ThemeLab » WordPress Theme Reviews http://www.themelab.com We build High Quality, Good Looking Premium WordPress Themes that are Easy to Use and ready for just about anything. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:05:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Slidefolio WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/slidefolio-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/slidefolio-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=1040 Slidefolio is a free gallery WordPress theme, with posts displayed in a slideshow format. The theme was developed by Nick Berlette. Read on to find out how to use this theme, along with my thoughts… Setting It Up The first step to installing the Slidefolio theme is just like installing any other WordPress theme. Download

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Slidefolio is a free gallery WordPress theme, with posts displayed in a slideshow format. The theme was developed by Nick Berlette.

Slidefolio WordPress Theme

Read on to find out how to use this theme, along with my thoughts…

Setting It Up

The first step to installing the Slidefolio theme is just like installing any other WordPress theme. Download Slidefolio from the link above, extract and upload the “slidefolio” directory to your wp-content/themes/ directory, and activate.

After activating, you should have something like this:

Slidefolio Installed

Looking a little empty, so why don’t we start adding content?

Adding Content

Creating posts with built-in slideshows in the Slidefolio theme is surprisingly simple. Just upload one or a batch of photos to a post, and a slideshow is automatically created. Just to demonstrate, I decided to make this quick Screenr video.

Pretty cool, huh?

Theme Options

There is a simple theme options page which will allow you to upload an image logo to use (instead of the default text logo with your blog’s name)

Slidefolio Options

Pretty self-explanatory.

Conclusion

Hope you all found this theme review useful. I haven’t seen the Slidefolio theme covered on any other blogs, so if you didn’t find it over at Nick’s blog, this is probably the first you’re hearing about it.

Is there a market for simple slideshow themes like this? I suppose it could also be used as a WordPress theme for photographers as well. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Simply Minimal WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/simply-minimal-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/simply-minimal-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=915 Okay, The Simply Minimal theme is a theme I actually ported to WordPress myself. It’s the theme I currently use on my personal blog, Leland.info, and I released it for free due to popular demand. I’ve been getting a lot of emails and comments asking for support, even though I clearly stated it was an

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Okay, The Simply Minimal theme is a theme I actually ported to WordPress myself. It’s the theme I currently use on my personal blog, Leland.info, and I released it for free due to popular demand. I’ve been getting a lot of emails and comments asking for support, even though I clearly stated it was an “as-is” theme and I wouldn’t offer support.

Since I’m a nice guy and don’t want to leave anyone hanging, I thought I would review this theme here. I’ll walk you through how to use all aspects of the Simply Minimal theme and hopefully answer any and all of your potential questions about it.

Simply Minimal WordPress Theme

Read on to see the rest of the review…

Features

The most prominent feature of this theme would probably be the homepage template. It has room for a featured area at the top, plus a listing of your latest blog posts and tweets below.

Areas of the homepage template are controllable through a theme options page, which is gone over below. There are also threaded comments, and it won’t work in anything below WordPress 2.7.

Setting It Up

Installing this theme is pretty much like any other theme at first. The first step is to download the theme, unzip theme directory, and upload it to your /wp-content/themes/.

Once it’s uploaded, go ahead and activate it in Appearance → Themes within your WordPress administration panel.

This is what you should have so far on your blog’s homepage.

Simply Minimal First

The Homepage Template

Hey, where’s the homepage template you see on my other blog? You’re going to need to do a few things to set that up.

The first thing to do is create a new page and use the Home Page Template. The page doesn’t need any content or anything like that. You’ll probably want to call the page something like “Home” but it doesn’t really matter.

Simply Minimal Home

Now that you’ve got a page called “Home” using the Home Page Template, you’re going to want to set that as your site’s actual homepage. You’re also going to want to create another page called “Blog” to set aside for your blog page.

Following instructions from a previous post here, You don’t need a blog on your front page, we’re going to do just that. Go to Settings → Reading and set your front page to “Home” and your posts page to “Blog.”

Simply Minimal Reading Settings

Once you’ve set your front page and posts page successfully, this is what your blog’s homepage should look like.

Simply Minimal Homepage

The text from the latest articles is taken from your excerpt, so if you notice there is too much text there, make sure to set an optional excerpt for your recent posts.

Unless you want a picture of Theme Lab, a feed of my personal Twitter account, you’ll probably want to change these things (and more) in the theme options page.

Theme Options Page

This is where you edit a few different aspects of the Simply Minimal theme, mostly involving the homepage template.

