Ultimatum Theme Review
I recently purchased the Ultimatum Theme and, after playing with it, decided to redesign this site using it as the framework. Overall, I’m very happy with the results and I’m very happy with Ultimatum as a WordPress framework. Of all the design frameworks available for WordPress, I’ve also used Headway and a number of other very powerful themes that could be considered frameworks. In all fairness, it’s been a few months since I’ve used Headway so I’m not sure of how they’ve progressed (although I’m sure it’s for the better). However, I plan to keep Ultimatum as my go to design framework for the foreseeable future. Here are some of the things I like the most about it.
Ultimatum’s layout builder is so powerful yet very simple and it’s where the real business of your design is handled. If you’re familiar with the WordPress UI, the learning curve is pretty small. To get started, you simply create a template (which you can think of as an entire design). After you select your settings for your template, you create your site’s “layouts”. The great part about this is that you can create both partial layouts (header and footer) and full layouts that can include your partial layouts. Your layouts can be sectioned off into many different column variations like 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 2/3. etc. To fill in your layouts, Ultimatum allows you to easily drag and drop any of the WordPress widgets or any of the Ultimatum widgets into the layout’s sections. To include your posts and pages, you simply include the WordPress Default Loop widget and Ultimatum lets you customize even further. The layout builder of Ultimatum is a post in itself but this is just a brief overview of it’s capabilities.
Anyone with experience using WordPress and WooCommerce for e-commerce knows that not all themes integrate with WooCommerce. If you want to purchase a pre-designed theme from ThemeForest or somewhere, you have to make sure to purchase one that is compatible with WooCommerce. Sometimes, this can be a hassle, especially if you have a particular look you’re aiming for. Since I use WooCommerce to sell downloads and memberships, I was stoked to see that Ultimatum and Woo work together. At first, I was skeptical to see how well Ultimatum worked with WooCommerce but I was pleasantly surprised to see how well it did. Just create a layout for your shop pages and you’re good to go.
Front End CSS Editor
I love Ultimatum’s front end CSS editor and, if you enjoy styling your site with custom CSS, you will too. Changes display immediately (no need to save) and indentation to keep your code organized is automatic. Between Firefox’s inspect element and Ultimatum’s CSS editor, customizing the style of your site couldn’t be easier.
Image Slider Integration
You’re not limited when it comes to which sliders you can use to display slideshows on your site using Ultimatum. It seamlessly integrates with some of the most popular sliders for WordPress (not to mention its own slideshow generator): Layer Slider, Slider Revolutions and ShowBiz Slider.
The WP Bakery Visual Composer is one of the most popular drag and drop editors for WordPress. It lets users create layouts and add all sorts of elements to their pages and posts. Ultimatum includes the plugin as a standard part of the theme and can even be turned off if you don’t want to use it.
Ultimatum lets you design your site using seven different menus. Regular menus, drop-down, and mega menus are available in both vertical and horizontal layouts. You can also use a Twitter Bootstrap menu. If you’re a big fan of multiple menus in your theme, creating them is very easy. I love working with multiple menus in my designs and Ultimatum makes this very easy. With the help of some other menu related plugins, you can create some advanced navigation for your site.
Custom Post Types
With custom post types, WordPress really stepped into the realm of real content management systems (rather than being just a blogging platform. With Ultimatum, you can easily create your own custom post types to organize your content.
Not only does Ultimatum allow you to create highly responsive designs, it also lets you design your own web apps for your site. If you’ve been looking for an easy way to
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So far, I’ve only experienced one bug using Ultimatum (for some reason, a forward slash “\” is being added in front of my background image url’s and this is causing them to not display. I contacted the developer via the support system and he was helpful. He fixed the issue for me (although it happened again when I made a change to my CSS) and explained that the fix would be made available in the next release. Again, I’m only a few days into this issue but, as of now, it doesn’t seem to be that big of a concern. I’ll update when I have more news on this.
I’m very happy with my Ultimatum purchase and I plan to use it as my primary design tool in the future. It makes custom designs so much simpler and reduces production time to a fraction of how long it would otherwise take to do the same work all by hand. The value it provides is, in my opinion, the best value in the WordPress market. It’s a very powerful tool that is worth every penny.