Don’t Buy Before You Read This! “AitThemes Review”

I am writing this because I can’t go back to months ago and warn myself. So maybe, this post can give an idea to someone who is about to buy AitThemes membership.

Affinity Information Technology, as short Ait, is a company who has been developing themes and plugins for WordPress. They are mostly focusing on multilingual & directory WordPress themes. However, they have other type of themes such as personal, portfolio and magazine.

It is worth to mention that I am writing this post as a person who has already bought “full membership” from them. There was a countdown sale promotion on their homepage. I didn’t want to miss that opportunity as an interested customer and bought it in 3 days after I found them. However, that countdown has never ended. So I could actually buy the full membership for the same price even after that 3 days. So, if you see a countdown on the homepage, don’t worry! You can take risk and do some good research before buying it.

A countdown is a working selling strategy on me, I accept it.

My story

I was interested in their multi author theme which people can register and write their own blog posts.

Frustration actually starts from the registration form. There is a simple CAPTCHA support which can be passed through with simple hacks. This is like an umbrella with holes. It is a good product but you still need to fix it before using it.

The CAPTCHA which comes with the theme 

I had to integrate Google’s CAPTCHA service. It wasn’t that easy because their code base was not understandable nor readable easily. Some scripts are just bad and undocumented. 

I wanted that the users would be able add a “Portfolio” element and customize their profile page using the Easy Admin plugin. However, this theme does not support most of the valuable page elements including “Portfolio” from their elements toolkit. So, this requirement also needed further development outside of their drag and drop engine. I have spent like a month for custom development. Then the theme became really unstable and I stopped enjoying it. I have paid 99$ for this and done maybe 120 hours of development.

The questions I have asked before buying the theme
..and this was the response. Unfortunately I took this as “yes Portfolio is supported by the theme”, My mistake.

As a last point, I want to mention updates. It is actually nice to get an email and see that your theme is updated. Then in the release notes,  that excitement is lost. In the last 10 months, no updates have actually impressed me. Except the GDPR update, I didn’t even bother to update my project.

Conclusion

I must say that, the product can be better if they can have a unified approach that all the themes are supporting all the elements. Otherwise, full membership loses it is attraction. 

To conclude, if you are into a non-directory theme, I don’t really advice it. You can find some other nicely documented theme for a better price. If you are into a directory theme. Go for it but be patient. Spend time with the demo version on your localhost for a while. Then if it really covers your need, you can buy it. 

My membership is ending on 2019-01-11. If someone want to buy full-membership before that date, I can transfer my membership for free since I will not continue to do my project.

18 Responses

  1. Pascal says:

    Hi,

    I created a site for someone 4 years ago using AitThemes Langwitch and I had no problem with it.
    I agree that the realization was difficult but since no problem.
    With the update of WordPress in version 5 and the need for PHP 7.2, I need an update of the theme and I am not ready to pay again.
    If it’s still available, I’m interested in your membership to just get the latest version of Langwitch.
    Thank you

    • erdiizgi says:

      Hi Pascal, as I have mentioned in the post, it can work in simpler cases. However, when you want to do some customization, then things are getting frustrating. At least to my experience.

      My membership is unfortunately expired. However, I have the last versions of all the themes. I downloaded all of them to learn further about my custom requirements.

      I can send the “langwitch-1.137” to your e-mail if you want?

    • Helene says:

      ill give you the theme, I have a valid membership
      not sure how to contact you…

  2. Pascal says:

    Hi, that will be very kind so I can check what change since my old version.
    Thank you

  3. Bloohair says:

    Hi Erdiizgi,
    Was interested in your post. I’ve been using AIT Directory+ theme for just over a year, and it has soaked up so much of my time it’s unbelievable. I went for a Directory theme as I thought adding in plugins to a blank theme would be full of problems. I can’t do anything with it unless I ask them, lol – like you I’d prefer to create a site using a blank theme and adding in what’s needed. Here was me thinking an ‘out of the box’ theme would save me time. No school luck!

    And theme updates come through about once a fortnight which is just a pain in the bum!

    • erdiizgi says:

      Hi Bloohair,

      I am totally agree with you. There are nicer options out there to save actual time. It is also ironic that this blog runs on a free theme even though I paid for AIT membership. Their personal blog themes are really far from being readable and clean. I mean, they can really do great stuff with their tool but, somehow they just don’t want to improve it 🙁

      It is very nice of you that you dropped a comment and shared it 🙂

  4. Stephane says:

    Hi erdiizgi,

    There currently is a sale for lifetime membership on AIT Themes and I am interested in it because I plan to build a directory website. However, after looking at the screenshots on their website, I fear that their themes are built so that you can’t easily customize them.

    I started digging some more and then found this post, in which you almost confirm 100% my fears.

