Kleo is a premium theme designed to be used with the free BuddyPress and bbPress plugins to create social networking sites. It can also be used as a multipurpose theme. Kleo comes with WPBakery (previously known as Visual Composer), Slider Revolution, and many built-in features and functions. Read all about it in our Kleo review.
Kleo is also designed to be used as a multipurpose theme, with other features such as a built-in portfolio, testimonials, and WooCommerce support for eCommerce sites.
The developers behind Kleo, Seventh Queen, are the authors of three other highly rated WordPress themes. Kleo is their most popular theme with over 10,000 sales.
Features of Kleo
While primarily focused on community and social network sites, Kleo also has plenty of features to make it a very flexible multipurpose theme.
Easy Installation With Setup Wizard
Right after installing and activating the theme, you’ll be redirected to a welcome page.
You’ll see an evaluation of your server status and helpful hints for adjusting any settings that the theme requires. Some of these are advanced settings, though, so you may need to contact your web hosting company for guidance.
In the next step, you can register your theme for automatic updates. Then in step 3, you can choose from a number of plugins to install, as well as a built-in child theme for safe customization.
The only plugins required for the theme to work correctly are:
- Revolution Slider: a complex slider plugin (see our Slider Revolution Review)
- WPBakery (previously known as Visual Composer): a drag and drop page builder (see our WPBakery Review)
- K Elements: provides theme-specific shortcodes you can use as elements with WPBakery
Everything else is optional, including MailChimp for WordPress — you can read our MailChimp for WordPress review here or checkout these best alternatives to MailChimp — and Contact Form 7. For beginners, we recommend the more user-friendly WPForms instead of Contact Form 7.
After installing the plugins you want to use, you can click the next step: Import Demo Data.
Then, you can optionally choose to install the settings and content from one of the 22 available demos. The demos include:
- registration landing page
- mobile app
- e-commerce shop
- …and more
Customizable Design and Layout
In the Theme Options menu in the WordPress dashboard, you can customize the layout and design of your site.
The options are very flexible and allow you to create a unique look that will set your site apart.
If you click on Appearance » Customize » Styling Options, you can get a live preview of your site as you customize the colors.
By default there’s one main sidebar widget area. You can also create your own widget areas by navigating to Appearance » Sidebars. Just click the Add New Sidebar button to create your own.
You can then place widgets on it in the Appearance » Widgets menu, and select it in the Sidebar section when editing your page.
BuddyPress and bbPress Integration
Kleo comes with built-in designs for BuddyPress and bbPress.
BuddyPress is a free plugin that allows you to turn your WordPress website into a social network. bbPress adds forums to your site — see our bbPress review for more details on its features. Both plugins are designed to work with any theme, and inherit the styles of whatever theme you’re using.
Kleo includes some features and settings specifically for BuddyPress under the Theme Options » BuddyPress menu in the WordPress dashboard. It allows you to customize the appearance and layout of all your BuddyPress pages. There are also some useful features you can enable such as displaying each member’s online status.
Kleo also has some templates and styles specifically for BuddyPress and bbPress, so your social site is sure to have a cohesive and professional design.
If you’re looking to open up an online shop, WooCommerce is the plugin you need — check out our WooCommerce review for more details on how it works.
WooCommerce is designed to be compatible with every theme. But, like BuddyPress and bbPress, your WooCommerce shop may not look great with a theme that’s not designed specifically for it.
Kleo includes special styles and features designed for your WooCommerce shop. From the Theme Options » WooCommerce menu, you can configure the layout and display options for your WooCommerce shop and product pages.
Includes Drag-and-Drop Page Builder WPBakery (previously known as Visual Composer)
Kleo comes packaged with the premium plugin WPBakery. It allows you to create complex grid layouts with columns, tabs, sliders, and many more elements, using a drag-and-drop interface. You can read more about it and see how it works in our WPBakery review.
The K Elements plugin specifically created for the Kleo theme also adds many more elements to the WPBakery builder, including:
- Let It Snow: a 90s-style snowfall effect across the page or one section
- Text Block: add text with optional animation effects
- Buttons and separators: add colorful buttons or horizontal lines
- Gap: an empty space
- Icon: choose from over 700 Fontello icons
- …and more
Display Testimonials and Your Portfolio
Kleo comes with built-in support for adding and displaying testimonials and portfolio items. A portfolio page is automatically created, which you can customize in the Theme Options » Portfolio menu.
You can display your testimonials by adding them as an element with WPBakery. Also check out our guide on how to add a portfolio to your WordPress website.
Documentation and Support
Documentation is available on the Seven Queen website. It provides a one-page overview of all the main features, though it doesn’t go into much detail and some of the information seems to refer to an earlier version of the theme. There are also a few video tutorials available, and a knowledge base that provides more information, tutorials, and troubleshooting.
If you need help with something the documentation doesn’t cover, you can open a support ticket. The developers usually respond within 12 hours. Your purchase of the Kleo theme includes 6 months of support, and you can extend that for another 12 months if you wish.
There’s also an official Facebook group with over 150 members.
Kleo is a nicely designed multipurpose theme that has some useful features and designs for BuddyPress and bbPress. It’s a good choice for creating a social networking site, with a lot of nice demo designs and a multitude of options to design a unique-looking site.
(For WooCommerce sites, we found the Flatsome theme to be a great choice.)
The sheer number of options and features may make it overwhelming for some users, though all the demo data options make it easier to get your site set up. The theme is a little bloated with many features enabled by default that not all users will need, such as the portfolio and testimonials.
One potential issue to keep in mind is that it would be very difficult to switch to another theme without losing much of your content and having to rebuild it from scratch.
We give Kleo 4 out of 5 stars. Here is the breakdown of our review scores: