OceanWP Review: A Free WordPress Theme Packed with Premium Features
OceanWP is a free, multipurpose WordPress theme created by a single developer looking to cater to those who want an affordable theme with premium-like features.
Frustrated with the fact that many free themes do not function like website owners want, and unimpressed with the idea that in order to have that functionality you must pay for a premium theme, OceanWP was created.
And in response, it has become one of the fastest growing free WordPress themes used by both hobbyists and developers alike.
With beautiful design elements, and enough functionality to run any kind of website, OceanWP is a definite contender for those looking to grab a free WordPress theme and build a website from the bottom up.
Let’s take a look and see just what OceanWP has to offer and see if you agree all this hype is right.
OceanWP: An Overview
OceanWP is a fully customizable WordPress theme ready to take on your biggest website building ventures. It has clean code so you know you website data is always secure. In addition, it is lightweight so you never sacrifice your site’s speed and performance.
And yet, despite all of this, it still comes packed to the max with all the features you need to build a stunning, yet professional, website to meet your needs.
Some of OceanWP’s features include:
- Responsive design so layouts will adjust to any screen size
- Built-in SEO for better indexing and search rankings
- Lightning fast speed for a great user experience
- Translation ready and compatible with the WPML translation plugin
- Multiple mobile menus styles
- PHP7.1 compatible
- Extensive Mega Menu for complex menus
- Support for all popular page builders
- Menu Icon integration
As you can see, despite its lightweight and affordable price tag, OceanWP is already showing some promise by way of its feature set.
Main OceanWP Features
One-Click Demo Content
OceanWP comes with over a dozen stylish and unique demos to get you site building the easy way.
For those with a lot of content to share, the blogger demo is a perfect solution. Your readers will enjoy the continuous scroll feature so they can continue to see all that you have to offer. With its masonry grid layout, complete with post excerpt and thumbnail image, site visitors will know exactly what each article is about before viewing it.
The travel demo offers a large hero image for grabbing site visitors’ attention right away, a popular post section guiding readers to your best content, and integrated social media icons in the header to encourage social shares. Additionally, add a newsletter subscribe box in the footer section so people can stay updated on all your adventures.
If you run a gym, the coach demo has you covered. With the ability to easily showcase your services, image galleries with links to more information, happy customer testimonials, and an impressive pricing table, you will have people signing up to get fit in no time.
In addition, OceanWP has the following demo content:
- Gym Club
- Mega Gym
There are two ways you can import demo content onto your WordPress website:
- Ocean Demo Import. This is a free plugin designed to help you import demo content, widgets, and customizer settings of OceanWP onto your website. Simply install and activate the plugin, navigate to Theme Panel > Install Demos and select which demo to import onto your website.
- Themecloud. This managed hosting provider will allow you to import any OceanWP demo content you want.
In addition to the default WordPress Theme Customizer, OceanWP comes with its own Theme Panel for quickly customizing the look and feel of your website.
To start, you can disable any Customizer panels that you do not have on your website or do not need anymore.
Next, you can access some of the most important features in the WordPress Theme Customizer by using the links provided. For instance, access the logo uploader, footer sections, and even choose your typography.
You can change the typography of your website in impressive ways. Not only can you change the overall font style that appears on your website, you can also specify the fonts of your headings, breadcrumbs, footer text, and menu items.
Customize your header to be fullwidth, transparent, or as a top menu. Add custom images to appear when a reader clicks on your header menu, integrate social media icons, add a logo, and even create a mobile-only header menu.
Change every tiny detail as it relates to your blog posts in the Blog Entries section. For example, add a sidebar, complete with custom widgets of your choosing, define columns and grid style, and even implement an infinite scroll or pagination feature.
In the end, there really isn’t much you can’t do with OceanWP’s Theme Panel which makes this free WordPress theme that much more impressive.
No matter which demo content you decide to use, if any, you can easily turn your website into an eCommerce shop using the popular WooCommerce plugin.
In addition, since OceanWP’s Theme Panel is so extensive, they boast that the need for extra WooCommerce add-ons is unnecessary since most of what you want to do can be done using the OceanWP theme.
- Use the Advanced Styling section to customize different store elements
- Choose how to display your products – grid, list, with or without a sidebar, etc.
- Add up-sells and related products
- Display start ratings and customize its look
- Enable a shop button without the need for coding or another plugin
- Personalize your shop by displaying customers’ names in the top bar
As a way of making this free theme even more useful for website owners of all kinds, OceanWP comes with a number of free and premium extensions for adding functionality and design elements to your site.
- Woo Popup. Display a popup to customers when they click on your Add to Cart button. ($16)
- Posts Slider. Share your latest posts with site visitors using this beautiful slider. (FREE)
- Side Panel. Add a responsive side panel (rather than a simple sidebar) with your preferred widgets. ($29)
- Sticky Header. Attach a sticky header to the top of your screen for an improved navigation experience. ($29)
- Social Sharing. Easily add social share buttons to any of your posts. (FREE)
Additionally, add a portfolio to your website, enable a sticky footer, place content into modal windows, get custom hooks, import demo content, create a custom sidebar, add Elementor widgets, display a footer callout, add share buttons to your products, and even add meta boxes to your site with OceanWP’s additional extensions.
Documentation & Support
OceanWP has an extensive knowledge base available for helping you with things like getting started and how to use the extensions. In addition, they offer a FAQ section for common issues user come across, as well as a set of coding articles for developers that are using OceanWP.
In addition, a YouTube channel with video tutorials was recently launched at the end of last year and is available for those that prefer to see the theme in action onscreen.
As far as support is concerned, here are the details as laid out by OceanWP:
- Free support includes answering questions about OceanWP features and functions, as well as responding to any bugs you comes across.
- There is an active forum on the WordPress Repository for free theme and extension users
- Pre-purchase questions will be answered using the following form
- Those who have purchased a premium extension may submit a help ticket
- Premium support plans, priced at $29 and $99, are available for those who need ongoing support
You can expect a response within a 24-hour time frame during regular business hours (9AM and 5PM FR time) Monday through Friday.
Altogether, OceanWP is an impressive multipurpose theme that definitely proves it is worth the many downloads it has experienced. Very rarely do you find an actual free theme with so many features and customization options.
And, with the vast amount of documentation available, along with helpful support, despite OceanWP being a free WordPress theme, it is no wonder people feel comfortable using this theme.
If you are looking for a truly feature-packed theme, complete with all the features you could need no matter what type of website you are building, and simply do not want to pay for a premium theme, I highly recommend you giving OceanWP a look. Chances are, it is going to have exactly what you are looking for because that was why it was created in the first place.
Have you ever used OceanWP? What do you think about its extensive feature list? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!