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4 Things You Miss Out On While Using a Legacy Theme

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Benefits of Updating to a newer Flothemes design

How old is your website? Are you still using one of our legacy themes (launched over 4 years ago)? Or have you switched to another platform, yet miss the unique Flo aesthetic, our helpful support team and are considering moving back?

Either way, know that since then our WordPress themes got a whole lot easier to use. They’re more intuitive, and offer the flexibility and customization freedom you’ve always dreamed of while building your website. Of course we’re speaking about Flexthemes and Flexblock, and if you’re not familiar with how these work, check this post or watch the video below:

If this got you excited and you’re ready to seal the deal, know that we’re offering a 40% discount to any Flo client who is still using a Legacy theme and wants to upgrade to a newer template. Just message us to info(at)flothemes.com with the subject line “Upgrading from a Legacy theme” and we’ll share the code with you and guide you through the process.

Not quite there yet? Keep reading to find out what are some perks you’re currently missing out on, by not upgrading to a newer theme:

1. Build Your Site Faster & Easier

Since your last experience with Flothemes, the backend of our templates got a lot simpler, easier to use and more powerful. We’ve introduced a drag & drop builder that allows you to easily tweak premade layouts and create your own page structures. Basically you have a collection of blocks (like Lego) that you can combine to build your own pages. It’s as simple as drag and dropping things around, then tweaking the content inside the blocks.

With Flexthemes in particular, you get premade templates inside Flexblock, that you can use out of the box or fully customize every single element inside, both, on mobile and the desktop version of your website. Full control, and full design freedom. How amazing is that?

2. Custom Look at the Price of a Template 

You’ll be surprised how customizable and fully packed with options the new themes are. We’ve seen clients create truly unique and incredible websites, without a single line of code or CSS. All it took, is applying their own branding to the theme, playing with the layouts, breathing in new ideas and purposes to each section with the help of FlexBlock.

Need proof? Check these website out.

A website should not just look good, it should tell your prospects how awesome you are and what it would feel like to work with you. 

3. Full control over Your Mobile Site

In the era when 80% of our life happens through the little device from our pocket, it’s hardly enough simply having a responsive website. You want it to be a seamless, wonderful and memorable experience for those who access it (be that existing clients or potential ones).

Flexthemes offer you full control over the mobile version of your website. Choose which sections or elements to show or hide, what’s their size, color, and position.

Know that we’re still passionately working on FlexBlock to bring more amazing, new, features to it. Upcoming are sliders, animations, flexible headers and so much more. Here’s the full Roadmap.

4. Powerful Plugins & Integrations

As you know, WordPress’ beauty is that it can always be extended in functionality through third party plugins and integrations. There are over 50k plugins available in WordPress’ Repository, each offering extra customization options or enhancement for your website. With Flothemes, you also get access to several plugins we created exclusively for our Flo clients, such as:

FloSupport – have all your documentation, useful articles and site building resources in one place, integrated inside your site dashboard. Easily find relevant tutorials by a simple keyword search, + submit support tickets and ask for help straight from your dashboard, while building and managing your theme. The FloSupport plugin is compatible with all current themes available on flothemes.com and can be downloaded from your My Account area.

FloLaunch – set up your new theme offline, on a clone site, while keeping your current website live. No downtime, no Coming Soon pages or lost leads. No risks in breaking your current website. FloLaunch is available for all WordPress users (Legacy Flothemes users, ProPhoto users, etc.)

*We’re currently rebuilding FloLaunch to make it more interactive, intuitive and helpful in your website building process.

FloForms – always wanted more flexibility when creating your contact form? More fields to add, more styling options or conditional logic? We’ve rebuilt FloForms to offer you exactly that. Your contact form will always look good and apply your theme’s styling. More details here.

FloSocial – offering your potential clients a few ways to connect with you and follow your work is crucial, hence, we’ve rebuilt our Instagram plugin to offer more layout variations and control over how your Instagram showcase looks on your site (it can be a live feed or curated images linked to your account). You’ll also be able to connect various Instagram accounts on different site pages. A wonderful option for those who own several accounts for each type of service they offer. This also allows you to add your personal Instagram account to your About page, if you want to.

Check the full list of Flo Plugins here. 