Top of Homepage

  • Top Heading – This is where “Top Heading Here.” is currently displayed by default.
  • Top Description – This is the text displayed right below the heading.
  • Hire Me Now URL – This can be a link to a contact page or something similar. If specified, a “Hire Me Now” button will be displayed which is a link to the URL.
  • Top Image Path – This will let you input the URL of a 434×232 image to display (instead of a screenshot of Theme Lab).

Bottom of Homepage

  • Number of Latest Articles – Pretty self explanatory, this will allow you to control how many “latest articles” from your blog are displayed on your homepage. There are three listed by default.
  • Twitter Username – Again, pretty self explanatory, just input your Twitter username here. As I mentiond above, my tweets will be displayed if you don’t, so do remember to change this setting.
  • Number of Tweets – Pretty self explanatory once again. Put the number of tweets you want displayed on your homepage in this box. It defaults to three.

Sitewide

  • Exclude Pages – If you’d like to exclude pages from your top menu, input their page ID numbers in a comma separated list in this box. For example if you want to exclude your “Home” page and “About” page and their ID numbers are 18 and 2 respectively, type this in: 18,2
  • Host IE7.js script on your own domain – If you would rather have the IE7.js script hosted on your own domain (instead of Google) check this box. You probably won’t have to worry about this. Most people prefer to host it at Google since it saves on unnecessary bandwidth.
  • Fix Blog Title Bug – If you don’t want to edit CSS and notice your full blog title isn’t showing up in the header, check off this box. More information in the “Known Bugs” section below.

Known Bugs

If you have more than one word in your blog title, you may notice anything past the first word gets cut off in your blog heading. If you notice a problem like this, open up your style.css file and comment out the width on the #header h1 selector.

Find this:

#header h1 {
/* background: url(images/simply-minimal-logo.gif) no-repeat; */
width: 262px;

And change it to this:

#header h1 {
/* background: url(images/simply-minimal-logo.gif) no-repeat;
width: 262px; */

This code is the remnants of how the original SimplyMinimal: Free XHTML/CSS Template was coded with an image logo instead of text, which I changed during the WordPress conversion.

It is recommended you change the CSS manually instead of using the “Fix Blog Title Bug” on the theme options page, which is there for those who can’t edit code for whatever reason.

If there are any other bugs, feel free to let me know.

Conclusion

Hope any current (and future) users of the Simply Minimal WordPress theme got some use out of this review post. The instructions I currently had up were pretty rushed and beginning WP users may have had trouble understanding what I was talking about.

By the way, a new version of Simply Minimal was just released as a result of something I discovered reviewing my own theme. The top image on the homepage template was hardcoded in. I meant to make it so that could be edited by a theme options page but I guess I forgot about it during the final release.

I also added a theme option under “Sitewide” that will allow you to fix the blog title bug by just checking a button. It is slightly hacky and it’s recommended you edit the CSS instead if you’re able, like I described above.

Those upgrading will have to upload a new functions.php and header.php file, although it probably won’t be necessary unless you really want those two new options. Newcomers can just install and set up the theme normally.

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think of the theme below. Would you like to see more themes like this?

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Icey Blue WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/icey-blue-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/icey-blue-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=833 I came across YummThemes the other day, and I’ll be honest with you, I actually thought it was a joke. No theme demos or screenshots, just a big bag of money, a promise of getting a “shit load of money” shot at me with a “very big gun” and an email newsletter signup form. Reluctantly,

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I came across YummThemes the other day, and I’ll be honest with you, I actually thought it was a joke. No theme demos or screenshots, just a big bag of money, a promise of getting a “shit load of money” shot at me with a “very big gun” and an email newsletter signup form. Reluctantly, I signed up to the newsletter out of curiosity.

A couple days later, they sent everyone a free theme to everyone on their newsletter. I was impressed by the screenshot of the theme, and with some questions surrounding their legitimacy, I decided to give this theme a try and post the results in a review post.

Icey Blue Screenshot

And now onto the rest of the review…

Setting It Up

After installing and activating the theme, you should get something like this.

Icey Blue Setting Up

The first thing I noticed was there was a fat footer that was noticeably empty. Same thing with the blue sidebar are below the “Join Our RSS” button. Good thing is, these are widgetized areas, and you can add to them later.

Widget Areas

There are three widgetized areas in this theme. One in the sidebar, and two in the footer (left and right). You will probably need to add at least one widget to each of the three widget areas so the theme won’t look “empty.”

