One page websites offer a unique chance to provide all the information on a single page. If you are looking for a unique layout to try on your next website, you can try a one-page theme. There is a large number of one-page themes available in the marketplaces. Among them, you need to choose a theme which comes with all the necessary features and can be used for various purposes.
Brando is an award-winning one page which meets all these requirements. You can use this theme to create attractive one-page websites for different industries. In today’s post, I am going to review the Brando theme.
Once you install and activate the Brando theme, the next step is to install and activate the required and recommended plugins. You will need some plugins to use the Brando theme. You can enjoy all the theme features only after activating these plugins.
Now that you have taken care of the plugins let’s take a close look at Brando’s settings options.
Configuring Brando Theme Settings
The settings options are located at the Appearance -> Theme Settings page. The available options are divided into several sections.
This section includes the basic settings for your website. For instance, you can enable the under construction mode, add custom sidebars, and apply custom CSS from the first three options. Then, in the ‘Favicon Settings‘ area, you can provide favicons for regular and retina screens. ‘Post Default Image Settings‘ allows you to set a default image to be used as the featured image of your posts.
Here, you can choose to enable or disable the header. If you enable it, you will find several customization options below. You can choose any of the seven header styles and custom header text colors. Below, there are separate options to upload logos for regular and retina screens. It is also possible to define a URL for the logo. Lastly, you can choose a sidebar for the header.
# Page Title
If you want to enable page title for your website, you can do that from this section. It is also possible to provide a subtitle, choose a title background image, and add a parallax effect for the title section.
As the name suggests, this section includes various options related to the pages. First of all, if you have enabled the under construction mode, you can choose the page. Then, you can allow comments for the posts, page, and portfolio items.
Lastly, there is a dedicated section for customizing your 404 page. You can choose the title, content, background image, 404 background image, etc. It is possible to add a button with custom URL and text to the 404 page.
# Font Settings
This is the section for choosing the fonts for your website. You can choose a main and an alternative font. In the ‘Font Size‘ area, you can choose the font size and line height for various sections like the body font, header, H1 to H6, title, small, medium, large, extra-large text font sizes, etc.
# Color Settings
This section is divided into three areas. The ‘Background Color‘ area includes options to choose the body background and the background colors for another theme presets. In the ‘Header Color‘ area, you will find options to choose the background for various header styles. And the colors for body, link, link hover, icon, etc. could be set for the ‘Text Color‘ area.
# Layout Settings
In this section, you can choose the basic website design, enable fluid container and breadcrumb. If you want to apply a background image to your site, you can do that from the ‘Body Background‘ area.
Below, you will find lots of other options to customize the layouts for your posts, pages, custom posts, portfolio items, category, header, etc.
# Social Sharing
Brando comes with the necessary social sharing options built-in. You can choose the social networks from this section. Available options include Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Digg, Tumblr, LinkedIn, etc.
This is the section for customizing your footer. You can choose a background image and footer style. There are five footer styles available. Then, there are more options to customizer footer text, enable and upload footer logo, choose footer sidebar, enable copyright, back to top button, etc.
As you can guess from the name, this section includes options to import or export your content and theme settings to and from other websites which are also using the Brando theme.
Easy Customization Options
There are some more customization options at the Appearance -> Customize page. Among them, ‘Site Identity‘ section includes the usual options like the site title, tagline, and icon. In ‘Colors‘, you can choose the background color and header text color.
In the ‘Header Image‘ section, you can upload a custom header image. The ‘Menus‘ section enables you to choose the main menu and to edit the menu items.
You can choose the sidebar widgets from the ‘Widgets‘ section. Brando comes with several custom widgets. You can use these widgets to display the favorite posts, subpages, about us, recent comments, etc. on the sidebar. And lastly, the ‘Static Front Page‘ section allows you to choose a dedicated front page for your website.
A Powerful Admin Panel Too
Brando offers its robust admin panel made from Redux framework. You can change almost all theme settings like colors, layouts, fonts etc from the panel directly.
15+ Ready to Use Concepts
Brando comes with almost 15+ ready to use templates which you can quickly replicate in your new website with just click of a button. This includes demos for:
- Personal site
- Event and more
How to Replicate the Demo?
You can use the demos as inspirations for creating your agency, event, travel, wedding, spa, photography, or personal website. As the demos are provided with all the necessary posts, pages, theme options settings, and images, they will come in handy if you want to get started with your website immediately.
Unlike other themes, Brando has made it very easy to replicate the demo designs. You will find a list of the available demos at the ‘Import/Export‘ section of the Appearance -> Theme Settings page.
For each demo, there are two designs to install and preview. Once you have checked out the preview, click the ‘Install‘ button, and the demo will be automatically imported into your website.
Special Features for Business Sites
If you are developing corporate, business, or personal sites, the interactive portfolio options will be useful for you. While it is possible to choose the portfolio items in different style, your visitors can sort the items by using the available filters. The AJAX popup feature will help them to get a short overview of the item.
Brando offers a lot of different portfolio styles ranging from masonry, grid, lightbox, Ajax Popup and more. You can certainly create different portfolio style for your different projects.
The AJAX-powered contact form is a nice touch. Being a one-page theme, your visitors will be annoyed if they have to reload the whole website just to submit a form. Brando solves the problem by allowing form submission without reloading the page.
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If you are offering any service from your business site, you need to display a pricing table. Luckily, Brando comes with a built-in pricing table which will be useful to provide the pricing information to your visitors.
Stunning Blog Layouts
Despite being a one-page theme, Brando comes with an integrated blog along with a sea of stunning blog layouts and design. You can easily create your own blog with already included options within the theme to share your photos, videos or stories.
Other Interesting Features
Along with the options described above, Brando also comes with a wide range of features. Let’s take a look at some of these features.
First of all, there is a professionally designed coming soon page. The countdown timer, email subscription, and social links will be useful for your visitors to get the latest updates.
Brando works perfectly with the popular WordPress plugins. What’s more, the theme package is provided with the Visual Composer plugin. Therefore, you can unleash your creative mind and create a spectacular layout for your website.
The theme also comes with a bunch of useful shortcodes. These shortcodes allow you to create custom elements like tabs, counter, accordion, team, gallery, slider, etc. without having to create them manually. The touch-friendly sliders come with cleverly designed CTA buttons. You can display custom messages by using various styles like a warning, success, error, etc.
Regarding the typography, Brando supports 500+ Google Fonts and 800+ font icons. That means you will never be out of options while choosing font or icon for various sections of your website.
The professional theme coding will come in handy for ensuring a faster loading speed and supporting your SEO campaigns. Thanks to the fully responsive layout, your website will look great on any screen size and resolution.
Theme License & Pricing
Brando is priced at $49. This price includes the theme and six months of support from theme developers. You can extend the support to 12 months by paying $13.88 extra.
Over to You
One page websites have their pros and cons. Along with being simple, they provide a better UI, higher conversion rate, and easier management. You need to be very creative in planning and developing a one-page website. Themes like Brando have made the task a lot easier. You get all the features you need, and there are several demo designs to take inspiration.
Now that you have read the review, it’s your turn to let me know your thoughts about Brando. Which features do you like the most? And which ones need some improvement? Let me know in the comments.