In this review, I present to you all the features of the Flatsome theme for WordPress which is very similar to the Enfold theme.
Both are multipurpose, i.e multifunctional and suitable for creating various types of websites, but the Flatsome theme, There are tons of features and, in terms of look and design, it is an extremely flexible theme. Building an eCommerce site is notoriously complicated. It is undoubtedly a much more complex project than, for example, the creation of a blog or a showcase site.
Indeed, Flatsome has been specifically designed to create e-commerce sites, and the attention to detail proves it as you can see by opening the demo of the theme here .
All the features of the Flatsome WordPress theme
As I have already mentioned, the Flatsome theme is a theme designed specifically for creating eCommerce sites and for this reason it is compatible with WooCommerce.
Flatsome it has a flat design – that is, for the most part free of shadows – which makes it extremely modern and suitable for a large variety of products.
As you can see by looking at the Flatfsome demo , this theme is flat, but extremely dynamic.
As we will see later in the guide, you will be able to use Flatsome to create pages with a totally customized layout and align them with your brand through the use of fonts and colors.
Flatsome: the theme installation package
The theme installation package includes several folders.
To add the theme to your WordPress site you will need to extract from the “mother” .zip folder, another .zip file called flatsome_3.5.zip and upload it to the themes section of your site (the number 3.5 may vary – this indicates the version of the theme and is updated as changes are released).
To find the .zip folder for installation follow this path: flatsome_main > Theme files
Inside this folder you will also find a file called flatsome-child.zip .
The Flatsome theme developers have in fact already prepared the files for you to create a child theme, which is useful when you want to apply changes to the css or other files that make up the theme and you don’t want your customizations to be lost when you make them updates.
After installing Flatsome, you will need to activate the theme.
In the Dashboard of your WordPress installation, click on “Appearance”, then click on the theme Flatsome.
Press the “Activate” button and a new window will open with the procedure for activating the theme.
To continue with the procedure you will need the purchase code obtained when you bought Flatsome.
Following the instructions in the interface:
- You will be asked if you want to create a child theme;
- You will be shown which plugins are required by the theme;
- You can skip this step and choose your favorite themes later;
- You will install the demo as a starting point;
- You will be able to change the logo of the site e
- you will receive support information.
In the last screen you can set the WooCommerce plugin by clicking on the appropriate button and following the procedure.
After completing these steps, Flatsome it will be ready to use.
Flatsome: theme configuration
Like most of the latest generation WordPress themes, Flatsome has a section entirely dedicated to the so-called ” Options “, that is, pre-set options to be configured to customize the look and some features of the site.
Find this section in Appearance > Theme Options
Here are some of the coolest features you’ll find on these pages:
Here you can activate maintenance mode (useful when your site is under construction or you need to make complex changes), without having to install a specific plugin.
In Header>, you can customize the header of your site.
Most themes allow you to choose between 3-4 preset header templates.
Here instead you can create the combination you prefer by setting the position of the individual elements.
In Fonts, you will find another feature that will make the theme configuration work easier.
Below the drop-down menu for choosing the font, you will see a box containing some text to which the chosen font will be applied in preview.
This will save you time as you don’t have to save and open the live version of the site to see the final look of each font you try.
Although Flatsome both a theme created to create eCommerce sites (the numerous options present in the sections, Product page , Category page , Featured Items demonstrate this), the blog functionality is not underestimated.
Again, you’ll find several blog templates to choose from.
Among these, even a Pinterest-style one.
Most of the themes have only one field to insert custom CSS codes.
With Flatsome, you can:
- Insert CSS,
- script and
- custom HTML codes for Header, Footer, cart and other sections.
This is a feature requested by many web masters.
Specifically, by those who want to create a site that looks like an eCommerce but that has no prices or cart.
Using this theme, you just need to check a couple of items on this page to achieve this.
Cart & Checkout
Here you will find only one option, which is used to enable coupons on your site.
Backup & Import
The theme configuration options are plentiful and you definitely don’t want them to be lost.
From this page you can backup them and possibly import them in case something goes wrong on your site.
Flatsome: using the theme with the Page Builder
Rather than incorporating a commercially available page builder into the theme, the Flatsome wanted to create a custom Page Builder (currently still in beta).
The logic behind how this tool works is similar to that of all other more commonly used page builders.
With a drag and drop functionality, different sections / rows / columns are added to the page to create the basic structure.
The various elements (text fields, images, sliders, portfolio elements, etc.) are then dragged onto the page.
When you are inside the page, to activate the Page Builder click ” Enabled ” at the top right.
Once this is done, you can start creating the page.
Simply, click on the horizontal gray line and select the type of element you want to add (I recommend starting with Section or Row / columns to divide the spaces on the page).
Then, you can go to the elements, text or images and drag them inside the Drop Zone area to place them in the structure you have already created.
I advise you to take some practice with how the Page Builder works: it may not be very easy to use at first but it has so many options.
It is therefore worth understanding how to best use it.
When active Flatsome, you will also notice that some pages are created automatically: Shop , Cart , Checkout and MyAccount .
These serve as a starting point for creating the fundamental pages of your site.
There are also 19 pre-built page templates (when you are creating a page, you can find them on the right in the Page Attributes > Template section .
Among the templates there is also one for the Checkout page).
Other options for page and post customization: Blocks
If you often use the same section with the same elements to create your pages, thanks to Flatsome you can speed up your work through the use of blocks.
Essentially, still using the Page Builder, you will be able to create individual sections.
For each section (or rather, block) you create, a shortcode will be generated.
You can then add the specific section to new pages, simply by adding the corresponding shortcode.
Documentation & Support
You will be able to access the documentation on Flatsome directly from your WordPress dashboard.
Move the cursor over Flatsome Theme Options and click on Documentations .
You will be redirected to the site where all the documentation is organized by categories and easily navigable (all information is in English only).
If you’d like to receive support, you can also submit a request to the developers directly at .
Response times are generally quite short.
The cost of a regular license is $59 on Themeforest.
With this type of license, the theme can be used only by you or by a single customer for the creation of a product offered free of charge to users.
In case you need the theme on multiple sites, or for multiple customers and users have to pay to use the product, you will need to get an “extended” license which costs $2,950.
If you want to have access to a twelve month support extension, the additional cost is $17.63.
We’ve come to the end of this review Flatsome theme for WordPress.
As I anticipated, creating an e-Commerce site is a project whose complexities shouldn’t be taken lightly.
There are many aspects to consider and, to be able to sell, everything must work perfectly (users lose confidence and enthusiasm very quickly).
Despite this, a theme like Flatsome it can certainly make your job easier and allow you to get a professional looking website (another very important factor if you want to be able to sell online), even if you are not an experienced web master.