I added the following widgets to the widget areas in the screenshot below.

Icey Blue Widgets

To get an idea of what they look like and where they show up on a live site, here’s what I got below.

Icey Blue Widgetized

As you can see, it’s pretty easy to fill up the widget areas with appropriate widgets in this theme, especially in WordPress 2.8. This doesn’t make the theme “broken” although it may be nice to have some defaults assigned if there are no widgets active.

Theme Options

This theme options page is pretty sad, although there’s really not much you would need to configure with a standard blog-style theme like this anyway.

Icey Blue Theme Options

Basically this page lets you input specific page ID’s to include in the navigation menus. There is a small typo though. The “Top Menu” (where it has a link to Uncategorized in the screenshot above) is for categories, not pages. Instead of page IDs, you would input the category IDs you’d want to include instead.

Unless you have an insane amount of pages and/or categories, you probably won’t need to use this theme options page at all. I think if anything, it would probably make more sense to have an option to exclude links, rather than include them.

Conclusion

If you want this theme, I would suggest signing up to their newsletter ASAP. Not sure if they are nearing the cap or not. It’s free to join and they might share the download link again. It is supposed to be a paid theme, although I guess this is just one of the pre-launch goodies for subscribers. It really can’t hurt to sign up to their newsletter.

I know these new kids on the block caused quite a stir on the interwebs with their silly marketing tactics, although in the end, who cares? If they can get people talking, and provide quality themes that people are willing to pay for, I’d say that’s a job well done.

Will you be signing up to their newsletter (if you haven’t already) or has this “debacle” completely turned you off to any future YummThemes? Do you think this whole “debacle” is ridiculously overblown? Remember people, we’re talking about WordPress themes.

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Gallery WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/gallery-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/gallery-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=751 Gallery is a Thematic child theme, designed by Chris Wallace. Yes, that’s right – a child theme. Okay, gallery-style WordPress themes aren’t exactly a new concept, but when I first saw this theme, I was simply amazed. In this review post, I’ll go step-by-step with my experience with using this theme, including how to install

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Gallery is a Thematic child theme, designed by Chris Wallace. Yes, that’s right – a child theme. Okay, gallery-style WordPress themes aren’t exactly a new concept, but when I first saw this theme, I was simply amazed.

In this review post, I’ll go step-by-step with my experience with using this theme, including how to install it, set it up, and add content.

Gallery Screenshot

And now onto the review…

Setting Up

Remember, this is a child theme, so you’ll need to upload both the parent theme as well as the child theme. Here are some basic instructions:

  • Download Thematic, extract the folder, and upload it to your /wp-content/themes/ directory.
  • Download Gallery, extract the folder, and upload it to your /wp-content/themes/ directory.
  • Login to your WordPress admin panel, go to Appearance → Themes, and activate the “Gallery” theme

Gallery Activated

There are some more detailed instructions on installing WordPress child themes over at Themelets.

After everything is uploaded and installed correctly, you should have a WordPress site that looks something like this.

Gallery Installed

Now that everything is set up and functional, we can start adding content!

Thumbnail Sizing

Since this theme depends heavily on thumbnail images that are 125×125, we might as well go into our WordPress options and make sure the thumbnail size is set to that amount.

Gallery Media Settings

For a little more control, you might want to look into using the Max Image Size Control plugin. This way you don’t have constantly resize images. Let WordPress do the hard work for you.

Assuming you’re using screenshots of webpages for your gallery items, I would highly recommend the ScreenGrab add-on for Firefox, which makes it very simple to save full-page screenshots.

Adding Content

Hopefully now that you have your thumbnail situation squared away (no pun intended), you can start to add content. By popular demand, a post settings panel was added in version 1.1 of the Gallery theme. This way you don’t have to mess around with custom fields.

Gallery Post Settings

This is pretty self-explanatory, just make sure you input the full path to the images. If you’re not sure of the image URLs, try to insert them in the post and copy the URL from there. If you want the Delicious and Twitter links to show up, fill out the Website URL box.

After everything is filled out, you should get something like this.

Gallery Single

Optional Plugins

As you can see in the above screenshot, you may see the 5 stars to the right of the title on single post pages. These are from Lester Chan’s WP-PostRatings plugin. Here’s how to set them up.

