Chapters theme – by WooThemes

This theme just screams uniqueness! Originally it was created by a top class designer called Tim Van Damme who was looking for a unique theme that would allow him to promote his book Rockstar business. While created as a personal blog theme, it should...

Review published: May 2, 2011 · by admin · One comment · Rate this theme

Product Features and Benefits

It really gives you a beautiful look to display chapters of your book or have your blog appear as though it’s an open book. The theme uses a nice drop down menu and and index over all your posts.

The top area which focuses on post/chapter allows viewers to keep track of what page they are through the use of a visual bookmark which hangs down.

Post navigation is pretty nice with a back and forth between each chapter/post.

  • General Settings
  • Styling Options
  • Typography
  • Homepage slider
  • Homepage layout
  • Portfolio
  • Dynamic images
  • Footer Customization

There is a sidebar option for displaying your current twitter posts in your blog, which would be good if you’re promoting your book and you want to also gain followers from people who have read your book.

The footer is fully widgetized with 4 columns where you can display widgets such as about, comments, tag clouds and recent posts.

Functionality

There is a not a huge amount of functionality in this theme beyond what it was created to do: display chapters page by page.

There is the a lot of areas though to display things about yourself as an author and I don’t think it really needs too much, it achieves its purpose nicely.

When it comes to shortcodes  woo really has gone all out and provides up to eleven different codes, so not as many as elegant themes sixteen but still covers most of the main things you need like:

  • Small buttons
  • Big buttons
  • Custom buttons
  • Icon buttons
  • Info boxes
  • Related Posts
  • Social Buttons
  • Horizontal Rule
  • Columns
  • Quotes
  • Icon Link

Compatibility and Code

Compatible with 4 browsers, I was pleased to see that there were no issues in the dreaded internet explorer and that safari, firefox, chrome and opera all loaded it without issues and everything functioned well.

When it comes to plugins, woo themes don’t require plugins but they do recommend a few that they feel would work well with any one of their themes.  Those plugins are free and are called; Scribe SE, Gravity Forms, WPML and Codestyling Localization

I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS were and it came back with 2 errors and 2 warnings.

Performance Check

What seemingly seemed fast loading was astonishingly slow after I ran it through the Google page speed tool where it came back with a score of 35/100 with seven references to areas it could improve in.  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

  • Great Book theme
  • Unique
  • Extensive short chords and backend options

3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good

  • Will require extensive customization if you want to change the look
  • You don’t get the PSDS in the standard theme
  • No featured section
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  1. Best template.

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