Compare - Price Comparison Theme for WordPress

Compare - Price Comparison Theme for WordPress

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Compare is a Powerful, Professional, Premium WordPress Price Comparison theme. It comes packed with an impressive array of custom options and widgets allowing you to control the look & feel and products to be shown on the site.

Whether you’re an occasional personal blogger planning to earn revenue from product feeds, experienced affiliate or an Internet Entrepreneur, Compare has you covered and will assist you to generate commission from product sales. Using the theme options and widgets you can manually add products and import your CSV product feed, control content layout, manage your own advertising, pull in your latest tweets, show your latest video, display your latest photos, and much, much more.

Compare looks great out of the box but also acts as the perfect blank canvas for those looking to customise and develop their own Price Comparison site.

Try Compare before you buy

Theme Features

100% Customisable

  • Easy to modify template system
  • Valid XHTML Strict 1.0 Tableless Design
  • Customise colour settings using convenient colour picker
  • Custom background colour, pattern or image
  • Custom.css file for separation of your bespoke CSS rules
  • Set colours and gradients for the two primary colours
  • Full Localisation Support (contains default.po/.mo files)
  • English, German and French translation files included
  • Optional slider feature/promotion with captions on Homepage (Coin Slider)
  • Custom admin login logo support
  • Default Slide and Post thumbnails
  • Layered PSDs for customisation

Price Comparison Functionality

  • Manually add products via admin area
  • Intended for Price Comparisons with a small number of products
  • Compatible with Compare Plus Price Comparison Plugin for WordPress for advanced users who would like to manage a large number of products via automated XML/CSV feeds that get updated via WP cron jobs.
  • Utilises WordPress Custom Type for products
  • Import products via predefined CSV file
  • Manage Products, Categories, Retailers and Brands via admin area
  • 2 category levels – top level and sub-category, e.g. Smartphones > Apple
  • Facility to export all products as CSV file for convenient editing
  • Sample CSV file included
  • Supports USD, EUR, GBP and any custom currency or percentages e.g. for financial comparison sites

Several Widget Areas and Custom Widgets

  • Homepage Brands and Products carousel
  • Homepage Product categories
  • Sidebar Product categories
  • Highlight / Promotion on Homepage
  • SEO Text on Homepage
  • Homepage Double Content
  • Testimonials
  • Tabbed Content
  • 728×90 Ads (Leaderboard)
  • 160×600 Ads (Wide Skyscraper)
  • 180×150 Ads (Rectangle)
  • 125×125 Ads (Square Button)
  • 300×250 Ad (Medium Rectangle)
  • 300×600 Ad (Half page)
  • Flickr Photos
  • Video Widget
  • Supports Really Simple Twitter Widget and Twitter Widget Pro

Extensive Theme Options

  • Mimics WordPress UI
  • Custom Logo Upload
  • Plain Text Logo Support
  • Custom Favicon Upload
  • Google Analytics Tracking
  • FeedBurner RSS Support
  • FeedBurner RSS to Email Support
  • Author Bios on Post Pages
  • Much More…


  • Featured image slider with text captions on Homepage
  • Configurable Homepage Content Blocks (widgetised)
  • Blog functionality
  • 2 Custom Menu Locations with pre-3.0 fallback
  • Post Thumbnail/Featured Image Support
  • Gravatar supoort
  • jQuery Improved Drop-down Menus
  • jQuery Powered Brands and Products “Carousel”, “Slider” and hover effects
  • Various Shortcodes, e.g. button, content product bubbles (tooltips), price comparison tables to be included in post or page content

Social Networking

  • Enable/disable sharing
  • Select which individual networks to show (16 channels to choose from, incl. Facebook, Twitter or Google+)

Page Templates

  • Default Template
  • Brands Template with inbuilt Glossary
  • Retailers Page
  • Archives Template
  • Full Width (no sidebar)
  • Contact Form
  • Standard Blog functionality to expand your content and include product bubbles or price comparison tables for specific products via simple shortcodes

Easy set-up

  • Step-by-step Guide in Theme Options
  • Get up and running quickly using sample data from our demo site
  • Import all menus, posts and pages into your WordPress installation
  • Product data file included

Awesome Support by AWESEM

  • Test Drive the theme on our Demo Site
  • Extensive Documentation
  • Helpdesk (6 months support included)

Important: Please note that this theme provides basic Price Comparison functionality which needs to be updated manually. For more advanced functionality such as live XML/CSV affiliate product feeds, automated daily feed import, product & category mapping please have a look at our Compare Plus Price Comparison Plugin for WordPress.

