Took this for a test drive … I’ve been end to end (on the browser side, not under the hood) and the theme seems pretty amazing!
I was a bit overwhelmed at the sheer number of options and think it would take me a week or more to fully set it up, but, it’s probably much quicker for those who work with themes regularly. Frankly, this theme has more options than every single premium theme I ever bought.
The only thing that seems out of place is the contact form (namely because of theme-lock and the fact that plugin functionality doesn’t belong in themes,) but, as you did include an option to use a plugin instead, it’s not the dealbreaker I’d usually see it as.
I’m actually a little sad to see this theme offered for free. The amount of work it took to get it here and the amount of work it will take to move it forward – not to mention the fact that it’s light years above the fray – well, let’s just say that I hope you’re not relying on donations for motivation to keep it going. A theme of this caliber is easily worth $50 per domain and, well, virtually nobody clicks a donation button for an open source project.
Anyway, I’m going to dig into the theme more and see if/how it might fit in with the content change and redesign my site so desperately needs. Thanks for making it available!
Oh…almost forgot… there’s a tiny typo in the tagline on your demo site.
EDIT: I spent an hour clicking around in the many settings trying to figure out how to create a custom home page and set up some sections. It was a bit frustrating that the sections didn’t seem to work. I only later accidentally discovered there’s actually another menu (outside the customizer) where help/docs can be found. Perhaps it’s because I’m not super-used to configuring themes or knowing where to find such docs, but, this could possibly be too much friction for the uninitiated. I’d recommend placing a prominent link to those docs to give users the best start.
RE-EDIT: After poring over the help texts, I was able to do quite a bit with the theme in a short time. Feeling much more empowered; just wish I’d found the docs sooner.