Today’s review covers the Salient WordPress theme, a multi-purpose responsive WordPress theme from ThemeForest marketplace, developed by ThemeNectar.
Salient is a creative WordPress theme with tons of features and options which will let you create a simple blog, a business website, an online magazine, a portfolio website to showcase your work, one page landing site, an eCommerce store for your products and almost any type of website. Salient is one of the highest sold WordPress theme on ThemeForest, with over 52,500 sales.
Salient WordPress theme bundles a premium WordPress plugin with it, a customized version of Visual Composer Page Builder to get the drag-and-drop page building functionality. Also, support for WooCommerce also makes it easy to build an interactive eCommerce website with ease.
Salient WordPress Theme Features
This theme has tons of features, so many that you probably won’t even need all of them to build a site. Here is a quick look at the features of the theme.
- Ultra-Responsive Design
- Retina Ready Design
- Exclusive Nectar Slider
- AJAX Page Transitions (optional)
- AJAX Search (optional)
- Multi-Layer Mouse Based Parallax
- Infinite Scroll option for Blog & Portfolio
- Multiple Single Post Layouts
- Graphically Intuitive Shortcode Generator
- Extensive Theme Options
- Unlimited Color Options
- Valid HTML5 / CSS3
- WooCommerce Support
- SEO Optimized
- Sortable Portfolio
- Advanced Typography – 600+ fonts
- Built-in “love” system
- Custom social sharing buttons
- 550+ Retina ready icons
- 2 Header Layouts + unlimited colors
- Footer Column Options
- 4 Stylish Blog Layouts
- 2 Custom Widgets
- Support for all Post Formats
- Made with debug mode on
- Demo Files Included ( XML )
- Translation-Ready .po/.mo files included
- Child Theme Ready
- WordPress 3.9+ Ready
Installing Salient WordPress Theme and Getting Started with it
After you download the whole package from Themeforest, you’ll find 5 files and a folder in it. The main installable theme, in addition to that a child theme, information on dummy data, user guide and Visual Composer update guide.
I recommend using the child theme. That way you won’t lose any customization when the main theme gets an update. After activating the theme, create a new page and set it as your front page from Settings > Reading. Now you can start editing the page to create your front page.
However, if you want any of the demo layouts as starting point, head over to Salient Options > Demo Importer. Choose yours from 8 predefined site layouts and hit Import Demo button. Select OK on the alert message and all the settings, layout options and theme options will be imported automatically. The images used in demos, however, will not be imported due to copyright and licensing and will be replaced by placeholder images.
Theme Options and Customizing
As said earlier, Salient comes with a Theme Options Panel with tons of options to customize the look and feel. The options panel will let you change the base colors, set different colors for different elements, use Google Fonts instead of system fonts, set header animations, configure blog layout, social options and many more.
Customizing Salient may look a little confusing at first but once you understand which option does what, the customization turns easy.
Nectar Slider is Salient’s built-in responsive content slider add-on and deserves a separate mention in this review. You can create beautiful slides (full width or content width) with image or video as background, add a plain/textured overlay to the background and Image or text as layers, buttons to link sections/pages to your website. Those sliders in Salient demos uses Nectar slider.
Salient WordPress theme seamlessly support eCommerce integration with WooCommerce. If you have WooCommerce installed and activated, it will add a new tab in options panel to customize the look and feel of your shop, including mini cart in navbar, main shop layout, single product layout, product style, single product gallery type and social sharing options.
Salient uses its own override to some of the WooCommerce templates. When WooCommerce updates those templates a big red notice comes up making some users confused, but it is safe to ignore.
Pricing and Licensing
Salient is priced at $59.00 on Themeforest for a standard license and $2950.00 for extended license. Both of the licenses comes with lifetime updates and 6 months of after sale service from ThemeNectar.
Salient WordPress theme is licensed under a Split-GPL license:
This theme or plugin is comprised of two parts.
- The PHP code and integrated HTML are licensed under the General Public License (GPL). You will find a copy of the GPL in the same directory as this text file.
- All other parts, but not limited to the CSS code, images, and design are licensed according to the license purchased from Envato. Read more about licensing here: http://themeforest.net/licenses
That means, you can redistribute, add, edit or modify the PHP codes and HTML to fit your needs, but cannot do the same with the CSS or the design or included images.
ThemeNectar made Salient a well-documented theme. The complete documentation comes bundled with the theme and a series of video tutorials and how-tos is available at ThemeNectar’s YouTube channel.
Some Negative Parts
Though I wouldn’t hesitate to use Salient on a client’s project, but this review won’t be complete if I left these dirty points out.
The SEO score, most of all, is also a matter of concern for Salient theme lovers. Knowing that Page Speed plays just as important role as other things. As a result, Salient fails to satisfy me here.
If you want to build an woosome website all by yourself, Salient should be your first choice. Some of the cons of salient can easily be fixed with the help of other plugins like W3 Total Cache.
Salient is a very good theme with aimed for not so technical users with all that DIY page builder. Some good demos are included as starting points. Well documentation and Video guides are there to help people getting used to the theme.