Flatsome vs Hello Theme comparison  💥
FLATSOME vs HELLO
HELLO vs Flatsome, we compare these top-rated themes on their qualities. Since Flatsome comes with its own page builder, we install Elementor in Hello to make a good comparison. Hello belongs to the builders of Elementor and is specially made for it. We start with Flatsome. This does not automatically mean that it would be better.
FLATSOME THEME (Hello vs Flatsome)
There are many Wordpress themes that consider themselves as the best or perfect shopping theme. One of them is Flatsome. We will be reviewing the Flatsome theme. Let's start by looking at what other people thought of Flatsome based on the reviews they submitted. They received a rating from 5576 customers, an average of 4.80 out 5. This is a very high number and explains why the theme has been sold 206.754+.
Flatsome came on the market at the end of 2013 and we are not talking about a theme in its infancy, but about themes that have been improved for 7 years and that practically have no bugs for that reason. Also, such a theme will not be taken off the market quickly, so you can enjoy it for years.
Flatsome review: Woocommerce
So Flatsome is specialized in e-commerce and mainly in collaboration with Woocommerce, the most popular Wordpress plug-in for shops. My finding is that the theme indeed has a lot to offer in this area. It is even possible to style all product pages differently as shown below and checkout pages can also be adjusted via the CMS (no coding).
Other cool shop features that Flatsome offers are wishlist, sticky header, live product-search, unlimited forms. The goal of the builders of this theme was as much functionality as possible, which is as easy to operate as possible.
Flatsome review: Headers
Another feature that impressed me while writing this Flatsome Wordpress theme review is the ease with which one changes the header. Even more impressive is the header builder with which you build your own header within a few minutes, exactly how you want it. See the 2 photos below.
Flatsome review: UX Builder
Just like Avada has its own page builder called Fusion Builder and Kallyas its Zion Builder, Flatsome has its UX Builder. These are all very good page builders that are used exclusively in their own theme. Often with such page builders you can work almost as well as with the top page builders in the market, although there are clearly fewer options.
Watch a small video below to see how the UX Builder works. The video takes only 9 minutes.
Flatsome review: SEO
We're going to talk about SEO in this Flatsome review. Below is an image where Flatsome claims to be the fastest theme on Themeforest. I wonder if that is really the case because there are many candidates for that, but at least the theme has a good loading time. If you are looking for the fastest themes out there read my article about this topic.
Flatsome review: Elements
Like all premium themes, Flatsome is full of elements that you can use on your pages through their page builder. I am not going to list them all, by looking at the image below, you will immediately know everything.
Of course, Flatsome can do a lot more than I have listed here in my Flatsome theme review. Take a look at their own site if your interest has been piqued. Flatsome is one of the top themes today, especially for building shops. So it is well worth the money, incidentally it also has fantastic documentation and support.
HELLO THEME (Hello vs Flatsome)
HELLO ELEMENTOR THEME REVIEW
In April 2020, Elementor released its own theme, the Hello Elementor theme. Not a bad idea because many people wondered which theme to use with Elementor, that is now more or less clear.
Since Elementor has so many possibilities, there is sometimes a battle between Elementor and a Wordpress theme, which also offers the same possibilities. That is redundant and not necessary. People prefer to use a theme like Hello Elementor, which leaves everything to the page builder but in itself offers a stable basis for the website.
Of course there are also themes such as Astra Pro which is also fully focused on Elementor and only extends it extra. Such a theme is of course a lot better than Hello, but one must have a great knowledge of themes and page builders to know this at all.
Hello has a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Wordpress.org. A number of people apparently expect something special and think it is too basic, at least that is my conclusion. However, it is seen that the theme has already been installed on 1.000.000+ websites despite its short existence, which is unprecedented.
HELLO LOADING TIME
We are doing 2 tests, the first without a cache plugin, the second with the best cache plugin installed, WP-Rocket. As expected, the theme loads very quickly, it is after all a minimalist theme.
Without WP-Rocket cache plugin
With WP-Rocket cache plugin
Creating a child theme is not that difficult, but you still need to know how. For those of you who don't know, on Github becomes a ready-made child theme for Hello Elementor offered. Ultimately, a child theme is little more than a functions.php file and a style.css stylesheet. Install both the theme itself and the child theme with the same name. Activate the child theme and you can edit these files there. If you upgrade your theme, these files will not be overwritten if you changed them.
After you have installed the theme, you will see that there is really little of a theme, which is also the intention. There are no sidebars, no footer and no header. There are no theme settings as other themes have and you cannot adjust anything via the WP customizer. Everything is left to Elementor with this theme, but don't worry because Elementor can do everything.
Elementor allows you to construct the complete pages and posts through sections and columns using its templates as shown below.
ELEMENTOR PAGE DESIGNS
You don't have to build everything yourself, of course. Elementor offers demo layouts for pages from which you can start the design. This is something that premium themes also offer, but Elementor can do the same and more as most of these themes.
Despite the fact that Elementor Free is a nice page builder, the difference with Elementor Pro is huge. Only here will you get full control over your header, footer, and hundreds of demo designs. The Pro version contains 50+ extra widgets compared to the free version, form builders and a sea of options for shops with Woocommerce. It is highly recommended to upgrade to Elementor Pro. Via the button below you can read my review for Elementor Pro.
Hello vs Flatsome conclusion
First of all, thank you for reading this Hello vs Flatsome comparison to the end. Of course, the Elementor page builder in the pro version is a lot better than the UX-Builder with which Flatsome is delivered. Elementor Pro costs less than the Flatsome theme and since Hello is free, this seems like the best comparison to me as we spend the same money that way. My preference goes to Hello + Elementor when it comes to building blogs and normal sites. In the case of a webshop, I also think Flatsome is great and they score about the same in that area.
Suddenly there is a big difference if you have to provide multiple sites with a theme because with Flatsome you will have to buy a separate expensive license for each site, while Hello + Elementor Pro has good offers for several websites at the same time. If you own 2 or more websites, I would definitely choose Hello + Elementor.