Iconic One Pro is the theme that I use for this website, and for a couple of others. It’s a premium WordPress theme by Themonic. I started with the free version of this theme. The free theme was featured in the theme section of WordPress at the time, and I picked it because it looked clean and easy to use, and well-suited for a blog-like website.
In January 2015 I upgraded to pro, mainly to unlock social media integration (had a bad experience trying several social media plugins), to use the ad management option, which makes it really easy to add banners to every page of your site, and to add breadcrumb functionality.
Other premium functions I use are the the option to upload a favicon, and the design menu, to easily customize some of the colors that are used in this theme, without editing any code. All of this allowed me to get rid of a lot of sloppy plugins, and generally make managing my website a lot easier.
Iconic one Pro overview and demo
The Iconic One theme is available for free, ‘personal’, ‘pro’, and ‘developer’. The Personal, Pro and Developer versions all have the same premium functionality. You’re allowed to use all three versions of the premium license on multiple domains.
The difference is that the ‘Personal’ version only includes tech support and updates to the theme for one year. The Pro version gives lifetime access to support and theme updates (and they’re still actively improving the theme, I’ve had a couple of updates so far). The Developer version also allows you to use the premium theme on your clients’ websites.
For more information on the different licences, go to Themonic.com.
A look at how this theme works (video)!
This video I made provides a quick look at the Iconic one Pro wordpress theme, and it’s main functions. It shows you how to download and install Iconic one pro, what the back-end looks like, and how to use some of the main pro functionality.
Live demo; websites using Iconic One
The very website you’re currently visiting, is using Iconic One pro! Now, I’m not the best designer in the world, and not everyone uses this theme to look the same. Therefore, you might find it useful to have a look at some other examples, to get an idea of what you can make this theme look like. Here are 3 other sites using this theme that you can take a look at:
My personal experience so far
After using this theme for half a year, these are the pros and cons that came to mind:
What I like about this theme, for both the free and premium, is:
- The simple design, easy on the eyes, easy to navigate.
- This theme is light-weight and loads fast
- It’s a top 50 theme, used by a lot of websites, which means there is a lot of documentation for it.
Pro version specific:
- Clean social media integration
- Easy ad management
- Very helpful lifetime support! (more on that later)
- You can get rid of a lot of other WordPress plugins! Plugins will slow your website down a bit, and can overcomplicate things on your back-end. With the pro version you can get rid of plugins for; Social media, Breadcrumbs, Related posts, Favicon’s.
- Well-built! So far, I haven’t experienced any bugs at all.
The only downside I could find is that the built-in customization is a bit limited; it allows you to change the color of the menu bar and search button. While these are the most prominent features you’d want to customize, I actually wanted to do a bit more customization myself. More customization options would be helpful. However, it’s not that hard to customize some extra features yourself. I’ve actually written an article on that: how to customize Iconic One (it’s aimed at the free theme, but a lot of it is the same in the pro version).
I’ve used their support forums on a couple of occasions, and they’ve always responded quickly. Every time they have been able to help me out.
The first time I was actually just when I bought the theme, and I was disappointed to find out the social media buttons and breadcrumbs only worked on posts. As most user use this theme as a typical blog, not having those on your static pages actually makes sense.
However, I had one site that only used pages, but still wanted it to have breadcrumbs and to get the pages liked and shared. I created a post on their support forums, and after a couple posts back and forth, they updated the theme, and added these options in! All in a day’s time.
So, support gets an A+ from me.
If you’re currently using the free version of this theme, upgrading to pro is the best money you can spend to take your website to the next level. If you are somehow not satisfied with the theme (hard to imagine), you can use their 30 day money back guarantee to get refunded. The Pro version with lifetime support is currently on sale for 40% off, at just $49, so this is your chance to give it a try!
Any question about this theme?
I have used this theme for quite some time now, and have pushed it to the limit on some of my sites. If you have any questions about it at all, I can probably help you out! Simply post your question in the comment section below, and I’ll get back to you!