It’s not every day you stumble across a free WordPress theme that matches exactly what you are looking for in terms of features and performance. There are so many to choose from it is seemingly impossible to even know where to begin. I mean, looking in the WordPress repository alone would take eons to sift through, and that is not counting all of the free third-party WordPress themes that are available for download.
Luckily, I have found a really great theme shop by the name of MachoThemes that has brought you 2 amazing (and very different) free WordPress themes to check out.
A Little About MachoThemes
Releasing their first theme in 2015, MachoThemes and its dedicated team set out to create sleek and modern WordPress themes for their eager customers. After first showcasing their theme Pixova on the ever popular ThemeForest platform, and after receiving lots of positive reviews, the founders of MachoThemes decided to go bigger and start their own theme shop.
Although still new to the game (though with many products in the process of being developed and released), MachoThemes stands behind the idea that “quality always wins” and continues to create great products for everyday WordPress users.
MachoThemes is known for combining great design and advanced features into themes WordPress users of all levels can master. No matter which theme you choose you can expect great typography made up of the best, free fonts available, high resolution imaging on any screen and a responsive design to follow, and one-click import for fast and easy installation.
Let’s take a closer look and see what makes these themes so incredible…
Free Theme Features
The purpose for developing free version themes (besides being affordable!) is to give you the opportunity to explore what each theme can do, without the pressure of making a purchase and being disappointed. That way, if after experiencing the free version you want more in terms of feature control, you can feel confident the PRO version upgrade is just what you need for you website.
Let’s take a look at some of the unique features that are offered to WordPress users when they download any free version theme by MachoThemes.
All free version themes are fully optimized for a responsive viewing experience. Nowadays people are on their smart phones or tablets more than ever searching the web for all kinds of information. Providing a mobile-friendly theme design that minimizes scrolling and re-sizing across a variety of screen sizes is the ultimate goal of MachoThemes.
Still one of the hottest trends out there today, parallax WordPress themes create unique, stand out websites that your readers will remember. All of MachoThemes’ free version themes include the option of smooth parallax design so that your readers can simply scroll down the front page of your website or jump to the category they wish to explore.
In addition to being fully responsive, all free version themes are retina ready. Since devices of all sizes display different pixel ratios, it is important that you choose a theme that will not blur when seen on a smaller sized screen.
For a theme to be considered retina-ready, it must allow your website’s graphics and images to display at their highest resolutions. It must also accommodate retina ready images that are being uploaded to your website. MachoThemes does a great job at achieving both so that not only do your website visitors get to view appealing imagery you share with them, their user experience becomes an A+.
W3C Validated Code
MachoThemes incorporates only the highest quality code into their themes by including code that has been validated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This use of validated code will guarantee that your website will not only display correctly today, but will function as it is supposed to tomorrow as well.
In addition to using the cleanest and most secure code, MachoThemes also incorporates HTML5 into its themes, providing a common interface for your website to work on. This helps with browser compatibility issues thus reinforcing the guarantee that your website will work correctly for all of your readers no matter where they are accessing you from.
Having an SEO optimized theme is a must these days and even though some themes claim they are SEO worthy, does not necessarily mean it is true. You must consider things such as loading speed, website structure (including typography layout), breadcrumbs, quality code, and responsiveness. All free version themes developed by MachoThemes are touted as SEO optimized, especially when it comes to loading speed.
To test this claim, I tested both Pixova Lite and Regina Lite using the popular online speed test GTmetrix to see just how fast these themes were:
For being a one page theme that has such a huge total page size, Pixova Lite sure loaded fast. With a PageSpeed score of 92% and a page loading time of 1.1 seconds, what is there to complain about?
Regina Lite didn’t fare as well as Pixova Lite, however considering the total page size of this theme raked in at a whopping 1.26MB, I must admit a 1.7s load time is still pretty impressive. Most WordPress website owners aim for 2s and under. Looks like Regina Lite is literally pulling its own weight effectively.
