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Soledad – as the name suggest is a powerful multi-concept blog theme for all purpose. Make it your elegant website, yummy food blog or trendiest fashion website or news forum, it is a perfect fit for every website or blog. Loaded with all type of features any modern website can hold, Soledad has full customization ability to mold it the way you want.

It has 300+ sliders and Blog combinations. Responsive design, a variety of gallery combinations, featured sliders, article styles, more than 700 Google Fonts and a lot other feature like you name it and you have it.

Indeed, Soledad is a fully loaded multipurpose WordPress theme designed with precision to modern trends and functionalities. Let’s have a look at the technical aspects of the theme in terms of design aesthetics, functionality, SEO, Updates and Support.

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Design and Usability: (9.5/10)

As per design and usability, Soledad is solely a prize. Seamless and sleek design with perfect fit features for every type and high flexibility, Soledad is a nice and dynamically aesthetic theme. Theme particulars in terms of design and usability are:

1. Mega Menu:

Soledad has mega-menu which works an efficient trendy way. You can display the featured images of the menu articles or images that you want. One click set up and are available in two styles, category mega menu and và column mega menu.

2. Body Layout:

The theme is available in body box color, body box image, body box pattern layout, and full-width layout so you can customize either way.

3. Featured Slider:

A variety of designs for featured slider, post slider, and Penci slider lets you present your work in an elegant manner.

4. Featured video Background:

Featured video on single page, featured video slider option gives you a full access to represent your stuff in action. Also, featured video in the background helps you to create nice effects to highlight your work and content.

5. Gallery:

The variety of styles for gallery to showcase your food blog, fashion magazine or photography work. It gives really catchy effect if used with light box.

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6. Header and articles style variety:

6 Header styles and 5 article layouts to display the articles and page content in the way you feel it presentable. Varied header styles help to feature the article easily and efficiently.

7. Social Widgets:

Soledad has twitter ticker, Pinterest widget, and Instagram feed to help you make your website in cross connection and viral.

With tons of google fonts and other design features, this theme is fit in all the aspects one could desire.

Here are some portfolio layouts of the theme. You can select the layout of your own choice and upload your work. And that’s all. you’ll be good to go!

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Functionality: (9.5/10)

The functionality-wise evaluation of Soledad is given below:

1. Responsive:

Soledad is responsive and could easily fit any screen size. Hence you can have your viewers from around the world and on any screen.

2. Woo Commerce compatible:

The theme is Woo Commerce compatible thus making it easy to extend its market to eCommerce.

3. RTL Support and Translation Ready:

Soledad is not only translation ready but also has RTL support. One can use it for Arabic, Hebrew or any language they want to target their market.

4. Penci Plugins:

Team Penci has developed custom plugins to provide ease to the valued customers. One can use the Review Plugin to gather the visitor’s opinion and also the Recipe plugin help you to make a perfect food blog.

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Search Engine Optimization, Performance & Code: (7.5/10)

Soledad through the lens of SEO, performance and code. The cross-sectional detail is below:

1. SEO Friendly:

Theme is built on HTML5 and CSS3 which is the updated technology and good for SEO. The theme is Yoast SEO compatible and could be optimized by the plugin. Well-written code follows the standards of Google and other search engines.

2. Soledad via Structured Data Testing Tool:

Passing through the structured data testing tools, Soledad’s clean code, and schema.org structure generated following results:

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3. Render-blocking Scripts:

The render-blocking JS and CSS needed to be fixed in order to improve the page rendering speed inn the browser. Optimum steps in this regard are to remove the script files and optimize the CSS files.

4. Browser Caching and Compression:

The browser caching is not leveraged therefore adding time in the page load over the web. The Gzip compression is active and gives a better rating to the theme when evaluated via various speed test systems.

5. CSS is not minified and JS is not minimized:

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are not minified due to which the Google Page Speed rate the website 56 out of 100.This need to be fixed by every user of the theme as per their website.

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Updates, Support, and Documentation: (9.5/10)

The theme is released in November 2015 and got updated to version 3 on December 16. Different versions of the updates tell how the team Penci is making effort to improve theme day by day. With the every update, they have added a new feature in the website as well as improved the existing ones.

