Is Acabado theme worth it? There’s a good free alternative

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First of all, this isn’t a comprehensive review. Far from it, it’s a quick and dirty analysis – we didn’t even buy the theme to test it. But we did a good enough analysis that might save someone else some time or money. Here it goes.

We’re not saying that Acabado theme isn’t good. We just spent some time analysing its results and compared it to some free alternatives and found that you don’t really need it. But if you really like what Acabado theme authors Income School are doing, or the theme’s features, then go ahead and purchase the theme. They seem like a good bunch and based on a very thorough review of IncomeSchool (authors of the Acabado theme) by Ebizfacts.com, they know what they are doing.

TLDR; – You can get very similar results by using the free GeneratePress theme. A hidden benefit is that it looks much better than the Acabado theme and has more built in customisation options. You can see the limited Acabado customisation options here and GeneratePress Free in this video and Premium options in this one.

Acabado theme (short) analysis

First, we checked other websites that use the Acabado theme (not only the ones featured on their pages) and can confirm that the theme is fast. These sites were getting above 80/100 on Google PageSpeed insights. And that’s without us knowing how many other plugins they have installed. So far so good.

Then, we looked at about 10 different sites using it. Just looked at their homepage. They all look the same and fairly ugly. Guess that’s because there’s not much customisation options and the target audience isn’t the CSS and HTML savvy one. You can click to a better design using GeneratePress Free theme, or if you prefer even more options, GeneratePress Premium.

We have found the websites just by a quick Google search for “themes/acabado” – see for yourself.

Conclusion

If the aim is to have a theme that is fast and doesn’t require much setting up and you don’t care much about how it looks (or you don’t know CSS), then Acabado theme is a good enough option.

If you want a fast theme that doesn’t require much setting up AND looks good (and lets you customise itself to some extent), then the free GeneratePress theme is your best call.

It’s possible to have a fast site without sacrificing too many features – here’s a website we built that runs Elementor, Mailchimp forms and yet scores 84/100 on Google Pagespeed mobile and 98/100 on desktop (if our hosting isn’t playing up and TTFB jumps up sometimes).

Other themes we looked at

  • Hello theme from Elementor – it’s a very stripped-down theme that’s very fast, but also doesn’t look very good (it’s meant to be used together with Elementor page builder).
  • OceanWP theme – it has more customisation options, is still quite fast, but not as fast as GeneratePress. It achieved 73/100 compared to 97/100 of GeneratePress. But it looks much better and with 73/100, might be a winner if you need better design options without a builder.

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