Go vs Storefront Theme comparison  💥
GO THEME (Storefront vs Go)
Go is a theme designed by the famous hoster Go-Daddy...
The Go Theme only has a free version available through Wordpress.org. As a result, this review is somewhat smaller than that of themes that also have a pro version. This does not alter the fact that this theme is very good. It has 80,000+ active installs right now of course. The Go Theme was developed by Godaddy, the world famous hosting company. The theme comes together with the CoBlocks plug-in, also from Godaddy. The theme has unique properties that other themes do not have.
Go theme review: Rating
For starters, remember that Go has only been available to download from Wordpress.org since January 2020. If we check the Go-Theme's rating on Wordpress.org, it's 4.7 out of 5 which is just a really good rating. The Go-Theme has been installed on more than 80,000+ websites, which also gives a good impression of how much people like to work with this theme.
Go theme review: Demos
Like most good Wordpress themes nowadays, the Go-Theme has ready-made demo websites that can be installed with 1 click, the Go-Theme currently offers about 15 of them. For Go + CoBlocks these are the following demos that have their own name: Alder, Ashby, Barista, Bento, Everett, Figure, Keynote and Salt. The nice thing about demos is that you can make a quick start with them. The website is in principle already ready, but still with the wrong photos and texts. So place your logo in it, adjust the texts and photos and you are well on your way to having your own site.
Go theme review: Webshops
With the Go-Theme, the integration of the popular Woocommerce is a piece of cake and the theme is completely prepared for it. There are also a number of stylish minimalistic demos for webshops. On their site you will find these under Go + CoBlocks + WooCommerce called Avenue, Chai, Jane, Philo and Wares. The webshops that are built with this theme have a professional appearance.
Go theme review: Speed
Since Google nowadays honors fast-loading websites with a better SERP (Search Engine Result Page), the themes ensure that they have their loading speed in order and that also applies to the Go-Theme. You can see from the images above that the Go-Theme with a cache plugin performs extremely well in all tests, these are top-loading times.
Go theme review: Customizer
The Go-Theme theme comes standard with the Gutenberg page builder and adds the CoBlocks plugin which make everything work a lot better. That's why I don't think it's necessary to work with a 3rd party page builder. If you want to work with a top page builder, get the Divi Theme, which is of course not free. The complete extensive settings are in the Customizer.
Go theme: CoBlocks installs
CoBlocks is a plugin that currently offers 31 blocks. It also offers rows and columns so that Gutenberg functions practically as a trusted page builder. In the image above you can see that CoBlocks is installed on many more websites (500k+) than the Go-Theme and is therefore also used in many other themes. This is a top plugin.
Go theme review: Conclusion
The Go-Theme is a very good free theme. It offers many demos without paying anything where most themes only do that in the pro version. The use of the CoBlocks plugin is also very practical, although I personally prefer a good pagebuilder. The Go Theme is enough for most people to build a decent website and is easy to work with. If you'd rather spend some money to work with one of the best themes out there, you can do that too.
STOREFRONT THEME (Storefront vs Go)
Storefront is the default theme of Woocommerce...
In this Storefront Theme review we take a look at whether the theme that Woocommerce itself released to work with their E-commerce plug-in is actually a good product. One of the things that immediately struck me is that extensions have to be purchased for a number of functions of Woocommerce. This does not necessarily have to be a problem, because there are many themes with a free version that are very good but do not offer 100% functionality.
If we check on Wordpress.org Storefront's rating, we see that practically all raters 5 stars gave up except for a few haters. The average score is 4.4 which is a good score, but there are themes with almost 5/5 so it is not really impressive. The theme is currently installed on 200,000+ websites (active installs), which is a pretty high number for a minimalist theme.
As a free theme, the Storefront theme does not offer demos, which are also not really necessary. But if you want a different design, the Storefront Child Themes that Woocommerce offers might be a good alternative. I'll say right away that these cost about $40 each and basically you can get a good Woocommerce theme like WP-Astra. There are 2 free Child Themes, called Deli and Boutique.
STOREFRONT THEME REVIEW: WEBSHOPS
Logically, the theme is 100% compatible with Woocommerce, and is only suitable for building webshops. It is theoretically possible to create a blog or corporate site with it, but the theme is not intended for that. I recommend getting one of the top Woo-themes for that.
The Storefront theme is one of the fastest themes out there for Wordpress and should actually be in my list for fastest Woocommerce themes, but then again, the theme should also be a star which is not the case. The bare theme with no extra plugins with just an optimized cache plugin produced the result presented above. Of course you can optimize your website yourself for loading time. Follow this advice here.
STOREFRONT: PAGE BUILDERS
The Storefront theme uses the Gutenberg page builder by default, but is compatible with Elementor Pro, and all the other elite page builders out there for Wordpress.
STOREFRONT: SHOP PAGES EXAMPLES
A Website built with Storefront is 100% responsive on all devices, fully compatible with Woocommerce and all its extensions. Below are some layouts from the demo shop for Storefront. Everything looks good, but as said before, there are themes that are much, much better to build a shop with such as Divi or Astra.
STOREFRONT: PAID AND FREE EXTENSIONS
There are a total of 11 special plug-in extensions that have been developed especially for Storefront. Of these extensions, 4 are free, the rest can be purchased (something I wouldn't do). The 4 free plug-ins are: Product sharing buttons, Contact Section on the Homepage, Hamburger Menu and an extra Footerbar.
STOREFRONT THEME REVIEW: CONCLUSION
The Storefront theme certainly does its job well as free theme and is very suitable for building shops with Woocommerce. It was made for that, so it's not surprising that it works well. However, there are much better themes that also work perfectly with Woocommerce, the free versions of which are also better than Storefront.
STOREFRONT VS GO CONCLUSION
Storefront and Go are both very good themes. Go is unique with CoBlocks and in principle you can work with Gutenberg in a pleasant way. Storefront runs the default Gutenberg or Elementor. I rate these themes equally highly, but tastes differ so you may have a favorite. It is true that Storefront is only for webshops and must be used with Woocommerce. Of course there are many better free themes than these two themes, such as Astra.