Welcome to another installment of Best WordPress Themes series where we present top professional WordPress templates. Today we’re gonna talk about powerful, multi-purpose U-Design theme.
U-Design template is one of the most popular WordPress themes on the market – it is #1 selling template on ThemeForest, sold to over 24 000 users. Don’t think it’s gonna make your site look like thousands of others – U-Design is totally customizable, allowing you to fully change it’s appearance. Just look at the Showcase section – 5 pages full of websites using U-Design theme!
U-Design template is very clean, aesthetic even modest. The goal of Main Page is to present your content in the purest way – your customers won’t get distracted by any unnecessary functionality of the theme. Do not underestimate the power of simplicity and aesthetics!
The template was build with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in mind – all the titles use H1 tag and website output code is optimized so the article and page content is better exposed to spiders. The U-Design theme is 100% HTML and CSS valid out of the box, giving you no penalties for code errors.
Revolution Slider – features lots of transition effects, video embedding, autoplay and image preloader, fully integrated into U-Design theme.
Flashmo Grid Slider – you can control any aspect of this excellent slider through U-Design options page.
Piecemaker Flash Slider – supports videos and flash slides, fully customizable through theme options. It looks really powerful on the website, immediately catching viewer’s attention.
jQuery Cycle Slider – this slider comes in three different versions, allowing you to combine images and HTML code and add transition effects to the slides.
You can easily configure and add slides from the WordPress settings page – there is no need to do any coding at all. You can also customize U-Design’s colors and fonts: theme gives you choice of over 500 fonts from Google Font Directory. You can also use Cufón free fonts library. All theme background images can be easily replaced from the configuration page.
The template is build around 960 Grid System. U-Design is using 24 columns, which gives you full control over position of your content. Integrated shortcodes make defining columns extremely easy – theme supports up to 4 columns, all the other combinations supported (e.g. 1/4 and 3/4).
Other shortcodes supported by U-Design theme include different styled buttons, images with shadows, multiple styles of message boxes, pullquotes and blockquotes, content toggles, tabs and accordions, lists (supporting icons), dropcaps, tables and dividers. Theme also supports Recent Posts, Login Form, Google Maps, Custom Category and Subpages widgets.
If you need to present your portfolio, U-Design template offers 9 different styles of presentation. There are up to four columns standard portfolio pages, up to four columns sortable portfolio pages and one style for video portfolio. All these styles use lightbox for image and video presentation.
Theme offers fully featured blog section – you can choose position of the sidebar (left or right), show full posts or excerpts only (you can even decide how many words will be shown in excerpt), show or hide author name. We can also remove sidebar completely or just on single post pages. You can even set dimensions for featured images displayed above blog entries. Very useful option.
Contact page of U-Design theme is rather standard, but it does have everything you would expect on contact page: there is captcha secured form for sending feedback and you can display maps.
If you want to use U-Design as an internet shop, I have good news for you – theme supports WooCommerce plugin for WordPress. Thanks to it you can sell anything on your WordPress site – including virtual and downloadable products.
U-DesignWordPress theme is ready for translations and already supports 14 languages: German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Russian, French, Traditional Chinese, Danish, Swedish, Portuguese, Greek and Turkish.
Developer of the theme, internq7, claims that U-Design is supported 24/7 with response time under 6 hours – there is also exclusive forum with over 15000 questions answered. You can also use theme related comments to ask pre-sale questions – from what I’ve see internq7 replies to all of them.
I find showcase pages very interesting – you can easily see how customizable the theme is and what kind of beautiful pages you can make using it.
I think U-Design is very interesting option for small business, medium sized internet shops, personal portfolios and everyone who wants site’s content to be displayed in very aesthetic, distraction free way. I am pretty sure U-DesignWordPress theme will meet most peoples’ requirements.