For bloggers, selection of best theme and design of blog is one of the most important task. New themes are being released by developers that include both Paid and Free themes. Due to more security, flexibility and other such benefits, people are now moving towards Premium WordPress themes. Now one can easily get a premium theme at a very low price. Like ElegantThemes offering all their premium themes just for 39$. Similarly, other Major WordPress theme sellers including ThemeForest, MyThemeShop etc. are now offering their premium themes at low prices.
Recently I have also changed the theme of my blog. As you all know that previously I was using Sahifa WordPress theme from ThemeForest which is a very well-known one. But due to some reasons (I will explain further), I finally decided to change the Theme of my blog. After spending some hours, finally I selected Minimalist WordPress theme to give a try and the results are awesome.
So, I though why not share a review of Minimalist WordPress theme [which I am using] with my readers.
Minimalist WordPress Theme Review
Minimal and Responsive Design:
As suggested by its name, minimalist is a clean and simple WordPress theme with a well-organized layout. It is not like those themes that are full of clutter and distracting designs. Its simple and smooth layout makes the content of blog shine while keeping the focus of readers on the main content of blog. There are three footer widget spaces available that can be filled by widgets of your choice.
Minimalist is a fully responsive and SEO optimized WordPress theme that is also well optimized for mobile devices. According to the screen size of visitor it will automatically adjust the layout and width of elements while providing a better user experience.
Fast loading time
Minimalist WordPress theme also helped me to improve my blog loading time. Previously when I was using Sahifa WordPress theme, my blog loading time was much more (6-7 seconds). Now after changing my theme to minimalist, it takes just 1.88 seconds to load. It is also helpful regarding the SEO point of view. Because both search engines and users love fast loading websites.
Powerful Options Panel
Minimalist WordPress theme comes up with a theme options panel that allows you to fully customize or change anything of it. You can upload logo, favicon, Insert Header/Footer codes etc. directly through the general settings panel. From the styling panel, you can choose custom colors and backgrounds of your theme. You can also manage breadcrumbs, Social Profiles, Related posts, Author boxes etc. from the options panel of Minimalist WordPress theme by MyThemeShop.
Theme Styling and Backgrounds
From the options panel of minimalist WordPress theme, you can choose the base color, text colors and backgrounds colors of your blog. Along with that, you may also select custom background patterns. This theme comes up with more than 30 stylish background patterns. You may also upload your custom background patterns through the theme options panel. By default there are two different layout styles available with Minimalist Premium WordPress theme. One with the left sidebar and other with the right sidebar enabled.
If you want to further modify the styling of theme then you can put your custom CSS codes in a box available at styling panel of theme.
This is one of the worth mentioning feature of Minimalist WordPress theme. I personally liked the Home Page ad widget that is positioned just below the first post on home page along with some random posts. This feature made the adjustment of advertisements on Home Page/archives easy. You can also place AdSense ads or Buy Sell ads banners just at the end of article along with related posts. This will eventually increase your CTR and earnings. Along with these ads a leaderboard (728×90) header ad space is also available just at the right side of logo. Advertisements can also be placed just below the title of posts and you can also select number of days after which you want to enable those ads. This feature will help you out to manage ads by direct advertisers.
This theme also includes a number of built-in short codes for posts. Choose from a number of stylish colorful buttons, text boxes, column layout styling, Embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo, Insert Google Maps and many more tasks can be done easily with the help of useful short codes.
Featured Slider and Image LightBox
Minimalist WordPress theme also supports slideshow of featured posts on homepage slider that can also be enabled or disabled from the theme settings panel. It will display latest 3 posts from the category of your choice along with featured images. Also there is no more need to install light box plugins for images. It has a default image lightbox option that will make your images opening in a stylish manner. This light box feature can also be enabled or disabled from the theme settings.
Typography is another important part of blog design. You can choose any of Google fonts and just by typing its name you can have that applied at your blog. Also you can choose your favorite font out of 30 most popular fonts for titles and body of your blog.
This theme comes up with a number of default widgets that are most commonly used. These include 300×250 ads widget, 125×125 ads widgets, Facebook like box widget, Popular Posts widget, Tabbed widget, Feedburner Subscription Widget, Social Profiles widget and many more.
So, these are the features which I got with Minimalist WordPress theme. I am hopeful that you will also love this premium theme by MyThemeShop. Normally it costs $35 and by coupon code 50kfamily you will get $10 discount. For more information and download details, click the buttons below.