Monstroid2 and Deep: Ready, Steady, Go!
In this article, Nannie Nova wrote a great review on Deep and Monstroid2 and made a practical comparison between these two multipurpose WordPress theme. She's with us from TemplateMonster which is in cooperation with Webnus team.
It is very easy to choose the best variant if one of the compared items is obviously worse. If the other features will be the same – you probably won’t choose a car that was used by someone for some time, you will take a new one. But things become much more complicated when you are about to compare two items both of which are, in general, good ones.
I remember, my husband was desperate while tried to choose which car will suit us best – a pickup or a town jeep. He talked about it for a few weeks! The only wise solution in such a situation is to “race” the two competitors a little. Write down all the advantages every variant has and see who’s best for your needs. It works perfectly not only for cars but for website templates too. I’m looking at two nice flagships of different marketplaces and can’t make a decision. That’s why I’m going to go through their features and “race” Monstroid2 from TemplateMonster and Deep by Webnus. So, buckle up and let’s start.
A little history from Monstroid2 and Deep
Origins of any objects are not only interesting to investigate, but could also give you understanding are they worth your attention or not. For example, if the template was created more than four years ago and since then wasn’t updated it is obvious that you should seek for some fresher one. Luckily, both of the two discussed templates are rather fresh. I checked out the TemplateMonster and Webnus websites to see when Monstroid2 and Deep were created and how their creators treat them.
Monstroid2 was built a few years ago, but to meet the newest trends it was sufficiently updated in fall 2018. TemplateMonster developers team re-made the design, added a big bunch of useful features and refreshed the functionality to meet the latest requirements (for example, the theme became much lighter). Monstroid2 is a TM’s flagship that was created with great attention to details and now is widely promoted.
Deep is a fresh theme, almost just from the oven. Webnus at whole is a “young” team of developers, that appeared in 2013 and Deep is their first big multipurpose project. The theme was noticed by the audience and it got lots of positive reviews. The Webnus team calls it “the best WordPress template in the world” and that could tell a lot about how much they love it. I think that the best products appear only when guys creating it love their work, so it is a good sign.
Skins & Demos
In plain language, skins and demos are the same. A model of a website, build on the template’s basics, with similar structure and with the same features and functionality. Only pictures and details of structure differ the demos (or skins) from each other. However, when you purchase a template that has skins – it is like you buy a few templates in one. You can try a few variants and choose the one you like the most.
Monstroid2 includes more than 30 skins for any type of website you would like to create and for most of the niches that exist on the internet. Every month new skins are added to a collection.
Deep already has about 70 demos and developers are not going to stop creating new ones. Would it be a business website or a traveler’s blog – you will find at least two variants of it in the set.
Elementor Page Builder
Compared items have not only differences, they have something in common too. Both Monstroid2 and Deep are completely compatible with Elementor Page Builder. It is one of the most popular and (to my mind) the most convenient page builder on the market. It has an intuitively understandable interface, a huge bunch of customization options and a vast community of fans. There are dozens of plugins for Elementor that expand the number of options, available for the user. For example, a set of Jet plugins allow you to add to the website’s page almost everything you want, from originally moving the slider to countdown timer or animated box. Both Monstroid2 and Deep includes the whole Jet plugins collection.
As both of the discussed themes has Elementor on board, it is important to mention that for Elementor-based websites there’s a difference between themes and templates. Monstroid2 and Deep are themes – a set of pre-made pages, plugins and other content, that is enough to create a website. And templates are only parts of a theme, construction blocks if you wish. Pages, sections and separate blocks are placed to the special template library and the user can take them out of there and combine pages from difference pieces until they will meet all his requirements.
Monstroid2 offers more than 300 templates and there are ready-made pages of all types and blocks you can add to any location.
Deep has about 150 templates in its libraries that is quite enough to build the whole website from scratch.
In the current state, this characteristic is one of the most important because users have no patience at all. I mean all the users, even you and me, it doesn’t depend on individual details. Can you imagine yourself waiting for a website to load for more than 10 seconds? Even if you know it contains the info you crucially need you probably leave it after about 15 seconds of waiting.
You will have to wait only for about 1.2 seconds for Monstroid2-based website to download. It also has a very good performance grade – A93.
Deep is a little better in performance – A97, but its loading speed is lower – 2.0 s.
The number of plugins that go with the template also counts. It is not really crucial, in the end, you are buying a template, not the add-ons. Most of the extensions are free and you will be able to download it after installing the theme. However, plugins that go with the template save you some time and efforts, so they could help you to make your mind if the rest of the features are equal.
With Monstroid2 you will get the WooCommerce plugin that helps you to add a store to your website, convenient ContactForm7 and Akismet Anti-Spam (it is obvious what it does from the title). And of course, there is also Elementor Page Builder and all Jet plugins.
Besides Elementor and Jet plugins Deep have two more page builders on board – King Composer and WP Bakery. WooCommerce, two slider plugins, Layer Slider and Slider Revolution and accurate Quform that adds a nice contact form will also be very useful.
There are different ways the marketplaces take money for the products. Some set a certain price for every product, others create a subscription and charge the cost for accessing the whole library for some period of time.
Monstroid2 costs $75. You pay once and get the whole template with all of its advantages.
Deep is a part of a subscription to Webnus and you can’t buy it separately. For $49 you get access to all Webnus themes and can download one of them, so, actually, all the Webnus themes has the same price.
|Jet plugins||10 Jet plugins (whole set)||10 Jet plugins (whole set)|
|King Composer Page Builder||–||compatible|
|WP Bakery Page Builder||–||compatible|
|Plugins||WooCommerce, ContactForm7, Akismet Anti-Spam, Elementor Page Builder, all 10 Jet plugins||Revolution Slider, WPBakery Page Builder (formerly Visual Composer), The Grid, King Composer Pro, Ultimate Add-ons, LayerSlider, Easy Social Share, Yellow Pencil, Ninja Popups, ACF Pro, Material – White Label, Go Pricing, WordPress Real Media Library, Opt-In Panda, WordPress GDPR, Element Pack for Elementor, Quform, WP Domain Checker + all 10 Jet plugins|
Have you heard of the Buridan’s ass paradox? It describes a donkey, that is equally hungry and thirsty, and placed midway between a bunch of hay and a bucket of water. He wants equally to eat and to drink and can’t choose where to go first, standing like Vincent Vega in the “Pulp Fiction” movie. That’s what I feel about these two templates. I monitored their advantages and listed it, so you can choose for yourself and pick the one that fits you better. Good luck with creating a brilliant website!
May 29, 2023