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There are two kinds of WordPress developers, those who build custom themes and those who use purchased themes. Custom themes let you do what you like, but you also must do all the codding. Purchased themes come with a ton of features built in, but it’s easy to end up with a site that looks like many other sites. I personally prefer purchased themes as they save development time and typically have some support. They also usually have a user community where you can get help if needed. The problem is that when 100k people use the same theme, they can all end up looking the same. That's why I like to limit the number of themes that I work with so I can become an expert with each of the themes I use. And, to prevent the site looking like other sites that are also using that theme, I try to choose themes that offer a number of customization options.

I have used Avada many times and it’s a great customizable theme, but recently I wanted to find a theme that was more modern with subtle animation, and robust responsiveness. That’s when I discovered Uncode by Undsgn. The more I have worked with this theme, the more I love it. It takes a little getting used to how things are put together and nested, but once you get it you can build just about anything with it. Below are the 5 reasons I love working with Uncode.

Uncode is easy to use.
Uncode is extremely easy to install and use. First off, you can install a great deal of demo content to help you get started. The nice thing with uncode is you can install some demo content or all, and it’s easy to get rid of it when you are done so it isn’t taking up space. I'll go on the Uncode site, find the piece of content that functions as close as possible to the functionality I’m trying to build and I install that demo content. That way I can look through the settings which makes figuring out how to do something a little easier. I’m a firm believer in the work smarter not harder philosophy. Uncode is easy to use but also has a ton of customization options. With so many options, it’s nice to have a reference point that you can look at.

Uncode has a ton of settings.
It's so easy to use because everything is broken into rows. Within the rows are columns and within the columns are modules. Uncode comes with a large set of modules to handle various components like buttons, lists, text boxes, images, sliders, headings, blog posts, icon boxes, content boxes, etc. Each of these components has many options which allow you to customize just about everything. For example, you could create two identical content areas and change the way each one looks without having to write custom CSS. This is just the page builder options, uncode also has theme options that are easy to set up so you can define settings on a site wide level, as well as page settings so you can break out of the global settings where needed. The one drawback is that with so many settings it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I highly recommend that you change settings one at a time or no more than a few at a time, and keep track of what you change, otherwise it’s easy to make a mistake and lose track of which change caused the problem.

It’s easy to duplicate content.
One thing I have never liked about WordPress is that it’s not always easy to reuse content. You can change to the backend editor, copy the code, and paste it, but in complicated pages it may be tricky to grab the correct code. I always install a page duplication plugin so I can duplicate entire pages for this reason. But what if you just built one piece of content you want to reuse? Uncode has you covered, as they use Visual Composer for their editing interface, in addition to including a cut-and-paste module for visual composer that allows you to copy and paste entire rows, entire columns, or customized content modules. This feature has made my life easier when it comes to coding. In addition, Uncode includes a feature called "content blocks" which allows you to build reusable blocks of content that can be inserted into pages or posts. Say you have a contact form block you want on every page, just build it as a content block, insert that block into each page and you are done. Down the road if you need to add a new field, just edit the content block and the form will be updated everywhere.

You can incorporate subtle movement.
I see a lot of sites that have fantastic animation, sliders and various things that can fly around the screen to look cool, but they tend to take away from the sites content and message. Movement is great until it distracts the user from your call to action. With Uncode the subtle is built right in. The folks at Undsgn have done a great deal of work creating a theme that allows you to include movement in your site but they keep it subtle. Everything is designed to help you create a beautiful site without distracting the user.

Support is available when you need it.
As someone who prefers purchased themes, support is important. When you're not building from scratch, so I like to have access to people who understand the code and can help me fix things quickly. Undsgn is amazing in this area. Support has been quick, friendly, and they have bent over backwards to help me fix things. More than anything else, the quality of support is what keeps me coming back to a theme.

This post might sound like an ad for Uncode, but that’s because I believe in spreading the word about developers who create great products that make my life easier. Of course, it’s not all perfect though. Like most purchased themes they claim that you can build a site without knowing how to code at all. And while that may be true, I would certainly hate to try it.

No matter how good a theme is, sooner or later you need to tweak something with html and/or CSS (and Uncode is no different) if you want to build a site that doesn’t look like many others. Also, while the massive amount of options may make it easy to change things, it does come with a bit of a learning curve. Some modules have dozens of settings. On the other hand, many of those settings only need to be changed if you are trying to do something different. I highly recommend you watch all their Uncode tutorial videos before working with the theme. The videos give you a good head start for each of the major features.

I’ve already built two sites with Uncode and I’m looking forward to the next one. If you would like more info about Uncode, you can visit the Undsgn site. For examples of Uncode in action check out their demo gallery.


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