MagFolio theme – by Templatic

Magfolio theme from Templatic was designed to be a portfolio theme and at a first glance I’m not sure it’s really achieved that. Most portfolio themes make the images are the most prominent, where this theme still looks like a regular blog. It should...

Review published: May 1, 2011 · by admin · 0 Commments · Rate this theme

Product Features and Benefits

It was designed to be a mix between a magazine/portfolio blog theme to show a body of work while at the same time publish news articles. It has a mini gallery for your work.

The homepage is entirely customizable by a few simple clicks in the admin panel

You get a custom control panel that lets you customize all aspects of your blog without having to know code and work through the editor.

You get all the PSD files with this so anything you don’t like you can quickly change by loading up Photoshop and changing the layered files.

The site is fully monetized and ready for you to sell advertising on it.

Functionality

Navigation through this site is just your straight top level menu but there doesn’t appear to be any drop down or fancy options.

The portfolio is mini gallery that when each image is clicked it takes a user to a separate page where they can click on an image and view an enlarged photo

It really is not heavily designed as a portfolio site and I would say this is more a magazine site.

There appears to be no option for use of shortcodes in the theme which is disappointing now that most decent themes come with shortcodes that extend and make like easier for the user.

Compatibility and Code

I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Chrome and found that the gallery on the homepage has a description that shows up in all browsers except for internet explorer when you mouse over any of the images. Again another internet explorer issue or maybe they have not fixed that conflict.

There doesn’t appear to be any major plugins required for this theme.

I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS were and it has 2 errors.

Performance Check

Was not the slowest site I have seen load but it wasn’t the fastest, so it was odd to see it score so low with a 33/100 in the Google page speed tool with a few references to areas they could improve on.  Had it scored 100 it would have been classed as perfectly optimized. At the moment Google is very big on load speeds of websites so it was nice to see that they scored high.

3 Pros – Things that are great about the theme

  • Good magazine site
  • Unique color
  • Great for using as a news site too

3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good

  • Not really a portfolio site
  • Issue with mouse roll over in internet explorer
  • Lack of shortcodes.
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