  • Go to Plugins → Add New, search for “PostRatings” (should be the first result), install, and activate it.
  • To get transparent PNG working, go into your plugin editor and carefully edit the top lines so PNG (instead of GIF) are active.
  • Under “Ratings AJAX Style” change both ‘Show Loading Image With Text’ and ‘Show Fading In And Fading Out Of Ratings’ to ‘No’
  • Under “Ratings Templates” change ‘Ratings Vote Text’ to %RATINGS_IMAGES_VOTE% and ‘Ratings Voted Text’ to %RATINGS_IMAGES%.

The theme also has styles already defined for the Contact Form 7 plugin, and well as the BuySellAds plugin.

Conclusion

I also think it’s worth mentioning the Galleria child theme, which is a child theme of Hybrid. It has a few minor differences from the original Gallery child theme. Depending on your personal preference, you may want to give this a shot as well.

All in all, this is a very cool theme. Not to mention it’s a Thematic child theme, which makes it even cooler, and you know it’s built on a rock-solid framework. With the thumbnails all configured to resize to the perfect dimensions, it would probably be relatively easy to maintain an active gallery site.

I plan on using a customized version this theme for a new gallery-style site. More on that soon. So, what did you think of the theme? Will you be using it? Let me know in the comments.

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Guzel Magazine WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/guzel-magazine-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/guzel-magazine-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=631 I recently came across this awesome looking magazine theme and I thought I would share it with all of you in a review. It’s called Guzel Magazine, created by Custom Theme Design. I’ll be going over how to set it up and other features. And now onto the review… Setting Up After uploading and activating

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I recently came across this awesome looking magazine theme and I thought I would share it with all of you in a review. It’s called Guzel Magazine, created by Custom Theme Design. I’ll be going over how to set it up and other features.

Guzel Magazine

And now onto the review…

Setting Up

After uploading and activating the theme, you’ll probably have a pretty empty looking front page, even if you have lots of existing content. To fix this, you’ll need to open up your settings.inc.php file in the theme editor. This is where a number of theme settings are stored. Option 1 controls which categories are displayed on the top tabs on the homepage.

$cat1 = 1;
$cat2 = 3;
$cat3 = 4;
$cat4 = 5;
$cat5 = 6;
$cat6 = 9;

Replace the numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9 with your actual category ID numbers.

To change the categories on the left and right columns on the homepage below, you’ll need to scroll down to option 5 and 6. You’ll need to replace the category ID numbers in a similar fashion.

$leftcolumn_category_1 = 17;
$leftcolumn_category_1_postsnum = 3;
$leftcolumn_category_2 = 18;
$leftcolumn_category_2_postsnum = 2;

There are a few other things that can be edited in this file, including:

  • Featured excerpt length
  • Amount of items in the “popular” tabs to the right
  • FeedBurner information (ID, blog title, and location)
  • Post excerpt length (for bottom columns)
  • Video category ID number

Set the Language

This theme has 2 built in languages, English and Spanish. If you plan on creating a Spanish blog, you can change that on the theme options page.

Guzel Language

You may notice some strange code in place of where you would expect to see words in the theme files. If you want to edit any language of the theme, it can be edited with a text editor. The language files are located in the /lang/ directory. Since these files are located in a subdirectory, they can’t be edited in the theme editor.

Thumbnails

One of the features in this theme is automatic thumbnail support for stories. All you have to do is upload the image on your post, and the thumbnail is set. This is handled by WordPress’ built in image resizer. It’s recommended by the developers of the theme to use 135 width and 100 height, cropping to those exact dimensions. These settings can be configured on the “Miscellaneous” settings page.

Conclusion

Like the Arthemia theme, Guzel doesn’t make much use of the theme options page. It would certainly be nice if the settings.inc.php page was somehow integrated in the options page, instead of just language settings. I do like how the thumbnails are supported, as no extra custom fields are needed.

All in all, this is a very good looking magazine theme, one that I would almost expect to be considered “premium.”

I hope you enjoyed the review, and if you have any suggestions on which theme I should review next, I’d love to hear them.

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Agregado WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/agregado-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/agregado-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=615 Agregado is yet another amazing WordPress theme release by Smashing Magazine, this time in collaboration with designer Darren Hoyt. This theme is known as a “lifestream” theme, designed to preserve the personal website. I’ll be giving this theme a complete review, along with information on how to use it, and an overview of features. And

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Agregado is yet another amazing WordPress theme release by Smashing Magazine, this time in collaboration with designer Darren Hoyt. This theme is known as a “lifestream” theme, designed to preserve the personal website. I’ll be giving this theme a complete review, along with information on how to use it, and an overview of features.

