TemplateMonster has launched a new category of WordPress themes, built in accordance with the WordPress best practices and WordPress.org guidelines. What does that mean?
First of all, the themes are fully licensed under GPL v3.0. You can use them on any number of sites, for any projects, and are free to tweak them any way you see fit. What you’re paying for is support and updates.
Secondly, the themes are built with WordPress Customizer support. You can see all the changes you make live, without reloading your page. If you were used to working with Customizer, that would be a huge time saver for you. If you have had no prior experience working with it, you’ll see how easy it is to make changes to your site on the fly.
The installation is also easy and intuitive. In order to install a theme, you simply go to WordPress Dashboard>Appearance>Themes>Add New and upload the archive with your theme. You can find more details in the theme’s documentation.
We decided to make the themes as fast and lightweight as possible. You won’t see any required plugins, custom post types or shortcodes whatsoever. Everything is optimized for high speed and performance. A faster site will get higher rankings in Google, and your visitors will be pleased to see how quickly they can navigate your pages.
Here's how the themes look like:
WildRide, a minimalistic WordPress theme for bloggers:
Blogetti, a theme for restaurants:
The themes rely heavily on WordPress Customizer. We’ve added a lot of options there, so that you can tweak the layout of your site, change color-scheme, typography, select logo and favicon, etc. However we didn’t go too far, and tried keeping each section simple and intuitive. Let me walk you through each of the main options, so that you can see what you can change in the themes.
Since these themes are meant mostly for bloggers, we thought, well let’s make them really flexible, and let our customers choose which layout they want. So, what do we get as a result?
You can choose whether to put your sidebar to the left or to the right. You can also have two sidebars, or remove them completely and have a full-width page.
You have 4 variations of the default blog layout. Two-column and three-column grid, as well as two-column and three-column masonry.
There are 3 header layouts from which to choose - default, minimal, and centered.
Footer also has 3 different layouts. You can also set a number of columns, insert copyright text, and upload your logo.
Color-scheme & Typography
If you want to change the colors of your theme, or select another font, you can do it easily via Customizer as well. We’ve also added Google Fonts support, so that you can have the entire library of Google Fonts at your disposal. You can choose font style, weight, size, line height, character set, and a few other options.
If you looked at the demo, you probably noticed a slider, carousel, image grid, and other elements that are not included in WordPress by default. Those are implemented through custom widgets.
Post Slider displays content which already exists on your site. For example, it can showcase your recent posts, or particular pages.
Similar to Post Slider, the Carousel Widget allows you to display your posts based on a particular category. It’s a great way to show your top posts, and allow more space for other content on your site.
If you need to make an image gallery for your portfolio, or just want to show featured images of your posts in a grid view, then Image Grid Widget is the best way to accomplish this.
Subscribe & Follow
Do you want to gain more followers on Twitter, or grow your email list? Subscribe & Follow Widget is the way to go. It is integrated with MailChimp, so in order to set it up, you need to enter your MailChimp API key and list ID.
We included multiple widget areas, so that you can decide where to put your widgets. There are a few places to insert them right before and after main content area. You can also place them in the sidebar, footer, and header.
The themes are compatible with such popular plugins as WPML, bbPress, BuddyPress, Сontact Form 7, WooCommerce, MailChimp, TablePress, All In One Seo Pack, W3 Total Cache, Google Analytics Dashboard, Google XML Sitemaps, WP SpamShield, All-In-One Event Calendar, Really Simple Captcha, Gravityforms, Nextgen Gallery, and WP Pagenavi.
There are also some recommended plugins that come with the themes, so you’ll be prompted with a notification message once you activate your theme. However, you’re not required to install any of them, and the themes will work perfectly without them.
One of such plugins is Cherry Sidebar Manager. It’s a great tool if you need more freedom over your content placement and you want to decide which widgets to show under which posts and pages.
The plugin allows you to create a custom sidebar, and select which widgets you want to display. You need to select a post, or page, where you want to place the custom sidebar, and then select the sidebar among other widget areas.
There you have it. WildRide and Blogetti, two fast and minimal WordPress themes for bloggers, designed for performance, ease of use, and flexibility. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, I’d be happy to hear your feedback. More of such themes are on the go, so stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated.