Customizr Review – Is Customizr Pro Worth it? (New 2022)
Customizr is a highly-rated WordPress theme with over 60,000 active installations. But is it worth your attention? Let's find out.
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Before pulling the trigger on Customizr Pro, you'll want to read this exhaustive Customizr review. Find out if the WordPress Customizr theme is any good in 2022, and if it's right for you!
This is a comprehensive look at the free Customizr WordPress theme and Customizr Pro theme. Below, you will find every aspect of Customizr explored and how the Pro version compares to the competition. Let's dig in.
Expand Upfront Bottom Line
Customizr is a respectable theme but ultimately pales in comparison to GeneratePress. If you're going to purchase a premium WordPress theme, Customizr would just be a waste of money.
While the lifetime Customizr license is a great value for designers, you'll be churning out client websites that are nearly identical in look and feel. GP Premium on the other hand is not only faster but much more versatile in design with far more level of control.
What is Customizer?
Customizr is a WordPress theme developed by Presscustomizr.com, creators of the Nimble Pro page builder for WordPress.
As you can see, Customizr has over 800 5-star reviews, an overall rating of 5 out of 5, and over 60,000 active WordPress installations. Having piqued my interest, I decided to dig a little deeper to find out once and for all if Customizr is worth using in 2022. This is my Customizr review.
Customizr Review – Free
The free version of Customizr is pretty basic, on par with most free WordPress themes. Let's review the free version's customizer menu together.
My god, the font used in the customizer menu is atrocious! There is just something about it that I really do NOT like. Not a big deal, but I was immediately put off by it and thought it was worth mentioning because I can't help but feel annoyed by the overuse of italics. Quick, let's move on!
Customizr's global settings offer a decent selection of expected options. Some notable features include, but are not limited to:
- Easily place social links in sidebars and footer
- Enable animated link effect on hover
- Image lightbox effect on click
- High-resolution Retina support
- Dynamic image centering on any device
- Load smaller images on mobile devices
- Slider parallax effect
- Display author box at end of posts
- Smooth page scroll and commenting options
Front Page Content
As with most themes, you can set your home page to a custom page or a list of your latest blog posts, with the ability to apply a category filter. The free version of Customizr also allows you to choose from 4 different sidebar options, including:
- No sidebar – full width
- Right sidebar
- Left sidebar
- Both left and right sidebars
The option of having both sidebars enabled is a nice touch.
Going through the menu, I had an awesome front page slider with scrolling parallax (that can also be disabled) within seconds.
You have the option to create custom sliders by adding images manually from your media library, or auto-generate a slider from your posts, the ladder being my personal favorite.
Customizr has a convenient little option to display featured pages underneath your home page slider. The free version allows you to manually pick 3 pages of your choice, edit the description for each page, and edit the button text. It's worth noting that this can be easily created with the free GenerateBlocks plugin.
Global Post Listings
Here you can change the number of posts listed, and the excerpt length displayed for each post in the grid. There are no options to change the style of the grid itself.
There are a plethora of header options going inside this menu! While not as robust as Astra's header builder, the available options still allow for flexible header styling. Some of the more notable options include:
- Sticky header options
- Main header layout options (full-width, boxed)
- Display Main header top border
- Header behavior on scroll options
- Logo display options and locations
- Mobile device header options
- Menu expansion effect options and locations
- Topbar layout options (full-width, boxed)
- Social links on topbar
Overall, I'd say there is enough going on here to satisfy most people. Even for someone as picky as myself, I was able to customize the header to my liking. Of course, I would still style it a bit more with CSS.
In the Main Content options window, you'll find a myriad of customizable options and features, including:
- Many Breadcrumb options
- Authorbox locations
- Related posts locations
- Comment box options and locations
- Single page, posts, and archive layout options
- Post meta display options
- Gallery effects (lightbox, hover, custom)
- Page navigation options
- Image settings
- And sidebar social locations
What's noteworthy here is that you'll find many of the same options here that are in other locations as well. I suppose this is done for user convenience and I think it's actually pretty handy.