Agregado WordPress Theme

And now onto the review…

My Expectations

I’m not expecting this theme to work perfectly right out of the box. Some extra configurations will probably be necessary to get everything running smoothly. I’m also expecting some sort of integration features with third-party services such as Flickr and Twitter. This would be part of the lifestreaming capabilities of the Agregado theme.

Setting Up

The first thing you have to do is upload and activate the theme. After that, you’ll need to make sure you have pretty permalinks enabled. This is for the archive page link. You’ll need to input information such as your Twitter account and Delicious username to get the lifestream set up. Finally, you will have to input your e-mail address for the contact form.

Archives Page

To set up an archives page, you’ll have to create a new page with “archives” as the page slug, preferably titled “Archives.” After this, you’ll need to scroll down on your page write menu until you find Page Templates. Select the “archives” template from the dropdown box.

Agregado Archives Setup

Theme Options

This is where you input all of your account usernames and feeds for use in the lifestream carousel for the following third-party services.

  • Twitter
  • Delcious
  • Flickr
  • Magnolia
  • Pownce
  • Good Reads
  • Last.fm
  • Facebook

You can also configure your contact form, add additional feeds, and set the date format.

Final Thoughts

This theme actually worked a lot better than I expected out of the box. Unlike the last Smashing Magazine theme I reviewed, there were no errors, and everything seem solidly coded and documented. I’m also pleased that this theme doesn’t depend on any outside plugins, everything you need is built-in to the theme itself. I’ll probably be using a modified version of this theme on one of my other blogs soon.

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Theme Lab Look-alike Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/theme-lab-look-alike-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/theme-lab-look-alike-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=597 I receive e-mails all the time with compliments on Theme Lab‘s design. People frequently ask if they could get a copy of the theme I use here, but I’ve always politely declined. I feel that this design is part of the “brand” here at Theme Lab, and I wouldn’t want to dilute that brand by

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I receive e-mails all the time with compliments on Theme Lab‘s design. People frequently ask if they could get a copy of the theme I use here, but I’ve always politely declined.

I feel that this design is part of the “brand” here at Theme Lab, and I wouldn’t want to dilute that brand by giving away my theme.

To any of you who don’t know, this design was custom designed, specifically tailored for my site. I’ve had it up for a little over 4 months.

It recently came to my attention that an uncreative individual has released a theme that has an eerily similar resemblance (to say the least) of Theme Lab. At first I thought I wasn’t going to post about this. I mean, why would I want to give a theme like this free publicity? I figured giving it a completely “honest” review would be a better option.

What It Looks Like

Ripoff of Theme Lab

Take a close look at the “tag cloud” in the footer. Look familiar?

What’s this theme called anyway?

In the release post, the author uses 2 different names: NorthBules and NorthBlues. I’m not sure if the author can’t spell or couldn’t decide on what to call it. For the rest of this review, I’ll just assume it’s called NorthBlues.

Setting It Up

The theme setup is relatively straight forward. Following the directions on my how to install a WordPress theme post should be enough. Besides uploading and activating the theme, you can also install the WP-PageNavi plugin for added effect. This plugin is included in the theme download.

Widget-Ready?

As you can see on the demo site as well as the screenshot, you’ll notice three sidebars by default. On your widgets menu, you’ll notice that there is only one widgetized sidebar available to add widgets to. When adding widgets, you’ll see the three sidebars transform into a single sidebar.

Northblues Sidebar

I would consider this theme’s sidebar 33% widget-ready. I guess they didn’t read my tutorial on how to make a theme widget-ready, specifically the part about multiple widget-ready areas.

What I Would Do Differently

Playing off of the lack of widgetized sidebar area, I would also consider adding widgetized areas to the footer as well. This way in case someone wanted to customize the theme’s footer a little more, they could do that without going into the footer.php file and editing code manually.

Another thing I noticed, is that for some reason the Kubrick header customization code is still in functions.php. This is unnecessary code, and I would remove it.

Conclusion

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, or something like that. Should I be flattered that someone ripped off my theme?

I know I said in the first paragraph in this post that I’ve always decided against giving away Theme Lab’s theme. Now that the flood gates have opened, however, I may consider releasing an “authentic” version of the Theme Lab theme. Of course, it would be stripped of all identifiable Theme Lab graphics (such as the “chemistry-feel” images), leaving you with a nice looking 125×125 ad-ready theme. Is this something you would be interested in?

