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A big hi to all from a new.
Firstly, congrats to Matt and Dave for doing such a great job with the tutorials. Although new to Magento, I’m pretty tech savy. Our current site is using very old technology so I’m reasonably conversant in HTML and CSS. I took out a premium membership to just have access to your Ultimo tutorials (pretty much to see “inside” the admin panel which you obviously can’t see with their standard demos). I’ve spent a few weeks getting familiar with Magento in general but I found that I was still learning new stuff from your other tutorials on Magento. Thanks guys.
Now … to my question. What are your thoughts about Porto?
Ultimo is the best selling theme on Themeforest because it has been out for longer. Porto seems to be selling as much as Ultimo on a monthly basis. It’s a much more modern looking theme in every way. We’re most likely to be using a drop-down menu and I think the way Ultimo implements a drop-down menu looks outdated. Granted, Porto doesn’t seem to have as many CMS blocks as Ultimo but that’s not an issue for me as I can probably get around that with raw code for the few times I want to place a static block which isn’t built-in to the admin panel. It has the added benefit over Ultimo of (1) “also bought” functionality (2) “daily deals” countdown timer and (3) quantity increment on the product page and in the shopping basket page with +/- symbols. The little things that help conversions.
The only real downside for me that I think I’ve come across with Porto is that, with Firefox (at least on a PC), when the screen resolution is below around 1600px, the responsive design turns the shopping basket display to mobile view, which I don’t like. But I think I can live with that. A very small percentage of our visitors are on FF with resolution below 1600px.
I want a modern-looking theme and I don’t really want to have to spend too much time messing around with a theme’s out of the box design which I would need to do with Ultimo.
Is there a compelling reason to choose Ultimo over Porto? Is there anything else I might have missed?
i dont know … Porto somehow dont attract me …. i would chose Ultimo agin … despite that Ultimo does not have (yet) left bar megamenu and its a litle tricky to get fast loading (look image bellow) … but its possibile . You can see fast Ultimo site made by understaninge commerce tutorial live in battery shop here: https://www.ebax.si/
(if you will test checkout process : english part is not yet finish, chose checkout process in local slovenian language)
Thank you for the kind words Tester, we really appreciate them.
As for Porto, I have had a look and it looks like a decent theme for sure. Ultimately the choice is yours and what you think will work best for your business.
Obviously we chose Ultimo so the guides won’t help you like for like but the theory behind why we want to do certain things with your site will still be of benefit hopefully.
The fact you are confident with HTML and CSS will also give you the ability to make edits to your site to get it tweaked that extra bit, so ultimately Porto looks like a good theme and if you think thats what would work best for your business then go for that one :)
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Thanks for the replies matjaz and Dave.
Yes, I do really like Porto. I could be swayed by Ultimo, especially since it has a far more detailed user guide (though men never read user manuals, right? ;-) and has a larger user base. The biggest drawback for me is the menu behaviour of Ultimo. I don’t like the way each sub-category drop-down stacks on top of the higher level category, if that makes sense. It just mimics the way the dropdown menus work in the Magento default theme. I want the sub-categories to show up cleanly to the right of the categories, without over-lapping. I’ve searched the support section for Ultimo in themeforest and there does appear to be a fix for this behaviour using CSS and the float:right property as each menu level is defined as a separate class.
I’d choose Porto for my own ecommerce website, if I hadn’t already got a pretty amazing Magento theme from TemplateMonster with nearly the same features, but a much more appealing design and layout. Porto’s Landing Page demo looks really cool, though. One of my client’s just purchased a website that was using the Porto WP theme, but the WP Admin was broken and had many issues. Now we have to check its documentation and find a decent solution as a quick fix.
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