You want to choose a great theme for your site but can’t choose one? Blocksy is a theme that you should consider! It’s fast, free, has lot’s of customization options and other great features too! In this Blocksy Theme review, we’ll deep dive into the theme and I will help you find if this theme is worth it or not!
Let’s kick things off with the installation process. The installation of this theme is super simple. All you have to do is navigate to “Appearance > Themes”, search for Blocksy and install it on your site!
After the installation is complete, Blocksy will require you to install the Blocksy Companion plugin which allows for more features, extensions and starter sites for the theme! I would definitely recommend installing this plugin as it unlocks a whole new world of features!
So, the installation is very clean and simple, although one thing I would have loved to have would be a setup wizard so that an absolute beginner could set up his site easily!
Customization is an area where Blocksy shines! In my opinion, it’s the only free theme which offers so many customization options! Here are the major design and customization options which Blocksy offers:
In the General options, you can configure things like your site’s width, layout spacing, button designs, breadcrumbs, scroll to top and website frame.
The best feature here is that you can directly enter the Google Analytics code for you site in the Customizer screen! You can also anonymize the IP of your website visitors for their privacy!
There is also a header and footer builder to drag and drop and build your site’s header and footer. You can also make your header transparent or sticky!
Sidebar and Blog Options
The sidebar options have four different sidebar options and you can also customize the width, gap and make it a sticky sidebar! In the blog options you can choose between different layouts like Grid, Masonry, Classic and so on…
You also have pagination and animation options. Blocksy also includes a built-in social sharing button module. You can also choose what all to display to visitors like publishing date, updated date, and so on…
Colors and Typography
A very unique feature of Blocksy is that you can choose a global color palette which shall define the color scheme of you whole site and all pages. As for the typography, you can define the font and font size for different things like headers, text, and so on…
One of the unique things with Blocksy is that includes performance settings where you can cutomize some file settings and image settings. It’s not very extensive though.
So, as you saw Blocksy offers a ton of customization options. You can edit the minutest detail of your site with these built-in options!
Extensions and Starter Sites
Blocksy doesn’t have many extensions, but the ones it has are aesome. The extensions that the theme comes with are:
- Cookies Consent: Display a cookie accepting message on your site
- Mailchimp Subscribe: Add a form and subscribe a user to your Mailchimp mailing list
- Product Reviews: Creat beautiful looking professional product review posts on your site
- Trending Posts: Display your tending posts by views in the sidebar
As for the starter sites, there are not many starter templates. Blocksy only offers 10 starter sites and the worst thing is that not all of them are compatible with all page builders like Elementor, Brizy, Gutenberg, etc. So, you’ll have to take the pain of designing your website on your own or choose from the few starter sites and edit them…
Performance should be the most important factor you should consider while choosing any WordPress theme. I ran performance tests on Blocksy, and here and below are the results. I use WordPress’s default blog page as my home page and wrote dome demo posts. The results are:
GTMetrix: 93% Performance, 99% structure, A Grade
Pingdom: 85 Marks B Grade, 640KB Page size, 23 requests, 1.2 secs load time
Pagespeed Insights: 92 Mobile, 97 Desktop
So as you can see, Blocky is a super-fast theme! It’s one of the fastest themes I have tested to date! If performance is your main concern, then Blocksy is going to be your best bet!
Blocksy is a very affordable theme and the pricing for the Pro Plans start at $49/year and goes till $99/year.
The lifetime plan starts at $149 and goes to $299. The paid plans unlock many new features like conditional sidebars, hooks, more fonts, mega menu, white labelling and many more WooCommerce features!
The support is very fast with Blocksy! The developer is very friendly and happy to answer all your questions!
Top features to consider Blocksy
- Most extensive customization options
- The free version is very generous and is enough for most sites
- Affordable paid pricing
- E-Commerce compatible
- Multipurpose theme
- Super fast performance
- Page builder compatibility
- Uses latest web technologies
- Constantly updated
Problems with the theme
The major problems with the theme are:
- Very less starter templates and sites available
- Too advanced for new website owners
Blocksy has no other cons! It’s a near perfect theme!
If Blocksy doesn’t sound a great fit for you, then here are some of the alternatives you can consider:
It’s the most complete alternative to Blocksy. It too has a generous free version, is loaded with tons of features, has affordable pricing and great support and has performance like Blocksy. The best part is that more starter templates than Blocksy.
Astra is the most popular free WordPress theme as it is equally fast, has over 100 starter templates and is very affordable too!
OceanWP is a great Blocksy alternative as it too has a great design, lots of starter templates and affordable pricing!
So that was for the Blocksy review! It’s an exceptionally good theme, with lots of features, great performance and great price! It’s pretty versatile and multi purpose so that you can create any type of site with it! You can create a blog, portfolio, e-commerce site, business site, and so on…
If you are on a budget and you want a free theme, then Blocksy is the bets option!
I hope that this review helped you select if Blocksy is worth your time and attention! Subscribe to my mailing list for more great tutorials and exclusive content!