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4. Flex Theme Review : Another One By Out Of The Sandbox
Flex theme: A game-changing new theme for Shopify Store Owners
Flex theme is one of the latest Shopify theme’s innovation by Out of the Sandbox, the theme was released a few days ago after a successful reception of their previous theme Turbo theme, which got massive sales and ratings.
Following the success, out of the sandbox collected suggestions from Turbo Portland users asking them of the new features they would love to see incorporated in the theme.
After months of designing and putting the suggestions into an actual element, they came up with one of the best Shopify themes in 2019 worth your investment.
Flex Shopify theme has the ultimate control and offers unlimited options to help bring your store ideas to life. It gives the user the power to drag and drop the shop section to achieve the store layout you want for your Shopify store.
It comes with multiple layouts and uniquely calculated sections that give you control of settings and configuration with just a touch of a button.
The Additional Custom CSS makes this theme even better to possess for either store owner or a drop shipper using the Shopify platform.
Flex theme factored in store owners with different products and niches, the developers built 12 unique styles to choose from that will fit your niche and store needs.
These 12 designs were created to bring the desired layout and homepage display you want for your store. The 12 inbuilt demos include:
- Home decor,
If you wondering how to achieve the above looks after a successful purchase, worry not, the theme comes with a demo shop import that has all the required content and layout as per the niche you will choose.
It Gives Customization First Priority
You don’t need to buy coding courses or be a developer to figure out your way with this theme by out of the sandbox. They gave customization thought and allowed unlimited customization options from the pages to the homepage layout.
Your ideas and creativity of how you want the final product to look like will be brought to life using this theme. You can either decide to use one of the Six –Pre-built demo shop layout in the Flex theme or use the default demo to customize and make your shop look how you desire.
It Offers Advanced CSS
This is the only Shopify theme that allows users to add a customized CSS code to its section directly within the theme editor of the store.
You will be able to create new CSS classes plus target other elements you want to within the theme section and make them effective without having to leave the page, you are currently on.
Perfect icons And Library of Elements
Visual elements on a Shopify store is very crucial and adding such is an added advantage for any store owner, the flex theme has a comprehensive Icon Library that allows you to add any visual element to your website.
If you looking towards adding elements, you have options to choose from;
- Announcement Bar,
- New Icon Bar,
- Featured Promotions,
- Text Columns with Icons.
12+ Done For You Pre-Designed Shops
Just in case, you are in a hurry to launch and you don’t want to waste time designing the store, well, you can now have it built faster by using one of the 12 Demo shops present in the new flex theme for Shopify store.
You can use the Pre-installed content and images of the preferred demos, the work that remains is less before you launch your shop, just a quick tweaking and putting things in line and you ready to launch your store.
The Best Way to Preview Flex Theme outside Shopify Store.
Even though Flex theme is a premium Shopify theme but it is only available exclusively and directly from the Out of the sandbox website. If one wants to preview the theme before purchase, there is no need going the Shopify theme store.
You can only be able to purchase the theme either from the official website of Out of the sandbox or through the theme updater app, the buy now button that appears on Shopify won’t complete the theme purchase.
Follow these steps to preview the Flex Shopify theme:
- Search and install out of the sandbox’s theme updater app in your Shopify store
- When the apps pop up and opens, scroll down to the section read’ Additional themes from out of the sandbox’’.
- While on that section. Click the ‘Try theme’ button.
- There will be a pop up as the theme trial is installing.
What’s the difference between the Flex theme and the Turbo theme?
Flex theme was launched on 7th as the latest innovation from Out of the Sandbox, it is no doubt, the newest and most robust Shopify theme that Out of the sandbox ever designed.
What makes the theme stands out, is the multiple layouts and the options of playing around the sections and to top it up, the freedom of having the control of setting plus the ease to customized CSS.
With the above features rarely seen in other Shopify themes, makes flex unique and very versatile theme designed in this time and age. As we all know flex is not the first theme ever designed by out of the Sandbox, let us do a comparison to see some similarities and differences between flex theme and turbo theme;
Flex Vs Turbo Theme: Speed & Performance
Flex theme is a bit high when it comes to performance, it is designed as a high-performance theme that has an inbuilt performance features a unique image loading system that enhances speed.
Just like turbo theme, Flex also has the ‘page ore-loading ‘aspect (which comes to function on turbo theme only when you have the on Ludicrous speed mode)
Unlike the Turbo theme, the component has been given a different aspect in the Flex Shopify theme.
If you ever used the Turbo theme, you noticed the page pre-loading component is very faster but brings conflicts with third-party applications on most browsers.
Luckily the in Flex Shopify theme, the ‘Pre-loading’ component is designed and specified for modern browsers hence presents fewer conflicts with third parties.
This advanced approach gives the user an easy time for customization and third party integration into the theme, with no conflicts and minimal errors encountered.
Key Features that Comes With Flex Shopify Theme
- Options of Multiple Layout to choose from
- Easy to use Advanced additional CSS in the theme editor and the addition of sections and pages.
- The Icon library and the verities of sections available
- Unique Four Header Styles
- Four Footer styles to utilize
- Unique three product page layout to choose from
- The feature of Demo shop import that allows one to import content, section, images from flex demos.
- Inbuilt Mega Menus and Creative Drop-downs
- Spacing and control over margins
- Width setting options
- Theme Background Gradients
- Creative Button Styles
- Sales stickers for Products
- Sticky Bottom Bar
Comparing Flex and Turbo Theme homepages Sections
It is common knowledge that they can’t share the same homepage setting and style setting, the reason why they designed the flex theme was to have a new homepage and section more advanced than the ones with Turbo Theme.
The homepages sections in Flex theme have filed to enter your custom CSS with the theme editor besides the additional width and layout options avail to you, this is unlike the turbo portal Shopify theme.
Breadcrumbs Enabled on Flex
The theme has breadcrumbs feature designed to be seen through theme in your product pages, the collections section and the blog posts. The breadcrumbs settings allow you to choose how you want them to appear on your blog, you can either choose capitalization, size, and separator as your breadcrumbs style in flex theme by out of the sandbox.
Uniquely Designed Drop-down Menus
In this setting, you can choose how you want you drop-down menus to appear in your header navigation. You can as well as choose the setting of the drop-down menu either to be displayed vertically or horizontally. The newly launched flex theme provides you with every option to make your store looks stunning.
You can choose the drop-down position under position setting, which gives you an option of either have it below the parent link or the header. It also gives you an option of a vertical spacing setting that controls the amount of space between each drop-down menu item on your header. You can change this setting from a medium, small or to large.
There more exciting features of the flex theme that need exploration as time goes by, but be rest assured that no theme is going to beat this one out of the market anytime soon.
I am speaking from a drop shipper perceptive since it has everything, anyone, doing Shopify dropshipping business needs.
What makes a store lags or slow is the having many apps installed, Flex theme comes with Pre-built functionalities that help eliminate the need for having third-party apps installed on your Shopify store.
Satisfied? Why not check it, try it and share your experience with us.
Comment below if you have any questions regarding this Flex theme review.