Regular purchase license includes lifetime future updates and 6-month free support. The team is highly professional and respond to customer’s queries and pre-sale questions in minimum possible time. With their own support portal, the team manages the issues in an efficient way making their customers happy.

Documentation of Soledad is detailed and efficiently managed so that the required issue could be tracked in the specific section.

Soledad at a Glance:

Pros:

  • Three different styles for Ad and Google Adsense placement.
  • WooCommerce plugin support, Pinterest and Twitter widgets for connecting the website to social forums.
  • Translation ready and RTL language design handling.
  • Flexible theme customization portal.
  • Custom Penci plugins (Review and Recipe)
  • Dedicated support by Penci team

Cons:

  • The external plugin is required for SEO instead of any built-in feature.
  • slow page speed.

Conclusion:

Soledad is the multipurpose theme with flexible and customizable features. The theme is elegantly designed and got various custom functionality. The visual compose lets you be creative for your website or blog in your own way.

Its been a year to the theme and its users have not changed the opinion about it. They never felt any difficulty using it. As the happiest customers say, the theme is a must have for any purpose.

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Design & Usability

10/10

    Functionality

    10/10

      SEO

      8/10

        Updates & Support

        10/10

          Pros

          • Three different styles for Ad and Google Adsense placement.
          • Translation ready and RTL language design handling
          • Flexible theme customization portal
          • Custom Penci plugins (Review and Recipe)
          • Dedicated support by Penci team

          Cons

          • The external plugin is required for SEO instead of any built-in feature.
          • slow page speed.

          Comments

          1. Dennis E. Garcia

            Design & Usability

            8.00

            Functionality

            8.50

            SEO

            8.00

            Updates & Support

            9.00

            Thank you blogthemes for the review. I didn’t get the point why use of external plugins is a con. It should be a positive point towards as you get better SEO by the use of external plugins. The theme is a beautiful piece with nicely written code and they have taken care of all compatibility issues. There are few factors like slow pagespeed but the team can always fix these in next releases and make this theme best one out there in the market.

          2. Sarah R. Berry

            Design & Usability

            8.50

            Functionality

            7.00

            SEO

            7.00

            Updates & Support

            8.50

            I agree with Dennis regarding SEO that if the theme is compatible with external SEO plugin then it should be fine. I am not a very good expert of SEO but I still believe that yoast SEO plugin is enough for you to optimize your site.
            In addition to that, the beautiful design of theme and it’s nicely written code has made this theme perfect for buyers. Customer support is another good point. Good luck team. Thumbs up! (Y)

          3. Sadegh Shaikhi

            Design & Usability

            9.00

            Functionality

            7.00

            SEO

            7.00

            Updates & Support

            8.00

            One of the most used elements for any news or magazine websites are images, so lazy loading is necessary or you’re gonna have serious page load time issues,
            soledad theme doesn’t work with any of the lazy load plugins out there for wordpress, belive me, I Tried them all. the result is no matter how much optimization i did with images or with wp total cache i still git 50 page speed score with google speed insights.
            any one else facing the same issue?

          4. Louise R. Harvey

            Design & Usability

            9.40

            Functionality

            9.20

            SEO

            9.40

            Updates & Support

            9.00

            I have a couple of questions before buying the theme:

            Q1: is there a way to disable sticky nav menu? ( the bar under the header, which has a search icon)

            Q2: Can I choose the number of letters to display ( continue reading ) on home page?

            Q3: Can I from the control panel choose the style of the head of the sidebar? ( which has the title of the widget )

            Q4: Can I disable the author info which is in a box under all posts?

            Q5: Can I disable (comments number, share icons, love icon) which is at the end of each post?

            1. Gregory M. Kelly

              Design & Usability

              9.50

              Functionality

              9.30

              SEO

              9.30

              Updates & Support

              9.00

              I would recommend you to buy this theme since it is a beautiful, easy to implement and user-friendly theme. As far as your questions are concerned.

