LightHouse2

Lighthouse is designed primarily for bloggers and its super-fast loading speed and SEO gives it a competitive edge in the market. Team, lighthouse SEO has developed the theme focusing on modern search engines and their searching algorithms and hence it has the great score on Google Page Speed Insights as well as Pingdom.

Lighthouse is not only SEO optimized but also responsive and has almost 70 other features that make it stand in competition with other themes. Though theme has no demo versions and has only one page i.e. Blog page to display the Theme preview thus, it is hard to say a lot about the UI of the theme.

LightHouse2

Blog Themes, when analyzed Lighthouse in the light of design and usability, functionality, SEO, Updates, and support we came to following conclusions:

Design and Usability: (7.5/10)

The majority of theme’s design is not shown in any demo but has written in theme detail section (under features). Some of the analyzed design and usability pros and cons are:

Demos:

Lighthouse has no demos so that the buyers have a complete idea about the look and feel of the theme. The one demo version just displays the blog posts page under the main banner image and then the widgets followed by the blog posts.

Responsiveness:

The theme has fluid layout and is a perfect fit on every screen. Its user-friendly responsive design makes it usable for all types of informative blogs.

Custom Theme Options:

Lighthouse has custom theme configuration options which enables a user to blend the theme with your website and logo. Its flexible options help you to alter the colors, background image, widgets colors, text colors, website subtitle text color and other customizations via custom CSS.

Visual Composer:

The theme lacks visual composer however, the team aims it to be the high priority on their list of future updates. The lack of visual composer not only limits the layout customization ability but also restrict to the users having coding knowledge.

Functionality: (8/10)

The seamless design of Lighthouse has following analysis in terms of functionality:

RTL Support:

Lighthouse has RTL support and hence can be used for any type of language whether it’s Arabic or English French or Hebrew. Now, your blog visitors cannot be limited to certain boundaries.

Membership or Login Portal:

There is no membership/login feature provided by the lighthouseseo. They aim to develop it in future but till then the theme might lose its potential users who are interested in it.

Built-in or Custom Shortcodes:

No built-in or custom shortcodes are provided by the theme hence limiting the users to the provided features only.

Customization via Code:

Lighthouse has no user-friendly code customization options. It can only be customized via Child Theme or by altering the core theme files which are highly NOT recommended.

Advertising:

The widget space gives you an opportunity to use the website for monetization via advertisement.

introduction-to-lighthouseSearch Engine Optimization, Performance & Code: (9.5/10)

With the perspective of performance and optimization tools, the Lighthouse theme has following insights:

SEO Optimization:

Lighthouse is loaded with the various plugins installed which need just a click of activation to function. These plugins can be used as per the requirement of the website wearing the theme.

Page Speed:

With 350ms load time, lighthouse theme makes the website faster than 97% of the websites. The Google Page Speed Insights scored it 83 (desktop) and 68 (mobile) with 7 passed rules. The displayed decrease in the score contradicting the lighthouseseo claim is due to the browser caching which cannot be enabled while it is hosted on Github.

On Page SEO:

The theme follows the instruction of Google for on-page SEO and hence make it perfect for the highly trustable and widely used search engine. On-page SEO refers to optimization of individual website pages so that they can also be in the top search results in Google Search.

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Structured Data Testing Tool:

The clean code of Lighthouse fulfills the coding standards and its data is easily traceable through the well-written tags following Schema.org.

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Updates, Support, and Documentation: (8/10)

The theme is published on 13th Feb 2017 and has been updated on 14th Feb 2017. The lighthoustseo team is enthusiastic in extending its features keeping its core competency intact. Also, with the advent of new technologies, the theme is also compatible with AngularJS, RectJS Cornerstone and other advanced web languages.

The team is highly cooperative and provides a prompt response. This develops a nice sense of harmony and collaboration with the users of the theme.

Lighthouseseo has not given any detail about the documentation of the theme. Also, the main features and limited customization show that theme is designed for the persons with technical knowledge. A good documentation can always give you a good stay in the market. For this reason, the team should take serious consideration to this section.

General Reviews:

Pros:

  • Efficient page Speed, optimized on-page SEO and perfect page speed
  • Responsive design meta tags and SEO plugin collection.
  • 98 / 100 performance on Pingdom and 83 / 100 on Google Page Speed Insight.
  • RTL support, call to action and widgets for display of Advertisement and other quick data.

Cons:

  • Limited features and functionalities
  • No demos – the theme lacks a single detail demo
  • No custom or built-in shortcodes
  • Limited customization and no documentation

Conclusion:

Lighthouse is a nice persona for any website whose priority is fast speed. No doubt, it is a nice theme well-equipped with modern coding technologies like AngularJS and others. It is designed with the strategy that it loads everything async and enqueue the scripts which therefore loads as fast as they could. However, it needs some time to compete in terms of design and usability.

Lighthouse Blogger

$ 32
Lighthouse Blogger
8.35

Design & Usability

8/10

    Functionality

    8/10

      SEO

      10/10

        Updates & Support

        8/10

          Pros

          • Efficient page Speed, optimized on-page SEO and perfect page speed
          • Responsive design meta tags and SEO plugin collection.
          • 98 / 100 performance on Pingdom and 83 / 100 on Google Page Speed Insight.
          • RTL support, call to action and widgets for display of Advertisment and other quick data

          Cons

          • Limited features and functionalities
          • No demos – the theme lacks a single detail demo
          • No custom or built-in short codes
          • Limited customization and no documentation

          Comments

          1. George D. Mendez

            Design & Usability

            8.5

            Functionality

            9

            SEO

            9.5

            Updates & Support

            9

            I bought this lighthouse theme earlier this month. I thought it came with more widget options based on the (limited) demo.

