Hestia is one of the most popular free themes in the WordPress.org directory. It has a modern multipurpose design, built on a one-page layout. The theme was created with Material Design Kit by Creative Tim, which offers smooth and subtle hovering effects, elegant sections, classy parallax scrolling and a colorful, interactive look.
No matter if you’re planning to launch a small business, a startup, a creative agency, a professional portfolio, a niche website, an online shop (you name it), Hestia narrows your search down to one single choice. Not only it comes packed with beautiful layouts that can be quickly switched, but it also provides lots of customization options so you can turn it into a solution that’s even close to your needs.
Hestia by ThemeIsle comes in two flavors: lite and premium (with extra features for your blossoming business).
Hestia Lite Features
But let’s talk about the free theme first (everybody loves free stuff, right?). What’s in it for you if you download Hestia?
Responsive design. Your website will look graciously on any device and will display properly on any screen size as the theme was optimized to be mobile-friendly.
One-page layout. The beautiful and handy layout built to scroll on a single page has never disappointed anyone. It’s practical and quick, just like you want your business to run.
Page builders-friendly. Hestia is 100% compatible with the most popular drag-and-drop page builders of the moment. Elementor, Beaver Builder, and SiteOrigin are just a few of the names. Install the plugin and build your own layouts without writing any code.
Featured Slider. The theme provides a full-width slider, which can be replaced with a static image too.
WooCommerce support. Hestia was built with e-commerce in mind. It comes with an online store section, which you can subsequently customize and use for further sales.
Parallax scrolling. The theme has sections where the smooth parallax effect makes the scrolling even more enjoyable.
Integration with SendinBlue for newsletter subscription. Everyone wants to grow a user email database and the theme provides the right tools for that. Create a SendinBlue account and activate the newsletter subscription form in minutes.
Translation and RTL ready. Hestia is translated into 20+ languages, but if you want to translate it into a language other than the ones on the list, you can simply use Polylang or WPML – the theme is compatible with the most popular translation plugins.
Extended website functionality via OrbitFox. OrbitFox plugin was built to bring extra features to any site that uses Hestia. It provides Elementor and Beaver Builder widgets, social icons, landing pages, uptime monitoring, and more.
How To Customize Hestia
There’s nothing easier than customizing Hestia. Go to your dashboard -> Appearance -> Themes and click Customize button. All the changes you make can be seen in real time because the theme has Live Customizer incorporated.
How can you customize Hestia? You can: upload a logo; change the colors, the background, and the typography; hide sections if you don’t need them; modify the menus and the header; add additional CSS… these are just a few of the elements that you can customize in the theme.
When you enter the Customization mode, you will be invited to install and activate OrbitFox for extra features, so you don’t have to do it independently. Then you just need to visit the plugin’s page in your dashboard, activate the modules you need and browse through the options and templates.
If you want to learn more about Hestia customization per se, feel free to check the theme’s documentation, where you will find all the steps and details that will make your experience with Hestia smoother and easier.
Hestia Pro Features
After walking you through Hestia’s free features and functionality, now let’s talk a bit about the premium version of the theme and what will make the difference if you buy it.
Elegant portfolio. Showcase your beautiful works so that your clients will differentiate you from the crowd. The portfolio was integrated with Jetpack.
Custom colors. The default colors of the theme don’t need to be your choice too. You’re free to give Hestia a fresh look and new interesting color tones.
Pricing tables. Display and wrap your products in a professional way by using the classy pricing tables that the themes provide.
Call to action. A website without call-to-action buttons is not as effective. Invite people to take action by placing buttons meant to bring you conversions.
Where can you get Hestia?
To come into the possession of premium features, you can upgrade directly from your dashboard if you already installed the free version, or you can purchase the theme for $89. The price not only delivers the theme but also comes with a whole pack of goodies including three premium plugins, 30+ other premium themes, one year of free hosting and more. All for only $89 per year.
If you would rather buy only the theme without the additional products, you can find it on ThemeForest, at $79.
If you’re looking for a flexible, clean, and modern theme that can serve for multiple purposes and can be easily customized based on your needs, Hestia is an elegant and beautiful free solution that will help your business flourish. Corporate, creative, niche, eCommerce, portfolio… the theme was built for universal uses.