Zerif Lite A Popular and Versatile Free WordPress Theme

Zerif Lite is a very popular WordPress theme by Themeisle with over 100,000 active installs. It has great feedback from users due to it’s ease of use a feature rich admin area.

Review Summary

One of the best free WordPress themes on the market.
  • Ease of use: 5 stars
    Very easy to set up and use.
  • Design: 3 stars
    Good for a free theme but not close to the standard offered by premium themes.
  • Support: 3 stars
    No support included but lots of help and documentation around the web.
  • Features: 4 stars
    Loads of great features. More than most free themes offer.
  • Overall: 4 stars
    A excellent all round, free WordPress theme.

Zerif Lite is a very popular WordPress theme by Themeisle.. This great theme currently has over 100,000 active installs so it is clearly a theme that is trusted by the WordPress community. It also has a good rating from WordPress users, with hundreds of 5-star reviews.

Update 2019
Zerif Lite has been replaced by a new all in one theme called Neve. This means that Zerif Lite will not get any major updates going forward and you should think about switching to Neve instead.

Zerif Lite Design

Zerif Lite has many of the features you’d expect to find on premium themes such as WooCommerce support, parallax effects and animations but the design quality, as you’d expect is nowhere near the level of most premium themes from the top authors. The design feels quite dated by today’s standards and there is nothing particularity interesting about it which is a shame because with some extra time spent on typography and spacing the design could be really nice.

Don’t get me wrong, the design is fine for a free theme but if you are planning on using Zerif Lite for your website, you’ll probably want to make some changes and spend some time tidying things up to make your website more aesthetically pleasing.

The Admin Area

For me, the main strength of Zerif Lite and the reason I think it is such a great theme is the admin area. For a free theme there are loads of options to choose from, all handled by the customizer. Within the customizer you can set the contents for the various sections on the homepage and it is very easy to do, even if you’re a beginner. Just take a look at all the options available:

You can change content for various sections and there are also some really handy style presets that you can choose from – something you don’t often see in free themes.

The latest version of the theme does push the PRO version quite a bit, but not in an annoying way. Some people criticise the theme authors for asking users to pay for extra features within the free version but I think it is perfectly fair considering how much time and effort theme authors put into their work. Asking for a small fee for extra options and support seems very reasonable to me.

Zerif Lite or Zerif PRO?

You’ll be able to set up a really good website with the free version. If you want extra features such as reordering sections, background videos, portfolios, more colour options, a package section, a subscribe section, Google maps or support then you would need to pay for the pro version of the theme. The pro version is now called Zelle Pro and it will cost £68 for a licence for one website.

Zerif Lite Summary

Zerif Lite is a great theme and deserves its spot as one of the most popular free WordPress themes available. Although the design is quite dated by today’s standards if you have the skills to tweak the design yourself, or you don’t mind using the default design then this theme will be a great choice for you.

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