Applay is a multi-purpose WordPress theme mostly used for the app store or app showcase websites. Unlike the themes like Genesis framework which focused on the simplicity and website speed, the Applay has a feature rich, yet beautiful, and completely customizable build. With the Visual Builder integration, you could build unlimited variants of your website pages as per your requirements. Some custom built plugins enhance the functionality to meet each and every need of the user.
After searching for a WordPress theme which is specially crafted to showcase applications or to build an app store (Especially for the APK sites), we found the Applay. It was a bit difficult to find such a theme because there are no much themes concentrated on the app store purposes. However, we finally found it, and today we are going to review the Applay WordPress theme to let you know more about it. So, have a look.
Like already mentioned, Applay is a feature-rich theme which is coming with the Visual Composer integration. In case you are not that familiar with building stunning web pages using the VC, the developers also included few demos which you can directly import to your site and then edit it as per your requirements. To know more about the features of the theme, continue reading.
Unlimited Design Opportunities
Applay is full of features, especially as a result of the integration with WooCommerce and Visual composer alongside some of their exclusively built plugins. If you are into the app store kind of website, you will be using the WooCommerce in order to create products and set price if any. Users could directly make the purchase from your website. For those who just need an app landing page or a showcase, there are plenty more options to select from. Literally, you will be able to design your website in any way you want using the Visual Composer. The design opportunities are almost unlimited.
The theme is completely integrated with the WooCommerce which will help you to distribute your products right from your website. Especially if you are a premium app owner, you could set up your own app store on your website. The users will be able to make purchases and directly pay you from the WooCommerce. From our testing procedure, there were no compatibility issues with the WooCommerce, and they also included some customizations.
If you are not much of an expert in building a website using the Visual Composer, no need to worry. The developers provided numerous demos and page layouts you could use to setup your theme. All you have to do is importing the demos by following their instructions and editing them as per your requirements. And you are ready to go.
Showcases is a unique functionality which you can’t find in abundance. It allows you to create stunning app showcases and insert them on any page or any place on your website. They customized the plugin in their own way which looks so cool. As you can see in the above screenshot, it is very feature rich and filled with catchy animations. However, if you have a very slow shared server, we recommend reducing the usage of such visually appealing dynamic content on your website.
Auto Fetch App Details (For App Stores)
If you are planning to set up an APK website or such content, inputting your data each time for each and every application may not be possible. Even if it is possible, it would consume hours each day to fill all these data. To solve this issue, Applay has a built-in auto-fetch functionality which will automatically fetch all the data (including the app details, description, screenshots, etc.) and put in on your web content. To do this, all you have to do is enabling the auto-fetch feature from the theme settings and inputting the URL of the application (Either Play Store or iTunes) in the appropriate boxes and save it. You will see the data is auto fetched.
We do not recommend this kind of auto-fetches at large scale, as it may affect your website for duplicate content. So, only use the feature to fetch a small amount of data.
Even if the theme is feature rich and has too many functions to customize, it is very fast in performance. We tried it for over a week and added numerous products to the website, still, the website was performing pretty fast. As website speed is extremely important for the positive user experience, you should consider such a fast theme while setting up your app store or app showcase online.
Nevertheless to say that the Applay is completely responsive. You do not have to do anything special to make your web pages responsive and well-performing on all the mobile, tablet, PC devices. The theme will do it for you. We tested the responsiveness of the theme both manually and using testing tools. The results were satisfying and no problems were found.
We also tested their support on the Themeforest as well as on their official website. In both the cases, we got a quick response. We were able to solve our problems within a matter of hours. So, yes, their support is pretty good.
Features: A Quick Look
- Auto Fetch App info from the App stores
- Extremely Customizable Theme Options
- Demo Import feature with numerous pre-built demos
- Users can submit applications
- Responsive design
- Retina Ready
- Mobile Showcase Builder Plugin included
- Numerous Parallax and CSS animations to use
- Visual Composer Included
- Quick Ajax Plugin for free
- Numerous Shortcodes to help you
- WooCommerce Ready and completely integrated
- Multi Vendors support
- WPML Ready for multiple languages
- bbPress Compatible to build your own app community
- Auto Update feature
Applay is one of the best app showcase or app store themes out there. If you are planning to build a website for showcasing your application or simply want to start an app store, the Applay is a perfect choice. With the abundance of features and the help of Visual Composer, WooCommerce, etc., you could build stunning web pages within a matter of minutes.
It costs $59 normally, but for thetechhacker readers, they have provided a 17% discount which makes it just $49 per license. You could avail of this limited offer from the link given below. Good luck with your app store.
- Value for Money
Applay is one of the best app showcase and app store themes that we tested so far.