Looking for a magazine WordPress theme? Extra is a beautifully designed magazine theme powered by the Divi drag and drop builder. In this Elegant Themes Extra review, we’ll show its features and help you decide if it is the right theme for your needs.
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Extra is powered by Divi’s drag and drop builder framework. The Divi builder helps you to easily alter the look and feel of your posts and pages with just a few clicks.
Extra is bundled with lots of new Divi builder modules that are specifically created for the needs of bloggers and online publications.
Features of Extra
Just like any other theme built on the Divi builder framework, Extra allows you to customize any element on your posts and pages. Along with the usual Divi builder feature, Extra gives you a new option known as Category Builder, so you can easily alter the design of your homepage and other category layouts. Here are some of its amazing features.
Bundled With Divi Builder
With Divi builder’s drag and drop interface, you can easily create beautiful story driven posts and pages.
In your WordPress page and post editor, you can add your content using the default editor and customize the layout using its visual builder interface.
Endless Possibilities to Customize Layouts
The Extra theme also comes with a Category Builder with a brand new set of post-based modules.
This helps you to customize every element of your layouts, whether it is your homepage or category page, per your needs.
Magazine Styled Homepage
In the Extra theme, two category layouts are created by default. They are Default Category and Homepage.
You can view these categories by navigating to Extra » Category Builder. To edit your homepage, just click on the edit button below the homepage option.
With the Divi’s drag and drop builder, you can now add any post modules and change the appearance of your homepage the way you want.
Beautiful Featured Posts Slider
With Extra, you can easily create sliders on the homepage and other page layouts that source content from a specified set of posts.
After adding the featured post module to your category layout, you can customize the settings and change its appearance.
By default, only featured posts are shown in the slider. You’ll either need to mark certain posts as featured post or disable the featured post option and choose a specific category of posts to show in slider.
3 Navigation Menus
The theme supports 3 navigation menus: Primary, Secondary and Footer Menu. You can create different menus and choose which menu to appear in each location.
Extra also comes with a set of custom mega menus that display the recent or favorite posts directly in the dropdown menu.
Besides the default WordPress theme customizer, Extra supports two different customizer options: Theme Customizer and Module Customizer.
Using these customizers, you can alter the look and feel of your site by looking at the live preview.
Extra also gives you a Role Editor option where you can limit the Divi builder interface options for different WordPress user roles.
The Extra theme comes with the following custom widgets:
- Recent Comments
- Recent Posts
- Recent Reviews
- Recent Tweets
- Recent Videos
- Social Network Followers
Built-in Review Options
You can ask your readers to review your posts using a simple star rating. This can be a great feature if you’re looking to create a niche review site, or add an ecommerce storefront to your site so users can add reviews to your product listings.
The theme also gives you an option to sort your posts or products based on the user ratings.
Add Projects With Ease
In addition to standard blog posts and pages, you can find a new custom post type known as Projects. You can find the Projects tab in your WordPress dashboard.
The custom post type Projects can be a great feature if you would like to showcase your portfolio on your site. Alternatively, you can use the post type to list your products if you’re integrating an ecommerce storefront with the site.
Documentation and Support
The Extra theme has an extensive documentation that guides you on installing and configuring the theme. With beautiful screenshots and videos, it gives you a detailed explanation of various features of the Extra theme.
To download the Extra theme, you’ll need to join the Elegant Themes club. Their personal plan starts from $69 per year. After joining, you’ll get complete access to all themes.
To get premium support, you can use the Elegant Themes support forums. Elegant Themes are well-known for the quality and speed of their support.
Elegant Themes Extra theme is best suited for those who want to make lots of customization on their blog themes without hiring a WordPress developer.
Its drag and drop builder lets you create any kind of pages with ease. Additionally, you can use the drag and drop builder to work on your categories with a new set of modules.
The only downside is that every module you creates using the Divi builder will create a shortcode in your page. If you decide to switch to a new theme from Divi, you’ll likely need to spend a significant amount of time to get rid of those shortcodes from your page.
We give Extra 5 out of 5 stars. Here’s the breakdown of our scores.
Ease of Use