Mellow is a modern responsive Portfolio WordPress theme introduced by ThemeTrust. The theme has powerful portfolio options which can make your work look attractive. The theme includes masonry and grid portfolio page layouts so user can view your work in efficient way. Apart from that, you will also find hamburger menu button on the top right corner of your header. Let me tell you that you can choose custom background for hamburger menu background area which loads on the right side panel.
We tried browsing several portfolio projects and many other pages, and found that it loads everything smoothly. Thanks to ThemeTrust for offering minimal portfolio layout which can achieve great page loading speed on mobiles and desktop devices. The responsive design is capable to scale on all screen sizes so user can view portfolio using grid layout.
Why Mellow WordPress Theme ?
There are many premium portfolio WordPress themes which provides all business features. But only few of them provides built-in portfolio support. As a result, administrators have to use Jetpack or other portfolio plugins. Apart from that, it also includes blog section so that you can share news and articles. The coding task was done using CSS3 and PHP5 which brings best performance and compatibility.
If we talk about customization then Mellow Theme works with native WordPress customizer. Hence, admin user can get access to all customization options and live preview mode. The theme takes few minutes to setup your own color style, typography, background, blog layout and other stuff. You don’t have to add edit any code to perform customization work.
The theme provides demo files for those people who wants to setup their portfolio site quickly. Or else you can setup your website manually by following instructions provided on documentation page.
Mellow ThemeTrust : Unique Features
Homepage Setup : The theme provides you a custom homepage which is designated to highlight your portfolio projects. In order to create new homepage, you have to add a new page and apply “Home” page attribute. The homepage provides multiple content sections so you can manage them all as needed. The first section is introduction area where you can add texts, headings, links and other stuff from page editor.
The second home section is “Recent Projects:” area where it will highlight all latest projects from portfolio page. This sections helps homepage visitors to look at all your important projects. This way, you can make them browse different projects in full view mode. You need to configure this section from “Customizer” options page where you can define how many projects you want to highlight on front-page.
Mellow projects editor page offers special option to display large project thumbnails for homepage featured entries. If you want to display big thumbnails then you need to tick the check box for “Large homepage project thumb”. This feature is found on project editor screen right below “Featured Image” option.
The last is “Recent Posts Slider”, this section enables you to highlight latest posts from blog section. This slider gives you option to specify total number of posts to display on slideshow.
Portfolio Setup :
We just talk about how to setup different sections of homepage but we have yet not discussed the process of portfolio page setup. The Mellow WordPress theme provides “Projects” post type so that admin user can easily list all work samples and client’s project. Same way, you can also add “Portfolio” page template which highlights all posts added using project post type. There are built-in options which allow you to select custom title, layouts etc.
You can assign a skill by defining custom categories for all projects so that visitors can filter items with category buttons. The portfolio page highlights a project filter navigation bar on the top of the featured board, so user can use fiter buttons if needed.
The single portfolio post let’s you use video, slider and other media items to present your work in best way. The bottom area of every project will highlight “Portfolio Page link”, so visitors can easily go back on portfolio page. Apart from that, it also displays next and previous portfolio post entries so visitors can navigate on around other projects.
To conclude this review, I would like to say that Mellow WP theme is best choice for photographers, designers and creative individuals who needs portfolio to present their work. The theme can also work as a blog or you can define a news section with portfolio website.
All Features :
- Video embed support : YouTube, Vimeo
- Google web fonts collection
- Page templates : Portfolio masonry / grid
- Filterable portfolio
- Logo uploader
- Localized theme
- Multiple custom widgets
- Shortcodes ” Tabs, toggles, buttons, columns, slideshows
- Responsive theme layout
- Theme Customizer support