Looking at the footer options, I can see that it is lacking in terms of customization in both the free version and pro version. Here, you'll discover:
- Horizontal footer widget layout options (full-width, boxed)
- Footer credits layout options (full-width, boxed)
- Sticky footer feature (on/off)
- Back to top arrow feature (on/off/left/right)
- And footer style options (light, dark)
There are no options for customizing the colors of your footer area outside of the global color option. Although this can be remedied with CSS, a couple independent color options would have been nice to see.
This is your typical WordPress menu location settings. Nothing special or different to note here.
In the widgets menu, you'll find 4 areas to add widgets to your WordPress theme, including:
- Right sidebar
- Footer area one
- Footer area two
- Footer area three
Again, this is pretty standard across the industry.
Here, you'll find some different interesting options to play around with, including:
- Additional CSS
- Lazy loading images
- Minifying CSS stylesheets
- Defering Font Awsome icons
- Preloading Google fonts
- Automatically adapting font size to screen width
- 2 theme style options
It's worth noting that the 2 theme styles include Modern and Classic and that the performance options are somewhat redundant considering that most people will be a plugin that already has these features.
Customizr Review – Pro
Now, let's take a look at Customizr's premium features, according to their website.
This feature expands on the Featured Pages module mentioned earlier. There is a huge array of customizable options, making it easy to build the area of the featured pages to your liking.
What isn't clear is that this is a stand-alone WordPress plugin. You could purchase this separately to further modify the Featured Pages module on the free version of Customizr. However, as I said before, this can be easily created using the free GenerateBlocks plugin, and it would be much more flexible, only limited by your own imagination.
I must also point out that this module is built into the Pro version, so if you aren't using it in the Pro version, it just added dead-weight.
Wow, an entire module dedicated to displaying simple contact information in your topbar header? Where do I sign up? I do suppose it's convenient at least.
There're a few reasons many websites don't use infinite scrolling. For starters, it isn't SEO-friendly because crawlers won't see anything that's loaded in this manner. Additionally, infinite scrolling makes it impossible to display your footer, leaving your readers infinitely chasing it.
Fortunately, Customizr provides a handy option to enable a “load more” button and can be easily turned on and off, depending on users' preferences.
This is a great feature for customizing all of your website's font elements, but the free version of Astra has all Google fonts built-in as well. This however is slightly more robust, but the same results can be achieved using CSS.
There's also an interesting option to disable this feature and unload it from your website if you so desire. I actually appreciate that this was included, but somewhat negates the point of buying the Pro version. Doesn't it?
This is extremely helpful for customizing the post grid on your homepage. There are a number of different layouts to choose from, each with its own set of configurable options. To be completely honest, some of the effects are REALLY cool.
There are free plugins to achieve similar results but they aren't as customizable and most of them will cause site drag. This also isn't very easy to replicate with CSS. Personally, I'm using Flex Posts for my homepage because it is lightweight, but it's extremely basic. Could this feature be Customizr's saving grace? It just might be.
Yeah, this can be done with a small amount of CSS. Read my Super Easy WordPress and CSS Styling Tutorial for more information on how to do this.
I'm actually not sure what this is referring to. I've gone through every single option, and I didn't see anything other than the homepage slider options.
More fluff? I couldn't find anything related to this in the Pro options. From what I can tell by reading the documentation, is that it relates to the mobile hamburger menu, but I don't see any “cool effects” to choose from. You can either enable some hover effects or turn them off. Pretty lame.
This gives you the ability to add header and footer scripts from the customizer menu. This is easily achievable with free plugins OR manually adding them to the correct files. And I don't know why on earth you would want/need to add Google Analytics through your theme. This should be done through a proper SEO plugin such as Rank Math.
You'll also get email support and access to their documentation (which is available for free users as well). However, free users will be directed to the support forums while Customizr Pro users will get access to much better support through a support ticketing system.
This Customizr review wouldn't be complete without a pros and cons list.
