Ibuki is a WordPress theme for sale on ThemeForest by Italian designer Alessio Atzeni, it is aimed at creative businesses (agency, portfolio, creative people, photography and blog websites) and as you will see from the preview is a very attractive design. It is built with some solid features – WooCommerce compatible, WPML ready, shortcodes, page builder, options panel, revolution slider and is built around the Bootstrap 3.0 framework.
In this review of the Ibuki theme we will take a look at the features you get access to and see how easy it is to setup and manage.
Installing The Theme
After activating the plugin you will see a message which lists the required and recommended plugins, you can use the “Begin Installing Plugins” link to add these automatically.
The required plugins are : Custom Post Type, Shortcodes, Revolution Slider, Visual Composer and oAuth Twitter Feed.
At this point you could import some dummy data – I always prefer to do this on more complex themes to start with as they give you more of an idea of how the content should be structured, included is dummy data for WordPress and also for the Revolution slider.
The next step is to create your homepage using the Visual composer,
Setting up The Homepage with Visual Composer
To create your homepage, you need to add a new page and name it something like “Home” and then click the “Backend Editor” button :
The “Add Element” gives you access to a vast array of features that you can use on your homepage – you begin by adding sections and then adding elements to each section.
The full list of available elements is as follows :
- Row Inner ( Columns )
- Special Heading
- Text Block
- Blank Divider
- Alert Boxes
- Single Image
- Lightbox Image
- Lightbox Video
- LightBox Image Gallery
- Latest Posts
- Gallery Images
- Portfolio Grid
- Team Grid
- Box Icon
- Video ( Video Embed, Video Self-Hosted )
- Audio ( Audio Self-Hosted )
- Google Map
- Call To Action
- Big Twitter Feed
- Social Profile
- Social Buttons Sharing
- Progress Bar
- Circular Bar
- Count Number
- Pricing Table
- Raw HTML ( Write HTML Code )
- Raw JS ( Write JS Code )
- Contact Form 7
- Revolution Slider
As you begin adding content to your homepage it looks like this :
Once you are done adding content blocks you need to navigate to “Settings › Reading” and select “A Static Page”. Choose the home page as the “Front Page”, and the blog page as the “Post Page” and click “Save your Changes”. This tells WordPress to use the page you just created for the home and which page to use for blog items.
At this point you will likely be doing a lot of saving and switching to the front-end of your site to get things looking how you want.
Here is a simple layout where I added the slider and some icon area :
Which translates to this this on the front-end :
To set site-wide options you also have a control panel to configure :
You will also see some custom post types have been added if you wish to make use of them : “Team” is for Staff photos and info and you have “Clients” and “Portfolio” also.
Take a look at the theme demo to see what is achievable with this theme :
This is a beautiful theme, I love the styling of it so you should be able to use it to create some unique websites for different creative sites.
As is usual with most ThemeForest themes at the moment, it packs in a huge amount of features so it is definitely not for novices – this looks like it is aimed at people who are familiar with setting up themes for themselves or customers. It does lack an importer for setting up the homepage to be the same as the demo so that is a little disapointing so you will need to spend a while getting used to what content blocks are available and what they translate to on the front-end. Even an image in the documentation showing a screengrab of the demo site’s builder would help.
You are well covered for documentation, you have a docs folder which covers everything, a YouTube playlist which has video tutorials and you have dummy data for pages, posts and menus. If you get stuck there is support options also provided via a help desk.
Give this theme a try if you are looking for attractive styling and don’t mind spending some time setting up your site.