There are plenty of positive Soul Medic reviews, since you can read those to learn about the great parts of the theme (for example the beautiful clean responsive design) I’ll stick to the parts that people don’t list in their reviews. 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 so I decided to publish these infos on this blog.
So what do the other reviews hide? There are two major problems with the Soul Medic wordpress theme and multiple smaller issues. I’ll start with the main issues.
1. Soul Medic WordPress Theme has CSS issues with all browsers but Firefox
As you can see on the screenshot the Soul Medic style sheets create buggy sub menus and mega menus. There’s a thin white line in between the sub navigation and the navigation bar. As soon as you move your mouse down to the sub menu the sub menu might close, because hovering the mouse over the white line makes the menu close.
This bug has been reported over 30 days ago, 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’s a screenshot displaying the problem on the official soul medic demo (the demo has been fixed with patch mentioned above after my report):
2. The Soul Medic WordPress Theme visual editor breaks on a page breaks wordpress functionality like Revisions or the wordpress editor
What really hurts the usablilty and comfort of a wordpress site is the Visual Editor (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’s also plenty of other smaller issues. For example the left sided Buddha Panel (the themes admin panel) had css issue that lead to the admin menu content moving below the navigation instead of beside it. I’ll try to provide you with a more detailed list soon.
If you are still interessted in this theme, you can buy it here: http://themeforest.net/item/soulmedic-flat-responsive-medical-health-theme/6282832
Note: The link is a referral link. You can copy the URL without the “?ref=mako1234567” part if you think that I should not earn something for this review.