Free Version Pros
- Responsive, modern-looking theme
- Sticky header (not often seen in free themes)
- Stylized post grid layout
- Box or full-width website layout options
- 4 sidebar options – none, left, right, or both
- 3 footer widget areas
- 2 Theme styles – modern, or classic
- Responsive homepage slider with parallax
- Several built-in performance options
- Built-in image light box
- Simple Featured Pages module
Pro Version Pros
- Convenient Font Customizer module
- Advanced Featured Pages module
- Incredible post grid customizer
- Custom Customizr gallery
Free Version Cons
- Only one menu hover effect
- Only one global color option
- Can't change menu colors
- Can't change footer colors
Pro Version Cons
- No additional theme color options
- Not many additional options to choose from
- Increased theme weight (more than double)
Reasons for Pro
Who Is It For?
Customizr Pro is better suited for designers who build websites for clients. Why? Because the licensing is absolutely incredible. The Lifetime Pro version allows you to enable it on unlimited websites and gives your clients access to lifetime updates and support. With Customizr Pro, anyone can quickly deploy a clean, modern-looking website in seconds.
Is It Worth It?
In my honest opinion, no. But most pro themes aren't actually worth it either. Pro or premium themes add site drag to each and every page on your website with convenience being the trade-off.
Just about every premium feature I've seen in a WordPress theme can be solved through lightweight plugins or CSS. In Customizr's case, the post grid customizer is the saving grace.
Bottom line: If you're looking for a theme with a sticky header and customizable post grid, then this theme is for you.
Customizr Theme Examples
Currently, the Customizr showcase displays a 404 error, but you can still browse some live WordPress Customizr theme examples here: 17 new websites in the Customizr showcase!
Customizr Page Builder
Although I don't usually recommend WordPress page builders, it only makes sense to pair Customizr with Presscustomizr's very own page builder, Nimble.
What is Nimble?
A free, powerful, and simple drag and drop page builder plugin, Nimble Builder is used by 45K+ live websites. With its lightweight performance, this is the perfect tool for building beautiful web pages that look fantastic on mobile devices and desktop computers.
Read more about Nimble here.
Customizr Questions & Answers
How to change background color in the Customizr theme?
You can't. There are no options for this. To change the background color, you'll need to use CSS. Read my Super Easy WordPress and CSS Styling Tutorial to learn how.
How to change the slider in WordPress Customizr theme?
From the customizer menu, navigate to Front Page Content > Slider Options, and select your slider from the dropdown menu.
The button colors in Customizr are tied to the single global color option. To change them independently, you'll need to use CSS. Refer to the CSS styling guide above.
How to change font color in Customizr theme?
From the customizer menu, navigate to Font Customizer > Add New. Select the text element you wish to edit and click the Add it button. Click the style tab and scroll down. There you will have the ability to change the font color. If it isn't working, navigate to the selector tab and verify the selector is correct.
How to change Customizr header background?
There are no options to change the header background color in the Customize Pro theme. You only have 2 light and dark options to choose from. To change the header color to something else, refer to my WordPress and CSS styling guide.
Is there a Customizr Pro discount code?
Currently, the only one that I am aware of is HELLO2022, for 25% off at checkout.
Customizr Theme Alternatives
GeneratePress (the theme I am using) is one of the best WordPress themes I have ever seen. The premium version allows you access to their extensive site library, allowing you to rapidly deploy a wide variety of different website templates. And because it's built on their GenerateBlocks plugin, it's amazingly lightweight and fast! It puts Elementor to shame.
Another good Customizr alternative is Astra. The free version is lightweight and has an amazing header and footer builder. You can also import templates from their free template library, which for free, is pretty awesome!
Customizr is a respectable WordPress theme with constant updates and highly-rated support. Like most premium themes, you're mainly paying for the licensing and support.
The free version offers enough flexibility and control to design beautiful websites with incredible speed. The downside is that, like their Hueman theme, they will all have the same look, functionality, and feel.
If you like my Customizr review or have any more questions about the Customizr Pro theme, let me hear them in the comments below, so that I can add them to the Q&A.