Aperturious is a paid WordPress theme designed by Chris Wallace, who you may know from the Gallery theme that I reviewed earlier this year. The theme is available for purchase through ThemeForest for $25.
I’ll be reviewing the theme in a review post, including how to set it up and an overview of the features.
And now onto the review…
Setting it Up
After uploading and activating the theme, I got this on my freshly installed WordPress site:
According to the included readme document, you’ll also have to set the /cache/ folder to 777 so TimThumb can save cached thumbnail images. Depending on your host, additional requirements may be necessary in order to get TimThumb working.
The Aperturious theme options lets you switch between three different color schemes, choose layout options, toggle post info display, and insert advertisement codes. A screenshot is below:
Instead of going through the options one by one and saving screenshots, I decided to make a quick screencast video to cycle through all the various options.
I’m not sure what the “Post Info Display” option is supposed to display exactly, but as you could see in the video I didn’t notice any difference on the homepage or category page whether it was turned on or off.
While adding a post, you can optionally add a background image which is resized by the TimThumb script. The recommended size is 618×240. With the right images you can get a really nice custom effect on a selection of posts.
All in all I think this is a quality theme, although I would expect nothing less from Chris who has a track record of releasing interesting and unique themes. It would be great for portfolios and such, especially with custom images defined for each post. The optional background image on each post can be a very nice touch provided you select appropriate pictures.
I should let you know the links in this post are referral links of mine to ThemeForest, so I would get a commission on your deposit should you choose to sign up and purchase this theme. This is my first time reviewing a paid theme with an affiliate link here, although I’ll try to mix it up between free and paid themes for future reviews.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and hope you found this review informative. Let me know what you think in the comments. Remember, you can purchase the Aperturious theme for $25 at ThemeForest.
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