Neve vs Sydney comparison  💥
This Sydney vs Neve Theme comparison shows you the pros and cons of these two fast-loading popular Wordpress themes. Both themes offer both a pro and a free version. I will discuss the themes one by one and inform you about both versions.
NEVE THEME (Sydney vs Neve)
We start in this Neve vs Sydney comparison with the Neve Theme which does not automatically mean it would be better. Let's take a look at why the theme is so popular. There are currently more than 100,000 active installations and in its rating, the theme practically only gets 5 out of 5 stars. It doesn't get much better. Neve was built by ThemeIsle, a company that builds elite WP themes and WP plug-ins.
Below you can see the rating and active installation where I have placed arrows.
Installing Neve is very easy. You can download the free version from Wordpress.org. Upload the theme file via the standard Wordpress install. Install and activate it as shown in below screenshot.
It is recommended to install one of the many ready themes that Neve offers as shown below. If you click on that button, you will receive a message that you must first install 1 of the approximately 10 plug-ins that come with the theme. So do that here "Neve options" >> "Plug-ins" and activate the plug-in.
You can now select and install one of the hundreds of ready-made themes via the offered import function. Multiple demos are available for each niche. Neve offers a lot of demos, and of very good quality. You are sure to find something to your liking. This all works flawlessly and super fast and in this neve review we give the full points for ease of installation.
There is practically no theme better prepared for the installation of the top page builders. At the moment there are 92 demos available for Gutenberg, 122 for Elementor, 48 for Brizy, 99 for BeaverBuilder, even 10 for DiviBuilder and 10 for Thrive Architect but these last 2 only in the pro version. See image below.
Let's run a speed test. It is important to know that with a good cache plug-in every website becomes much faster. I therefore run the test right away with the best cache plugin installed, called WP-Rocket. The plugin is set to optimize everything so css and js combined & minified. The results without optimized images and with optimized images are shown below and these are very good results. There are faster themes such as Genesis-Framework which is recommended by Google and Wordpress themselves. Ultimately, all themes in the top 5 for speed are blazing fast.
without optimized images
with optimized images
NEVE FREE VS NEVE PRO
Below you can see what the PRO version offers extra compared to the free version.
In this Neve theme review we now discuss some of the PRO functions, all BOOSTER add-ons belong to the PRO version. It is immediately clear that Neve PRO has a lot to offer.
NEVE HEADER BOOSTER
It more or less goes without saying what you can do with the Header Booster. Create beautiful Headers with incredible freedom, even for mobile. Advanced styling options and multiple HTML elements.
NEVE WOOCOMMERCE BOOSTER
This Booster makes your web shops much more professional with the many extra options. This certainly also results in a higher turnover.
NEVE BLOG BOOSTER
Increase the ease of use for visitors to your blog with the Blog Booster which offers a multitude of additional options.
NEVE ELEMENTOR BOOSTER
The Elementor Booster add-on gives you 9 extra widgets in your Elementor pagebuilder, provided you are using Elementor and not another page builder. It concerns the following widgets: Review Box, Flipcard, Typed Headline, Share Buttons, Progress Circle, Team Member, Banner, Content Switcher and Custom Field.
NEVE CUSTOM LAY-OUTS
With the add-on Custom Lay-Outs you can add your own content or custom code at all hook locations. You can also easily create special footers and headers with it.
NEVE THEME REVIEW: PRICING
Where other themes give licenses for 1 website, with Neve you always have the right to use the theme on as many sites as you want. For normal websites the Personal version is sufficient, if you own web shops I would opt for the slightly more expensive Bussiness version. Neve offers very reasonable prices and is well worth the money, this is a top theme.
NEVE THEME REVIEW: CONCLUSION
Neve is a great theme for both sites and shops with a huge variety of demo sites that can be installed with 1 click. The installation of the whole runs very smoothly and is very clear. The theme is written with great code, it cannot be more professional and is therefore one of the fastest themes on the market. The theme works with the best page builder I know, Elementor. As a result, Neve quickly builds top websites with the greatest of ease. It can be used on an unlimited number of websites and so you no longer need any other themes with Neve. Neve offers good support and you have 200+ videos and 300+ pages with tutorials available.