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Infinity WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/infinity-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/infinity-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=525 Smashing Magazine has quite the reputation for releasing very high quality free WordPress themes. They have recently released an absolutely gorgeous free theme called Infinity. I finally had the chance to give this theme a test drive and thought I would share my findings in a review post. And now onto the review… First Impressions

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Smashing Magazine has quite the reputation for releasing very high quality free WordPress themes. They have recently released an absolutely gorgeous free theme called Infinity. I finally had the chance to give this theme a test drive and thought I would share my findings in a review post.

Infinity Theme Screenshot

And now onto the review…

First Impressions

Obviously the first thing that stood out with this theme is the beautiful artwork. Another thing is the unconventional index page. Instead of the same old boring blog layout, Infinity uses a more gallery-oriented approach. These two elements give the theme a much more unique look.

Setting Up

Upon uploading and installing the theme on a fresh WordPress installation, you’ll notice a fatal error due to a missing FlickrRSS plugin. Although this plugin is included in the download package, I personally find this to be bad coding practice to not use a conditional tag to prevent this error.

To quickly fix this error, you can either remove the following code from the ancillary.php file:

<div class="flickr"><?php get_flickrRSS(); ?></div>

Or you could replace it with the following, if you plan to set up your FlickrRSS later:

<?php if (function_exists('get_flickrRSS')) { ?><div class="flickr"><?php get_flickrRSS(); ?></div><?php } ?>

After doing this, your Infinity set up should look something like this.

Infinity Error Free

Setting Up Thumbnails

Infinity makes use of WordPress custom fields to set up the thumbnails for posts on the main index. To use them, use the “thumbnail” custom field key, and the full path to the image as the value.

Infinity Custom Fields

Editing The Sidebars

Unless your name is yichi, and you just happen to be a GUI designer, you’ll probably want to customize the sidebars. They are broken up into 2 files, left.php and right.php. These 2 files represent the left side of the sidebar, and the right side, respectively. The left.php has all the stuff you’ll want to change, such as the Twitter and del.cio.us accounts, as well as the description of yourself.

Infinity Left Sidebar

Things I Would Add

Aside from making the FlickrRSS code error proof, I would also add tag listings on the single post pages. More information on how to do this is in my adding tag support to your theme tutorial. I’d also make use of Gravatars on the comment section, which I’ve gone over in my adding Gravatar support to WordPress comments. One major feature that’s missing in this theme are widget-ready sidebars. So yes, I would definitely make this WordPress theme widget-ready.

Another small mistake which I noticed is that the feed link in the top right corner linked to http://yourFeedUrl. I would replace this with the following template tag:

<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>

Although those using FeedBurner may not need this.

Conclusion

Hope you found this WordPress theme review useful. Head on over to Smashing Magazine to download the Infinity theme to try it out for yourself.

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Thematic WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/thematic-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/thematic-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=395 I came across the Thematic theme about a week ago and decided to do a quick video review on it. It is described as a WordPress theme framework. Here are just a few of the features: Options for multi-author blogs Several widgetized areas Quick link to the admin panel for logged in users And here’s

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I came across the Thematic theme about a week ago and decided to do a quick video review on it. It is described as a WordPress theme framework. Here are just a few of the features:

  • Options for multi-author blogs
  • Several widgetized areas
  • Quick link to the admin panel for logged in users

And here’s the video…

Overall I’d say Thematic is a great quality theme that’s relatively easy to use for beginners. The separate widgetized areas for different sections of the theme are also a plus, giving the theme user lots of customization options right out of the box.

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Chocolate WordPress Theme Review http://www.themelab.com/chocolate-wordpress-theme-review/ http://www.themelab.com/chocolate-wordpress-theme-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.themelab.com/?p=375 A great free WordPress theme, called Chocolate, has been released by Pancak.es. I made another video, similar to my last video review of a theme by the same author, Nick. Here are a few of the features present in the theme. Able to view and add comments from the main index with Ajax A live

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A great free WordPress theme, called Chocolate, has been released by Pancak.es. I made another video, similar to my last video review of a theme by the same author, Nick. Here are a few of the features present in the theme.

  • Able to view and add comments from the main index with Ajax
  • A live search which grabs results without loading a new page
  • Fallback support for those with no Javascript enabled
  • Alternative “White Chocolate” color scheme
  • Comments with Gravatar support

Read on to watch the video…

Feel free to download the Chocolate theme and try it out for yourself.

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