Karl is a versatile WordPress theme for shops, portfolio, business and personal websites need. This is a genesis child theme by Zigzagpress and it needs Genesis framework from StudioPress. You can use this one template to create any website that looks awesome with nice background and clean design. The bold font style, columns layouts, shortcodes and page templates will optimize each page to attract readers.
Karl WordPress Theme Detailed Review :
Left Sidebar : The design of this genesis theme is totally different from what you might have seen with other regular websites. The left side of the screen will show you a bold and vertical bar with hamburger style button. This button will expand sidebar to display logo, menu bar and widgets. Hence, website owners can share custom logo with a unique slogan line. Besides that, you can add custom links to main menu and make it available on the left side.
It also has some extra space so you can use widgets to display social links, contacts or some other widgets. The menu button is useful for desktop and mobile devices so you can call it mobile friendly navigation bar. The left sidebar will shift on the top when you open it from small screens. The slide-in sidebar will push your screen from left to right to expand it to display logo, menu and widgets clearly.
Frontpage Layouts : Zigzagpress Karl WordPress theme has been made available with total 6 frontpage layouts. So, user can try them and pick and homepage demo to create website easily. If you like what you see in demo then you can copy same homepage style from demo files. Otherwise, it will allow you to create totally different homepage from scratch.
The homepage provides hero section so you can upload big background image, introduction, images, videos, call to action and other elements. This is idea for artists, bloggers, marketers and online shops. It is good idea to add business details and custom links on homepage to promote important products or services. I liked the way it loads content in smooth style. You will always see an animated progress indicator while page is being loaded on the screen.
Extra Zigzagpress Page Templates and Features :
Horizontal Scrolling : Before we talk about different page sections, you must know how content is loaded with Karl theme. The theme never provides vertical scrolling support so you will be accessing all page contents with horizontal mode. The theme will take you to left to right in order to browse all contents on the page.
User will always see left sidebar on the screen while scrolling on horizontal mode. Thanks to fixed left navigation bar which always stays visible in-front of the screen. Hence, user can access menu links and sidebar widget from any place on the website.
Portfolio : Use this page template to show your projects list, designs, photography or any other stuff. Mostly, agencies and product developers require a nice portfolio to display their work proof. The genesis portfolio system will bring you easy options to control entire portfolio section. You can show all the portfolio items with big featured images and attractive titles.
User will see title and then portfolio entries as he start scrolling from left to right on the page. Thanks to horizontal scroll support which shows lots of stuff using full-width screen layout. The portfolio single listing page will show title with featured image on left and all details on right. User can scroll from up to down on single project listing page to check paragraphs and all details.
More Benefits : Karl Genesis Theme
Blog Template : This is another page which is a part of genesis page templates list. Store owners and business people and all types of website need a blog section as common part. Because it shows all the news, and updates which may bring many readers from search engines. Blog is very much useful especially to use content marketing strategy for SEO ranking and to generate more traffic.
Once yo share any tutorial or detail related your products then people will surely come to your site. And then you can share free knowledge while promoting your own services or products within blog section. The blog page uses 2 rows and 3 columns to display around 6 featured entries at a time. It shows thumbnail, title, and post meta details in featured grid.
eCommerce Shop Page : If you need a standalone or extra shop page then you have to install “WooCommerce” plugin. One this plugin is active then you can create a professional goods selling page. This is good way to start selling photos, tutorials, services, cloths, software, books and other stuff.
Theme Options : Let customizer do all the job of editing colors, fonts, and background. You don’t have to hire programmer or expensive web designer to make all the changes in website. Just open live customizer and use the given controls to choose color style, edit hero section, page layouts, header and all sections.
Conclusion : The theme best shortcodes, widgets, and many other elements to help you create engaging website. You can optimize each page to display nice title, featured image and desired contents. Your pages will look awesome when you add photo gallery, buttons, columns, videos, price tables and other interactive stuff.
This is final solution for any one looking to create portfolio gallery or business marketing website.