Choosing a suitable theme can be very confusing sometimes especially if you are to choose between two great themes. This holds pretty much true for Neve Vs. OceanWP for both seems to be equally good unless you get deeper into the comparison.
However, this again is not everyone's cup of tea. This is the reason that I thought of doing the comparison to make things a little easier for many of you who are stuck with this confusion. Hopefully, reading this review will help you break out of it.
Neve Vs OceanWP Overview
Neve is a lightweight WordPress theme powered by Themeisle and the theme is well known for its mobile-first approach and blazing fast loading. Besides, Neve is highly customizable and extremely simple to use.
With over 2663762 downloads, OceanWP is one of the favorite WordPress themes among the developers and hobby-users for sure and the WordPress theme helps you create the most beautiful websites.
Neve vs OceanWP Features
Performance is undoubtedly the most important factor to consider while choosing an ideal theme and a theme is meant to have an extremely fast loading speed. As far as the speed-optimized features are concerned, Neve and OceanWP have pretty advanced features.
Neve is as tiny as 28KB and includes features such as AMP and no jQuery. Besides, the theme is highly compatible with popular caching and minification plugins. OceanWP sites have a pretty fast page loading speed as well backed by the industry's leading speed technologies.
However, it would be hard to say which one of these two is better without a real test and I used themes on two of my sites to check their performance in real-time. While my Neve site recorded a speed of 800ms, my OceanWP site took 910ms to load. This clearly makes Neve the winner.
Neve makes web designing pretty effortless and quick by offering users more than 80 pre-made templates that they can import from the Site Library section after installing the Neve theme.
OceanWP offers demo sites either to speed up your designing process and while some are free, others are paid. To import an OceanWP demo site, all you have to do is install the Ocean Demo Import WordPress plugin and head over to the Install Demos option.
Besides, you must also install the additional plugins as required. After that, you could click on the yes button to import the demo site.
Page Builder Support
Neve and OceanWP support page builder plugins. While Neve seamlessly works with as many as 7 popular page builder plugins comprising Brizy, Beaver Builder, Gutenberg, Elementor, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin and Divi, OceanWP works with 8-page builder plugins comprising Elementor, Brizy, Visual Composer, Divi, Thrive Architect, Beaver Builder, Kind Composer, and SiteOrigin.
Neve plans are:
- Personal: Header & blog booster, Elementor booster, 3499USD/yr
- Business: Premium starter sites, WooCommerce booster, Priority support, 5699USD/yr
- Agency: Premium starter sites, WooCommerce booster, Priority & live chat support, 9299/yr
Every plan comes with 1-Year of support for unlimited sites, 1-Year of updates for unlimited sites, and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
OceanWP plans are:
- Personal: 1 Site, 60 Pro Demos, $39
- Business: 3 Sites,60 Pro Demos, $79
- Agency: 25 Sites, 60 Pro Demos, $129
All plans include 12 Months of Updates & Support, 8 Free Extensions, 13 Premium Extensions, and 13 Free Demos.
Both Neve and OceanWP also offer customers an option to buy any of their plans for a lifetime by paying a one-time price.
If you want to use a theme for an online store, you must first make sure that the theme can be easily integrated with WooCommerce. Many themes come with some additional advanced features to give you an even better WooCommerce experience.
Neve works seamlessly with WooCommerce and to integrate WooCommerce with Neve, you will have to use the Neve pro add-on, WooCommerce Booster with the free WordPress WooCommerce plugin. This combination will help you customize the Page Layout, Product Card, Card Image to Site Tag, Title, Meta, and Checkout to a large extent.
I found the OceanWP WooCommerce integration slightly better since the theme consists of state-of-the-art features built-in which means you don't need to install any additional plugin to build exceptionally sales optimized online stores.
Neve and OceanWP Common Features
Translation & RTL Ready
Both Neve and OceanWP allow you to translate your entire website in any RTL language and this would give you an excellent advantage to build a much closer relationship with your target audience since they can connect better with your website when it's in their language.
Neve and OceanWP allow users to customize their websites to a large extent alongside using the premade templates and their favorite page builder plugins. This makes web designing a lot easier, quicker, and better.
Both themes have lighting fast support in place to assist the customers 24×7 through tickets and documentation. However, Neve also offers live chat support.
Both the themes follow the best SEO practices to offer your business more visibility across the search engines such as maintaining an SEO-ready structure and a clean and optimized source code.
Conclusion: OceanWP is an great option for WooCommerce sites. Other than that, Neve is my recommended theme for all other purposes.
I Recommend Neve
For the following reasons.
- 80+ starter sites compared to 60 Pro themes of OceanWP
- Neve is faster than OceanWP in our personal testing.
- Unlimited site usage while OceanWP got limited site access.
- Cheaper lifetime plans