Piemont is a diverse and responsive WordPress blogging theme. It is multisite and multilingual supported. It is aesthetically pleasing with a clean layout and comes with nine different demos to showcase its versatility. It can be used for fashion, travel, food or even simple blogging site. You can easily setup a shop with Piemont as it is compatible with WooCommerce. Whether it’s a personal blog or a business website, Piemont is flexible to handle any type of user with its unlimited customization options in terms of header, sidebar and post styles, unlimited colors and fonts.
The theme is extremely user-friendly with its one-click demo import and powerful control panel. Without any coding knowledge, you can setup the theme in two minutes.
For in-depth analysis of the theme’s functionality a detailed and thorough breakdown is given below:
Design and Usability: (9/10)
Piemont theme has a pretty good design and it is easy to use as well. This is why it is considered as a beautiful theme in the WordPress directory. Let’s have a look at what Piemont has to offer for end users.
1. Multiple Design Options:
Piemont is generous when it comes to design options. It has unlimited color themes, color skins and fonts. It comes with four menu positions (Top, Header, Footer and Offcanvas) with different styles. There are more than twenty header and footer style combinations. There is also an option of sticky header available. The supported post formats include gallery, video, audio, link, status and quote. There are five blog styles and listing layouts which include default, masonry, vertical, 2 column and compact list. The theme is fully integrated with Lightbox and Lightbox gallery for display of images in a beautiful manner. There are four sliders for featured posts with unlimited colors. The five sidebar areas for widget (left, right, footer light, footer dark and offcanvas) come with dedicated sidebar management functionality.
2. Light Box Integration:
The theme is fully integrated with Lightbox and Lightbox gallery for display of images in a beautiful manner. There are four sliders for featured posts with unlimited colors. The five sidebar areas for a widget (left, right, footer light, footer dark and off canvas) come with dedicated sidebar management functionality.
3. Social Media Integration:
Piemont takes care of the social media aspect. It is Social Share and Social Follow integrated. You can also display your Instagram account’s content via the beautiful yet simple Instagram Feed.
Here are some functionality features which Piemont has to offer:
1. Customization Ease:
Piemont is extremely easy to use without any prior coding knowledge or experience. It comes with an Advanced Piemont Control Panel which makes theme installation and configuration easy as pie. You can import any of the nine demo’s content with one click. Child theme is also part of the purchase package and supports shortcodes.
2. Responsive Layout:
The theme is fully design responsive. It is built in Bootstrap 3 platform and has retina support as well. The layout of the theme flows seamlessly on any screen size without any issue.
3. Plugin Compatibility:
Piemont is fully compatible with plugin giants like WooCommerce, MailChimp Newsletter, Contact Form 7, Simple WP Retina, Regenerate Thumbnails, etc.
4. Custom Widgets:
Piemont’s custom widgets provide better results than default one’s. These include Recent Comments widget and Piemont Recent Posts widget.
5. Multilingual Ready:
The theme is translation ready and is compatible with LocoTranslate plugin. Piemont Translation Manager makes them management of translations easy.
Search Engine Optimization, Performance & Code: (7.5/10)
Let’s have a detailed look on SEO, performance aand code of link since this is very important in order to keep the site up in the search results.
Piemont is fully Search Engine Optimized. SEO is extremely important for blogging websites as it leads to higher page ranking on the search engines which in turn gives website exposure to new audience. It is recommended to install plugins like Yoast SEO for optimum level of SEO.
2. Structured Data Testing Tool:
The theme has a very good and clean code structure. The quality of the code can be verified from the structured data testing tool’s evaluation:
3. Page Speed:
The theme has below average speed score on both desktop and mobile devices. This score should be increased by implementing common WordPress speed optimization practices and by fixing the following issues:
4. Render-blocking JS and CSS in the above fold:
Updates, Support and Documentation: (7.5/10)
Piemont has a regular update pattern with each new version full of new and improved functionalities. The theme’s support system is average and can be reached via ticket system and Themeforest forum. The support team is clearly not familiar on how to respond on forum comments when asked a question as the replies show no customer centric approach. The team needs to work on their customer handling skills. The online documentation is quite elaborate. The video demonstrations and tutorials also help and guide the customers in deployment and configuration of the theme.
- Unlimited Design Options
- Easy Customizations
- Extensive Documentation
- Slow page speed
- Support not customer friendly
Piemont is easy but powerful personified. It is a theme with heavy duty features but is light and fully responsive. It is flexible to accommodate any type of website and is fully responsive with translation compatibility.