Review: Scalia – Redefining Multi-Purpose for WordPress

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Released just over a month ago, Scalia is a new multi-purpose WordPress theme I want to discuss in today’s post. Taking into account a large variety of great premium themes on the market the first question you may ask is: why Scalia? What is so special about this theme? Let’s take a look.

One Theme – Five Designs

A really cool thing about Scalia is, that by purchasing one theme you actually get five themes, all in different styles & design approaches. In this way you can use Scalia for building absolutely different web projects, based on one solid backend. You get one main parent theme with a modern, flat, corporate, multi-purpose design as well as four child themes, each unique in their designs.

Corporate Multi-purpose Design

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Designed in a modern flat design with pleasant colour scheme, this style is aimed first of all at business/corporate projects and has a multipurpose nature. It is used in the main, parent Scalia theme. For me, it looks like a tasty minimal design with a strong visual flow, where content elements are perfectly balanced for optimal UX. While surfing through all these demo pages I saw a rich variety of different layout possibilities of Scalia. To demonstrate the multi-purpose nature of the theme, the developers made about 7 homepages in different approaches as well as more than 150 additional pages, posts, portfolios etc., all of which are packed with shortcodes/content elements. Another great thing I saw were all the demo slides, delivered with Scalia. Based on LayerSlider, they are loaded with really cool effects & transitions. You just can insert your images, exchange the slogans and here you are, equipped with impressive sliders.

Design for One-Page Websites

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The first child theme I have installed after playing a while with the main theme was “One-Page Scalia”. From my opinion, this design suits perfectly the needs of agencies, which prefer to build compact but attractive websites, where all information is placed just on one page. It will also work great for mobile-apps presentation websites as well as landing pages. Unlike the main parent theme, the style of One-Page Scalia is based on elegant thin lines, fonts and icons, reflecting the modern iOS trend of styling interfaces.

Design for Online Shops

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Scalia is also made for building online shops on Woocommerce. You can use the modern flat shop style of the main multi-purpose Scalia or you can choose more elegant, fashion-oriented design of another Scalia’s child theme “Zaro”. I like the look & feel of this child theme with its stylish colour scheme and elegant exotic fonts.

Design for Landing Pages

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I like the way the guys from CodexThemes (developers of Scalia) have designed this page. “Scrollex” is the name of this Scalia’s child theme. Swiss watches meet impressive scrolling parallax effects – real fun to play with this landing page ;). Although as you might know, the latest Chrome versions don’t support smooth scrolling, the developers have managed to make an alternative scripts for optimal presentation in this browser. Large images, big fonts, colourful labels and slogans, galleries, contact form etc. – everything you might need to build a landing page that works for you.

Design for Personal Blog

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And finally, the last design delivered with Scalia is a child theme, “Dear Diary”, made for using as a personal blog. This child has a stylish, urbanist look with combination of ultra modern and classic fonts, almost monochrome colour scheme with black and white images – good thing to express yourself as trendy blogger with great taste in web design.

Demos in 150+ Ready to Use Pages

When speaking with one of the Scalia’s developers, he said the following:

Our main goal here was to create a theme to build any website in minutes. Just take our demo pages and replace its content with yours. Make your colour & fonts adjustments, choose your menu structure and you’re done.

Indeed, the number of pre-configured, ready-made page layouts in Scalia is tremendous. They have created & included over 150 pages demo pages for any needs. You don’t need to waste your time on inventing your own layouts – just take any of the 150 beautiful pages and copy-paste your content!

Headers, Footers, Boxed & Full-Width

In Scalia, you can control the general layout of your website. You can choose whether to display your header with or without a top area, where you can place your contact info, social profiles or additional links. You can set your header area to be displayed with right, left or cantered menu and logo, separated from your content/slider or positioning it on top of your images, making a stylish, transparent navigation bar. The widgetised footer allows you to put any widgets you wish, choosing the number of columns to be displayed. You can select how to display your website – without any borders left or right, taking advantage of 100% width areas (full-width page layouts) or in boxed layout, visually shrinking your content area and using some background images.

Content Elements & Visual Composer

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The most exciting feature of Scalia is probably the number of content elements (shortcodes) included in this theme. If you check the “Elements” menu option on Scalia’s main demo website, you will see what I mean. The developers have loaded this theme with almost everything you can imagine for using as content on a corporate, portfolio or whatever website. In addition to that, each of these shortcodes has several options and styles, so you can be sure you will find the best look for your site’s page. In order to make all this treasure be easy accessible while editing pages, Scalia includes the latest version of Visual Composer, where you can create your pages in frontend mode by drag and dropping & combining content elements with each other.

100% Responsive

A lot of premium themes claim they are responsive, but in fact you should be careful. Sometimes the theme looks really responsive from the first look, but if you go deeper and check different pages and content elements on their demo pages, not everything could be as perfectly responsive as it is claimed to be. Well, Scalia doesn’t disappoint in this aspect. Even such hierarchically complex content elements as tabs, accordions, tables, pricing tables look great on mobile devices and are really, genuinely responsive.

Page & Theme Options

The backend of this theme is quite different from other themes, and that’s because the customising possibilities are very large and the number of options is overwhelming:

Theme Options

Let’s start with theme options.

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On it’s selling page on ThemeForest, Scalia is advertised as a theme with unlimited customisation options. You can indeed change everything in Scalia. Beginning with general website layout & CI settings, fonts & colours for any website element, backgrounds etc., even including such details as border radii of boxes. And on the top of all these customisation options there is one cool feature – Home Constructor.

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With this feature, you can create your homepages by combining absolutely different post types of Scalia on one page. Let’s say you wish to include several different pages and blog posts in your homepage, mix it with news or latest portfolios, adding some client carousels etc. – all this can be easily done via the drag and drop Home Constructor in theme options.

Page Options

Thanks to a large variety of additional options, you are absolutely free in your decisions of what would you like your page to look like. Fancy title areas in different styles, slideshows, portfolios & galleries with plenty of display settings, blog lists in different layouts, customisable sidebars and much more – with all this stuff you are all set to launch a great-looking website.

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Documentation

One thing I don’t like on some themes is a lack of video tutorials and very short documentations, so you are lost with all these options you don’t really know how to use. Unfortunately in Scalia there are also no video tutorials, however there is detailed written documentation. All settings, options, features and functions are described in an understandable way with lots of screenshots, examples and step-by-step explanations. The documentation is not only built for WordPress professionals, but also for WordPress newbies, covering general editing aspects as well.

Support

When I asked Scalia’s developers about how they described their support level, they said I should take a look at the theme’s comments and support forum on ThemeForest as well as the theme’s ratings. Third best rated corporate theme on ThemeForest, 23 five star ratings for the newly published theme, more than the half of which praising support quality of CodexThemes team – yes, it looks very impressive. The respond times on support requests are sometimes less than an hour and the quality of support help and assistance must be very good, as I can see from the buyers comments.

And much more…

All other things like SEO, retina design, page speed optimisation, more than 400 great font icons etc. are naturally all a part of Scalia, which is a required thing for a state-of-the-art premium WordPress theme.

Conclusion

There are lots of multi-purpose themes out there offering great designs & features, but actually most of them mainly base the theme around one style and different layouts. Or there are a lot themes with awesome niche designs. However, Scalia unites all of this in one theme. It is definitely a stunning theme. It takes the “multi-purpose” nature of WordPress themes to the next level. With one theme and five beautiful, unique designs, a solid backend and a huge depth of functionality, this should be considered if you are planning to purchase a premium theme for making totally different websites.

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