Hello vs Virtue Theme comparison  💥
Virtue 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 adjust. Hello and Virtue are both freely available through Wordpress.org. However, a pro version is also available for Virtue.
HELLO THEME (Virtue 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.
VIRTUE THEME (Virtue vs Hello)
The Virtue Theme has both a free and a Pro version. The free version is very popular and as it should be, the Pro version is of course 5x better. I will discuss both versions. Virtue was designed by Kadence-WP. Kadence is their No.1 theme and here's my review for it.
You find here all themes that Kadence-WP has to offer. If you would switch to the pro version, it is best to take the "Bundle" with which you not only have the Virtue Theme but all these themes at your disposal in 1x. The pro version offers the next extras.
Virtue theme review: Rating
If we check on Wordpress.org Virtue's rating is 4.9 out of 5. There are almost no higher rated themes because out of 220 people who gave a rating, only 6 people gave it less than 5 stars. Virtue is installed on more than 40,000+ websites which instills even more confidence. Apparently a lot of people are satisfied with this theme.
Virtue theme review: Demos
Virtue has about 6 different demos that you can install with 1 click. If that's not enough for you, you'd better use the Astra Theme which has about 150 pieces. The nice thing about demos is that you can make a quick start with them. The website is ready but still with the wrong photos and texts in principle. So place your logo in it, adjust the texts and photos and you are well on your way to having your own site.
Virtue theme review: Webshops
Virtue is more than ready for building professional ecommerce websites with the popular Woocommerce plugin. Today, more than half of all shops are built online with Woocommerce. Virtue gives you great customizability for the theme and with many extra features such as different number of column layouts, radio buttons, and custom tabs.
Virtue theme review: Speed
The image above shows that the Virtue Theme produces insanely fast loading times with the help of a good cache plugin. Virtue is a minimalist theme and most of them are pretty fast so it doesn't surprise me. In order to be found well, it is very important these days to use a fast-loading theme and Virtue is therefore very suitable for that.
Virtue theme review: Pagebuilders
The Virtue theme comes standard with the Gutenberg page builder and its own PageBuilder. The theme is also fully prepared to work with the SiteOrigin page builder. This is a very good page builder that has been installed on more than a million websites. I definitely recommend that you use this free plugin.
Virtue Demo content Importer
Many themes whine about copyrighted images and if you install a demo of them in your website, it will not contain the same images that they show in the demo on their site. At Virtue, if desired, you will receive the original images as shown in the short video above.
Virtue theme: Blogs
Virtue is great for building your own blog. There are 4 different ready-made layouts and all types of blog posts can be beautifully displayed on the archive pages such as video posts, posts with sliders or images, etc.
Virtue theme: Image Grids
Do you want to show your projects to your visitors in a brilliant way? Virtue also offers great portfolio options with image grids or different styles of mosaic layouts that can be arranged in the number of columns you want.
Virtue: Header layout
Virtue, like most premium themes, offers quite a few different header styles. Logo left or center, multiple menus and more. Just choose the style that best suits your website and you're done. It doesn't have a real header builder so the options are limited and freestyling isn't included unless you're good with CSS.
Virtue Options Panel
Virtue has all the important settings for you in an options panel. This panel is very clear, settings are easy to find as they are divided into chapters. A search function in the settings like the Divi Theme unfortunately doesn't have that yet, but that is only necessary with a very large number of settings, something Virtue does not have.
Virtue theme review: Extra features
Much more is possible with Virtue and the image above shows a number of features that have not yet been discussed here. If your interest is aroused in the Virtue Theme, you can investigate further on their own site whether you like the theme.
Virtue theme review: Conclusion
All themes built by Kadence-WP are of very good quality, and that also applies to Virtue. One can build anything with it, such as blogs, portfolios, but I think the theme is best suited for company websites. The theme offers beautiful demos, many customization options and everything works smoothly. The pro version is great although there are of course better themes.
Virtue vs Hello conclusion
First of all, thank you for reading this Virtue vs Hello comparison to the end. Hello works with the Elementor page builder which is great and Virtue works with the SiteOrigin page builder who is also heavy in red. If you have the money to install Elementor Pro I would do so, 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 Virtue. The themes in this list are of course very good alternatives to Virtue and Hello.
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