            I specifically need

            1) full content-width widget (not page width), basically 1 across

            And

            2) right and left widgets, half content width, basically 2 columns

            Can anybody tell me how to do this, or provide any code, I am also willing to pay for it if any developer thinks he can help me.

            Please let me know, thank you!

            1. Patricia W. McKinney

              Design & Usability

              9.3

              Functionality

              9.5

              SEO

              9.6

              Updates & Support

              9.3

              I don’t think this is achievable in this theme. However you can try visual composer with your template if it works. Otherwise you can ask for refund from developers which you will get most probably.

            2. Sally R. Gilchrist

              Design & Usability

              9.2

              Functionality

              9

              SEO

              9

              Updates & Support

              8.9

              I don’t think this is achievable in this theme. However you can try visual composer with your template. If it does not work you can ask for refund which you will get most probably.

          2. George D. Mendez

            Design & Usability

            8.5

            Functionality

            9.5

            SEO

            9.5

            Updates & Support

            9.5

            Hello, hope everyone is doing well. Does anyone know that whether theme of RTL languages supported? Is RTL be added in the next update?
            Will you also hard code a loader in the header and move the jquery to the footer? This way you will also score a 100 on mobile view, which will be important in 2-3 months when google will re-do their search ranking algorithm. You can read more about it here:
            https://www.w3schools.com/howto/tryit.asp?filename=tryhow_css_loader5
            You will need to hard code the script in the header, but since it doesn’t call the external javascript file it will not be seen as render blocking.

            1. Christopher M. Williamson

              Design & Usability

              9.3

              Functionality

              9.3

              SEO

              9.5

              Updates & Support

              9.1

              Yes I have emailed the theme developers. It will be added in the next update.

            2. George P. McCray

              Design & Usability

              9

              Functionality

              9

              SEO

              9

              Updates & Support

              8.6

              I don’t think this is achievable in this theme. However you can try visual composer with your template. If it does not work you can ask for refund which you will get most probably.

          3. Edward C. Kellogg

            Design & Usability

            9

            Functionality

            9

            SEO

            9

            Updates & Support

            9

            Hi, I am interested in your theme. I have A LOT of youtube video’s I want to embed on a few pages that can only be accessed via membership. Is it possible to embed the videos so that they play on the page from the website? And is it possible to create a membership portal?

            1. Debra F. Jackson

              Design & Usability

              9.2

              Functionality

              9.1

              SEO

              9.1

              Updates & Support

              9.3

              It is not possible with the current theme however there are a number of plugins out there which can fulfil this requirement.

            2. Ernest V. Jimenez

              Design & Usability

              9.3

              Functionality

              9.4

              SEO

              8.3

              Updates & Support

              8.6

              It is not possible with the current theme, however, there are a number of plugins out there which can fulfill this requirement.

          4. Sarah R. Lopez

            Design & Usability

            9.4

            Functionality

            9.3

            SEO

            9.4

            Updates & Support

            9

            Also, I’d like to remove the big header space. How can I do that? Next, is it possible to have the header look exactly the same when you load it as when you scroll down (white background, menu directly next to logo)?

            1. Donald B. Mitchell

              Design & Usability

              9.6

              Functionality

              9.5

              SEO

              9.7

              Updates & Support

              9.7

              Ah cool! in order to remove big header space, go to appearance > Editor > Stylesheet.css

              And paste in following:

              .site-header { height: auto !important; min-height: auto !important; max-height: auto !important; } nav.navbar.navbar-default.navbar-fixed-top.navbar-left.lh-nav-bg-transform { background: #333 !important; }

              Now, in order the to look header exactly the same:
              Please go into the stylesheet.css once again and copy paste this to the bottom of the document:

              .lh-nav-bg-transform .navbar-nav>li>a { color: #333 !important; text-shadow: 0px 0px 0px #fff !important; }

              .navbar.lh-nav-bg-transform { font-size: 14px !important; } nav.navbar.navbar-default.navbar-fixed-top.navbar-left.lh-nav-bg-transform { background: #fff !important; }

              It is important that it is the last thing!

          5. Nicole R. Cornish

            Design & Usability

            9

            Functionality

            9.3

            SEO

            9.1

            Updates & Support

            9.2

            Ah cool! in order to remove big header space, go to appearance > Editor > Stylesheet.css

            And paste in following:

            .site-header { height: auto !important; min-height: auto !important; max-height: auto !important; } nav.navbar.navbar-default.navbar-fixed-top.navbar-left.lh-nav-bg-transform { background: #333 !important; }

            Now, in order the to look header exactly the same:
            Please go into the stylesheet.css once again and copy paste this to the bottom of the document:

            .lh-nav-bg-transform .navbar-nav>li>a { color: #333 !important; text-shadow: 0px 0px 0px #fff !important; }

            .navbar.lh-nav-bg-transform { font-size: 14px !important; } nav.navbar.navbar-default.navbar-fixed-top.navbar-left.lh-nav-bg-transform { background: #fff !important; }

            It is important that it is the last thing!

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