Apart from the visual appearance, things which matter while choosing a WordPress theme include coding style, speed, security, and support. Out of which speed and code play a vital role in SERPs. However, at times certain factors are compromised to achieve a better performant theme.
Recently, while looking for a performance-based WordPress theme, I instantly thought about MyThemeShop, I know they create speed and blogging focused themes.
I came across Schema by MyThemeShop which claims to be the fastest SEO theme. So, I decided to give it a spin and check out how good it is. And after using it for a while, I’m pretty excited to share this incredibly fast theme with you.
In this extensive review, I’ll be diving into not only the SEO related but all the other features which this theme has to offer. Let’s get started.
🔥 Schema by MyThemeShop
The Schema is a premium WordPress theme developed by MyThemeShop which is one of the reliable theme shops to grab some quality themes. Currently, it rocks 399,500+ happy users.
There’s a little fun user counter alongside its logo to see the number. Apart from themes, it also offers a bunch of great plugins. You can find both free as well as premium stuff at MyThemeShop.
The reason, why I love giving a special mention to the developers is to create a credibility for a product and to ensure that you get exceptional support from them. Also the fact that the product won’t go anywhere anytime soon.
👍 The Schema theme is primarily built with speed and SEO needs in focus. With built-in review system, rich snippets, Google knowledge graphs support, and well-structured coding, it does a pretty great job at appearance too. You can always customize it to meet your needs. In fact, creating a child theme in Schema is just a click away. I’ll cover more on it later.
The Schema theme is a premium WordPress theme starting at $69/single site license. It includes a 30 days money back guarantee and 24×7 technical support.
💹 Structured Data & Speed Tests
To test speed, I installed it on one of the mildly used sites, with a couple of plugins on it. And Here are the test results:
🛠 The above screenshot shows the idea of how it’s going to perform with everything up on the site. All structured items are being recognized.
Now, apart from the speed, structured data markups also play a vital role in ranking. So, I went ahead and performed a structured data test. And here are the results which are pretty darn impressive.
Apart from the performance and markup validation, Schema also offers rich snippets feature to help you rank better in SERPs. For example, I have created a demo snippet just to give you an idea how it’s going to look in the SERPs.
Now, let us quickly dive into the major features that Schema has to offer:
There’s a complete video on getting started with Schema by MyThemeShop. It explains everything starting from the installation to the setting up things in the theme.
📑 As a developer, documentation of code is something that matters more than the user guide. Below is the screenshot of the code:
The code is not only readable but also commented properly. It would definitely make the customization a fun thing to do.
→ In-built Review System
Another amazing feature of Schema to enhance SERPs ranking is its built-in review system. It allows the users and authors to review the content. Rich snippets would be generated based on the reviews and appear in SERPs. 🤓
The review section itself looks pretty neat. The featured screenshot is of default review template. It can even be customized to fit in your theme to provide a smooth UI.
🌟 You can even customize the fields, rate by percentage/stars/points, and enable/disable the user reviews.
→ Ad Management
Schema makes ad management easy. There’s a dedicated section to ad management in Schema. With Schema, there’s no need of installing third-party plugins to manage your ads. Head right to your ad management section and paste ads code to display ads on top, bottom, and after the title of your content.
🔰This is the best feature as a blogger. Not many theme shops care about how some users want to put ads into their themes and just buying and setting up the theme is not enough for them. But not on MyThemeShop — they care!
✍ Schema removes the need for additional CSS for typography on your site. In its dedicated typography section, you can completely customize the look and feel of text on your site. You can also preview the text while customizing.
→ Layout Customization
From home, header, and footer customization to different sidebars for different contents, there’s a whole bunch of great customization options. Let me quickly go through each of these:
- 💠 Header & Footer: In the header, you can choose to have two menus, floating header, logo, and social icons. In the footer section, you have the customization option for footer color, variety of clean backgrounds, and widgets options.
- 🎨 Styling Options: In the styling options, you have the freedom to choose the primary color for your site, the position of the sidebar, and several backgrounds to select from. You can even have a gradient as background, upload a custom image, and even enable parallax effect.
- 🚧 Sidebars: Now, this is one of my favorite parts. Here, you can define as many custom sidebars as you want. And once you’re done, then you can select the type of sidebar you want on each of your pages. For example, I have added a ‘custom sidebar’ and it’s available on the list of the sidebars.
Widgets can be added to the sidebar in the appearance section.
💯 Getting Started with Schema Theme
Getting started with Schema theme is quite simple. Follow the quick steps to get started:
→ Step #1
Log in to your account at MyThemeShop. On your dashboard, scroll down until you find Schema. Click on it and download the theme files.
→ Step #2
Go to your WordPress dashboard, then go to Appearance > Themes and click on Add New. Select the .zip file, install, and activate.
→ Step #3
After activation, you’re redirected to recommended plugins page. Select all and bulk-install them.
→ Step #4
Go to Appearance > Theme Options > Import/Export. Now, if you don’t have any content already on your site then Schema provides you with some dummy content to set up your site. Check out the demo which you want to import, and click on Import Theme Options, Widgets & Content to import demo.
Once it’s done, you’re good to go. Your site is ready for customization. Go to Appearance > Theme Options to start customizing further.
✅ Creating Child Theme
Creating child theme with Schema is as simple as it can get. Go to Appearance > Theme Options > Import/Export. In the Child Theme section, write the child theme name and click on Create Child Theme to create a child theme.
For example, I have created a ‘wpcouple-labs’ theme. Go to Appearance > Themes and you’ll see the child theme there.
🚀 Setting Up Schema Theme
All settings of Schema resides under Appearance > Theme Options tab which offers quite a simple and focused user experience Settings are quite straightforward to get started.
By default, General Settings tab is open, it contains basic blog settings and placeholders to insert code in header/footer.
You can navigate to the rest of the settings through the tabs on left. I’ve already explained them in the features section.
💸 Discount for WPCouple Readers
MyThemeShop is an incredible WPCouple Partner and they’ve given an exclusive discount for WPCouple readers. Use coupon ‘WPCOUPLE’ to grab Schema at $59, their premium plugins for $39 and membership for $87 for the first month.
👌 Final Thoughts
Schema offers almost all the features that you can expect in an SEO friendly theme. And that too, at a blazing fast speed. I am super satisfied with the results so far and thinking about moving my production sites on Schema. In fact, the claim of fastest SEO theme seems to hold so far.
Apart from being a highly optimized SEO theme, it offers great documentation and customization features. So, if you’re not happy with results of your theme, or thinking of trying a new theme, give Schema a shot. It definitely worth your money.
⁉️ One thing I didn’t like about the theme was it’s layout for the page/post when there are no sidebars. The content is way too wide — over 1000px. That’s not nice for a human eye. I’d recommend up to 600px to 650px wide content and not more. Here, take a look on before and after I made the changes. Which one is easier to read?
Beyond that, all seems pretty great. And I hear there’s a huge update coming for this theme. We’ll keep you posted. If you’ve ever tried Schema or any theme from MyThemeShop, do share your experience in the comments below.
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