MultimediaWP theme

Overview

Multimedia Theme is a trendy, damn good looking theme which I believe will go over well with the blogging community. There is a lot of effort notably that has gone into the development of this blog theme. I would recommend this to interior designers, designers and coders who want a fresh, versatile site.

Product Features and Benefits

This is one packed theme, with lots to customize, play around with and enjoy.  First off you have the 18 different skins that you can change. For instance you can go with a light or dark background and then choose from 18 different colors for the other areas in your site.

You can publish audio, video, images, articles, links and quotes using the tumblog functionality.

One outstanding feature in this theme is the ability to publish to your blog directly from your iphone, this will appeal the apple audience for sure.

Prominent Features

  • Custom Theme options panel that can be hidden from some users
  • Flexible sidebar location ( left/right/no sidebar )
  • Unlimited widget area substitutions (Unlimited sidebars)
  • 5 custom widgets (twitter,google maps,media explorer, most liked posts and ad manager)
  • Post likes functionality that can be turned on or off
  • Frontpage slider that can be turned on or off
  • Working Contact form
  • Different archive types including a monthly archive page.
  • Visual Shortcodes – Add shortcodes for your content directly through the wordpress editor using the Shortcode Ninja plugin

Functionality

The blog does use a plugin called shortcode ninja this adds a button to the editor that lets you see all the shortcodes and lets you pick them instead of having to manually insert them by referencing the help files. You even get to see a live preview of the shortcode you entered.

The theme has its own theme options page which lets you control the look and feel of your site from skin to colors.

There is no word though on what type of shortcodes are available with this theme.

Compatibility and Code

I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome and found it worked well in all those you will see a difference in the corners in Internet explorer vs. others which are rounded on items like the search field.

Uses the shortcode ninja plugin but it comes with it

I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS and there was 6 errors.

Performance Check

While I didn’t see a noticeable difference in how it loaded in different browsers it scored 51/100 through the Google page speed tool.  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

  • Super customizable background and colors
  • The Shortcode ninja plugin
  • The custom options page

3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good

  • Only one sidebar
  • Very straight forward blog nothing advanced
  • Not greatest support through themeforest.

About the author

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