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Circle Flip is one of the latest themes to join the swelling ranks of multipurpose, responsive WordPress themes. Consumers are attracted to these themes, due to their seemingly endless ability to create almost any type of website; while developers seem willing to supply this demand with a never-ending list of Swiss army knife themes that can be used for almost any purpose.
Typical features of these multipurpose themes include drag and drop page builder tools, countless page layouts and templates, a wealth of settings and options, and premium plugins bundled into the package. On paper Circle Flip certainly meets these requirements, giving it the appearance of an impressive contender in the world of multipurpose WordPress themes. But have its creators done enough to separate if from the competition and make it stand out from the crowd?
In this review we will take an in-depth look at the features of Circle Flip, as well as exploring how easy it is to use when it comes to creating a WordPress website. By the end of this review, you will know whether this is the right WordPress theme for your next project or not.
Circle Flip WordPress Theme Features
As mentioned in the intro, Circle Flip and the other themes of its type certainly aren’t lacking in features. With these multipurpose themes, customers are usually won and lost on the appearance of the theme as much as they are on their feature lists.
So to help you make sense the marketing material, here is a deeper look at the features that are being used to promote this theme.
Numerous Pre-Built Layouts
To help you build pretty much any type of website, Circle Flip includes a number of pre-built configurations. This includes a magazine layout for building websites that feature lots of content, a template built especially for creating a web hosting services website, and a one-page format website, to name just a few.
You also get the option of switching any of the templates to boxed layout mode, rather than using them in full screen mode.
If you do choose one of the pre-built layouts, customizing it to meet your needs is very straightforward, thanks to the great set of options and settings on offer. There’s also a page builder tool on offer, which we will get to shortly.
Multiple Header Layouts
When setting up your website, whether you use one of the pre-built layouts or not, you get a nice selection of header configurations to choose from. This includes: an option with a centered logo and links, a transparent option, and a single row of sticky links.
Selecting a header option is easy, and takes place through the theme control panel, which we will look at in more detail soon.
Custom Header Builder Tool
As well a good selection of pre-built header layouts to choose from, Circle Flip also includes a header builder tool. This tool gives you an easy to use interface, through which you can create custom header layouts for your website.
By dragging and dropping the available elements into place – including a useful breaking news element which displays your latest posts – you can get just the right navigation and header content for your project. As well as choosing which items are added to your custom header, you also get a good amount of control over how the header area functions on your website.
Each of the individual elements also have their own settings. This allows you to further customize this essential area of your site.
The header builder is a tool not often seen in WordPress themes; so if you are keen on adding a unique navigation and logo area to the top of your pages, Circle Flip could be just what you are looking for.
Multiple Pre-Built Page Templates
The pre-built website configurations are, as you might expect, made up of pre-built individual page layouts. These templates cover the common types of content you will find on a website, such as: contact pages, about us pages, our team pages, and services pages. There are multiple variations of each page type, giving you plenty of options to choose from.
There are also multiple blog layouts to choose from. These cover options such as the traditional blog post and sidebar layouts, as well as masonry layouts and a range blog post templates. These blog post options include gallery posts and a selection of media posts.
You are free to pick and choose which combination of page templates to include on your site. Each layout can also be customized using the included Content Builder tool.
Page Builder Tool
Circle Flip also includes a page builder in the form of the Content Builder tool. This gives you the option of firing up the Content Builder when working on a page. Doing so allows you to insert a range of content blocks or elements into your page, as well as creating a custom layout that goes beyond what is currently possible with the WordPress editor.
These elements can then be dragged and dropped into your layout, before being customized to look and work in the way that you want.
Maintenance Mode Coming Soon Page
To help you while you are working on setting up your website, Circle Flip includes a maintenance mode, built right into the theme. This allows you to provide your visitors with useful information, as well as giving you the ability to collect their emails address, ready for notification when your website is ready to go live.
