Is there any perfect theme for e-commerce?
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The developers behind Flatsome theme claims that their product is perfect for this niche. But, our job is to check the ratings and go through a detailed review before believing their words and making the purchase.
So far, the theme has managed to get over 45k sales on ThemeForest and have 4.81 average ratings out of over 3k ratings. The sales number is promising and is a clear sign that we are looking at a premium product.
Flatsome Theme Review
For a theme to be premium and perfect, there are certain criteria which need to be matched. Let’s find out if the Flatsome theme is worthy of the claims the developers make or not!
- It’s totally compatible with WooCommerce. In fact, specifically designed to achieve this compatibility.
- The mobile friendly design is kept in proper check to keep things modern and 2017 ready.
- The performance optimisation is taken care of, both at Desktop and Mobile level.
- The design part is crafted keeping e-commerce niche in mind which in financial terms means, conversion friendly.
- It has dedicated support for WPML plugin, ensuring the content is multilingual ready.
- Cross-browser compatibility is taken care of and so is the SEO norms compatibility.
These are the highlight features but, not the all! Let’s dive into the details and know the product even better.
SEO and Performance
Let’s talk about Performance first as it’s one of the primary highlights in the case of the Flatsome theme.
The developers have done a pretty good work in achieving almost 100% scorecard when it comes to performance tests. Not just the numbers but, the compatibility with both, smartphone and desktop is taken care of.
Now, such a smooth and fast performance not only helps in scoring a top-notch user experience but, also helps in the SEO. Unless you were living inside a rock, Google has made it pretty clear that performance is considered as one of the major ranking signals. And, it’s been an old news now!
The theme features required SEO tools and takes care of the norms. To add-on the remaining SEO tools, we always prefer using Yoast or any other favourite SEO plugin. The theme is compatible with all these well-coded plugins.
Unless you can gain a trust like Amazon among the customers, you need to have a pretty good looking website, when it comes to e-commerce. The design standards followed by Flatsome is perfect for this niche. In fact, it focuses on the ‘Design that Sells.’
Other than the default design setup, there are tonnes of customization options which can be played with. You can quickly bring possible changes and make the website look different.
The number of customization options is countless and thanks to the Live Page Builder with its library, it’s actually easy to craft a webpage from scratch. You don’t need to learn the technical part rather, simply drag and drop elements from the library and the page setup will be good to go.
Regardless of the custom visuals you finalise using, the overall design still remains smartphone-ready, minimal and responsive to function properly on all the devices.
Bottom line, the basic features are always present, keeping the functionality intact.
There are about 19 pre-ready Demos, each crafted to set up a shop and start selling products. Any of these Demos can be setup with a single click, thanks to the inclusion of One-Click Import option. The design and functionalities are configured as per the Demo and you can choose if to import demo content or not.
Once the Demo is setup, desired changes can be made using the Options Panel, which I’m going to talk about next.
Other than these, individual pages for portfolio, about, contact, stores, maintenance, etc., are also included in the package. Different versions of these individual pages are available in the package, which you can be quickly setup.
Bottom line, the design part is not only modern and responsive but, is well thought of, as per the e-commerce niche requirements. Go ahead and check out the theme’s demo. Check out the individual product’s pages in particular. You’ll fall in love with the design!
Theme Options Panel
Like all modern and premium WordPress themes, Flatsome comes with a pre-configured Options Panel. It’s fast and fully functional to help you do with a particular setup.
The functionality and visual changes can be done quickly, thanks to the easy to use interface. The User Interface of the whole Options Panel is quick to learn and all the toggles/switches are well-labeled.
You can quickly change the way Header area looks, or Navigation area functions. You can switch between hundreds of available Google Fonts and fix a particular one.
You’re allowed to drop down a particular functionality and make changes that can improve the performance further.
If you still find issues navigating around and learn how all it functions, there is proper documentation wrapped in the package. The documentation is available in both text and video tutorials, whichever you prefer to learn and make better use of the Flatsome theme.
Over to You
This was all I have to tell you about Flatsome product at ThemeForest. As you’ve gone through the complete review, I hope you also believe that UX-themes developers have done an incredible job, crafting this product for the e-commerce niche.
Also, it’s a four years old product, receiving regular updates. So, everything is looking rock solid. Considering the price of $59, my final verdict is that, Flatsome is really a perfect theme for this niche.
What do you think?
