If you haven’t already heard of it, Avada is one of the best-selling premium WordPress themes of all time. Since arriving on the market in 2012, over 250,000 copies of Avada have been sold through the Themeforest website. Unsurprisingly, many people say it’s the best WordPress theme on the market. Avada underwent a significant update in the second half of 2016, introducing a wide range of extra features and an improved page builder.
Costing $60 at the time of writing, Avada contains as many features, options and possibilities as you can imagine. Premium WordPress themes sold on Themeforest are often criticised for containing ‘bloat’ – unnecessary features and coding – and in some cases the criticism is justified. However, if you lack the skills or time to build a website from scratch, the wealth of features available is the very reason why you’ll love Avada!
Relatively easy to customise, Avada is suitable for a wide range of websites, including blogs, online shops, company websites, portfolio sites and more or less anything else you have in mind. It comes with a variety of built-in plugins including WooCommerce, Contact 7, LayerSlider, Revolution slider, bbpress and Events Calendar. Obviously, you don’t have to use all these extras and you can ‘switch off’ most of the features you don’t need. With all the flexibility it offers, Avada is one of those themes that can be used for more or less anything, and any type of website you can imagine.
The Avada theme comes with a wide range of downloadable demo sites which are great because they allow to to start off with a fully functional website, into which you can add your site content. However, you probably won’t want your site to be just a clone of someone else’s demo. Luckily, Avada makes it easy to modify and customise your site in more or less any way you want.
These days, users with mobiles and tablets make up a large part of internet traffic, so it is essential that any new website is fully responsive and accessible to these users. Like all modern themes, Avada is fully responsive out of the box. This means you can change the width of containers and boxes without breaking the responsive layout, and without needing to pay for an extra ‘mobile’ theme.
Speed is important. Nobody likes a slow website and that includes Google. If your website is faster than competing websites (in Google searches), yours will be given preference. To help with loading times, most if not all serious websites use a caching plugin of one kind or another. Our favourite cache plugin is WP-Rocket and the authors of that plugin did a test of their plugin with Avada. You can see the results here.
How to get Avada?
It depends on your confidence and skill level. When you buy a premium theme, the vendor or author usually gives you a period of free support, which includes help setting it up, so if you need help setting a theme up, the best solution is to buy from the author. If you buy this theme on Themeforest, for example, you get 6 months support. If you want support after the initial 6 months, you have to pay for it.
If you’re able to set up themes without needing help (or don’t mind Googling for answers to your questions) and don’t mind manually updating your theme a couple of times a year, downloading it from WPDepository makes sense! Don’t forget that subscribers to WPDepository you are able to download any from hundreds of themes and plugins, not just one!