Risks of Keeping an Old, Outdated Site

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There’s one more aspect we need to tackle in this article. What may happen if you choose to stay with an old, outdated website theme? Sadly there are a few risks that you need to be aware of, as they directly affect your site’s performance, security, as well as the experience your potential clients receive when accessing and browsing through your site. These are the following:

Limited Integrations with new software and plugins

Some hosting providers no longer support PHP 5.4-5.6. This is the version that our legacy themes function on at their best. Updating our legacy themes to newer PHP versions would require rebuilding the entire theme from ground up. At the same time, if you do continue to use an outdated version of PHP (5.4-5.6) with time you risk encountering more incompatibility issues with newer versions of WordPress (especially Gutenberg) as well as various plugins installed on your website. Not to mention the security vulnerabilities discovered in older PHP versions, which have been fixed with PHP v.7 and above.

Save yourself the trouble and frustration of having to put off fires, fix issues caused by lack of compatibility.

You May Be Offering Poor User Experience 

Your users’ preferences and aesthetic taste change as rapidly as the digital world and web design trends. Which means, what was popular and exciting 3-5 years ago, may be considered “rudimentary” and “boring” today. This applies not just to the way your website looks but also to the way it functions and the experience it provides to your site visitors, especially on mobile devices. Is it impactful? Does it load fast and smooth? Does it look good? Does it help them find the right information and guide them through your work to your contact form? These are important questions you need to ask yourself, if you want to increase your site traffic and get more leads (read as revenue) via your website. Otherwise, why even bother and have a website?

You’re Prone to Security Breaches & Hacker Attacks

Frankly speaking, new or old, any website can be hacked. The experience is stressful and painful, especially when you lose information and have to build everything from scratch. However, older, outdated websites rely on older technology, hence are at a higher risk of getting hacked. Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you keep your site, theme, plugins and extensions up to date, or upgrade if any of them are no longer supported (as it is the case with some of our legacy themes). 

Also, check out these 12 steps to make your site more secure.

You’re Limited in Design & Customization Options 

Unless you hire a developer (and sometimes a designer), keeping an old, outdated theme can feel like having your hands tied. With so many amazing website examples out there, so many ideas cooking in your head – it’s just sad to not be able to implement any of them due to an outdated, limited framework. But the issue here is way deeper than just lack of design freedom. Think of the way an old, boring website influences your business. Does it attract new clients? Does it get users excited to work with you? Does it show who you are? Probably not, or not enough to be fully confident about it.

And obviously FlexBlock is not available with our older themes. Why limit yourself of the opportunity to design your website exactly the way you’ve envisioned it?

Support is Paid

Support for legacy themes is paid. The reason behind this is the fact that all of our themes are a one time payment, not subscription based products. Taking this into consideration, all one time products have a limited period of free support. All legacy themes were created 3+ years ago. The only way to make them compatible with current technologies (PHP, WordPress, plugins), is by rebuilding them from ground up, otherwise we have very little control over how your legacy theme will work with newer tools and software. The time required to debug, investigate and understand why specific issues occur is lengthy, with multiple variables impacting your website.
That is why the support for legacy themes is paid.

How to Upgrade

Ready to take the plunge, upgrade your site and make your business more noticeable and captivating in the online world? Fantastic! This will not only bring you more confidence, but will also help you attract more inquiries!

There are only 4 steps to take:

Choose a theme.

Here are all available designs. If you need help with narrowing down your choice, here’s a quick guide. You can also message us here for a recommendation based on your work and business needs. 
Note: If you choose the wrong theme, you can easily switch for FREE to another theme within 30 days after purchase.

Apply your discount.

Apply code you’ll get from us via email at cart page for a huge, exclusive 40% discount on any theme. We want you to enjoy the new functionality, freedom and design possibilities offered by our current themes, hence this deal is as great as Black Friday and expires at the end of this month.

Documentation & Tutorials.

Here’s a video explaining what the process of moving from a Legacy theme to a new theme looks like. Your posts and galleries get transferred to the new site, and you will need to re-build your main pages with the blocks available inside your theme. Use FloLaunch to work on the new site in test mode, while your current website stays live. Follow the instructions for your specific theme + take a look at this article for step by step guidance. If you hit any questions or issues – our Support Team is always here for you, to help. 

Launch your gorgeous new website.

Maximize its exposure and start enjoying more compliments, traffic and inquiries from clients you actually want to work with. There’s really no excuse for postponing your brand’s growth. 

Final Note

This article is not meant to push you to upgrade to a new theme, rather educate you on the difference of our old framework and the new one. It’s an absolutely new, exciting website building platform, and the only regret you may have after upgrading is “why haven’t I switched sooner?” It’s that good, and we’re saying this based on over 800 positive reviews we got on Facebook and the feedback our Flextheme users shared here.

The choice is yours, and we’re here to assist you with any questions, recommendations and the sweet 40% Off financial support. Connect with us here if you’d like to learn more. 

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