Do You Need to Make a Huge Blogging Shift?
Sometimes, you get bogged down with your blogging routine. Routines feel comfortable, right?
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But blogging is a feeling game like life is a feeling game. All flows based on your emotions. If you feel really good – first – then you take good feeling blogging actions and over time, with patience and trust, see good feeling blogging results.
Unfortunately, most humans give almost zero thought to their emotions before diving in to a blogging routine. Bloggers believe you need to do something or follow a set routine to succeed, to drive traffic, and to make money. Day after day, year after year, most bloggers follow a routine without giving zero thought to how they are feeling, if they enjoy blogging, if they have fun following the routine, and if they feel detached, patient and trusting in the process.
This is the only reason why as of about 7 years ago, 80% of bloggers never made more than $100 during their blogging careers. If 8 out of 10 humans can not make $100 through blogging over 1, 2, 5 or 10 years, 8 out of 10 bloggers clearly give zero thought to their feelings BEFORE blogging. Feel bad, and you see no money. But those 2 out of 10 bloggers who feel really good make lots of money over the long haul.
Maybe it is time to make a shift, guys.
2-3 months ago I made one shift. 1 month ago I made an even bigger shift; quite huge, for me. But what I did differently made almost zero difference. How I chose to feel marked the big shift, then, I moved into different blogging actions.
For example, I faced some deep fears, felt the fears, and instantly, after feeling pretty crappy for a short time, I felt better and better. Choosing to face fear, clear it, and feel better, helped me see things clearly. I tired of my blogging schedule, my social sharing groups, blog commenting and heavy cross promotion. In truth, I hated it. I did have some fun with each for a while but the passion long left me. Since how you feel before and while you blog means everything, my mindset-feeling shift told me I’d have so much fun guest posting. So as of about 3-4 weeks ago – maybe less – all I do is guest posting because I have fun guest posting and guest posting comes easily to me.
Making the shift involved facing deep fears of failure, loss and struggle. I had to feel the fear of letting go lifeless activities for me – at the time – to clear out the fear, and properly release these strategies, and to move forward so I could feel good, then, decide what blogging actions would feel fun and easy and enjoyable to me.
All shifts happen emotionally first, by your choice. After feeling some muck and then feeling better, you clearly and intuitively feel through the next fun-feeling, enjoyable step.
What About You?
Do you need to make any shifts with your blogging campaign? Or do you need to make one big, sweeping, all-encompassing shift?
Getting caught up in blogging routines feels comfortable, familiar and safe, sometimes. But do you feel good before you begin the routine? Do you feel good working the routine? Do you feel detached, relaxed, trusting and like you are cared for, and prospering, while following your blogging routine?
Be honest to make a necessary shift. If you love following your routine, cool. Proceed. But most humans are taught – me included – to follow some routine (no matter how you feel) to get something, specifically money, so you can avoid failure, struggle, poverty, going hungry, illness, and embarrassment. This is exactly why most humans work jobs. Follow a routine to get money even if you feel really bad or terrible following the work-routine; aka, even if you hate your job and it feels lifeless, or soul-less.
May be time for a big shift guys.
Why Comedians Teach You a Powerful Blogging Lesson
Last night I saw a funny comedian perform in Atlantic City.
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Chris Delia charmed the audience with his silly, somewhat absurd, level of humor.
He also explained how comedians need thick skin to become successful. Humor is a very personal, subjective topic. Some people find some comedians hysterical but never laugh at other comedians. As you imagine, bombing feels terrible to most comedians. At least until they develop a thick skin.
I once read how Kevin Hart often waited until 1 AM to work an open mic. Sometimes he waited until 1 AM and the place closed down so he never got the chance to do his set. Imagine how thick-skinned you need to be to not let that bother you? Is it any wonder why he is now worth $150 million? He became immune to criticism, failure and rejection. As a matter of fact, after developing a thick skin, he likely did not see criticism, failure or rejection.
All those evenings of 1 AM sets in front of 1-2 lifeless people or all those nights of being told to go home at 1 AM after waiting for hours to do his act purged the fear of criticism, failure and rejection from his being. Void of these fears, he rose up to being one of the most famous, wealthy and powerful comedians on earth.
