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**Update – I have since changed themes to a more ‘magazine’ style theme, however, I still highly, highly recommend X Theme and still use it for clients today.**
Over the last few years of blogging, I’ve become quite addicted to finding the ‘perfect’ theme. I have purchased just about every highly recommended theme, I’ve use the Genesis Framework, paid for themes to be customised for me and have always been in search of a theme that just works.
And then I found X.
I was in theme lovers heaven. Seriously, I get excited when I talk about how much I love X Theme because it is so darn powerful and has so, so many options for customisation. Unlike other themes where you land on someone’s site and you can tell in just a few seconds which theme they are using, X just looks different for everyone.
Why Is X Theme So Different?
There are four different ‘Stacks’ to choose from. These Stacks determine a few things within your site design and the overall ‘feel’. Within each of these Stacks there are a bunch of different pre-made templates you can use. Alternatively you can build your whole site from scratch, however I find using one of these pre-made templates to be an easier option.
Once you upload the template you want, you can change, move, delete and add different elements as you see fit. Unlike other themes where you have set parameters to work within, X Theme lets you do just about anything you want.
Another Theme, Another Learning Curve
So this was one of my biggest hesitations with X, and I totally understand if it’s that way for you too. X doesn’t really work like other themes, in that you can actually drag and drop what elements you want, where you want them. And for some that can be a little overwhelming when you start.
Thankfully, I’m the kind of person who just likes to dive in and click on things, move things around and know that if I ‘break’ anything, I have plenty of backups to get me back on track. So that’s exactly what I did.
X Theme uses Cornerstone to build out all of your pages. Once you get into the swing of things, it’s really easy to use. It also means that you have a built in landing page designer with your theme. No need for Beaver Builder or Leadpages anymore… it’s all here for you.
But, because I know how frustrating it can be to buy a theme blind and not really know what you’re getting yourself into, I recorded a little behind the scenes look of X Theme for you, showing you how I set up my websites and kick off the design process.
Behind the Scenes of X Theme
Additional Premium Plugins
When you purchase X Theme, it comes with a whole bunch of premium plugins for you to use on the site. The one plugin I have found completely invaluable is ConvertPlug. Prior to using this plugin, I was using HelloBar, SumoMe and OptinMonster to collect email optins. That’s a lot of different platforms to manage, let alone the monthly subscription fees that come along with them.
But, ConvertPlug replaces them all. Literally. And it’s included! Winning!
What About All The Tech Specs?
I’m not here to tell you I know all the ins and outs of tech specs for this site but I can tell you that since installing X Theme my site speed has increased, thanks to the clean code and being able to delete a bunch of plugins I no longer needed.
I also host through SiteGround which makes a massive difference to my site speed. They are freaking amazing and their support is second to none (they even fix things for me when I break them and are incredibly polite – bonus points!).
Also included are a bunch of different shortcodes to make your setup easier, you can translate to different languages for those out there that are multi-lingual and of course it is a fully responsive theme.
In addition you get access to the members area where you can ask any questions you may have and there’s even a Facebook Group that is super active with over 11,000 members. Also, if you want to see X Theme in action, this post has a whole bunch of different examples of sites using X Theme.
If you’re in the market for a new theme, or you want to just update your site to something clean and customizable, X Theme is a great investment and I know you’ll love it.