    I can’t help but think that I would be able to achieve the same results (with less design skills maybe) with some plugins and a (almost) randon theme that I would customize.

    I’d be grateful if you could get your opinion on that matter. Thanks a lot!

    • erdiizgi says:

      Hi Stephane,

      Don’t worry about the sale, that sale is there for all the time. So, don’t let it to make an impact on your decision to buy or not to buy.

      Second point, their themes are not completely built but highly depending on the plugins. The plugins are not compatible with all the themes and they are hard to customize. As far as I have tried out, directory themes are on the safe side. However, you should give a try before you buy.

      If you are using the email I see from my admin panel, I can send you the last version I have. If you like it, then you can buy it. Otherwise, you would look for other solutions?

      • Stephane says:

        Thank you for your reply. Yes, I use that email. The theme I was mainly interested in is the one called FoodGuide, I’d be happy to try it out before purchasing if the results met my expectations.

        Otherwise, yes, I would be searching another theme (preferably a fast loading one) which I would use with the Toolset suite plugins (Types, Views and maybe CRED) in order to achieve the directory project (with custom post types, taxonomies and custom fields, and filtered search as well).

  5. Marcelle Rootman says:

    Hi there

    I purchased a lifetime membership and have been battling to go live with my website. I seem to be going in a circle. The obvious tasks are simple and I am very happy with the look and feel of my site which is using the Directory Theme.

    What I am battling with is getting an easy flow for the end user. A few issues I am unable to resolve:

    1. When a user registers a confirmation message appears at the very top of the page. This is almost un-noticeable. Would be nice if it popped up in the middle of the page.
    2. The confirmation message sent to the person who has just registered – I have no idea if this can be edited with clearer instructions on the next step.

    These are just 2 of the issues. I have invested too much time into this site to change to another theme.

    Please can you assist. I have searched for videos on this but have had no luck.

    If you can come back to me urgently I would really appreciate it.

    Regards Marcelle

    • erdiizgi says:

      Hi Marcelle, I am glad that you are happy with the product you have purchased. Their one of the most improved theme is Directory+ theme. It is a shame that even a simple need as yours is not easy to do.

      I totally get your struggle here. I will try to answer your questions;

      After user clicks to the register button, it must be redirected to somewhere. In your case, the theme creates this message as a notification;

      If you check portal.php (line 97)
      $redirect = $redirect.'/?ait-notification=user-registration-success'

      Here, you see that it generates the confirmation message with ‘user-registration-success’ value which you can change it in the same file (line 459)
      "msg" => __('User successfully registered, email was sent to your email address.'

      I guess this answers your second question. When it comes to your first question; creating a popup may not be that easy. Here are your steps

      1. Modify the portal.php, change the Get parameter (line 97)
      $redirect = $redirect.'/?ait-notification=user-registration-success'
      to
      $redirect = $redirect.'/?custom_popup=user-registration-success'

      2. Handle this new parameter in portal.php again (put this if statement after line 493)
      if(isset($_REQUEST['custom_popup']) && !empty($_REQUEST['custom_popup'])){
      $popup_type = $_REQUEST['custom_popup'];
      // then check if popup_type is user-registration-success, if so, prompt popup.
      }

      3. There are multiple ways to create popups. I guess the easiest way is using a popup plugin. Here is a list: https://www.isitwp.com/best-wordpress-popup-plugins/
      Possibly, you can create a short-code for your custom popups and launch that short-code in the if statement above.

      Let me know if you have any problems with all. Have a good day.

  6. Marco says:

    Hi Erdiizgi,
    we bought years ago the corporate theme 1.16 and have now the problem that php 7.2 is not working proberly on this theme.
    I tried to get the information from ait if the new version is full working after an update but they did not response to that issue – only that i have to buy a membership/theme.
    But before investing i want to be shure that this corporate easy theme is really working.
    Because it is old theme but maybe you still have a version which i can test with Wp 5.x and php 7.2.
    Best regards Marco

    • erdiizgi says:

      Hi Marco,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have that theme, so I can’t really help.
      However, on the theme page https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-themes/corporate-easy/ It says that it doesn’t support wp 5.x. As you said it is a very old theme. Before investing 49$ to this outdated theme (outdated by every means), please look for other themes and try out. Unless you can’t find anything working for you, then invest.

  7. Nathan Budd says:

    Hi Erdiizgi,
    Thanks for this review. I was about to start using the FoodGuide theme but upon reading your review, I’am thinking otherwise. Is there any alternative theme that you would recommend? Thank you.

    • erdiizgi says:

      Hi Nathan, I think FoodGuide is one of the most supported themes from AIT. If you don’t need lots of customization, you can give a try to its trial version. If you think that it simply won’t fit to your future requirements, you can give a try of Robolist , they have also lite free version which you can try.

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