I tried Pulse for the first time today. I like the concept and the simplicity of it, but it doesn’t seem very mature. I tried a free template (PortSmith) and it’s not displaying images on the homepage and giving errors in the blog page. It looks like an older theme that hasn’t been updated to the latest version of Pulse, or it just contains bugs.
Trying to change some text doesn’t seem to work either. File permission issue on the server maybe?
Also, I tried the contact form and it didn’t seem to send any messages. Looking in the source code, I noticed that to use SMTP authentication, you need to edit a Pulse file (which will be overwritten with a new version, right?).
Also, the use of an outdated version of phpMailer is a huge security risk. I suggest updating this immediately.
I hope you will fix this soon, since everyone using Pulse at the moment is at risk: https://github.com/PHPMailer/PHPMailer/blob/master/SECURITY.md
For a free of hobby project, I understand all these issues. But for a paid product, it’s a little disappointing.