Hello vs Go Theme comparison  💥
Go vs HELLO, we compare these themes on loading speed, number of demos, quality of the demos, type of page builder they use and how easy they are to customize. Hello and Go are both freely available from Wordpress.org, neither has a pro version.
HELLO THEME (Go vs Hello)
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 901.000+ 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.
GO THEME (Go vs Hello)
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.
Go vs Hello conclusion
First of all, thank you for reading this Go vs Hello comparison to the end. Both themes are 100% compatible with Elementor page builder which is great, although the Go Theme does not really need a page builder. If you have the money to install Elementor Pro then I would definitely do that, the difference between free and pro is very big. Hello is made especially for Elementor. If you don't want to use Elementor, forget about Hello because on its own it's worth nothing. Both themes load very quickly and I can recommend them both.
Tip: There are themes that are ranked much higher in my top 10 themes for  than Hello and Go. The themes in this list are of course very good alternatives to Go and Hello.