Looking for a multipurpose WordPress theme for building a portfolio or a photography site? Oshine is one of the most popular multipurpose WordPress themes in the ThemeForest marketplace that lets you build any type of site, but excels at portfolio and photography sites. In this Oshine theme review, let’s look at its features and learn how easy it is to build a website like you imagined.
Oshine is an all-in-one theme, packed with lots of built-in features to let you build any sort of website you need.
Oshine is created by BrandExponents, an Indian WordPress theme development team.
It has more than 13,000 customers and is one of the top 30 best selling WordPress themes of all time in the ThemeForest market. It is also a highly rated WordPress theme with about 4.8 star ratings based on 560 ratings.
Although it is a multipurpose WordPress theme, it is primarily focused on building portfolio and photography sites that display many pictures.
Upon installation, you’ll need to go to Appearance » Install Plugins to begin installing the required plugins. The Oshine theme requires you to install several plugins:
- BE Page Builder
- BE Portfolio Post Type
- BE one click import
- Meta Box Conditional Logic
- Meta Box Show Hide
- Meta Box Tabs
It also recommends three more plugins to be installed on your site:
Master Slider and Slider Revolution are premium plugins that cost $39. As this theme is shipped with these plugins, you can use them without any extra cost.
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One Click Import
Oshine offers 27 stunning demos to import, so you can build a site like the demo site with just a single click. You can import the demo content by navigating to Appearance » Import Demo Content.
You can tweak these demos as much as you like with the help of Oshine’s drag and drop page builder.
The Drag and Drop Page Builder
The powerful drag and drop builder allows you to build a website exactly like you imagined without touching a single line of code. With the visual previews in the backend, you can create a page without having to switch back and forth from your dashboard to your site.
Tons of Options to Customize Hero Images
Oshine gives you lots of customization options for hero images in your page editor. You’ll find options to customize background, style, canvas settings and more.
With Oshine, you’ll get full control over the appearance of your site. The theme is also bundled with a child theme that inherits its functions from the parent theme. Every change you make on the child theme will be retained even if you’re updating your parent theme to the latest version.
Oshine offers 7 different page templates to pick from. They are…
- Blank page template
- Page with sidebar
- Page with sidebar and title
- Page with title
- Split screen left
- Split screen right
In the page editor, you’ll find layout options for every page template. This way you can make unique designs for every page.
Many Other Cool Features
In Oshine, features are endless. If you’re still not convinced to use the theme, below are a few more…
- Unique layouts: Oshine provides 10 different header layouts, 5 menu layouts, 3 body and 3 footer layouts.
- 5 blog layouts: Present your blog with any of the 5 layouts it provides.
- 50+ shortcode modules: Shortcode modules are integrated with the page builder for ease of use.
Documentation and Support
Their documentation is excellent that covers every aspect of building a website using the Oshine theme. It is well organized and includes useful screenshots and videos, so you can easily skim through the content without hassle.
Just like any other Themeforest theme, Oshine also offers free support only for a period of up to 6 months from the date of purchase. All support queries will be responded in 48 hours. Depending on weekends and public holidays it may stretch up to 72 hours.
Oshine is a multipurpose WordPress theme that comes with many useful demos to pick from. The demos include sites for digital agencies, landing pages, restaurant and wedding sites. It is best suited for creating portfolio sites and photography sites.
Oshine is a heavy theme, so you’ll likely need to increase your file upload limit to around 15 MB.
It offers a huge amount of features out of the box and comes with heavy plugins to be installed. One of the main drawbacks of the theme is that the layout option settings are poorly designed, which may confuse users.
For example, in the page editor you can see too many template options. Instead of showing every template option in the page editor, it would have been better if the settings were shown only based on the user template selections.
If you’re looking for a simple WordPress theme, Oshine may not be the right theme.
However, it can be the best choice for an average user who wants to quickly load a site that looks exactly like the demo site.
We give Oshine 4.4 out of 5 stars. Here is the breakdown of our review scores:
Ease of Use