If you have further questions prior to purchasing our Price Comparison theme then please get in touch via the email form on our profile page and we will be more than happy to get back to you.

Version History

Before upgrading we strongly recommend that you take a full database backup of your site and also take a full copy of your WordPress installation to ensure that you can always roll-back in case of any problems during the upgrade!

  • v2.0 – 01/10/2014 Compare Responsive

This major release is the culmination of a large body of work. The changes include a total upgrade of the site design to ensure the site looks great across all devices including PCs, Laptops, Tablets and Smart Phones. Other improvements include:

  • It is now possible for customers to view list of products in grid view or list view
  • The site now acts like a general sales site if a master product only has one retailer attached, no comparison table is shown, instead a link to purchase that product only
  • A much improved set of widgets
  • Product reviews
  • v1.3.4 – 21.01.2014 (C = Compare, C+ = Compare+) – Please note: Compare+ is a separate plugin!
    • Fix for product_category issue in brand taxonomy term links, including YOAST’s WordPress SEO plugin ( C )
    • Prevent style.css from being cached if new theme version ( C )
    • Styling fix for Highlight Widget ( C )
  • v1.3.3 – 10.01.2014 (C = Compare, C+ = Compare+) – Please note: Compare+ is a separate plugin!
    • Homepage Slider widget > display options added ( C )
    • Homepage category widget > subcategories now float to left even if category icon set > wraps around image ( C )
    • WordPress default search result page > PageNavi pagination implemented ( C )
    • Removed footer_11.gif from style.css which caused 404 error ( C )
    • Pagination on AJAX search results page ( C )
    • Sidebar product search widget > had problems with currency symbol ( C )
    • Tooltip shortcode > no longer layered behind main menu ( C )
    • Entering new currency in theme options > key “Enter” did not work using Chrome ( C )
    • Sidebar product search widget > Key “Enter” did not work using Chrome ( C )
    • Confirmation prompt when try to reset the theme ( C )
    • Theme options > max feed upload size option ( C )
    • Product order by option on all taxonomy pages and search result page > Sidebar product search widget must be enabled ( C )
    • Redesigned sidebar product search widget’s functionality ( C )
    • CSS class .button bugfix ( C )
    • Added (*) to mandatory fields > admin area > e.g. Product management page ( C )
    • Option to choose csv delimiter when uploading feed ( C )
    • Show warning message if no custom permalink structure is enabled ( C )
    • SQL query fix to update product “Updated” field if product descriptors changed e.g. voucher code added/changed ( C )
    • PageNavi implementation on all other pages. e.g. posts archive page ( C )
    • Breadcrumb bugfix (infinite loop problem) ( C )
    • New widget > Homepage category carousel (same style as brands or products carousel) ( C )
    • Merchant, brand, category image upload bugfix > related to WP multisite installation. Images were mixed up on all sites ( C )
    • Lazy load fix for homepage main slider > was showing grey box instead of an image ( C )
    • Removed old twitter widget due to Twitter API changes in 2013 and enforcing authentication for reading a user’s timeline ( C )
    • CSS and jQuery changes in order to support Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget or Twitter Widget Pro ( C )
    • Added global product description field > feed export/import process > updated sample.csv ( C )
    • Changed all Compare widgets so that the titles contains “COMPARE:” > now easier to see in widget page which are related to Compare theme ( C )
    • Product exclusion by keyword on feed level ( C+ )
    • Option to add a custom line break in parser configuration (csv) ( C+ )
    • Information bar about WP Cron various screens ( C+ )
    • Added support for TradeDoubler Products Open API ( C+ )
    • Added support for Amazon Product Advertising API ( C+ )
    • Feed setup process > Option to upload manual feed in addition to specifying URL option ( C+ )
