Several new Magento 2 templates and themes are available on the ThemeForest website, so we are going to review the newcomers. And the first one to be reviewed is Sawyer – a responsive Magento 2 theme that includes 5 unique homepage layouts and different color styles – enough to choose a unique appearance for your ecommerce storefront. Since the theme is multipurpose, it ideally suits to anything from clothes to electronics, transforming a boring website into a dynamic storefront optimized for top-notch shopping experience. Below, we will introduce you to the theme’s core features and elements (home, catalog, and product pages, cart, and checkout).
The Sawyer Magento 2 theme is based on modern style trends, offers a clear layout, as well as provides lots of powerful features out of the box. Thus, you get AJAX Layered Navigation and Cart, Image Slider, Mega Menu, support for multiple languages and currencies, product hover effects, and tons of other features right after the installation. All these enhancements allow customers to purchase more quickly, making them more loyal and increasing sales on your store. Sounds familiar, so let’s look at the themes core elements first and then continue with features.
Note that we are reviewing only one version of the layout, so you may check the other 4 by yourself.
Categories, slider, static blocks, search field, horizontal menu, back to top button, and other useful elements are available on a home page. Sawyer is not a minimalist theme, at least its first layout does not provide such impression, but its homepage offers everything your buyers need.
As for category pages, it does not seem that all vital features are available there. At the first blush, you see filtering options on the left of the page, there is even a price slider, but you can not set any custom price diapason – the theme offers several predefined ones. At least, it displays how many items match each selection. But in case of color and size filters such information is unavailable.
It is possible to apply several filters at a time. And if you don’t need a certain filter, disable it or can clear all filters simultaneously. This approach to navigation does not seem to be as convenient as on provided with some third party layered navigation modules, but it still helps buyers find what they are looking for.
Hover over each product, and you will get 4 additional buttons: Add to Cart, Add to Wishlist, Add to Compare, and Quick View.
This is how a quick view window looks like:
The information is enough to decide whether it is your desired item or not. You can place the item to your cart and continue shopping without leaving the catalog page – a very convenient approach to shopping.
And this is an ordinary product page available in the Sawyer Magento 2 template. It includes such product data as image, title, rating, price, availability, short and full descriptions, etc. You can easily leave your review or check the existing ones via buttons available right beneath the product title. The demo version of the template illustrates the ability to create custom product options right like in case of the MageWorx Product Custom Options Templates Magento 2 extension. Select color or size and you will see that each option is related to a higher price. Besides, you can select quantity, add the product to cart, wishlist, comparison, or send it by email. Let’s add it to cart and see how the cart is designed.
Hover over My Cart button and you will see a cart quick view that illustrates such product details as color and size, quantity (can be changed right here), and subtotal. You can view cart or proceed to checkout.
The full page provides the same options as well as some additional features: you can edit each item, change estimate shipping and taxes, as well as apply discount codes. Note that it is possible to checkout with multiple addresses.
In case of Sawyer, you have to deal with two step checkout. All options are divided between Shipping and Review & Payment sections.
Now when you know how the core elements of the Sawyer Magento 2 theme are designed, we can pay extra attention to its core features. First of all, it is necessary to mention that the template is created on the basis of the latest technologies: Bootstrap 3, LESS, Font Awesome 4, CSS3, and HTML5. This approach provided the ability to makes the theme as powerful and flexible as possible (we are talking about its productivity, but not about lacking features).
As for the aforementioned 5 layouts, in a combination with unlimited color schemes and customizable headers, they are enough to build a homepage that will work for you. Although Sawyer comes with only 5 Preset Color Styles (Orange, Red, Brown, Blue, and Bittersweet), you can easily add more by using c-Panel.
And don’t forget about support for all possible devices. Being a fully responsive theme, Sawyer is designed to spread your Magento 2 website to all devices, making it a perfect place for shopping on the go.
It is also necessary to tell a few words about Mega Menu. Due to this feature, Sawyer provides the ability to create a menu with up to 6 columns, where you can display categories and products with various info. Besides, it is possible to add links there, which is a very convenient improvement from the perspective of customers.
