Bridge Theme Review – Top Selling premium theme for 5 years

Did you know that Bridge theme is one of the top 10 biggest selling WordPress themes in Themeforest marketplace?

Even after five years it is steadily getting over 300+ weekly sales. Last month it just crossed 1,20,000 in total sales. Check here.

Why’s that?

Bridge is a big theme with tons of features for building any website you need instantly, no denying it.

The whole credit however goes to Qode, the developer, their exceptional support is one of the main reason for the theme’s massive success. For the last five years they haven’t released any other theme when I checked. The only thing they do right now is polish the Bridge theme; Bridge customers build creative websites with elegant animations and layouts.

About Qode

Qode is the developer behind the Bridge theme. Since its debut release back in April 2014, the Qode team has managed the theme well with regular updates and features. This theme has 4.77 ratings with over 100k+ sales.

Link to official website

Here in my review I’ll check how Bridge theme performs, the worst part of it, and at the end of the day how easy is it for beginners to build their own website.

At First Glance

Bridge is made for beginners who don’t have any coding knowledge; goodbye CSS & HTML markup. Everything in this theme is just one click away like importing new demo layouts, setting custom presets and, solid theme options for easy customization.

In Layman’s terms, Bridge is a multipurpose theme. A multipurpose theme helps anyone to create niche websites fast. Bridge theme is a top tier theme which does that effortlessly.

Are multipurpose themes useful? Yes indeed. Who doesn’t love to have a theme that has huge number of demo layouts? For one niche you get a choice to work with several website layouts and pick the best parts of each design. Each layout in-turn has unique characteristics and features. Multipurpose themes are the website builders you can buy these days. It is an added advantage over hiring a developer.

Brief Summary

Design Lets you pick from over 376 layouts with one click import option.
Customization Easy for beginners who lack coding knowledge.
Performance Underperformer; but speeding up of pages possible with a caching plugin.
Support Fantastic.
Value for money $59 for 376 websites. Great deal.
Comparison The quality of designs is better than other top selling themes like Avada, BeTheme, Jupiter

The demo layouts you will find that this WordPress theme is tailored for small business, brands, and startups. If you are creating a restaurant website with Bridge theme you get 23 amazing restaurant templates to choose from. Thus, with Bridge theme the amount of demo layouts you get for creating one website is huge; maybe one of the reason behind its huge success.

Is support swift?

The documentation and support for the theme is spot-on and every detailed has been accounted for. But this is also the downfall since the documentation is a bit hard for beginners. It requires basic knowledge of WordPress and website terminology.

As for support, the theme developer provides swift responsive to user queries. You don’t have to wait a long time to get the query answered. Overall I felt their after sales support is great and worth mentioning.

Pricing

The theme cost $59 which is decent for a premium theme in 2019. Apart from the theme you get three premium plugins worth $114. These premium WordPress plugins are WpBakery Page builder, Layer Slider, Revolution Slider.

Once you buy the theme you get free support for upto six months.

However, if you decide to buy additional support for another year you right now get a discount of $23.

This theme is a great deal when it comes to features and creative layout designs.

Here is the link to Bridge theme. Now lets take a look at the designs and how it compares with other premium themes.

Does Bridge layouts have creative design?

Yes. The demos are quite modern, and they look great on mobile and tablets. The “Qode” team has put great effort to bring creativity to each theme. You will find split slider, preview sliders with smooth animations.

It comes packed with many interactive and animated elements to make your website memorable to your clients.

Niches supported by the theme?

If you want o know which websites work great with Bridge, here it goes. Freelancer portfolio, Shops, Food & Restaurants, Brands, Agencies, One page business websites, Hotel & Listing, startups and even more.

Below are few of the best designs by the Bridge theme. There are 376 awesome website designs like these. 🙂

bridge demo layouts

Link to website

Having a huge collection of ready to use website templates will always come in handy on a tight schedule. The designs won’t disappoint and the newly released templates look bright and colorful.

Bridge theme is said to have used multiple concepts for its ready-made templates. Thus, you will soon find that no one Bridge theme looks similar to one another. Bridge themes don’t look like regular wireframe designs either. What this means is we always get a unique looking design for our website.

Customization

– No coding just clicks

Importing website layouts is easy with the Bridge one-click import feature. You get choice to select from 370+ layouts where you can also install dependencies it recommends. Advanced options like importing demo images, content types also exist for advanced uses.bridge demo import

Once the website import is completed, the theme lets you customize your website layout in two ways:

  • Qode Options
  • Visual Composer options(for page layouts)

Qode Options

– Global Theme Options (customization for full website)

Features should be changed regardless of a demo layout as these features makes any theme customization to the teeth.

When it comes to changing header navigation, footer & logo settings this theme scores a high five. You get full features to change colors, fonts, blog, portfolio, social sharing icons and also customizing advanced elements. Also, you get inbuilt mega menu,

Here is preview of options panel in action:

bridge theme options panel theme options panel

Customization is clean and organized but the fact they advertise the theme being fully visually editable is a bit flawed.

Visual composer frontend is disabled by default. Video

The Frontend editor, which is normally a part of WPBakery, is disabled in our themes, essentially to prevent malfunctions of shortcodes that use advanced JavaScript.
Qode Team

Third Party Plugins & Integration

Bridge supports wide variety of plugins and works well with most plugins. Officially supported plugins by the theme include:

  • Woocommerce
  • Visual Composer
  • Contact Form 7
  • Slider Revolution
  • Layer Slider
  • WP Job manager
  • Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress
  • Yoast SEO
  • WPML plugin
  • Qode LMS
  • Qode Instagram Widget
  • WP Fastest Cache

Combining Demo Layouts?

Unfortunately there is no straight forward option(or any option) to mix a section of one demo template with another demo. This is a major drawback of Bridge theme in my view.

Despite that, Bridge theme deserves a 4.8/5 for its massive amount of layouts.

Speed

Not fast enough.

In real world testing, Bridge theme makes 97 JavaScript requests and 17 CSS requests when I imported one single demo layout.

In the image look at the file size of main stylesheets and jquery files.

I recommend using a caching plugin like WP Rocket and to further improve website speed you must have this perfmatters plugin at all costs; it is a gem of a plugin.

Is there a work-around(fix) in the theme settings? Yes, in theme options you get options to disable 35+ Jquery scripts that are loaded on your website. It will take you some trail and run before disabling them.

Real world website speed test: GTmetrix
Google pagespeed insights

SEO

Coding & Markup

Upon checking I found this demo layout has overuse of H1 tags and this is sometimes considered bad for SEO. Here is a great explanation on how to use heading tags throughout the document.

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • Huge number of demo layouts and superb designs
  • Importing demo layouts and building a new website takes 1 minute
  • The global theme options for customizing website is solid
  • Great value for money product.
  • GDPR compliance

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Cons

  • Not a modular design; you cant mix a part of one demo into a custom page
  • The theme pulls a lot of unnecessary resources so the website becomes slow to load
  • Page, portfolio, shop customization is limited
  • Live preview missing for Qode options; you need to keep reloading website to check for minor changes(not cool)
  • Gets stuck at 90% on importing 2nd or 3rd demo layout; workaround is to do a full reset(deletes all data) on each import

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ScoreBoard

Let us try to score this WordPress theme on a rating of 5 for these below parameters.

Design Customization Speed Ease of use Support Final Score
4.7 3.7 2.5 4 4.7 3.9

Conclusion

Bridge is a nice multipurpose theme with modern website layouts, interactive web elements, solid features, and great value for money. It triumphs over all other popular themes when it comes to money value.

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