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Are you ready for the truth about Headway Theme 3.0?
An actual genuine Headway 3.0 Review (from someone who has basically NO tech, design or coding skills whatsoever) and just installed it himself.
Well, here it is.
This review is to help anyone make a decision whether Headway is the right WordPress theme to consider purchasing and using for your WP blogs.
I’ve actually purchased Headway right when they first came out, which was a few years ago.
So I’ve tried out all their versions (VS. 2.0 was the best), experimented with and tested just about everything that Headway has to offer, including their support. But I just installed HW 3.0.5 (their latest version) on this blog, the other day. Which was the first time I’ve experimented with it.
So here we go…
Who is Headway for?
With their pretty incredible drag-and-drop framework (pretty much the only one that does) this theme is targeted for WordPress developers and anyone who has NO technical or design skills.
I chose it for both of these reasons. The main reason being, I have no tech or design skills. Also, I figured I could make some extra money by building some sites for others in the future.
What makes Headway 3.0 awesome
This is one of the few WordPress frameworks out there that has the drag-and-drop features. This allows you to easily change the layout and design in literally a few minutes without touching any coding.
They’ve just added a brand new grid and block system, which I’ve never seen or experimented with before. It’s quite cool to play around with, and makes things pretty quick and simple.
The visual editor makes things pretty simple by having full control over your blogs design all in one place. Just point-and-click, and drag-and-drop. You can even change the colors easily and add graphics.
Any license that Headway 3 wordpress theme has to offer allows you to use it on unlimited domains, which even includes creating sites for others.
It’s pretty easy to create a clean or simple wordpress theme even if you have NO tech, coding, or design skills. Just don’t be expecting to make it in a few minutes and chances are you’ll probably have to figure a few things out on your own.
What Headway 3.0 is Lacking
First off, their visual editor is pretty awesome. You’ll pretty much have all the features at your fingertips. But it’s quite complicated for anyone who is a newbie to WordPress, to designing, or has no technical skills whatsoever. It takes a good while to get familiar with, and definitely wasn’t as simple as it looks. But once you get it down, you should be good.
Just so you know, Head way 3 was just released a few months ago, so they are in the process of fixing any of the problems people have been having, which there is plenty of.
When I installed it to this blog just the other day I ran into quite a few small things that weren’t working with the other features of the blog.
For instance: I wanted to make all posts on the homepage an excerpt instead of showing the full post. When I did this, it made the entire blog posts excerpts and it wouldn’t even allow you to see the full post even if you wanted to.
I had to install a excerpts plugin to handle this for me. So basically, every small little thing not working well with the rest of the theme design, I would have to find ways around it. And yes, I did do most of this without touching the coding, but still it didn’t give me a lot of confidence in HW 3.
There’s NO MONEY Back guarantee. They got rid of that, so you better make sure you really want Headway 3 before you make a purchase. Cause all the whining in the world won’t get you a refund.
Support and future updates only last one year, then it’s a recurring yearly fee, I believe.
Who charges a recurring fee for support and updates on a wordpress theme anymore? Headway does!
They just made most of these changes a few months ago, so I was fortunate enough to get the lifetime updates and support.
Their support is Weak
Just about every time I used their support forums, no one would answer my questions, except for other Headway users who didn’t know the answers either. I would give them a day or two to check in to see, and still no responses from their so called (team of moderators) there to help us.
I would literally have to fix the problems myself, learn ways around them, or do without.
I used their email support a couple times. Let’s just say it didn’t impress me and wasn’t the fastest I’ve seen.
Now, if you really need help with something serious, or you’re ranting about how you’re going to leave Headway 3 for good in their support forums, then someone will probably help you right away. Just wanted to throw that in there.
Is there support lacking? Yes. But is it the worst I’ve seen? No.
Would I recommend Head way 3 to others, NO. At least not right now. Unless you have a little experience with WP and themes in general.
One thing that surprised me a little about the Headway 3 developers and support team is how they make a lot of excuses and will get an attitude sometimes. I’ve read their comments all over the internet on forums and blogs about why they seem to be having some trouble ever since their release of HW 3.
Don’t they know about proper business ethics? No one wants to hear excuses and you always treat your customers with the utter most respect, and you do whatever it takes to make them happy. Within reason, of course.
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Hey, this is just my opinion and experiences I’ve had with Headway 3. Others out there I’m sure are probably perfectly happy with them. So make sure you do some researching and asking around before you make a final decision. Because what do I know, I’m just a high school dropout.
If I could do it all over again
Hands down I would get the Genesis theme. Why?
Just about every Top Blogger in the industry uses this framework, and if they don’t, they are switching to it. I’ve seen it countless times in forums and blogs about the superior support Genesis owners get, and how happy they are about their decision of purchasing it. They also have a ton of excellent child themes to install, that’s if you can’t create the design you want by yourself.
Genesis is hands down the leader of innovative WordPress frameworks out right now, and they consist of a team that are incredibly skilled at what they do. Ask around, you’ll see.
Final thoughts about Headway 3
They do seem to be a bit behind right now because of all the problems they’ve had since releasing HW version 3.0.5 in such a hurry.
But they promise to fix these problems (including their support) and release a ton of new child themes which would make life much easier for us who don’t have any tech skills. I have been waiting for a few months now for their child themes to be released, -don’t hold your breath.
So, if in near the future they do stick to their word, Head way 3 could easily become a major player and a force to be reckoned with in the WordPress theme industry. But if they don’t, it’s all downhill from here.