Finding a good and reliable theme in 2023 can be challenging since the market is filled with so many premium and free themes. Even if we consider only the free themes on the WordPress repo, there are nearly 9,000 free themes!
If you are looking for a reliable multipurpose WordPress theme for your next project, I recommend sticking to the end of this article.
Qi theme is a free WordPress theme that comes with 100 impressive predesigned starter demos. In addition, the theme hosts many powerful features that you can use to build websites quickly. In this article, I’ll do a detailed review of the Qi theme and explore its most notable features.
Let’s dive in!
Qi is a free and functional multi-purpose theme with 100 beautifully designed starter sites for all types of modern website design needs. The theme is designed with performance in mind to expert fast load speeds even on high traffic websites. All this comes from a reliable team with experience creating hundreds of popular themes.
To add more customization capabilities to this theme, you can use the free Qi Addons for Elementor, which has more than 60 widgets.
You can easily import the demos and customize them further using the drag and drop Elementor editor. Even if you are not familiar with the coding and technicalities of running a website, you can make style and functional changes to your website without facing any issues.
In this section, we’ll take a closer look at each feature of the Qi theme and will explore its notable features.
Installation is a vital part as this is where most users tend to get lost, but this was not the case with the Qi theme. Since the theme is free to download from the WordPress.org theme repository, it was easy to install.
To install the theme, you just need to log in to the WordPress dashboard and go to appearance > Themes. Now click on the Add New button and do a quick search for “Qi”. Once you find the theme, install it and click on the activate button.
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At this point, you’d also want to install and activate the Qode Essentials addon to explore the advanced avenues of this theme. You’d see a prompt to install the addon.
One of the most attention-grabbing features of the Qi theme is the huge library of beautifully designed templates. Qi theme hosts 100 stunning templates for almost every niche.
To use the demos on your website, you need to import them first. For this you need to go to WP Admin dashboard > Qode Essential Addons > Import. Now look for the template you like and click on the Import button and select the import type. You can also choose if you wish to import attachments too. Then, simply click on the import button.
The templates are available for almost every niche, and apart from the layout and content, the premium stock images in the demo come bundled for free. This way, you don’t have to worry about replacing the images if you like what you see on the demo sites.
Documentation and Resources
Having detailed documentation comes in handy when you plan to use the theme for the long run. It can save you the time you’d rather spend talking with the customer support team to get your issue resolved.
Qi comes with solid documentation that covers everything from getting started to How-tos & tips, and tricks. You can also find niche-specific docs such as portfolio, travel, hotel, header, footer, etc., to help you easily solve niche issues.
Not just articles, the Qode Interactive team has a youtube channel where they upload videos related to the theme and workarounds in an easy and digestible format.
I tested the theme and the addon, and it’s worth noticing how well the theme processed pages built with loads of functional widgets. The test resulted in a 94 performance grade Pingdom rating for a standard website. This is rather impressive!
Qode Interactive claims to follow the best coding standards while eliminating any code bloat to keep the performance at its best. Since the team has developed more than 450 premium themes, we can rely on their claim to maintain good coding standards while keeping performance in mind.
Performance might not seem big of an issue at first, but a website built with bad code can creep in slowly and can cost you a lot in the long run. If you don’t want to end up wondering how to migrate everything to a different theme, it is ideal if you pick a theme that is optimized for performance in the first place.
Qi Addons for Elementor
Qi Addons for Elementor is so far one of the best addons for Elementor with more than 60 widgets to help you create more functional and beautiful website layouts. Moreover, the addon is fully compatible with the Qi theme and Elementor, allowing you to create stunning pages in minutes.
Some notable widgets include How-to Schema, Table of Contents, WooCommerce addons like product slider, product category list, add to cart button, and form styler widgets integrated with popular plugins like Contact form 7 and WP forms. Also, just like the theme, the plugin is well developed, and although the plugin is loaded with widgets, our test website barely impacted the performance after installing the plugin.
In the options tab of the Qode Essentials addon, you get all the options that can enable you to customize the theme to look exactly the way you want. We’ll explore some of the tabs later.
The theme is fully WooCommerce ready and allows you to set up eCommerce shops easily with the help of Qi add-on WooCommerce widgets. You get a product list, product slider, product category list, add to cart button to help set up your WooCommerce store.
Apart from the widgets, you also get ready-made templates to help you get started without building everything from scratch. Even some of the demos are made with WooCommerce use cases in mind, so if you don’t want to set up a product archive page from scratch, you can just import the template and customize it to reach the desired result.
The theme has a built-in header and footer customizer that lets you play with the website header by switching a few options.
To customize the header, you need to go to Qode Essentials > Options > Header in the WordPress admin dashboard. Here you can choose the header layout, height, padding, color, style, position, margin, etc.
Similarly, you can customize the website’s footer and choose a custom skin or change the styling from the options in this tab.
To give your website a custom look, you need the option to customize the theme to a granular level. Having global options in a central place can make customization way easier
To achieve this goal, you can add a new website logo and change its attributes from the available options.
To customize the typography, click on the Typography tab in the options menu and select the heading tag you want to customize. Now select the attributes you wish to assign to each heading tag, such as color, font family, size, height, weight, spacing, style, etc.
Once you are done making changes in the options menu, click on the Save Changes button to implement the changes sitewide.
Coming to the pricing, the theme is absolutely free, and you can download it directly from the WordPress.org repository.
To extend the theme functionality, you can use the Qi Addons for Elementor to customize the templates using the Elementor editor. You can get this addon for free from the WordPress.org plugin repository.
So, you don’t have to pay anything to build your website with the Qi theme. Just download it from the WordPress repository and start building.
If you are looking for a theme that you can use to create website design layouts of your choice, the Qi theme is the perfect solution. You get loads of customizable templates, widgets with the Qi addon for the Elementor plugin, and many other functionalities to help you build beautiful websites quickly.
Be it a blog, portfolio, eCommerce store, or news site, you can easily create your website with this theme to build your website with the help of professionally designed starter templates.
I would recommend giving this theme a try yourself to explore its features and starter templates in action. You can download the theme here: Qi theme by Qode Interactive
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