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After building over 10 Genesis-powered WordPress sites using Zigzagpress themes, I gotta say… they’re QUITE easy to work and most come with a built-in portfolio with shortcodes. This can make them easier to customize which is awesome especially for those who don’t want to rely on plugins to add portfolios, buttons, columns, accordions, team boxes and so forth.
Zigzagpress currently has 25+ Genesis themes which are ALL mobile responsive and supported by major browsers. Most are designed for businesses/blogs but they have a couple magazine, eCommerce, and parallax themes. A few are styled specifically for photographers.
Why did I write this review?
I wrote this Zigzagpress review based off my experience using their themes to develop websites for both myself and for clients. I used Prestige, Mindfulness, Showroom and Zen. Here are some key highlights and why I think Zigzagpress’ Genesis themes are a solid choice.
- Built-in portfolio and pre-styled shortcodes make their themes easy to customize
- Each theme has a completely unique design and most of them look quite nice
- Zigzagpress themes are slick and don’t look ‘boxy’ like some StudioPress themes
- All themes are mobile responsive and most are HTML5 (specified in each theme)
- Theme settings are way more robust than most themes from StudioPress
- All themes are compatible with major browsers and support unlimited domain usage
- Zigzagpress adds new themes regularly (good if you buy their forever membership)
- Zigzagpress is a relatively new theme store
- Other Zigzagpress reviews claim the extra built-in features (eg. portfolio and shortcodes) make their site load slower, but I don’t find this true with the themes I’ve used (plus you can delete these features in the editor if you don’t want to use them)
Built-In Portfolio For Most Themes (With Multiple Layouts)
Here’s the portfolio on the Mindfulness theme which is one of my favorites. It comes with filters and categories for sorting, and multiple portfolio layouts (2, 3, and 4 columns)…
Pre-Styled Shortcodes = Add Elements Without Code
Many Zigzagpress themes come with an array of shortcodes which allow you to quickly and easily customize pages/posts with different types of content.
The advantage to having these built-in to the theme is that their CSS styling is pre-designed to match the color and styling of the theme. A shortcode plugin will work, but it will require CSS customizations if you want it to match your theme. Having shortcodes built-in is just easier.
The shortcodes below are also from the Mindfulness theme…
Call To Action
Accordions, Toggles, Tabs
Most Zigzagpress Themes Have Multiple Homepage Layouts
Zigzagpress themes come with multiple layouts, some more than others. Prestige comes with 9 homepage layouts, 3 page layouts (eg. sidebar right), 2 blog layouts, and 3 portfolio layouts. If you’re looking for even more, check out the free Genesis Layout Extras Plugin.
Theme Customization (Before And After)
Before Theme Customization
After Theme Customization
You can visit the website to see the different pages and styling I used – just to give you an idea of how a theme looks when it’s customized. The site has a page load time of around 2.2 seconds which is good, but could be reduced even more if the plugins were tweaked.
Theme Options: An Inside Look
Many Zigzagpress themes come with theme options that allow you to customize specific elements of your site without editing code. These aren’t always the same for each theme but here are the theme options that come with Zigzagpress’ Showroom theme:
My Top 5 Favorite Zigzagpress Themes
Mindfulness – the same theme showcased throughout my Zigzagpress review. This is a multipurpose theme with tons of options, shortcodes, homepage layouts, subpage layouts, and multiple portfolio layouts. I have used Mindfulness before and highly recommend this theme.
Prestige – multipurpose theme with just as many features as Mindfulness. Navigation menu has little bits of text under each one, which gives it a nice touch.
Gallery – photo-based themes mainly for photographers.
Neo – another multipurpose theme.
Bijou – yet another multipurpose themes, but I have seen a lot of photographers use this.
I recommend either purchasing a single theme for $49 or getting the forever membership for $349 which includes all Zigzagpress themes, lifetime updates + premium support, and all future themes from Zigzagpress. This is one of the top WordPress theme packs I’ve found especially since StudioPress now charges are recurring fee. Keep in mind you will need to purchase the Genesis Framework on top of your theme. Total cost should come out to around $110 which is about average when purchasing a Genesis theme with the framework.
I love working with Zigzagpress themes and I continue to recommend them to my clients and blog readers. They’re definitely in my top 2 theme stores overall. Their themes are clean, the shortcodes make designing them a breeze, and they don’t have that boxy look like some Genesis themes. Zigzagpress and the Genesis Framework is a winning combination.
Well, what do you think? Have you used any themes from Zigzagpress and what do you like or don’t like about them? If you have any questions or feedback about my Zigzagpress review, or need help finding a nice Genesis theme, drop me a line in the comments.