    • Bugfix related to setting the brand of product while importing feed ( C+ )
    • Delete products per feed ( C+ )
    • Bugfix > quotes used in keyword exclusion textareas caused the backslash to appear when form is submitted ( C+ )
    • Bugfix > qootes issue on various fields on feed management screen ( C+ )
  • v1.3.2 – 26.04.2013 (C = Compare, C+ = Compare+)
    • New functionality to allow custom currencies to be used in the theme ( C )
  • v1.3.1 – 15.03.2013 (C = Compare, C+ = Compare+)
    • Fix for main menu 3rd level subcategories ( C )
    • New options for “Homepage Products” widget. Order By (price or last updated time), Ascending/Descending ( C )
    • Fix for LazyLoad images on Compare price table ( C )
    • Changed functionality to allow alphanumeric UID in Compare theme ( C )
    • Related products SQL bug fix ( C )
    • SQL bug fix in custom_products.php ( C )
    • Product detail page > related products block did show current product ( C )
    • Scenario: Import feed > map categories > delete feed > see mapping again <-did not delete mapped categories related to particular feed and sometimes caused unexpected results (C+)
    • Product mapping bug (17” TV changes to 17\’\’ TV) > could not map (C+)
    • Change text of alert on /wp-admin/admin.php?page=feed_managementdue Misspelling of “minutes” (C+)
    • Change of name for format_size() function to aw_format_size() to prevent conflict with other plugins (C+)
    • New plugin setting “Attempt to map by product name when EAN is supplied?”. Default “Yes” (C+)
    • Various bug fixes in compare_cron.php and functions.php (C+)
  • v1.3 – 07.12.2012 (C = Compare, C+ = Compare+)
    • Global product description with WYSIWYG editor ( C )
    • Products shown on category page rather than brands. This is a new theme option ( C )
    • Compatibility with PageNavi pagination plugin ( C )
    • Related products on product detail page. This is a new theme option ( C )
    • Product commenting option on product detail page. This is a new theme option ( C )
    • Open product deep-links in new window rather than in the same. This is a new theme option ( C )
    • Improved database structure for performance reasons (C and C+)
    • Short codes allowed in product description. This is a new theme option ( C )
    • Removed ability to change the feed type once the feed is set up as a subfeed for improved performance (C+)
    • Various SQL query improvements for improved performance (C and C+)
    • Ability to see all unmapped categories per feed rather than all in one list (C+)
    • Product exclusion process performance improved (C+)
    • Subscriber role can no longer see Compare+ admin menu or interact with the plugin (C+)
    • Tradedoubler CSV and XML parsers added as default (C+)
    • Changed cron time from 15 minutes to 5 minutes (C+)
    • Product slug fix if product name was too long (C and C+)
    • Could not select and use default brand (C+)
    • Product descriptions in taxonomy pages were the same ( C )
    • PHP setting “max_input_vars” did not allow to map categories properly on some servers where this was restricted (C+)
    • If feed URL was too long the feed did not import (C+)
    • Could not limit products imported per feed for CSV feeds (C+)
    • Could not map categories if category string included ampersand symbol (C+)
    • Automatic parser field detection was not working properly if column or field was encapsulated by quotation marks (C+)
    • Problems with feeds where price field contained whitespaces ( C )
    • Taxonomy pages were not paginated correctly ( C )
    • System displayed additional slashes in places. (C+)
  • v1.2.5 – 06.11.2012
    • Twitter widget fixed
  • v1.2.4 – 01.11.2012
    • Feature: Edit global product description with WYSIWYG editor
    • Feature: Show products on Category page rather than brand logos. Theme option to enable/disable this feature. Default – enabled (show products not brands)
    • Bugfix: Brand, category image upload bug. Was overwriting brand or category image with similar name. (e.g. 16.jpg was overwriting 161.jpg)
    • Bugfix: Brand or Category images did not appear correctly after moving WordPress installation and theme into a sub-folder
