Over the weekend, premium WordPress theme company ColorLabsProject launched the latest addition to its growing catalog: the MetroStore e-Commerce theme. The new download comes with a full width layout that can also double as a magazine/newspaper website; complete with LightBox effects that alter images to show more information whenever a thumbnail is being moused over. Boasting WordPress 3.5 compatibility, MetroStore will work on popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
When you first take a look at this theme’s homepage, you’ll notice that it doesn’t portray a typical e-Commerce platform. This is due to its full width layout that also gives significant emphasis to news style entries that can be placed at the very top of your content bar immediately below the navigation region. The unique look gives MetroStore a feel of being a highly versatile theme that can serve multiple business purposes while also giving online shoppers exactly what they’re looking for: easy to find, categorized products.
Thanks to this download’s WooCommerce integration, your visitors will have no issues browsing different items and selecting products to purchase by placing them in their personalized part (payment gateway plugins are available separately).
LightBox effects are appropriately used in order to give your website an interactive layout that allows front-end users to simply mouse over entries to view additional information.
Fully Widgetized Theme
Although the sidebar isn’t prominently featured in most areas of the theme by default, you can easily insert widgets into the footer region to grant customers one click access to Flickr photos, social media feeds, recent comments, popular merchandise, meta info and much more.
There are also a number of custom page templates that are capable of formatting individual sections of your website automatically to include portfolios, blog feeds, etc. This is a great tool to use if you’re a website owner who is interested in publishing articles from in-house authors or relaying industry news to your customers.
On the official MetroStore Product Page, the ColorLabs staff states, “Inspired by its simplicity and flat design, we released the MetroStore WordPress theme to please the eyes of Windows 8 fans. Among many others, flat colors and design are some of its great features. MetroStore is a great choice for you who runs an online magazine that also functions as an e-commerce site. The color scheme of MetroStore may be modified as you like. You may also add an image and assign a color for every category post as you want. It is highly flexible, fully responsive and packed with awesome features. Whoever you are, whatever business you’re running, there’s no doubt that MetroStore will be the perfect magazine + e-commerce WordPress combo theme for you.”
What would an e-Commerce theme for WordPress websites be without a fully responsive design? The answer is that most non-responsive websites have a massive issue when it comes to convincing mobile device users to stick around due to the unnecessary amount of thumb scrolling and pinching involved in horizontally moving over each page.
With a completely responsive design, MetroStore caters to those who use an iPhone, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy, Android, iPad and other smart phones or tablet computers to do their online shopping from places other than their home or office desktop.
Simply speaking, MetroStore is one of many new themes offered by ColorLabs that focuses on giving WordPress website owners the tools that they need in order to succeed without having to spend too much time on actual programming or code manipulation.
To find out more about the latest release from ColorLabs, click on the following link to visit the MetroStore Live Demo Page.