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?
Writing: Your Best Blogging Friend
Writing helps you succeed with blogging. Because writing gives you credibility. Credible bloggers land clients, sell eBooks, place sponsored posts and drive steady traffic, too. Write your rear end off. Write 500-1000 words daily. Write to be confident. Write to be clear. Write to gain credibility in your blogging niche. Of course, most bloggers struggle because few bloggers practice writing offline, daily. Bloggers only write when they publish a blog post or guest post. BIG mistake. Most bloggers publish posts infrequently, meaning you get in little writing practice. Not good.
Why do you believe you can just show up, write and publish a post and become successful quickly? If blogger were this easy, guys like me could have gone pro within weeks of buying my domain and hosting. Alas, it took me thousands of hours and years to go full time because I had to practice writing, creating and connecting to be REALLY good at blogging. Skills, exposure and credibility flow to bloggers who tirelessly practice all aspects of blogging. Everybody else fails and quits.
All money you make through blogging flows to you because people trust you and your blog. Writing skillfully – with confidence and clarity – is the only way people trust you and your blog. The more you write, the more skilled a writer you become. The formula is genuinely simple. But quite uncomfortable to put into action, sometimes. Few bloggers want to practice writing with nobody watching. Some bloggers foolishly skip writing practice because they believe writing offline for practice wastes their time. This is like saying you waste your time practicing shooting hoops in a lonely, empty gym if you aspire to make it to the NBA. NBA stars practiced 10,000 hours or more, often times in quiet, lonely gyms, and always *in private, out of the public eye, with nobody watching*, to become skilled enough to go pro. Expect to take a similar journey in order to become a professional blogger.
Writing is your core skill. If you write well, you make money online. If you write poorly, you do not make money online.
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Every way to profit – out of these 15 strategies – can work quite nicely if you practice writing offline daily. Practice to become confident. Practice to become clear on your writing. Confident, clear writers write with authority. Writing with authority inspires trust in your readers. Again; this is a simple process. But sometimes, this process feels uncomfortable. Nudge through discomfort. Write, write and write some more. People who trust you based on your writing skills tend to buy your eBooks, hire you to coach them, hire you to freelance write for them and buy sponsored posts on your blog. Be diligent in writing. The money flows to you based on how much you practice writing. Plus, practicing your writing makes you prolific. Being prolific increase your blog traffic and blogging profits, too. No downsides exist to writing offline daily. Only upsides. So….write!
Practice in private. Shine in public.
Any successful blogger you envy now practiced writing so diligently that you would never envy their writing practice. After having written millions of words both online and offline, nobody envies the work I put into going pro. But being free to circle the globe? Worth it!
Do You Assume too Much?
One of the biggest problems in blogging; bloggers assume too much. Perfect example is someone emails looking for your best sponsored post price. Right away, most bloggers fear losing money to a cheapie because they ASSUMED someone looking for the best price is cheap. Based on past experience. NO! Do NOT do this. Because based on NOT assuming, but being open and in the moment, more than a handful of folks looking for the best price placed orders at my full price, when I shared it was my final price. I rarely if ever assume because assuming cuts you off from traffic and money, based on past experience and future expectations.
These days, I am more in the moment. I am open. Let’s say a blogger quotes their sponsored post price as being $100. A blogger outreach service pro asks for a lower, better price. In that moment, you can do one of two thing: make a foolish assumption that the individual cannot afford $100 or simply share how $100 is your flat, final price. Assuming they cannot afford $100 INSTANTLY robs you of $100. I mean, instantly. Labeling their email as spam or being nasty with them immediately robs you of $100, based on your ignorant assumption. Choosing not to assume anything opens you up to making a quick $100. Wealthy people with large budgets sometimes seek the best price. Rockefeller would be worth $280 billion today – by estimates – and he balanced his books to the penny. He sought the best price but had billions to invest and did invest billions to be the wealthiest person the world has ever known.
This is why I wrote Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger for you. How you choose to think and feel dictates how you act. How you act dictates your success. Failures cling to the past and wander into the future by assuming future scenarios based on past experience. But wise bloggers remain grounded in the present, never assuming. Of course, many cheap bloggers willing to pay only $5 for a $100 sponsored post emailed you with “the best price” reply, in the past. But never rob yourself of $100 by assuming these folks do not have $100 to invest in your guest post. I leave no stones unturned. The way I see it, spending 1 second to read a “Give me a sponsored post for $5” email here and there is worth the “OK, let’s place it for $100” email I see more often these days. Assuming cuts you off from abundance. Being open-minded tunes you in to abundance. Make more money. Be open-minded. Stop assuming.
A few moments ago, our Uber driver told us he originally hailed from Jordan. He has been in the USA for 20 years. My silly mind made a quick assumption; he must live in NYC, like many folks do who immigrated to the USA over the past few decades. He still had a heavy accent. But I refused to assume this and asked him where he lived in the USA. He said in the same New Jersey suburban development where we lived. Small world! Not assuming opens you up to fun, fascinating experiences. Stop assuming online. You’ll make more money, too, and will enjoy your blogging journey.
Blogging Success Is YOUR Choice
Blogging success is your choice. Blogging failure is your choice. YOU choose. Never blame anyone or anything for your blogging failure. Everything in life begins and ends with you because life follows your thoughts and feelings. People or things may *appear* to slow you down or get in your way. But all appearances are illusions. Illusions are not real, not true. You and you alone choose to succeed based on your chosen thoughts and feelings, independent of situations or circumstances around you.
For example, I had a tough time falling to sleep last night. Didn’t pass out until after 6 AM and only slept to 9:30 AM. Tossing and turning, my mind raced with fears. I feared being exhausted and getting sick. I feared work I’d be behind on, today. I also feared simply sitting with my racing thoughts and feelings, being in bed for hours, since I lay down in bed at midnight. I could choose to lay in bed to observe the fears or I could watch Netflix. I chose to observe fears. Eventually, I chose to get up and write my first blog post of the day at 5 AM. I feared waking to work due to fatigue. But nudging into the fear allowed me to create content, positioning myself to expand my success.
I also chose to wake at 9:30 AM after limited sleep to do 20 minutes of intense Kriya yoga, to meditate for 30 minutes and to spend 30 seconds in an icy cold shower. Heck yeah I feared doing each on 3 hours of sleep. But successes CHOOSE to BE the people that succeed. Life unfolds as a series of personal choices. Either you make comfortable choices based on fear, struggle, fail and quit blogging. Or you make uncomfortable, freeing and usually fun choices based on love, leading to your blogging success. You choose. No one can choose for you. No one can wade through fear for you. No blogger can glide through the discomfort for you. This is an intimately personal experience that you need to face, embrace and live, to succeed in blogging, all based on your choices.
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I observed these cute little – actually big – guys during my 4 month trip to Savusavu, Fiji. The little dog men swooped in every night like clockwork, working the papaya trees on the front lawn on dusk. The fruit bats never missed a night; their survival depended on feasting at sundown every single evening. Develop the same attitude with your blog to guarantee success. Be like clockwork. Show up daily. Work. Shine bright in a world of blogging failures who choose to work in fits and starts before choosing to quit. Blogging feels uncomfortable but the journey gets easier success-wise by choosing to wade through scary, unpleasant periods. You have a personal choice to make: generously help people for hours daily over years to succeed online. Or choose not to, guaranteeing your failure. You choose. I believe in you. I know you can choose success. Choose not to fear burnout. Choose to be happy about your future blogging success.
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