Magazine styled WordPress themes like the Revolution are getting pretty popular these days so I decided to review another one.
The theme I’m reviewing today was created by Darren Hoyt, an experienced web designer and developer and is called the Mimbo 2.0.
Mimbo is a magazine-style WordPress theme which makes extensive use of WP’s template tag system to create a non-traditional layout. It contains no images and only minimal CSS styling. Mainly it exists as a clean, grid-based starter layout for designers to install and style to their own liking.
IMPORTANT:This theme is built to work on WordPress 2.3+. If you’re using an older version of WP, most likely you’ll encounter problems or errors which means you’ll have to upgrade your WP installation. Also, make sure you read the installation and configuration instructions before you implement this theme on your blog.
I’m sure many WP users would like to use the Mimbo 2.0 theme not only because of it’s good design but also it’s 100% FREE. Even with its many sections and content, the main page looks organized and not clattered. Although the Mimbo 2.0 was created for online magazines or online newspapers, I don’t see why any reason why it can’t be used for a personal blog. With a few modifications and customizations here and there, I’m sure it will work.
One drawback to the Mimbo 2.0 theme is that it requires the user to edit/modify several files and lines of code before it can be used. Because of that, newbies or WP users who have little or no background in CSS or HTML would have a hard time using this theme. However, it’s possible to ask the help of a friend, a fellow blogger or maybe the theme author with the editing and modification of the theme.
One more thing, sorry to disappoint widget lovers but this theme is not yet widget-ready.
Was just contacted by the author himself Darren Hoyt, informing me that the latest release of Mimbo 2.0 is widget ready.
Overall, I give the Mimbo 2.0 a 4 out of 5. Great job Darren and looking forward to more WP themes from you!