliver. Of the three, it is the clear champion. If you want something a little more geared towards portfolio or Woocommerce sites, RT Themes-18 is a great theme. You will find plenty of page options and display options that allow virtually unlimited layouts for your products or portfolio, and it is fairly intuitive for someone new to WordPress. Though X-Theme is the up-and-coming hot seller right now, I would stay away from this theme if you are new to WP, and you should have a good grasp of CSS and a great grasp of shortcodes if you want to customize anything at all on this theme.
That is it, so go to work. For 99% of websites, really any of these three themes will perform outstanding. What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know!