*Blocksy is an emerging free WordPress theme that uses the most recent web technologies. It was developed by Createthemeshq. It is compatible with Gutenberg editor and Brizy page builders. The template has a rating of 5/5 (rated by 430+ users) and is active on 30k+ sites (at the time of writing this article). Blocksy is a great alternative to Kadence GeneratePress, Astra or other similar themes. What are its most popular features? How is the theme search engine optimized for SEO? Blocksy’s impartial review is here.
Blocksy WordPress theme review
When you install and activate Blocksy, you’ll be prompted to install Blocksy companion plugin. How does the plugin work? This plugin will bring new features to your theme.
When you click the “Install Blocksy Companion” option, you’ll be redirected to a page that asks you to either opt-in or opt-out of notifications from the Blocksy theme developers. Open the WordPress live customizer to set the theme up.
Like GeneratePress, Astra, and Kadence, Blocksy is a WP theme that offers extensive customization options through the WP Live customizer tool. Blocksy customization options are grouped into the following categories:
- General, header, footer.
- Sidebar, colors, typography, performance.
The Performance section allows you to disable the insertion of the emoji script in the WP header and activate lazy loading of images. You can insert the theme’s styling file into the header, or align the style.css with HTML. You can specify the type of lazy image loading animation in the template.
Here, you will find the option to adjust the site width, content area width, container maximum width, etc. You can adjust the height of the button and activate/deactivate its animation effect using the General Customization interface. This interface allows you to specify the border, border radius, font/background colors, and even the button border. Blocksy WordPress theme supports breadcrumbs. The breadcrumb separator can be changed to make the theme display the breadcrumb in archives and posts. You can modify the form elements of a page/post that has a form. You can enter the GA tag or GA v4 tag in the General Customization interface. The Blocksy WP theme will insert the Analytics code automatically when you submit the tag. Blocksy allows users to enable IP anonymization and generate and output the Schema.org Markup or Open Graph codes in the website’s head section. Blocksy lets you add frames to your website. You can also activate the “scroll up to top” button via the “General customization”.
Blocksy supports 6/7 header styles and has the option to make the menu sticky. You can change the style, size, and color of the toggle menu icons. Multiple rows can be used for the header of Blocksy. Rows can contain social media icons, search box, menus, custom HTML, buttons, and more.
Blocksy offers four sidebar styles. Each style is unique and beautiful. The slider allows you to adjust the width, spacing, and vertical spacing of the sidebar. You can activate the sticky sidebar by setting the heading tag for the widget title. Users can configure Blocksy to show the sidebar at the top/button of the content section and hide the sidebar on tablet/desktop/mobile devices.
Like other WP themes, Blocksy lets users change the color of the text, links, borders, h1/h2/h3/h4/h5 tag, etc. It also lets users specify a different site background color for mobile/desktop/tablets.
Don’t like the current font of the text, headings, etc? The Blocsky WP theme has the Typography option that allows you to change the site’s fonts, heading tags, blockquotes and preformatted text. Blocksy allows you to change the font family and font line heights, spacings, etc.
Blocsky supports 5 archive/blog page styles – Simple, Classic, Enhanced grid, Grid, Gutenberg. You can make the page to show N posts/pages in the list/grid and display post title/meta/excerpt/featured image/post meta, etc in the list/grid item. Simply drag/drop the stack to change the position of the post meta, title and excerpt.
Blocksy gives users access to the following free extensions:
- Cookies consent, Mailchimp subscribe.
- Product reviews, trending posts, widgets.
To install the extension, click the “Blocksy” option that you will find on the WordPress dashboard sidebar and then click the “Extension” tab.
Stater sites are nothing but demos that you can use to launch a Blocksy theme-powered website quickly. The free version of Blocksy offers the following templates:
- Homi, Tasty, Business.
- Product reviews, charity, travel.
- App, Modern Shop, Blocksy News
Creativethemeshq has introduced two variants of Blocksy – free and Pro. The Pro version offers the following features in addition to the above-mentioned features:
- Premium support, advanced header/footer builder.
- Header Pro Elements, Hook system, custom sidebars.
- Footer Pro Elements, support for custom/Adobe Typekit/Local fonts.
- Support for white labeling.
The Pro edition of Blocksy is available for purchase for a price starting at $49. Creativethemeshq offers 6 pricing options for Blocksy. There are 3 annual and one lifetime plans. The Personal, Professional, and Agency yearly plans cost $49, $69, $99, and the lifetime plans of the same name are priced at $149, $199, $299.
Speed and SEO
Blocksy opens fast on mobile devices and desktops. Its HTML/JS/CSS code has no bugs. There are no issues with SEO on the template’s pages.
Blocksy is a feature-rich responsive and fast WordPress theme. It has good design and offers templates that can be used as “Starter sites”.