One major factor by which a reader judges your blog is by its appearance.
There are couple of factors one should look for when choosing a theme for his/her blog. These factors include Loading time, appearance ( UI ), SEO friendliness etc.
Finding the correct wordpress can be hard and tricky. There are millions of free and paid wordpress themes on the web. Which makes it even harder to select the perfect theme.
From this month I am starting another section (category) on my blog titled “Theme of the month“. As the name suggests, I’ll present a unique theme every month. And this month the theme is – WP-Premium – A Free wordpress theme from templatic.
WP Premium – Free theme from Templatic
WP Premium is a free wordpress theme from the house of templatic.com. The theme has been for serious pro-bloggers who need their design to be clean and content focused.
The theme allows customizations and tweaks to a great extent.
This theme is fully responsive, which means it will work great on all kinds of devices. The theme is powered by foundation framework. The theme scores 85% score on pingdom test. Due to clean codes, the theme loads quite fast as well.
WP Premium, Features at a Glance
- Widget Areas Homepage
- (6) Inbuilt Widgets
- Real time customizer
- Social media buttons
- Custom CSS
- Full page template
WP Premium, Features Explained …
Widget areas on homepage ~ The homepage has been built with “content-first” approach. The theme makes sure that content is the first thing visible to the readers.
The homepage can be populated with widgets on the most accurate places.
You can add widgets under places such as content header, sidebar, footer, and navigation menu.
(6) Inbuilt Widgets ~ You can save a lot of plugin space with the in-built widgets and features offered. The theme offers inbuilt widgets which can be directly added into theme from the appearance > Widgets section.
You can widgets like – Author widget, Advertisement widget, Newsletter, Latest posts, tabbed widget and a social media.
Responsive ~ After google launched its mobile friendly update on 22, it became essential for webmasters to make their website and blogs responsive.
This theme is fully responsive which makes your website fully comply with the mobile friendly algorithm.
The theme loads great on all devices such as tablets, mobile devices, high end devices and tablets, laptop etc.
Real time customizer ~ The theme lets you customize it with its built in customizer options. You can tweak your theme to a great extent without touching the theme codes.
You can edit colors like background color, content color etc. You can also tweak typography on your blog. The theme has built in support for google fonts. You can choose a suitable font, font size.
Some of the best features available from the real time customizer are adding your custom logo, adding custom favicon etc.
Social media buttons ~ You can save the space of a plugin as the theme has built in social media buttons. The buttons are work of pure CSS ( Cascading style sheets ) which means it won’t have a major impact on your blog’s loading time.
These buttons are placed below posts.
However one sad thing is there is no option to hide these social media buttons. To remove the social media buttons, you’ll need to edit the theme files. If a option was provided, it would have been much more comfortable.
Custom CSS ~ If you need to experiment with css, you don’t need to install jetpack or any other plugin for custom css function.
The theme offers a separate stylesheet under the theme editor. You can add custom codes in the stylesheet.
This is handy feature as it will let you edit your theme css even without touching a single line of CSS !
Full width page template ~ Ever loved the full width template available in the genesis framework ?
The theme has a full width page template you can add to specific pages and posts. This is another awesome feature this theme offers. Looking at the fact it is free, this is a great feature worth testing.
-> Theme at a glance – If you look at the theme as a whole, it isn’t a bad deal. The theme is free and offers some features which are worth giving a hit. Some features that come in highlight are typography, widgets, logo, and custom css.
The theme is lightweight ( weights around 2mb) , and is quite customizable. It allows tweaking via Live customizer too.
Conclusion – After testing this theme , I rate this theme 5 out of 5. The only thing this theme lacks in is providing a switch to turn on/off social media share buttons.
Additionally this theme also adds a comment bubble besides the post title. This can lead to increase in comments as well.
With this article I’ve started another category “Theme of the month”. Under this category I’ll present a new theme every month. This theme can be free or premium.
Let me know what do you feel about this theme in the comments below. If you’ve used the theme, let me know your experience.
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