              1/ Yes. Developers support can help you with a line custom css.

              2/ Of course you can do that.

              3/ Yeah, of course, you can do that via WordPress Customizer

              4 & 5/ Of course. You can hide each thing with one click.

          5. Joseph H. Browning

            Design & Usability

            9.50

            Functionality

            9.50

            SEO

            9.50

            Updates & Support

            9.50

            Great theme! I just have one question before purchase: I would like to add quite a bit of content to the portfolio section. I understand that infinite scroll is not an option (I’ve been trailing through other’s comments), but wonder if pagination is possible here? And how does portfolio content compare to blog content in terms of loading speed.

            1. Erik C. Carruthers

              Design & Usability

              8.50

              Functionality

              8.80

              SEO

              8.50

              Updates & Support

              8.70

              Yes, the theme is really great I have used the theme quite some time. And yeah, in the next update, they will have options for that feature too. And as far as I know, the next update will come in next week only.
              Have a good day!

          6. Ashlee W. Edwards

            Design & Usability

            9.10

            Functionality

            9.20

            SEO

            9.40

            Updates & Support

            9.40

            Hello, I’ll like to know how can I use a background pattern (repeating) for a full-width site? (non-boxed layout)

            1. Tabitha G. George

              Design & Usability

              9.20

              Functionality

              9.30

              SEO

              9.30

              Updates & Support

              9.10

              Hi!
              To do that, please add more this code to Customize > Custom CSS:

              .wrapper-boxed{ background: url(‘your-pattern-image-url-here’) repeat center center; }

              Note: You need change ‘your-pattern-image-url-here’ to the pattern image url.

          7. Michael P. Dixon

            Design & Usability

            9.00

            Functionality

            9.00

            SEO

            9.00

            Updates & Support

            9.00

            Hi, I have already purchased this theme but I am facing a couple of issues. I want to upload the demo content where the boxes look like this demo http://pencidesign.com/soledad/ how do we do so? I’ve tried to upload the demo content multiple times, but it doesn’t show up anywhere.

            Also how does one get the 4 rather than 3 boxes on one life rather than them showing up on two lines? Is it possible?

            Anybody who has done this or knows how to do this can tell me. I ll really appreciate that.
            Thanks in advance

            1. Rita S. Fernandez

              Design & Usability

              9.20

              Functionality

              8.90

              SEO

              8.80

              Updates & Support

              8.80

              1/ Because you’re missing a step. Please do more ONLY STEP 2 in this guide ( on “How to import a demo?” )

              2/ You can select it display 4 boxes in Customize > Homepage Options > Home Featured Boxes Columns > select “4 columns”

          8. Gary E. Henkel

            Design & Usability

            9.20

            Functionality

            9.30

            SEO

            9.30

            Updates & Support

            9.20

            Hello, I have been made aware that WooCommerce has a major update to version 3.0. Is soledad v3.1.1 compatible with this update?

            I’m also aware that there is an update to Visual Composer and would like to know if/when I will be able to download the update to Visual Composer through Themeforest.

            Thank you!

          9. Sharon D. McCormick

            Design & Usability

            9.80

            Functionality

            9.70

            SEO

            9.30

            Updates & Support

            9.50

            Your queries might take some time for the developers to integrate with the theme. But I hope most of it will be included in the upcoming update.

            Since the theme is rapidly getting upgraded and the developers are really doing a great job.

          10. varun

            Design & Usability

            9.10

            Functionality

            8.90

            SEO

            3.20

            Updates & Support

            2.50

            Hi,
            I am using this theme.
            I have a query regarding video posts.
            I do not want the videos to be played on my homepage itself. I want the reader to click on the featured image and then land on the respective post’s page to watch the video.

            Can you please guide, how to do it?

          11. travestyle

            Design & Usability

            10.00

            Functionality

            9.90

            SEO

            9.90

            Updates & Support

            10.00

            Soledad theme version 4 really awesome with a lot of strong features.
            The speed optimized, great new designs…. you should update your review about that.
            Check my site: http://www.travestyle.com
            That’s the best theme I used in 10 years.

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