BoomBox is a viral and buzz WordPress blog theme which was released in August 2016. Developed by PX Lab, this is one of the famous viral themes of the year. It is a ready-made solution in the style of three of the most popular sites (Buzzfeed, BoredPanda, 9Gag) on the internet. Also, you can mix these styles to make your own beautiful style for a viral site. The theme is getting popular with each passing day and it has already made 200+ sales in just few days.
BoomBox is a good theme itself and seller is successfully selling it but as there is always a room for improvement, we would like to do a critical analysis of the theme in terms of Design and usability, functionality, SEO, updates and support so the users will have a clearer idea of what they are going to purchase.
Boombox Theme Design and Usability: (8.5/10)
BoomBox theme is very good in terms of design and has been designed according to the modern design patterns and needs. It works great on the web but the mobile version is simplified and not as good as it should be. Tap targets in the mobile version are small and there are many options which are not available in the mobile version. The team should work on this factor as use of smartphones for viral sites is now increasing instead of desktop computers.
In terms of usability, the page structuring is good but on some parts of the page, there are too many things going on. For example, theme uses 3 columns most of the time which may confuse some reasons. Turning it into two columns side by side will make it a perfect theme.
The Theme Functionality: (8/10)
BoomBox theme provides a limited but a very good set of functionality features. Major focus of the theme developers is on posts of the site and thus it provides a wide range of options there. Like users can sort out posts in terms of most viewed, most liked and trending posts. The theme also provides a flexible post ranking system and users can generate their custom pages by sorting posts according to these factors.
In addition to that, the theme also provides powerful social sharing system to make your posts viral. It has clear call to action buttons, sticky sharing bar and editable button labels. The theme is also integrated with MashShare plugin.
However, there is a lot more which can be added to the theme. Also, there are some bugs in the theme. For example, when editing text in a post, if you select full screen option it never gives you an option to exit out of it. These bugs should be fixed as soon as possible and team should also add more features into the theme to make it a perfect piece.
Search Engine Optimization, Speed and Code Infrastructure: (7/10)
Boombox theme is not Search engine optimized itself rather it requires an SEO plugin for search engine optimization. This means that without a plugin, your SEO is not going to work. However, it is fully compatible to SEO plugins and works great with them. Yoast SEO plugin is recommended to use with this theme. In addition to that, theme resources are not blocked by robots.txt and Google bot has access to all resources which will help in excellent indexing and perfect SEO. Moreover, the theme has rich snippets which can be checked from Google rich snippet tool.
Beside all these positive signs, there are some theme drawbacks as well. Here are some top issues with the theme.
- Browser caching is not enabled properly. Developers should add code to enable caching.
- Server speed and response time may become worse because of a lot of images. Image optimization plugins should be used to avoid slow response.
So, the theme is not perfect in terms of these metrics and I hope the development team will work on them in the next releases.
Updates & Support and Documentation: (9.2/10)
BoomBox Theme’s documentation is pretty good and explains all steps in details. The development team is also very supportive and they reply they reply to all the queries being made on the seller website. The team is also making updates on a regular basis and trying to resolve the theme issues.
General Pros and Cons of the BoomBox WordPress Blogging Theme
- Beautifully designed
- Post sorting options available.
- Powerful Social media sharing options available
- Good integration with SEO plugins.
- Some issues on mobile version like all options are not available and tap targets are small.
- Slow on mobile devices.
In a nutshell, BoomBox is a good blog theme for a viral website but you’ll have to compromise a bit in terms of speed and performance. Although you can achieve speed by your efforts as well but if you really want a lightning fast website you should also consider other themes in this category. We highly recomment the theme for your buzzfeed like website, you can buy the theme on themeforest.