Abut the Neve Theme
The Neve WordPress theme comes with a lot of features – way more than you would normally find in a free theme. The goal of the Neve theme is obviously to upsell users to the pro version of the theme but that doesn’t mean the free version isn’t valuable in itself.
The Neve theme can be thought of as more of a framework than a theme really because you’ll need a fair few plugins installed to get started with the theme. The basic Neve theme is a lightweight theme, optimised for speed and performance that allows powerful tools to work along side it in order to create impressive websites.
When you install Neve, you are taken given a new options panel under Appearance → Neve Options. This panel allows very easy install and set up of everything you need.
By clicking a few buttons, you can get all the plugins and a choice of page builders installed for you. Once they are installed, it is then really easy t import one of the many high-quality designs. I found this by far the easiest way to get started with the theme, although it does force users to use the Elementor or Beaver Builder page builders in most cases.
If you’re a user of Elementor or Beaver Builder already, I’m sure you’ll love this theme. The pre-built layouts are high quality and you’ll be up and running very quickly. If Elementor and Beaver Builder are new to you, you’ll still be able to get up and running fast, but you’ll then need to learn how to use the page builders in order to make edits.
Neve Theme Pro or Free Version
Neve is very powerful as a free theme but the pro version does have some great extras thrown in. The pro version of Neve will give you a way to create custom headers and footers, more options for the blog, lots of WooCommerce options, custom layouts, a white label option (for developers to brand the theme as their own), a scroll to top option and custom blocks for Elementor.
These features are certainly worth paying for if you would like to really make your mark on your website.
Neve Theme Summary
I was really impressed by how many features are included in this theme and how slick the setup process was. The only downside to this theme is that you have to use Elementor or Beaver Builder to truly unlock all the features of the theme. For some users, this would be a big bonus because many people love these page builders, For me, I’d rather be able to set up themes without page builders.
It is great to see how much effort Themeisle have put into making the theme fast too. Speed is usually an issue for any website using page builders and whilst including them in Neve will still hit the performance, at least the underlying theme is well optimised and very fast.
Overall, this is a great theme and easily one of the best on the market if you like Elementor and Beaver Builder.