Do you want to edit CSS of your themes without writing any code? CSS Hero is a premium WordPress plugin that allows you to edit CSS of any WordPress theme directly from the front-end using a live preview. In this CSS Hero review, we will take a look at its features, performance, and ease of use.
What Is CSS Hero and How Does It Work?
CSS Hero is a powerful visual CSS editor for WordPress powered websites. It allows you to customize the appearance of your WordPress site using a live preview mode with easy graphical user interface. No coding or any knowledge of CSS or HTML is required.
The majority of WordPress users are not web developers. These users don’t know much CSS/HTML to edit or customize their site’s appearance. If there is no option to change something in their theme, no matter how small or easy it is, they are stuck with it.
CSS Hero claims that any WordPress user can customize visual appearance of their websites without writing code.
Having said that, let’s take a look at CSS Hero.
CSS Hero Review: Pros & Cons
Let’s take a look at the few advantages of using CSS Hero.
- Customize your site’s appearance without the bloat
- Point and click feature makes it easy to edit your style right from the frontend
- Easy undo and redo options
- Integrated device modes
- Even the basic pricing plan comes bundled with all features out of the box
Now, let’s see a few limitations of CSS Hero.
Even though you can use the plugin forever with a one-time fee, you’ll have to renew the license if you want updates after one year.
The priority support is only available with the Lifetime Pro, the most expensive plan.
Easy WordPress Theme Customization With CSS Hero
The first and the most noticeable thing about CSS Hero is its ease of use. After installing and activating the plugin, simply visit the front-end of your website.
You will notice a CSS Hero button on the front end of your website. Clicking on it will expand the CSS Hero interface and you can start customizing your theme with live preview visible at all times.
The visual editor in CSS Hero is very easy to use. Simply click on the pointer and then click on any element on your website. CSS Hero will load its CSS classes and you can start customizing it.
All element properties that you can customize are displayed as buttons. Like text, background, border, size, margin, padding, etc. Simply click on a property, and CSS hero will show you what you can do with it.
There are buttons, sliders, and easy controls to increase or decrease sizes, values, and almost everything you can do with CSS.
Revert Back at Anytime to Any Point With CSS Hero
When customizing a website, you may try something and not like it. You may try a couple of things first and then decide to go back to the first change you made.
CSS Hero allows you to easily go back to any changes you made and undo them. You can also browse different states to see which one you like better and then activate it.
This feature is a great help for beginners who just want to try different things. If something doesn’t work out the way you expected, you always have the option to revert back.
Mobile Testing and Customization With CSS Hero
CSS Hero allows you to easily preview your website on different devices and screen sizes. You can also edit and customize how your site looks on the mobile using the same user interface.
Testing and previewing a website on different devices is difficult for beginners. Not to mention making changes to their mobile responsive WordPress themes.
CSS Hero makes it possible to preview and edit the mobile appearance of your site. You get all the same features and ease of use when editing your site’s mobile appearance.
CSS Hero Compatibility with WordPress Themes and Plugins
Performance and Miscellaneous Features of CSS Hero
Apart from the important features that we have mentioned above, CSS Hero comes with a lot more.
- Color Picker tool allows you to pick colors from anywhere
- Export your CSS Hero changes in a minified CSS file
- Use complex CSS properties like Gradients, box shadows, etc. with ease
- Built in support for 600+ Google Fonts
- Easily reset to your theme defaults
Is CSS Hero the Right Solution for You?
CSS Hero is definitely not a one-size-fits-for-all solution to all your customization needs. Before you dive in and purchase the plugin, it’s worth taking a moment to see if it could make your life easier.
Buy CSS Hero if…
- You want to customize the appearance (styling) of your existing theme with ease without writing code
- You don’t want to mess up your post with shortcodes
- You’re a developer who want to customize CSS quickly and easily
- You need to customize CSS in conjunction with your page builder plugin
- You don’t want to hard code your existing CSS file.
Don’t buy CSS Hero if
You’re looking for a plugin that lets you build a custom-built standalone page with lots of new features. Or if you want a plugin that lets you replace the default WordPress editor with a brand new one.
In these cases, you might want to consider a page builder plugin instead.
Pricing and Support Options for CSS Hero
CSS Hero is a paid plugin with three levels of pricing plan. Their starter plan comes at $29 per year and is valid for a single site. The premium plan is priced at $59 per year and you can use it on 5 sites. Their best plan is the pro which comes at $199 per year and you can use it on 999 sites. It also comes with an addon plugin called Hero Inspector.
All plans include one-year premium support and updates.
Support is provided using a ticket-based system. CSS Hero also comes with extensive documentation, which is particularly helpful for users who like to solve problems on their own.
Our Verdict on CSS Hero Plugin
We were truly impressed by how easy it is to use CSS Hero. It has a nice simple clutter-free interface which is very intuitive. The out of box experience is excellent, it works as promised. Pricing options are very reasonable and the documentation is quite extensive and well written.
We give CSS Hero 5 out of 5 stars. Here is the breakdown of our review score.