Simple Portfolio theme

Overview

Simple Portfolio is super simple, fast loading and direct. No flashy stuff going on here and just a great way to get people to focus on your work vs. a theme.  I find a lot of people love minimalistic themes so this one should appeal to a great number of designers and photographers.

Product Features and Benefits

Really just the most simple theme I have come across online, no bells and whistles here, it is the best solution for someone who wants a portfolio site but have minimal activity going on elsewhere on the site.

The portfolio area of this site is completely managed by categories and you can display your work in a 1, 2 or 3 column layout. It has a number of featured sliders and regular blog style layouts and all your work is added via regular blog posts

The appealing part to it is that it’s entirely mobile friendly and can be viewed on all apple devices which should allow you to attract a wider audience.

Prominent Features

  • Theme Options Page
  • Custom Header Options
  • Custom Background Options
  • Custom Menu Management
  • Featured Images (Post Thumbnails)
  • Custom Page Templates
  • Multiple Column Portfolio Layouts
  • Custom Post Types
  • Post Navigation
  • jQuery Featured Content Slider
  • jQuery Image Hovers
  • Widget Ready
  • Photoshop Design File
  • Optional Header Contact Info
  • Gravity Form Styling

Functionality

Navigation in this theme is all left sided. You have your menu, search, recent posts, calendar and area for widgets entirely down the left side with all your content on the right side.

It has a nice big slider that rotates your work automatically or you can click it to go to the next slide.

There really isn’t a great deal that can be said about the theme due to how simple they have made it. yet I do think that the ability to be able to publish to it using your iphone is going to appeal to a lot of designers.

Compatibility and Code

I tested the theme in Internet explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome and it loads fast without any errors at all except when you mouse over the menu it breaks up a bit there but nothing that is too problematic.

It does make use of Javascript and jQuery throughout the site but there is no mention of it being reliant on any plugins so you are probably safe with this one.

I checked the theme to see how valid the XHTML and CSS it came up with 1 errror.

Performance Check

Without a doubt the HIGHEST score I have ever seen on any theme that I have reviewed, this is super-fast coming in at 93/100 in Google 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 minimalistic, clean and easy to navigate
  • Very fast loading speed
  • The three portfolio layout options

3 Cons – Things which aren’t too good

  • No shortcodes
  • Only 1 color
  • Big area on right side that is empty when viewed in big monitor

About the author

OrganicThemes is a Hawaiian success story of two guys who put their surfboards away for a while to make truly innovative WordPress themes. While their creations aren’t organic in the strictest sense of the word, OrganicThemes are no doubt naturally grown in inspiring surroundings.

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