The possibility to use one theme for an unlimited number of websites lures TemplateMonster's customers. Soon after their presentation back in early spring 2016, our GPL themes are still ringing the bell with the avid WordPress fans.
In acknowledgment of your loyalty to what we do, we have decided to update the collection of GPL WordPress themes with a freebie. Please welcome Kustrix Lite - Free GPL WordPress Theme.
If you keep a close eye on the updates of our inventory, you will probably notice that the freebie looks similar to a premium GPL template from the gallery. They even share one common name. However, there is one peculiarity that makes one design different from another. That is the possibility to get the theme at absolutely no cost.
Just like the premium template, Kustrix Lite is intended for fashion and beauty blogs. The layout is clean yet functional. The designer made it highly user-friendly and intuitive. Whitespace enhances the readability of the content. A two-column layout structure allows you to share the latest blog publications and locate additional navigation elements on the page. A page-width carousel slider in the theme's header welcomes every visitor in and invites them for a deeper investigation of your content. A card-based set of category banners below the slider takes the users to the most trending topics of your website with a click.
In terms of navigation, the theme's header includes a drop-down menu. The live search option is added to a widgetized area in the right sidebar. Back-to-top button is also included, letting you reach the top of the page in an instant.
These are the general facts about the look and feel of the freebie. Now, let's find out what's under the hood.
WordPress Live Customizer
Just like the premium theme, Kustrix Lite is quick and easy to customize. Color schemes, menus, sidebars, widgets, header, footer, blog and general site settings, and a whole lot of other elements of the theme can be tweaked without any coding routine being involved. You can see all changes live, without the need to wait till the page re-loads.
TemplateMonster's GPL themes are not pre-loaded with images. So, you will need to upload your own visuals to the media library. Smart Slider widget is added to both free and premium versions of our GPL templates. You can find it via Appearance >> Widgets tab in your site's dashboard. By default, the slider is added to the full-width header area of the theme's front page. You can decide what specific kind of posts you would like to be displayed in the slider. Set category, tag, text of the CTA button, etc.
Custom Post Types Support
Using this theme you will have the freedom to create new (custom) post types by defining their features, labels, and other specifications. The template supports the following post formats:
- Image post
- Gallery post
- Link post
- Video post
- Quote post
- Aside post
- Status post
- and Audio post.
Google Fonts Integration
The availability of a set of Google web fonts makes it possible personalize the template on the fly. Font family, style, weight, size, and other specs can be defined via the live customization tool.
3 Blog Layouts
Kustrix Lite is pre-loaded with three blog layouts:
- log layout with the right sidebar,
- blog layout with the left sidebar,
- blog layout without sidebars.
In addition, you can manage the presentation of the blog section by means of a set of blog settings. Thus you can choose between a full-width and small featured images. There is also a possibility to enable/disable the options to display:
- the post author,
- publish date,
Social Sharing Options
You can accompany each blog publication with a set of social sharing options. In that way, people will have the freedom of spreading the word about updates on your blog with a click. A block with social media icons is added to the front page of the theme, guiding the audience to your official social media profiles.
Flexible Widget Areas
The number and flexibility of widgets pre-loaded into Kustrix Lite impress. You can access all of them via the live customizer, and manage their position and settings without writing a line of code. Thus, you can enhance your fashion blog with a tag cloud, calendar, archives, recent comments, Facebook Like Box, Instagram Board, Twitter Feed, and other widgets.
What's More ...
In addition to the aforementioned elements, Kustrix Lite features the following no less impressive options.
- It is compatible with the latest WordPress versions.
- This responsive and cross-browser compatible template is retina-ready.
- The SEO- optimized layout is WMPL-ready, letting you reach international audiences with ease.
- Carousel sliders, audio and video support are provided to spice up your blog with a more captivating presentation.
- Contact and Newsletter subscription forms welcome the users get in touch with you online.
- Our team, Portfolio, Services, and Testimonials Custom WordPress Post Types will make your site far more informative. A section with user testimonials can grow your site's credibility in the eyes of your visitors.
In the end of this review, I would like to add that regardless the fact that Kustrix Lite is free, the features that it stores under the hood make it competitive with a number of premium WordPress themes. And these are not just loud words. Download the freebie and see it for yourself!
P.S. We are waiting for your reflections below this review 😉