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Hookie is a new theme from ThunderThemes which is aimed at businesses and creative agencies. Built on the Boostrap framework, it is optimized for mobile devices, has animated CSS effects and also includes the Visual Composer plugin so you can create your own custom layouts.

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In this review of the Hookie theme we will take a look at the features you get access to and see how easy it is to setup and manage.

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Hookie Features

Here is a run-down of the main features included with the theme:

  • Bootstrap solid Framework
  • Latest Woocommerce Plugin
  • Visual Composer Plugin (custom edition)
  • Slider Revolution Plugin
  • Logo upload
  • Favicon upload
  • 600+ Google Webfonts
  • Retina Ready & Responsive Design
  • WPML Ready
  • Translation Ready (includes .mo/.po files)
  • Ple-loader animation: You can select your favourite animation
  • Compatible with WordPress 4.0+
  • Contact form 7 support
  • 5 Icons packs (1000+)
  • Child-Theme Ready (and included)
  • Post formats: Standard + Audio + Gallery + Videos + Link + Quotes
  • Redux Framework Options Panel
  • Seo Friendly
  • Demo XML (ready to go!)
  • Social Networks Profile Settings
  • Fantastic Contacts Page (with Contact Form 7 support)( see demo )
  • A lot of shortcodes: Last articles with image, Last articles in a certain category, delimiters shortcodes, and much more…
  • All customizations via options panel
  • Elements: Posts Carousel, Standard Post, Dropcaps, Alerts, Progress etc..
  • All standard wordpress widgets stylized
  • Well organized source codes

Installation & Setup

After you download and activate the theme, you will see a notice with some plugin requirements and recommendations. You can choose to install and activate these and they will be added to your site.

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Now you have the theme installed and activated you can setup some page templates, this is done by visiting "Pages" > "Add New" and on the "MD Page Builder" section, click "Import Demo templates". You will then see a list of page templates have been added which you can use to load predefined page layouts.

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If you choose one of the home templates and publish the page, you can then visit "Settings" > "Reading" and set this page as a static page for your site homepage. If you visit the frontend of your site now you will see the chosen template in action:

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Of course, you dont need to use the pre-built templates, you are free to create your own layout using the builder - you simply add sections and elements and drag the position of them to create your desired layout.

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In your WordPress admin area you will see a number of extra menus for custom post types :

  • Portfolio
  • Clients
  • Team
  • FAQ
  • Contact

You can visit each of these and add content as required for the template you have chosen.

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Adding a Testimonial :

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Theme Options

The Hookie theme includes a rather comprehensive theme options panel accessed under the "Theme Options" link in the menu. Under the "General" tab you can set page loading animations, logo, accent color, body color, favicon and apple icons.

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Typography allows complete control of the site fonts, weights, colors and sizes - Google fonts are also included in the choices.

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You also have icon options, header and footer options, blog options, WooCommerce, Social media and an import / export system so you can transfer your options to another site.

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If you prefer, all these options are also available in the WordPress customizer so you can preview the changes as you make them:

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Conclusion

This is another extremely well designed and put together theme from Thunderthemes ( We previously reviewed their OldPaper Theme ). The front-end design is spot-on and will allow you to create a very modern and attractive website for your business. The backend and options are fairly easy to setup - you will probably find your have to spend quite a bit of time getting the exact look you want, especially if you decide to create your homepage template from scratch using the builder but with a theme as flexible as this, that is to be expected.

The inclusion of the revolution Slider and other plugins are a nice bonus and the theme comes with demo content you can import if you prefer to start customizing from a already configured theme.

Check it out if you need a flexible, well designed and coded theme for your creative business.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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