The days of one-trick pony website templates are long gone. Webmasters now have plenty of dynamic templates and platforms to choose from to build their website. Monstroid from TemplateMonster (aff) is a versatile theme powered by Cherry Framework 4.0. Built on bootstrap, the theme is responsive and ready for retina displays. Plenty of child themes are available for it too.
The good people at TemplateMonster were kind enough to provide us with a copy to test the theme. While I prefer installing themes and plugins manually, the Monstroid Wizard took care of almost everything. It automatically installs Cherry framework, child theme, and all the required plugins. You also get MotoPress Slider, which makes it easy to create dynamic sliders for your website.
Those of you new to this framework are going to find it pretty easy to use. You can change your blog layout, logo, mega menu settings, pagination, and social media options from the back-end (Cherry > Options). Let’s not forget that useful plugins such as Cherry Testimonials, Team, Social, Sidebar Manager, Data Manager, and Charts are installed before you even get started.
With MotoPress Content Editor, you can visually create your pages just how you like. Just drag & drop content elements as you wish. This tool lets you build complex pages with quotes, lists, sliders, call to action buttons, video, audio, charts, table, and dynamic effects.
Monstroid supports charts, fancy tables, video backgrounds, and WooCommerce. It comes with services and team management plugins. You can also easily add ratings and views count to your pages. Live chat functionality is also built-in. Monstroid has various homepage, blog, gallery, and portfolio layouts, but you can always customize things for your projects.
For a simple website, you might find Monstroid’s rich list of features to be overkill. But for more complex projects involving custom layouts, online stores, and dynamic content, this multipurpose theme has a lot going for it. You can get a license for as low as $79 (not recurring).