OceanWP: WordPress Theme Review
OceanWP is one of the fastest growing free themes on WordPress.org. It has been growing rapidly since its inception in 2016 and is now used on over 500,000 websites.
In this OceanWP review, we will take a close look at 5 aspects of the theme.
- Overview of OceanWP Theme
- OceanWP Theme Features
- Ease of Use
- Documentation and Support
Towards the end of the post, we will tell you what we think of the theme and whether it is the best option for your site.
So let’s get started.
Overview of OceanWP Theme
This theme offers around 13 free demo sites that you can import with one click. The free version of the theme can be downloaded from WordPress.org. With the premium license, you get 13 premium extensions to add advanced features to your site.
OceanWP Review: Features
As a free theme, OceanWP has done a great job when it comes to the features it offers. You can have almost everything you could possibly need to style your website.
1. Visually Stunning Demos
OceanWP offers a set of beautifully designed demo websites that can be imported with a single click of the mouse. Instead of building your website from scratch, you can use these demo sites and tweak a bit before finally launching it.
To set up a demo site, you need to install a free plugin called OceanExtra.
2. Built for eCommerce Conversions
Selling products and services is easy with OceanWP as it is fully compatible with WooCommerce. With the Premium extension, you can add many advanced cart features such as:
- Native Cart Pop-ups : This feature can be used to grab your visitors’ attention when they add a product to their cart.
- Floating Add to Cart Bar : Your customers will still see the Add to Cart bar even if they scroll down the page. This forces them to return to the cart, ultimately reducing your cart abandonment rate.
- OffCanvas Filter : Easily find the product you’re looking for using the off-canvas filtering sidebar.
- Quick View : Offer a quick view of your product with a popup window without redirecting your users to another page.
3. Mobile Responsive and SEO Friendly
The theme was designed with SEO best practices in mind. Also, the websites you create with OceanWP are fully responsive, so you can be sure that they will look equally good on both mobile and desktop computers.
4. Page Builder Compatibility
If you want the freedom to customize your website the way you want, OceanWP is your best bet. This theme supports almost every popular page builder plugin , so when it comes to customization, the sky is the limit.
5. Translation and RTL Ready
OceanWP supports different languages around the world, including RTL languages like Arabic. This is an added benefit for sites that serve non-native speakers.
6. Robust Extensions
You can also expand the functionality of your website by installing free and premium extensions. It offers 21 extensions, including free and premium ones. With these extensions you can paste anything on your site, view your Instagram feed on your website, add a popup and login form, view your portfolio and much more.
Ease of Use
OceanWP was designed with beginners in mind. Therefore, it is extremely easy to design and customize your site with this theme. As soon as you install and activate the theme on your website, you will see several plugin suggestions, including WPForms and Elementor .
Go to Appearance » Customize to start customizing the theme .
You will now be taken to a new screen with all the customization options on your left and a preview of your website on the right.
You can click on each of these options and customize your site to give it the best look. For example, if you want to customize your title , just click Title.
Under the hood you will see several options such as:
- Header Environment
- Social Menu
- Mobile Menu
Under the General tab, you can work on the header height, add a border to your header, add a background color, align your header texts and much more.
Under the Logo tab you can upload a logo, add a color, hover effects etc.
Under the Social Menu tab, you can enable a social menu, add social links, shape your links, add a social link target, work on its color, and much more.
Finally, under the Mobile Menu tab, you can make your site responsive to mobile screens.
Similarly, if you want to customize how your blogs appear on your site, simply click Blog .
You can now adjust your archive and input layouts, choose a mobile sidebar row, add a title tag, select excerpt length, and more. This can also be done for your individual posts.
The process for customizing different parts of your website is pretty much the same. So, if you want to customize your top bar, sidebars, widgets, footer or anything else, select the option on your left and start customizing your site from the expanded options. When you’re done making changes, hit the Publish button in the top left corner of your screen to save your changes.
Basically, you don’t really need to learn anything before you start using this theme. Even if you do not have any prior knowledge of using WordPress, you can do it with a few clicks.
OceanWP – Documentation and Support
OceanWP has extensive documentation on how to use the theme. You can search for the question very similar to your problem using the search bar and you will probably find it there.
If you need direct assistance from their support team, submit a ticket on their website.
OceanWP is a free plugin. The free theme offers all the features discussed above except the demo websites. But if you want more features related to the theme, you have to upgrade the theme to one of their premium plans.
The theme is priced under 3 different pricing plans:
Personal: USD 31 for 1 site
Business: USD 63 for 3 sites
Agency: USD 103 for 25 sites
Each of these plans offers 12 months of updates and support. You can also get 8 free extensions, 13 premium extensions and 60 professional demos.
What We Think About OceanWP
OceanWP is a great theme that can give your website the best look it deserves. If you have products or services to sell online, you might consider purchasing the pro version so you get a lot of ecommerce centric extensions.
If you are looking for a free theme that is well coded and also comes with many prebuilt demos, OceanWP is worth a try.