This feature is actually powered by the free and popular WP Maintenance Mode plugin. However, it’s closely integrated into the theme, making it very easy to replace your website with a splash page while you work on it or carry out updates.
Full WooCommerce Support for Building an Online Store
Circle Flip has been built to fully integrate with the free WooCommerce online shop builder plugin. While technically any theme will work with this plugin, Circle Flip includes all of the features and page templates to ensure that your online store will seamlessly integrate with the rest of your website.
This ecommerce content includes stylish product listings pages, individual product pages, product filtering tools, and other nicely designed store pages. If you want to build an online store, or have the ability to sell items from your blog or website, then Circle Flip and WooCommerce provide all the features and functionality you will need.
Other Notable Circle Flip Features
Nowadays, including at least one premium plugin in a multipurpose theme package seems to be de rigueur and Circle Flip follows this trend by including the premium Revolution Slider plugin. This tool gives you everything you need to add high powered image, video, and content sliders to your website.
Other useful features you will find in the circle Flip theme include: a pricing table builder, client and customer testimonials, countless content blocks, multiple portfolio layouts, a range of page layout configurations, different types of video and image galleries, progress bars, discussion forums via the bbPress plugin and lots of eye-catching animated effects.
Try Circle Flip for Yourself
As well as offering a front end demo of the theme, the creator of Circle Flip has made available an online demo of the back end of this theme. This allows you to log into the admin area of a WordPress website running this theme, and get a first-hand experience of how its features work. This includes the page builder tool which has been incorporated into Circle Flip.
About the Author
Circle Flip is the best-selling theme from the ThemeForest author Creiden. They’ve been part of the Envato community for three years now and sold over $40,000 worth of product. With a range of different WordPress themes under their belt, and a positive user rating Creiden looks like a WordPress developer you can choose a theme from with confidence.
Circle Flip WordPress Theme User Experience
After installing and activating the Circle Flip WordPress theme, you are then prompted to install the required plugins. This only takes a few clicks and then you can get down to setting up your website.
While Circle Flip does support the WordPress Customizer tool, it’s probably a good idea to start with the back end control panel. This set of options gives you the ability to personalize many aspects of the theme, and your website in general.
Through the control panel, you can configure the site logos, social media icons, the WooCommerce features, and work with the maintenance mode, to name just a few.
As the theme includes a number of pre-built header layouts, you can select your preferred version through the control panel.
Now all that’s left to do is add your own custom content to the site. This can be entered as normal, through the WordPress editors, or by enabling the Content Builder tool. As the theme includes the premium Revolution Slider plugin, you can also use that tool to start creating advanced animated content sliders, complete with optional video content.
Circle Flip WordPress Theme Pricing
The multipurpose Circle Flip WordPress theme is available from ThemeForest for $58. This includes use on one WordPress website and is in line with the pricing for many of the other multipurpose themes of its type.
Circle Flip Theme Review Conclusion
Circle Flip joins the very competitive category of multipurpose WordPress themes. The themes of this type typically include a wealth of features, multiple page templates, and a number of premium WordPress plugins.
On paper Circle Flip certainly ticks off many of those boxes. However, it doesn’t include quite as many features, page templates, and premium plugins as its competitors. But this doesn’t mean Circle Flip is lacking. This theme does include its own Content Builder page builder tool, which like Visual Composer, does allow you to build element packed pages, with their own custom design and layout, all without the need to edit any code directly.
One feature of Circle Flip I’ve not seen elsewhere, is its header builder tool. This is a very useful feature that makes it easy to create your own header layouts. These headers can include a range of elements, as well as a custom appearance of your choosing.
If you don’t want to create a custom look for your entire website, but you would appreciate more control over its main navigation feature, then you should definitely take a closer look at the header builder tool of Circle Flip.
Overall, if you do like the appearance of Circle Flip and its many pre-built page layouts and templates, and the features match up with the specification of your project, then this is a credible WordPress theme that should enable you to build the website you have planned.