Product Features and Benefits
There really are no major outstanding features in this, other than the face that it does work in six different browsers, you can change the color scheme to one of 4 different palettes and the entire theme is gravatar ready.
If you change the color on this, it basically changes the background and the side menu colors.
They really designed this to be a simple blog design, one that is beautiful and yet packed with various font, character and styles.
For anyone looking to have people advertise throughout the site, it does offer a 125 x 125 banner placement area as well as a 468 x 60 area for displaying ads. You can turn this on or off in the admin.
It provides a nice portfolio section where you can display in a 3 column area your photos. When these are clicked it opens up to an individual blog post or a user can zoom in on a image and I have to say that its very smooth thanks to their use of jquery.
The main navigation in the site is off to the left side, and it supports a slideout for child pages.
Like all of Elegant themes they really make sure that you get a lot of shortcodes which allows you to add elements to your posts and pages just by adding a simple snippet of code like [tab]. There are actually up to sixteen different types of shortcodes which can take complex requirements and simplify them within seconds such as adding:
- Small buttons
- Big buttons
- Context boxes
- Icon buttons
- Toggled content
- Tabbed content
- Image slider
- Tool tips
- Social media Icons
- Password protected content
- Author information
- Column layouts
- Custom icon lists
- Corporate pricing tables
- Drop caps
Compatibility and Code
I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome I was pleased to find it loaded and displayed the same in each browser.
No details on if it requires certain plugins I would imagine that elegant would provide anything that is required.
I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS were 4 errors.
While loading fast in all browsers it still didn’t score very high through Google page speed tool as I found it scored 50/100 so lots to 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
- Unique in appearance
- Lots of shortcodes
- You can translate the theme into another language easily using their included MO and PO files
3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good
- No way to move the main menu to the right side
- Too much graphics
- Very server intensive due to the amount of graphics used.