Another customer-oriented feature of this Magento 2 theme is the aforementioned product quick view. Install Sawyer and you will eliminate the need to navigating away from the current page to see further information. Instead, your customers will get the ability to view product details in a popup.
And we’ve also mentioned that the theme provides the ability to add products to cart without leaving a current page. It is only necessary to hover over a product image, hit the appropriate button, and the product will be added to your basket. And it is possible to update the product quantity without going to a cart page or a checkout: the feature is available in a cart quick view.
Color swatches is another reason to use Sawyer. While some Magento themes does not support the feature, this theme will provide your shoppers with the ability to view each product in various color options. As a result decision making becomes less hard.
Although we’ve just had to deal with delays on the catalog page while applying filters, the official description of Sawyer tells us that the theme’s filtering is based on AJAX, so all reloads are eliminated and filtering products is possible without refreshing a page.
In addition to user-oriented features, Sawyer also offers lots of admin-faced improvements. For instance, if you already have CMS blocks or pages, the template lets you easily import them eliminating the need to create new ones. Since the One-click import feature is integrated into the theme, you can easily save tons of time and effort, importing CMS blocks and pages with sample content from a demo.
Rich Snippets support is also among important improvements you will get after installing the Sawyer Magento 2 theme. The feature allows you to control the appearance of your products in organic Google search results. You can display such data as product name, image, and reviews, increasing click-through rate. To get the advanced functionality, we recommend you to pay attention to Mageworx Extended Rich Snippets.
And as for checkout, you can easily reduce the number of its steps by installing the
It is also necessary to mention that Sawyer supports 6 different product types:
- Simple Products;
- Grouped Products;
- Bundle Products;
- Virtual Products;
- Downloadable Products;
- Configurable Products.
You can select an appropriate product type to sell each item.
- 5 homepage layouts to choose from;
- 3 layouts for category pages: 1, 2 or 3 columns;
- Custom content in multiple sidebar blocks;
- Wide and boxed layout;
- Mega Menu + CSS Menu;
- Ajax Layer Navigation + Add to Cart, Wishlist, and Compare;
- Multiple currencies;
- Multiple languages;
- Google Fonts;
- 6 product profile types;
- Responsive layout;
- C-panel (various color styles and typography);
- Custom pages: wishlist, cart, and contacts;
- Product labels (add “new” and “sale” to product images);
- Cloud zoom and pop-up images for detail pages;
- One-click import for CMS blocks and pages;
- Source .PSD files;
- Grid / list view;
- Rich Snippets;
- Social sharing with the Social Links feature;
- Additional footer;
- Navigation links;
- Back to top button.
It is also necessary to mention that the Sawyer multipurpose responsive Magento 2 theme includes a lot of third party Magento extensions: SM Basic Product, SM Quickview, SM Shop By, SM CartPro, SM Deal, SM Mega Menu, SM Image Slider, SM Listing Tabs, SM Categories. Their overall price is more than $200!
As for supported browsers, Sawyers is a cross-browser template, so it is perfectly displayed in IE 9+, Chrome, Safari, Opera 9+, and Mozilla Firefox. Note that cross-browser support is no longer a competitive advantage – it’s a must have feature for every Magento 2 theme.
By purchasing the theme, you will get 4 packages:
Sawyer Theme Package, QuickStart Installation Package, PSD Sources, and Detailed Documentation. Sawyer Theme Package lets you install the Magento 2 theme to your ecommerce website. Not that it does not contain all the features illustrated in the demo version. To get them, you should use the second package – QuickStart Installation Package. It includes modules, themes, and sample data. Having installed it, you get a complete online storefront that looks like a demo version of the theme, but works much faster. All PSD design themes are gathered in the PSD Sources. You can use them for further customizations. And if you suffer any difficulties, pay attention to the documentation, since it offers a detailed description of the Sawyer configuration.
As for price, the theme costs $84. For this money, you get all the aforementioned features as well as further updates and 6 months of free support. To extend the support up to a year, you will have to spend $25 more. And don’t miss a chance to get the theme with a $33 discount – all the details are available on its page on ThemeForest.