Soledad and X-Store are both sold through the same marketplace and are therefore direct competitors. That is certainly the case since both themes can be used for the construction of very nicely looking webshops. Soledad vs X-Store, which is the better theme? We start with Soledad which does not mean it would be better.
The Soledad Theme
The Soledad Theme came on the market in 2015 and is still one of the best scoring themes on Themeforest today. In its own words, it specializes in Blog and Magazine websites, despite being a multipurpose theme. Another eye-catching feature is the 6000+ homepage demos, crazy. Let’s quickly see what this theme has to offer.
Soledad has one of the best ratings on the Themeforest marketplace. A rating of 4.87 out of 5 is not common, at least not on Themeforest. However, there are themes such as Astra that simply score the full 5 out of 5.
Loading Speed of Soledad
Also with regard to loading times, the Soledad theme is only with the best in that area. Also with regard to loading times, the Soledad theme is only with the best in that area. Above you see a speed test performed on GtMetrix that scores 100%. The builders of Soledad also claim a 100% score on Google, and Pingdom, but I got 96% in my test in Google. Still exceptionally good.
Soledad uses Elementor + WP-Bakery
Soledad uses my favorite page builder, Elementor. Elementor is a very good page builder made by very unreliable people. Service is very bad, I happen to be waiting for weeks at this point for a reply from an email I sent them. But to be honest, the page builder is almost as good as the DiviBuilder. As an encore there is a 2nd page builder, WP-Bakery.
Soledad's Header- and Footer Builder
Soledad comes with a very well-functioning drag & drop header- and footer builder. You start the process by choosing a header in the builder after which you can make as many changes as you want.
This is a great feature of Soledad Theme. This feature allows you to quickly build websites by editing templates or combining blocks from our Cloud Library. You can click, edit, and combine. Just a few clicks and you can create your own website.
- 1300+ Pre-Built Blocks/Templates
- You can import any blocks/templates from any demo easily
- You can easily copy and paste blocks from a page to other pages.
- You can combine any blocks/Templates easily to create your own unique pages/sites.
- The site is regularly updated with new blocks/templates
Creating Webshops with Woocommerce
You can integrate your online store directly into one of our demos, or create your store in any other way you prefer. You can build your store quickly and easily with many of our elements and styles. Soledad makes it easy to sell products online.
- 8 Styles to List Product Items
- Multiple designs for Single Product Page
- Ajax Product Pagination & filter
- Product Compare & Wishlist built-in
- Variable, External/Affiliate Product Supported
- Google and other Search Engines: Friendly WP Theme
- Builtin JSON -LD Support (Valid & Updating)
- Compatible with Yoast, Rank Math and All In One SEO Plugins
- Google Updates: Keep up-to-date
- Search Engines: Fast Index Your URLs
Soledad focuses on validating Google Rich results & structured data. It supports: Article, Breadcrumbs and Posts Review. The theme can also be used with any SEO plugins. This theme ensures that your website is friendly to search engines like Google. Soledad helps you rank higher in search engines.
Can we call it the latest fad? More and more themes are coming with Dark/Light mode switches, and we see that here at Soledad too. Great function.
Soledad's Post Styles
- Table of Contents Supported. Enable with Just One Click
- Simply click to change the style of all posts
- Just one click to change the style of a post for a special post
- Smooth Parallax Images & Videos Style Supported
- You can scroll endlessly inside the posts supported
- 100% Responsive and Great on All Devices
Soledad supports many different post templates, all with beautiful designs. It supports smooth parallax effects for images and videos, making your posts more interesting to readers.
With Soledad you can create beautiful blogs or portfolio websites. Below you can see a few nice examples. The theme offers a wide choice of different styles.
Make Soledad your own Brand
If you, as a web design agency, want to pretend to your clients that you have developed the theme yourself, then you can use this tool to change everything that contains Soledad into your own brand.
Soledad Theme Review Conclusion
Let me finish this Soledad review. If you would like more information, you can of course visit their own site. The Soledad theme meets all requirements. It loads fast, has a lot and beautiful demos for all niches. You can create any type of website with it, and it is also very suitable for shops. It works with the Elementor page builder, one of the best of its kind. Well, the theme is definitely recommended, although there are simply much better themes.
Let’s continue this X-Store vs Soledad comparison with the X-Store Theme.
The X-Store Theme
In this XStore review we investigate why this theme has risen so quickly in the rankings. In their own words, the XStore theme is the perfect theme for building webshops. Unfortunately, it’s sold through the infamous Themeforest marketplace, but I’m not going to count any negatives for that. That wouldn’t be fair.
XStore Theme's Rating
An average rating of 4.85 out of 5 is of course brilliant. There are therefore only a handful of themes that score a better rating than the XStore theme. Users of the theme are therefore very satisfied with it, good to know.
XStore Theme: Loading Speed
I grabbed a random page from their demo for the test. The loading times are more than good. I assume that a very good cache plugin is installed on this demo, it almost has to be.
XStore Theme Review Demos
The XStore theme gives you more than 110 demo websites. They are practically all editable with one of the two very good page builders that you get, namely Elementor and WP Bakery. That is a number that exceeds that of most themes. Also keep in mind that most of them are layouts for shops which makes it all the more beautiful.
XStore Page Builders
I mentioned it before in the chapter “Demos”, you can choose from 2 page builders. The Elementor Pagebuilder which is definitely the better one but you don’t have the full version available unless you order it with it which isn’t a bad idea. Elementor is my favorite page builder. In addition, you have the full version of WP-Bakery with the XStore theme with even a plugin that provides many more widgets in the plugin. I must say, a very neat package that is offered here.
XStore Theme Free Plugins
What immediately struck me while writing this XStore theme review was the huge number of extra plugins that you get completely free. Together they are worth over $500 if you were to buy them. What I have to say in all honesty is that themes such as Divi do not need all those plugins because all that functions are already present in the theme itself.
XStore Theme Elements
The number of design elements or widgets that you have available in the page builder is very large. You can count them yourself, and that’s not all.
The theme’s website does not indicate whether it is for Elementor or WP-Bakery.
But I assume the latter because in the previous chapter I saw the extra plugin “Massive addons for Visual Composer” which is the old name for WP-Bakery is.
XStore Theme HeaderBuilder
The Header Builder is a great thing and looks good. Many themes now come with all these gadgets that have in principle been invented piece by piece by “the king of themes”: Divi.
XStore Single Product Builder
Plugins used to have this feature, nowadays every self-respecting theme is equipped with a decent WooBuilder. Everyone has special requirements for their shopping layout, so nowadays I wouldn’t work with a theme that lacks this.
XStore Theme Review Conclusion
This is already the end of this XStore Theme review. There is much more to say about it, but I want to keep the review short and sweet. More info is of course available via the button above on their own website. I have to say, all the points discussed are beautiful and there is actually very little missing from this theme. The only flaw I see is the way it is sold. The Themeforest marketplace requires themes to require a separate license for each of your websites. This gets expensive quickly. Someone with multiple websites would do well to work with Divi or Astra where they conduct the “Unlimited Website Usage” policy.
X-Store vs Soledad Conclusion
I like X-Store better, it is just a bit better overall. But also, these themes want to see a separate expensive license for every website you want to build with it. This will quickly cost you a lot of money. You are better off with Astra or Divi that can be used on an unlimited sites and are also even better and more stable themes.