Sound Medic is a professional clean wordpress theme. There are plenty of positive reviews for it, read them to find out about the great parts of theme, this post is about the problems that I ran into when installing it on a clients blog. I also posted a short version of this on Themeforest, but the Soul Medic support decided to censor the review, leaving potential buyers in the dark. Thus I leave it here.
There are two major problems with the Soul Medic wordpress theme right now – and multiple smaller issues. I’ll just talk about the main issues, since I was able to work around the smallers issues easily.
1. Soul Medic WordPress Theme has CSS errors with all modern browsers except on Firefox
As you can see on the screenshot the Soul Medic style sheets cause broken sub and mega menus. The white line in between the sub navigation and the navigation bar blocks access to the sub menu entries since as soon as you move your mouse down to the sub menu the sub menu closes, because hovering the mouse over the white line makes the menu close. Only fast mouse movements allow to bypass the gap fast enough to keep the submenu open.
This bug has been reported over 30 days ago (18.12.2015 – over 6 months now) , the official theme files still haven’t been fixed. There have been 2 updates for the theme in that time frame, but none fixed this issue. The Soul Medic theme support provided me with two style sheet files (styles.css and response.css) but didn’t fix their release files. Now with every update I have to overwrite those two style sheet files which most likely will cause problems in the future, since I also have to overwrite all future changes to those files.
Here you can read about the report:
The link also contains the (OUTDATED!) css files required to run the theme on most modern browsers.
Here’s a screenshot displaying the problem on the official soul medic demo. That demo has been fixed with patch mentioned above after my report, so shouldn’t show the behaviour.
Still the same problem after nearly a full year
2. The Soul Medic WordPress Theme visual editor breaks on a page breaks wordpress functionality like Revisions or the wordpress editor
A bug that hurts the usablilty and comfort of a wordpress site is the Visual Editor (aka Soul Medic Page Builder) sychronisation bug. As soon as you enable the page builder for a page you loose wordpress’s revision system for it. You can revert to an older revision but Page Builder will still show the old unchanged content. I was looking at this because of a user report and after some research I figured out that the Soul Medic Page Builder is not able to read the wordpress content from the database. It saves its own data at some other place and there’s no way to sync wordpress content to the page builder. That also means that you can not use the wordpress editor to do small changes. Because those changes will not show up in the Page builder.
This bug has been reported 30 days ago, I provided the Soul Medic support with a test and details but they don’t seem to plan to fix it.
There are also other smaller issues. For example the left sided Buddha Panel (the Soul Medic admin panel) has a css issue that leads to the admin menu content being placed below the navigation panel instead of beside it.
If you are not scared of patching file manually and interessted in this otherwise nice theme, you can buy it here: http://themeforest.net/item/soulmedic-flat-responsive-medical-health-theme/6282832
Soul Medic Review – Update 24.05.2016
It’s been nearly a full year since I reported the sub menu problem and checking the latest version showed that the Soul Medic developers still didn’t fix it. I fear this theme never will get fixed, even the official demo is broken once again. No idea why the developer deny to fix their theme, but right now I can’t recommend it at all.