Bloggers Need Thick Skin
I once promoted a course to the tune of 8000 page views before I sold one copy. Did I quit promoting the course? No. I developed a thick skin during the process. I did not see 8000 rejections. I only saw meeting and helping more human beings through my blog. Even during moments when I felt like giving up I trusted in myself and believed in the blogging process. Quitting and failure were no options for me. But in the same vein, I needed to be thick skinned to see through criticism, rejection and failure.
I needed to be aware of opportunity amid the appearance of nobody reading my blog. Toss in being patient and persistent in helping folks during my most trying times and you have a pretty thick-skinned individual.
Do Not Care What People Think
Chris Delia shared how he could care less what people thought about him. He dressed down a few hecklers during the show.
Comedians succeed because they care less about what people think of their acts; being heckled, ignored or criticized had nothing to do with their belief in self and their belief in their comedic style.
As a blogger, give no thought to what people think of you. Guess what? You cannot control your reputation. No matter how long and hard you work in life to maintain a positive reputation, you can never physically control what people think of you. I am largely a nice guy 99.99% of the time yet some people genuinely hate me. I cannot control their demons. Plus I know we see the world as we see ourselves so if someone hates themselves I cannot do anything about that self-loathing.
Focus on yourself. Focus on what you think about yourself because this is the only thing that matters. Being comfortable in your own skin aligns you with loving, loyal followers who appreciate you for who you are. Let go everybody else. Critics form an energetic yoke if you care about their thoughts but dissolve into thin air when you could care less about what they think of you.
Bloggers become successful because these few folks who have thick skins shine brightly in a world of thin-skinned bloggers who fear criticism, judgment and rejection. The few who step it up do wonders because we all want a piece of free spirits who march to the beat of their own drum without caring what people think, say or do, in response or reaction to them simply being themselves.
Do You Have an Exit Plan for Your Blog?
This past week I ceased sharing posts in blogging tribes.
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I finally got it; I joined tribes because I feared unless I shared other blogger content, nobody would read my content. I feared if nobody shared my content, nobody reads my content, and I needed to share other blogger content to effectively influence bloggers and people to share mine. Ouch.
As you can imagine, I put in many long, hard hours working a job, NEEDING to be online to succeed with my blog. Rewind. Working a job. Did you see this phrase? I worked a job. I needed to be online to succeed. Largely, at least. Does that sound like a business owner to you? Does that sound like leveraging? Sure I drive some passive traffic and profits to my blog but being honest, I largely worked a job and had a job for much of my 10 years online, and I did not have a pure business so I could step away from my blog and business for months, at a time. Or, forever.
I have more of an exit plan now. I have a blogging business. I am writing my tail off to be in as many spots as possible without relying on sharing tribes and other groups that require me to be online, to social share posts, so other people can social share my posts, so I get traffic and profits. I began to think; what am I doing? I mean, if you love joining social sharing tribes, do it. Nice friendship builder. But you need to have some exit plan with your business and need to see how you can step away one day so it is about a 100% passive income machine – or, so you can sell it at a tidy profit – in order for you to be a free entrepreneur, versus a bound employee.
I am having so much fun writing blog posts and guest posts daily. Plus it is easy peasy. Every piece of content is forever, unless all these blogs vanish or get closed out by all these bloggers. Fat chance. Plus I can drive to Atlantic City today with my wife and enjoy a show this afternoon into evening and my business will still grow from a heavy passive element. Even though I am online writing this morning, all my blog posts and guest posts serve as a passive promotional army for the Blogging From Paradise blog and brand.
Imagine me trying to social share other blogger posts as I am driving down the Parkway? Not happening.
Network. Have fun making friends. Build a rock solid foundation for your blog. But eventually, evolve into someone who leverages your presence so you work a business, not a job. Any strategy 100% dependent on you being online, sharing blogger content so other bloggers share your content and boost your success, is a job, not a business, because you are tied to the online world and have no exit strategy, and a light passive element to your blogging business.
Gradually place less emphasis on networking online. Focus on purely passive elements, like writing more blog posts and guest posts, which last forever. Humans change, quit, fail, change tastes; you never want to be at the mercy of the fickle human beast. Unless all blogs close down, all of those blog posts and guest posts you wrote are pretty much forever.
Focusing a bit more on things – things helping people – helps you leverage your blog and business powerfully so you can make an exit plan and step away from your blogging business for 1, 2 or 3 months. I know bloggers who take vacations for months; everything keeps growing money-wise because they leverage, and are not dependent on people for cash flow, because their system creates the cash flow.
Trust in the process plays a big role too.
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