SYDNEY THEME (Sydney vs Neve)
In this Sydney Theme review we take a look at the most important features of this theme was launched by aThemes, a professional company that offers some very good Wordpress themes through their website. In 2013 Charlie Livingston started aThemes as a one man company but nowadays they work with 6 programmers.
Sydney theme review: Rating
If we check Sydney's rating on Wordpress.org, we see that practically all raters gave 5 stars except for a few haters. The theme is also quite well known among designers and is highly ranked on Wordpress.org for popular themes.
Sydney theme review: Demos
The Sydney theme offers about 12 modern demos that can be installed with 1 click. The choice is not too large, but since the theme is still very new, this will probably be expanded soon. Sydney also has 2 special Woocommerce demos from which you can quickly start webshops.
The great thing about demo websites is that they make a quick start. The website is already online but still with the wrong photos and texts. So put your own logo in it, adjust the texts and photos and you are well on your way to having your own website.
Sydney theme review: Webshops
I count only 2 demos for webshops in total. The theme is 100% compatible with Woocommerce, but if you are going to build a webshop then choose a theme like Astra or another theme from my top 10 for webshop themes. One can certainly build a good webshop with the Sydney theme, but there is simply better than this.
Sydney theme review: Speed
The Sydney theme is one of the fastest themes out there for Wordpress and should actually be in my list for fastest WP themes. Only the theme itself without additional plugins with only a well-configured cache plugin produced the result presented above. Check out a demo from Sydney itself and see how fast it loads. Of course you can optimize your website yourself for loading time. Follow this tutorial here.
Sydney theme review: Pagebuilders
The Sydney theme uses its own Building Blocks by default, but is compatible with Beaverbuilder and Elementor Pro page builder, one of the best out there in the field. I also definitely recommend installing Elementor for free if you're going to work with Sydney, but it's much better to buy the pro version.
Sydney: Google Fonts
With Sydney you don't need any additional plugins to have all Google Fonts. Sydney already has this built in as standard and you have more than 600 fonts available. You can set which font to use for each section, it all works perfectly.
Sydney theme review: Widgets
Sydney even offers some top widgets in the free version such as: Contact info, Video, Call to action, Clients, Employees, Facts, Latest News, Services Types, Lists, Social profiles, Testimonials, Skills, Timeline (Pro), and Latest news carousel (Pro). The theme is not only compatible with Elementor but with all top page builders so you can use the page builder that you like best.
Sydney: More features
Sydney has over 200,000 active installs and was downloaded much more often because it is simply a very good business theme for Wordpress. Sydney also offers the following features that I won't go into further: Frontpage Blocks, a very good SEO but unfortunately without Schema MarkUp, 100% Responsive on all devices, Parallax Backgrounds, Crelly Slider Support (Pro), and beautiful Full Screen Backgrounds. If Sydney has piqued your interest, I suggest you continue reading on their own website.
Sydney theme review: Conclusion
Sydney is a very good theme that has more impressive loading times. The demo layouts are beautiful, the theme set up is quick and easy. The theme is also very suitable for building shops with it, although it only offers 2 demos. The Sydney theme is ideally suited as a business theme and is 100% Translation Ready. If you'd rather dig a little further, I'd recommend checking out my list of the top 10 WP themes this year.
Sydney vs Neve Conclusion
First of all thank you for reading this Sydney vs Neve comparison till the end. Since Neve is quite pricey and Sydney comes for a little bit more money with 36 other premium themes, I think Sydney is the better choice. Especially if you are looking for a theme that excels in video options such as backgrounds and sliders and autoplay on mobile devices, then you don't have to search any longer.
Neve is lightning fast and offers many beautiful layouts and works perfectly with Elementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin and Divi Builder and Gutenberg. The Neve theme vs only Sydney without the other themes gives Neve as a clearer winner. The choice is yours.