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Pofo is a multi-purpose WordPress theme from ThemeZaa that comes packaged with 29 unique theme designs and over 200 pre-built templates.
The designs are suitable for corporate websites, creative agencies, portfolios, and blogs. Pofo has great support for WooCommerce so it would be a great choice for an online shop too.
In this article I would like to show you the designs available in Pofo and help you see why it has become such a popular WordPress theme.
Pofo Design & Features
Pofo is a fast-loading WordPress theme that has been optimised for search engines. Created using HTML5, CSS3, and the Bootstrap 3 framework, the theme is translation-ready and supports WordPress child themes.
Over 150 shortcodes are available to help you style pages. Pofo also supports mega menus for navigation, parallax and video backgrounds, and also has a built-in under maintenance page template.
As you will see later in this review, Pofo gives you great control over fonts, colours, and other styling options, too.
Slider Revolution allows you to create gorgeous responsive sliders for your website. It can also be used to create professional carousels, social media feeds, and more.
WP Bakery Page Builder, formerly known as Visual Composer, was one of the first WordPress drag and drop page builders on the market and it remains one of the best.
Using the plugin you can create amazing content on the frontend or backend of your website. It offers dozens of content elements and a library of pre-made templates to help you create professional pages.
29 unique designs are included with Pofo. Each design as its own unique look and feel.
Once a design has been imported, you can modify it and change the layouts of the home page, the header, the footer, portolio pages, blog pages and more. Design customisations take place in the WordPress theme customiser, though you can change many aspects of your design on a page by page basis.
Take a look at the Pofo theme demo page to get a better appreciation of what Pofo offers.
Pofo has also been tested for compatiblity with poopular WordPress plugins such as WPML, W3 Total Cache, and Yoast SEO.
During my testing I did not encounter any errors, which is no surprise as the theme's code is clean and well documented.
Setting Up Pofo
Theme demos and templates are one of the best features of Pofo. To use a design you need to import it into your website.
You may find that when you are testing Pofo you will import many designs and pages that you do not need for your live website. I would therefore advise installing Pofo in a test installation of WordPress first so that you can familiarise yourself with the theme. You can then install the theme on your live website when you have a good understanding of how it works.
Once you have uploaded Pofo to your website and activated the theme, you will be asked to activate your license.
Rather than enter a license key, you are required to log into your Envato account and authorise ThemeZaa to connect to your account.
After activation you will also see a plugin installation message.
Activating the Pofo Addons plugin will ensure the demo import page is available to you. This page explains the memory limit you will need to import the data. It also explains that you need to have a plugin activated in order for its demo data to be imported e.g. contact forms.
If you have installed Pofo on a test WordPress website, I recommend importing all demo data. This allows you to test out all Pofo theme demos and templates and see which designs work best for you.
Indvidual layouts can be imported for posts, pages, and portfolios. This is useful if you are activating Pofo on a live website and do not want to import all data; however the process is not user-friendly.
Instead of showing you a thumbnail of the design you want to import, Pofo uses layout titles such as “Post Title 9”, “About Us Modern”, and “Portfolio Title 15”. Whilst these titles may mean something to the developers, to everyone else these titles are meaningless as you have no idea which template they refer to.
They should change this in future versions so that users can see a preview of which layout before the data is imported into their website. As it stands, it is a bit of a guessing game.
The demo page keeps you updated with the progress of imports. This will also highlight errors if they occur.
Once you have imported demo data into your website, you are asked to install the Regenerate Thumbnails plugin and run it so that thumbnails are displayed properly.
If you chose to import all data into your test website, you can browse all Pofo theme demos and layouts using the main navigation menu. There is no option to switch between designs, so this is the best way to see all of the home page layouts, portfolio layouts, and blog layouts.
Please be aware that the theme designs you import will not look 100% like the official theme demos as the developers are not allowed to include all the stock images they used there.
I was impressed by how quickly data was imported into my website, however there is definitely room for improvement on the demo page to make the process of importing designs simpler.
Additionally, at the moment there is no simple way of deleting the posts, pages, and portfolio layouts, that are imported. You need to delete these manually.
Customising Your Website
Pofo places all customisation options in the WordPress theme customiser. This allows you to see the changes you make in real-time.
The options are divided into 16 top-level categories. This includes homepage settings, the header, the footer, layout and content, WooCommerce, and additional CSS.
Most features can be changed with a click of the button, whether it be your blog layout, featured images, colours, or fonts.
There are hundreds of options within the theme customiser, however you should not find it overwhelming as you simply need to tweak the parts of the design that matter to you.
Pofo's versatility extends to sidebars too. Each theme design has dozens of widget zones.
Several unique widgets are included to help you construct pages. This includes categories, blog posts, and social icons.
If you have experience with PHP and HTML, you may also want to edit files from the WordPress theme editor.
Whilst it may be convienent to do this in your admin area, I encourage you to always modify theme files on your computer and upload the files to your server directly. Leaving the theme editor active on your website presents many security issues so I recommend disabling it within your wp-config.php file.
A settings box is available for blog posts, pages, and portfolios. These settings allow you to override the default settings and customise each page and make it unique.
The box features a host of general layout settings, header settings, and footer settings.
I like the way that Pofo allows you to style your website design and make each page on your website unique. I do feel, however, that Pofo needs better backup functionality.
In a future version I would like to be able to backup the customisations I made for designs and settings so that I could export them to another website.
Pricing & Support
A license grants you six months of support. You can extend this for another six months for $17.63.
Pre-sale questions can be asked on ThemeForest.
A knowledgebase is available that answers common questions that users have. Over 33 video tutorials are also available. These videos walk you through installing Pofo, using shortcodes, sliders, and more.
Should you have any further questions, you can open a support ticket with your questions.
The WordPress theme market is highly competitive, however Pofo does enough to stand out from the crowd.
Its 29 designs are more suited towards creative websites, portfolios, and blogs. It would be a great design for an online store too.
There are a few areas in which the developers could improve the theme's usability. In particular, the demo system could be a little more user-friendly and an import and export system for settings would be helpful for those testing the theme and transferring their design to a live website.
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Summary: Pofo is a modern WordPress theme that comes with 29 beautiful theme designs. It allows you to style your website through the WordPress theme customiser.
The demo import system is fast, though the developers could simplify the way individual layouts are selected.
Be sure to check out Pofo's theme demos to get a full appreciation for what it can do.
Rated 4 stars