Have you heard of the Swift WordPress theme?
In this post, I will be sharing my Swift theme review.
The free Swift theme is one of the most downloaded free WordPress themes in the WordPress repo.
When I saw its features, I was amazed and wondered why Satish Gandham was offering this theme for free. I then saw that he was offering a premium version with more advanced features, and I decided to give that one a try.
Let me get straight to the point, Swift is more like a user-oriented theme.
SEO in 2017 is changing from hardcore SEO tactics to user engagement & behavior. Swift offers everything which a reader needs (speed, architecture, image optimization for better CTR). Even if a reader lands on a 404 page, the Swift 404 page will make sure the user stays on your site (reducing bounce rate).
Now, let’s talk about speed. Google has made it perfectly clear that slow loading sites will be penalized. Well, with Swift, you don’t have to worry about speed. It’s one of the fastest loading WordPress themes out there. It takes care of the basics:
- Thumbnail is generated using WordPress core functions.
- All social elements and ads are loaded after content.
But you should also use a cache plugin.
Before I move more in-depth of my Swift theme review, let me tell you, I’m not a designer.
I use basic tools like Firebug and Color Picker to make simple changes, or I get my design team to do it for me. Nonetheless, I like playing with themes, and having the ability to play with customizations, for a normal blog user like me, is a nice feature.
I remember back in 2008 when I started blogging, premium themes were too costly and us newbies had very limited options. But now, there are ample amounts of choices. And sometimes, picking out the best is not an easy task. When I seek to find the perfect premium WordPress theme, here are some options I’m looking for:
- Design options
- Theme options
- Ease of customization
- Theme technology
The very first feature I noticed about Swift was its options panel.
You have three options to select from for your homepage layout. It comes with an inbuilt slider, which you can toggle on and off at any time. Most of the elements are drag/drop and single clicks to enable/disable.
When I think back on my journey with WordPress, I always get stuck on customization. I need something that is easy to customize and something that doesn’t take ages to load. There’s no benefit to using a theme that is visually very appealing but takes more than 10 seconds to load.
One of the main reasons I’m featuring the Swift theme here is because of its loading time. Swift Premium is rated as one of the fastest loading WordPress themes available.
With all of its inbuilt features, you will also be cutting down on lots of plugins. (See above screenshot for GTMetrix score of the Swift demo site).
Now, we can’t deny the importance of having a responsive design. Swift is a fully responsive WordPress theme. In simple words, you do not need to use a plugin to make your blog iPhone or iPad compatible. With a responsive theme, your site will automatically be optimized for any size screen.
Notable features of the Swift theme:
- SEO advantages of HTML5.
- Responsive design.
- Fast-loading WordPress theme.
- AdSense ready.
- Ad management from theme options.
- Theme options panel.
- Theme design options panel.
- 7 custom page templates.
- Google author markup ready theme.
The theme’s design options have pretty much everything that you need to customize the Swift theme.
Here is a screenshot of the Swift options panel:
You can customize every part of your blog. Under color options, you can use the Chrome addon and customize your site according to your needs. However, it may take a little time for you to get accustomed to all the options available to you in the Swift framework.
Here are the Swift design options:
This theme offers almost everything you need.
But the one thing Swift doesn’t offer is inbuilt SEO. For that, I highly recommend you use WordPress SEO by Yoast, which is one of the best free SEO plugins available and will help you optimize your site for search engines.
Swift Pro vs. Swift Basic:
The Swift theme offers three theme purchase options:
- Personal license
- Developer license
The basic version of Swift offers just about everything you need to get started. But with Swift premium licenses, you get a few more options like:
- 6 page templates
- 7 pre-defined widgets (includes subscription box)
- Support forum access
- Many other things…
Here is a chart showing the difference between the different kinds of Swift themes:
Swift Premium costs $57, but you can use coupon code “ShoutMeLoud” to get 33% off.
This Swift discount coupon is valid indefinitely. They offer 2CheckOut and PayPal as payment modes. If you use 2CheckOut, make sure you use the Swift coupon on the 2CO checkout page again to apply this discount.
For a renewal of the Swift theme, you can use the coupon code “SML_RENEW”, and it will give you 10% off on your Swift license renewal.
Check out the Swift WordPress theme: www.SwiftTheme.com
If you need a good WordPress theme, Swift is an ideal choice.
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