    • Bugfix: Brand, category image upload was not working properly if image had an extention with 4 chars (e.g jpeg)
    • Bugfix: Could not change brand if we were in product edit page
    • Bugfix: Product description more/less button did not appear anymore if description contains html tags
    • Bugfix: Removed various PHP generated notices
  • v1.2.3 – 11.10.2012
    • Removed Compare admin menus for subscribers
    • Recent Posts widget CSS bug fix
    • AJAX Sidebar Product Search widget IE bugfix
    • Limited product result set on AJAX search result page
    • Security update
  • v1.2.2 – 23.08.2012
    • Published theme documentation online linked from within the product
    • Bug fix – export feed functionality – retailer image
    • Bug fix – search functionality issue addressed
  • v1.2.1 – 04.08.2012
    • Support for more custom fields (database only, frontend changes will follow)
    • Master product description per feed (Compare+)
    • Removed “IF NOT EXISTS” in database update script
    • Moved all jQuery used by search widget into the search widget file
    • Removed the “Enable slider” theme option as this is now a widget
  • v1.2 – 18.07.2012
    • Fully widgetised homepage
    • New search bar widget
    • New slider widget (custom post type)
    • New slider latest posts widget
  • v1.1 – 15.07.2012
    • Product Search / Filter sidebar widget with AJAX functionality
    • Added facility to tag products, create tag cloud and do much more with product tags
    • Fixed “Read Read More…” bug
    • Fixed product count bug. It was related to subfeeds which resulted in an incorrect product count per retailer
    • Images in search page now are with correct dimensions
  • v1.0.10 – 26.05.2012
    • Sub feeds – facility to add multiple feeds per retailer
    • Category force import per feed
    • Check for new DB tables on Compare+ home page
    • “Import this feed” button along with “view feeds” right after creating/editing feed
    • “unlock” button in red color, does not display “import” button while locked
  • v1.0.9 – 15.05.2012
    • Now each product has got a global description option which remains the same also after product update
    • Folder permissions check
    • Minor bugfix to homepage products and homepage brands slider widgets
    • Database tables collation set to utf8 to avoid character encoding issues
  • v1.0.8 – 19.04.2012
    • Replaced jCarousel with jQuery.carouFredSel for Brands and Products widget
    • Fixed bug related to duplicate functions.php error
    • Updated documentation and theme previews
  • v1.0.7 – 13.04.2012
    • Pagination for products in categories/brands templates
    • Theme options to choose your slug (useful if you want to internationalise your URLs)
    • Theme option to allow short product urls
    • Products per page applied to product listing templates
  • v1.0.6 – 31.03.2012
    • Character encoding added using WP lang
    • Create table bug due to UTF-8 encoding which resulted in the primary key becoming too large
    • Product Homepage Widget character encoding fixed
    • Removed Scroll.js which is no longer used
  • v1.0.5 – 27.03.2012
    • Added a table check to home.php that flags up any table setup problems
    • Removed a duplicate semicolon in search.php
  • v1.0.4 – 19.03.2012
    • plain text logo & tag line CSS styles improved
    • added container class to wp_list_categories for non-custom menu
    • removed image width and height in two places
    • pagination on price comparison page
    • tooltip for non-numeric delivery information on price comparison page
    • added more images to lazyload
    • fixed bug which prevented localisation file getting loaded
    • translated “Your are here” string
    • CSS validation error on single product page
    • bug fix in functions.php to util-functions.php inclusion
  • v1.0.3 – 15.03.2012
    • Added .jpeg and support for capitals in category image file extension
    • styled default menu (WP List Categories)
    • added “Read more” link & text after excerpts
    • small change to carousel html and css
  • v1.0.2 – 10.03.2012 – Bug fix in retailer creation
  • v1.0.1 – 06.03.2012 – PSD files and documentation updated
  • v1.0 – 01.03.2012 – First release