Is there any perfect theme for e-commerce?
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?
How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?
I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.
In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.
I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.
Blogging and Fitness
Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.
Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.
I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.
Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.
Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.
Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.
Why Doing this Works Better than Asking for Business Referrals
After I released my flagship eBook – How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging – I noticed something neat. My sales increased 12 fold the day I published a guest post for a highly successful blogger.
Seeing this spike clued me in to the quickest, easiest way to increase business: help people for free. Being generous improves skills, increases exposure and expands your business. Greater traffic and profits follow generous bloggers because helping people for free helps you be skilled and see, two qualities in every prospering blogger who reaps sweet blogging profits.
A large set of bloggers goes in another direction. Some ask for business referrals from trusted blogging buddies to drum up business. Feel free to take this route but know referral fishing is an ineffective way to drive profits because of two clear reasons:
- referral-seeking seems to be time-wasting
- referral-seeking rarely inspires trusted bloggers to take clear, business-building action, for you
I know 20 plus web developers. A few trusted blogging web developer buddies have reached out to me, seeking referrals. Two issues arise:
- the referral seeker has no idea if I know bloggers needing web development; non-targeted campaign
- I already know 20 plus developers, trusted buddies all, so I could never choose one to refer to someone if 20 seem qualified
Top Bloggers Become Ruthlessly Effective with their Time
Versus seeking referral business by asking blogging buddies if they know someone requiring your service, spend 20 minutes to write and publish a quality guest post for a blogger in your business niche. Instead of pitching 1 human, show off your web development skills for free, via a guest post, for 1,000 people. Do you see what I mean? Leverage. Do not ask for business. Serve for business. Although time needs pass and generosity needs inclusion in blogging business-building, helping for free is the quickest, simplest way to increase blogging business because you reach large, targeted audiences of clients with your attention and energy versus asking 1 person for business in non-targeted, ineffective fashion.
12 Times Daily Sales
I recall the day vividly, 5 years ago. I created and launched Blogging From Paradise. Before writing 100 plus eBooks, I wrote one. I did drive some sales through my blog but guest posting woke me up; why not leverage my presence and grow business by helping people for free, via different platforms? Eye-opener for me. Instead of asking, I gave. How easy? Giving freely is the easiest way to get freely. I observed a 12 times daily sales eBook increase for good reason that day: helping people generously through sites other than your blog is a simple way to grow your blogging business.
The simplest, direct, effective way to grow your business is to help people for free. Asking for referrals leads to a client or customer here and there, but full time bloggers are not in the “here and there” business as far as growing your venture. Pro bloggers drive steady profits through their blog by being generous on their blog and on other platforms.
Be helpful for free. Publish posts. Submit guest posts. Run a podcast. Broadcast live on Facebook. Help people for free to help people for pay. Versus untargeted referral-seeking, this is the effective way to grow your blogging business from a generous, genuine energy.
Why Does It Take Time to Be a Successful Blogger?
Successful bloggers implore you: it takes time to succeed.
I advise following your fun, helping people generously, trusting the process and seeing the blogging journey through. I mention in my eBook how time saving tips make your journey easier. But in the same regard, this journey takes time. Impatient bloggers weed themselves out. Generous, patient, persistent bloggers succeed. Sometimes, successful bloggers realize not the time element and how it works, and never explain in detail why it takes time to succeed. Why do you need to be patient? Why does it take time to succeed? I uncovered 3 reasons why it takes time to be a successful blogger.
1: It Takes Time to Practice a Skill So You Become Really Good At It
Today, I can write 10 to 20 blog posts daily if I so desired. I could easily create 20 videos daily.
10 years ago, I could write 1 blog post weekly and feared doing videos, to where, I never recorded videos as a newbie blogger.
Generous practice plus time made me prolific. Nobody gains skills in 1 day. Humans gain skills practicing 1 craft daily for months, then years. I love basketball. A handful of NBA players disclose how terrible they played after picking up a ball for the first time, 5 or 10 years, prior. Patient, persistent practice and time polished their skills to the point they became successful enough to go pro. Blogging is no different. Successful bloggers practice daily for years before being skilled enough to become a pro.
2: It Takes Time to Gain Big Exposure
Gaining big exposure for success takes time. Every creative act expands your presence a little bit more but those little bits add up over time. New bloggers blind themselves to this concept, believing 1 day and 1 blog post gives them successful exposure enough to make money and gain clout. Nope. Time reveals persistently generous bloggers because getting massive exposure requires months to years of generous, patient, persistent service.
No human can begin blogging at 8 AM as a new blogger and land a Forbes appearance by 12 noon. Nobody knows you. You have no exposure. Humans require time to create and connect in enough spots to gain success promoting exposure. Relax. You are on the way. But allow for time and generosity to leverage your presence. Time is required to be seen in many places.
3: It Takes Time to Uncover and Feel and Release Fears
Do you want to know why I wrote this post? I uncovered this reason a few moments ago. I noticed one income stream yield lesser amounts over the 2 days prior and felt a tiny but palpable surge of fear. Aha! I got you. Feeling fear, I released it and proceeded. I blogged for 10 years. I still feel tiny fears if an income stream yields less money, day to day, based on my expectations. But I needed to face this fear to make more money. New bloggers generally have deep fears concerning money, success and freedom. It takes time to feel and release fears concerning making more than $1 a day until you vibe at the $100, $1000 or $10,000 monthly – or more – level of blogging income.
Time unearths fears for feeling and releasing, to reach the next level of blogging success.
Time is a great blogging ally.
All you need flows to you over time.
Generously create, connect, follow your fun and nudge into fears.
Success is yours.
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