What is OceanWP ?
With 320,407 downloads, OceanWP is the fastest growing theme for WordPress. It’s the favorite choice of thousands of developers and hobby-users.
- 13 Premium Extensions
- All Pro Demos Included
- 1 Year Support
OceanWP Review: Features
As a free theme, OceanWP has done a great job when it comes to the features it offers. You can have almost everything that you might need to style your website.
1. Visually Stunning Demos
- OceanWP offers a range of beautifully designed demo websites that can be imported with just a single click of the mouse. Instead of building your website from scratch, you can use these demo sites and tweak it a little before you finally launch it.
- In order to install a demo site, you’re required to install a free plugin called OceanExtra.
2. Built for eCommerce Conversions
- It’s easy to sell products and services with OceanWP because it’s fully compatible with WooCommerce. With its premium extension, you can create add a lot of enhanced cart features as follows
- Native Cart Popups: This feature can be used to capture the attention of your visitors when they add an item to their cart.
- Floating Add to Cart Bar: Your customers will see add-to-cart bar even they scroll down the page. This enforces them to go back to their cart, which ultimately reduces your shopping cart abandonment rate.
- OffCanvas Filter: Easily find the product that you’re looking for using the off-canvas filtering sidebar.
- Quick View: Offer a quick view of your product with a popup without redirecting your users to another page.
3. Mobile Responsive & SEO Friendly
- The theme has been designed with the best SEO practices in mind. Plus, the websites you create with OceanWP are fully responsive, so you can rest assured that it will appear equally good on mobile devices as well as on desktops.
4. Page Builder Compatibility
- If you want the freedom to customize your website the way you want, then OceanWP is the best bet. This theme supports almost every popular page builder plugin out there, so when it comes to customization, the sky is the limit.
5. Translation & RTL Ready
- Ocean WP supports different languages across the globe including RTL languages like Arabic. This is an added advantage for sites that serve non-native English speakers.
6. Robust Extensions
- You can also extend your website functions by installing its free and premium extensions. It offers 21 extensions, including free and premium ones. With these extensions, you can stick anything to your site, display your Instagram feed on your website, add a popup and login form, display your portfolio and do a lot more.
Pros and cons:
OceanWP has definitely many pros as it’s the only free theme that lets its users do whatever they can to customize and personalize it according to their own brand. let me some of the pros:
- 1. Fast, Lightweight and Cleanly Coded: Since OceanWP is very light and loads quickly over normal layout and theme functions, It’s a great choice especially if you care about user experience.
- 2. Stock WordPress Widgets Enhancer: I discovered this when I was using Ocean WP here on BforBloggers. The theme automatically enhances the feel and look of several stock WordPress widgets such as newsteller and recent posts.
- 3. Loaded with lots of options: After you install and start to customize the Ocean WP along with its Ocean Extra plugin you’ll immediately notice that there are so many options available to start from. Right from the header to the footer to hook areas, you can change it all.
- 4. SEO friendly: OceanWP uses schema markup as well as other SEO-friendly practices such as proper headline HTML tags, proper site navigation structure and so on.
- 5. Developer friendly – Just like any other WordPress theme, Ocean WP is available on Github for developers to further enhance its functionality and improve.
- 6. Time & Money Saver for Freelancers – If you are a freelancer and you work for clients, the best thing you can do is get the Ocean WP and use its demo import and export feature to quickly set up their websites in literally, 4 clicks.
- 7. E-commerce Ehnacer – OceanWP integrates with Woocommerce and furthermore enhances its features, appearance, and functionality. This way you can expect more conversion in your online store with lesser compatibility issues.
Now that we have seen some pros, let’s talk about some major Cons in Ocean WP theme
- 1. Overwhelming Customizer – The moment you open the appearance customizer setting, you’ll notice there are just way too many options to handle and you don’t know where to start with and where to find a particular setting. That’s something any beginner might feel.
- 3. Cache Error – I don’t know if it happens repeatedly or it was with me only, but Ocean WP had broken my SEO. I saw the cached version, there was a huge header appearing every time in Google cache which covered the whole content and left my blog with a huge area of empty space, something not good for rankings. This is what made me write a review of OceanWP.