According to MachoThemes, Pixova Lite is the best free, multipurpose, one page WordPress theme available on the market. In addition to the multitude of features mentioned above that are included in all of MachoThemes’ themes, there are definitely some stand out features Pixova Lite provides making it hard to believe this theme is free.
- Translation ready – Translate this theme into any language using the included .po and.mo files.
- Responsiveness taken to the next level – Pixova Lite is also blazing fast (remember the GTmetrix test?). This theme includes extras such as retina font icons and graphics, custom Google Fonts, CSS3 animation abilities, and parallax sections, yet never at the expense of user experience.
- WooCommerce integration – Do you run an online business of some sort? Well, this free one page theme fully supports the popular WooCommerce platform.
In the end, this free one page theme is packed full of great features that are easy to use. You will always know that your visitors will have a great experience exploring your website and will never turn away due to poor optimization, low quality imagery, or lack of appealing design. If you are looking for a one page theme for your website, no matter the niche you are in, I would definitely recommend giving Pixova Lite a chance.
Regina Lite is an ideal theme suitable for medical clinics, dentistry websites, medical research facilities, and more. Created as a template for the medical industry, Regina Lite is modern, flexible, and perfectly organized so you can get all of the relevant information displayed on your website without it looking dry and boring.
Here are some of the features Regina Lite can offer your medical website:
- Extreme cross browser compatibility – All popular browsers supported, as well as lesser known ones such as Opera, SeaMonkey, and Lunascape.
- Translatable using Translation Ready and WMPL – Create a multilingual website easily and build your global presence.
- User-friendly on the frontend – Give your patients ease of navigation they are booking appointments, downloading forms, or reading your blog.
- Child themes – MachoThemes hopes to create several child themes for Regina Lite. In fact, word has it they have already developed a child theme appropriate for a candy shop based on Regina Lite (yum!).
I am certainly a fan of Regina Lite’s clean design. It certainly has the potential to give off that cool, sterilized look that hospitals convey upon entering the waiting room. I love that it is so easy to translate since people from all over need help from a medical facility at one point or another. Not alienating any one particular group is always a plus with me.
I am also looking forward to seeing what the child themes bring to the table once released. In the end, this theme has a lot of bang for its zero bucks down and can really help medical professionals create something useful for their readers.
Documentation and Support
Dedicated to providing you the most advanced theme experience, MachoThemes ensures its customers that themes will be regularly updated and that they will receive the newest features once they have been added. You will also have access to extensive documentation that covers common issues as well as individualized instructions for each theme available to users.
Another great thing you can expect from MachoThemes is top notch support. They are known for quickly processing all support requests. In fact, it has been shared with me personally that every single issue has been resolved by their great support team in less than one day. Not bad if you ask me.
MachoThemes is also the kind of company you can count on for being confident in the product they are providing their customers. They back this confidence with a 7-day money back guarantee (because sometimes things do happen) and even state that if there is an issue with your theme that cannot be resolved, they will gladly refund you the entire product price. Those are the kinds of things I like to hear before I put my hard-earned money into a product.
MachoThemes does a great job of keeping the user in mind when it comes to developing themes. However, they claim there is no lack of features in the free theme versions, yet many features such as Google Maps and Pricing Tables are only available in their paid PRO versions. These are easily some of the most important features for either theme and might turn someone away from the free version, and possibly the paid, if these features are needed on their website.
All in all though, the themes are easy to use so no experience is required to get a great looking website. And if you ever do need help, support and documentation are just a short click away.
I am convinced after speaking with one of the founders of MachoThemes that a true emphasis is always placed on the customer when the team at MachoThemes is developing new products. Coming from humble beginnings, and continuing to appreciate the success customers bring to their business, MachoThemes is bound to find their company climbing its way to the top.
If you are thinking about creating a one page theme or maybe have a medical facility that needs a fresh new look, I would definitely say it can’t hurt to try either of the free Pixova or Regina themes MachoThemes makes available for WordPress users. Who knows, you might fall so in love you even make the jump and upgrade to their PRO version themes where even more great features are known to be.
Have you ever tried Pixova Lite or Regina Lite? How did you feel they functioned being free themes available to anyone with a WordPress website? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!