Flatsome vs Porto Theme comparison  💥
Porto vs Flatsome, both of these themes claim to be the cream of the crop for building web shops. I know the themes quite well and indeed that is their specialty. These are all-round themes that can actually be used for everything, so not just shops, corporate sites, blogs, et cetera. We take a closer look at the themes and see how big and where the differences between these two bestsellers are.
FLATSOME THEME (Porto 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.
PORTO THEME (Porto vs Flatsome)
I will discuss here the Wordpress version of the Porto Theme. There is also an HTML 5 version that has been around much longer, that you can find here. But we will discuss that another time. The Porto Theme has risen sharply lately, although it has always been among the best themes.
Porto theme review: Rating
When we check out Porto's rating on Themeforest, it is indeed 4.92 out of 5. I know the site and all the themes very well there, and 4.92 may very well be the highest possible rating for the 20 best-selling themes. There are themes with a higher rating, but not on Themeforest. Porto has been sold over 78.767+ times and 2855 people have given a rating, so that is very reliable.
Porto theme review: Demos
The theme has gone through some pretty extreme improvements that we're going to talk about now. Just like any other self-respecting WP theme nowadays, Porto has ready-made demo websites that can be installed with one click. They have added 30 of these since the last upgrade, bringing the total to almost 100.
The nice thing about demos is that you can make a quick start. The website is already with the wrong photos and texts in principle. So put your logo in it, adjust texts and photos and you are well on your way to having your own site.
Porto theme review: Webshops
66 multipurpose demos are available for all conceivable niches that can be used to create beautiful corporate and private websites. It is great that no fewer than 33 demos are ready-made shops. From here you can quickly start a webshop.
Porto theme review: Speed
In the meantime, no theme wants to be left behind in terms of loading times or speed, as Google attaches more and more value to this. Porto is therefore also built with a fast code that ensures good loading times in browsers. Porto also has a built-in speed wizard that helps you make your website even faster, which is quite unique. Of course you can also do this yourself if you read my tutorial here.
Porto theme review: Pagebuilders
The Porto theme comes standard with the in my opinion very good WP Bakery Pagebuilder. A solid page builder that has several third-party plugins available to extend the elements. The theme is also fully compatible with the Elementor page builder, one of the best out there in this area. Among the demos you will find about twenty layouts that have been made with it, so that you can work with Elementor after you install one.
Click on the video above to see the page builder in action.
Porto theme review: Header builder
The header is like a grid where you can drag and drop elements. So it is easy even for laymen to build exactly the header they had in mind. A cool tool! We can't help but give the full marks for this in this Porto theme review.
Porto theme review: Elements
Porto currently offers 33 elements for the Bakery Pagebuilder, which, as mentioned before, is easy to expand with plugins.
Porto theme review: Revolution Slider
The Revolution Slider is by far the best slider plugin. There are a lot of options, which takes some getting used to if you do not know the plug-in yet and also after a major upgrade as has only happened with the new version 6. However, the documentation of the plug-in is very good, which means that you will quickly discover how everything works. Google searches also always help me with that. The good side is that once you get used to it, you don't want anything else. There are practically no limits to what it can do and everything works smoothly.
Porto theme review: Conclusion
I think the Porto theme is great. The demo layouts are beautiful, the setup of the theme is quick and easy, and it has a good loading time. The theme is indeed very suitable for building shops and the header builder is of course fantastic. The price is just standard for themes on Themeforest so that's okay too. The theme offers great value for money.
Porto vs Flatsome conclusion
First of all, thank you for reading this Porto vs Flatsome comparison to the end. Both themes have impressive heder builders and good page builders. Flatsome uses its own UX-Builder, Porto uses Elementor Free but with an extra widget. Both themes have very professional web shops built and as far as I am concerned these 2 themes are completely equivalent. Regardless of which theme, it is always a good choice if you are looking for a theme for only 1 website.
In case you want to provide 2 or more websites with a theme, I do not recommend both of these themes because then it will be much too expensive, since a separate expensive license will be required for each website. In that case, you can much better use Astra or Divi as it will save you money for multiple sites. In addition, these latter themes are ranked higher in my top 10 themes for  than Flatsome and Porto.