WP Theme Review: Victoria


Victoria is a unique WordPress theme from Andrew Eglinton of Desperate Curiosity.

Victoria is a magazine-style WordPress theme with a classic feel, based on the DP Shiny Theme by Frazier Media. Posts are separated into two main columns with blog entries on the left and feature articles in the main top window and right-hand column.

Basic Features:

  • Supports Flickr thumbnails
  • Rotating header image
  • Extensive footer with links & archives
  • Tested on Firefox, IE 6 & 7
  • Ad free

Screenshot:

WP Theme Victoria

My Take:

Although the author of this theme has done his best to simplify and make it lightweight & user-friendly, the Victoria theme still needs some customization before you can start using it. IMO, what makes this theme less attractive is the fact that it doesn’t work out of the box and because it’s not widget-ready. I know that a lot of WordPress users depend on a lot of widgets for their blogs these days.

Despite of all that, the Victoria theme is without a doubt a beautifully designed WordPress theme. And hats-off to Andrew for doing an excellent job of creating a new and beautiful theme out of the DP Shiny theme. If only he wasn’t that busy, I know this theme would be a much better theme. Btw, I give this theme a 3.5 out of 5.

NOTE: If you do decide to download and use this theme, don’t forget to you read the included instructions and make sure that you follow them carefully.

Check out or download the Victoria theme for WordPress.

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14 Comments

  1. JP Habaradas

    January 4, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    @Susanne – This theme is quite unique and making it widgetized would take a lot of time and effort unless the theme author himself would do it.

    Thanks for the info and for dropping by! :)

  2. Susanne F

    January 4, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    I love this theme and use it on my personal blog susanne.ws
    I agree I would just love to have it widget ready but it is OK on this blog. It is for my own pleasure and fun only.
    OK if you guys would like some aphrosidiacs recipes then take a look a the webiste :wink:
    And right now there is a cool contest with the prize: a customized and SE optimized WP theme.

  3. JP Habaradas

    August 15, 2007 at 12:30 AM

    @MaryJane – Same here. I also love plugins! :D

  4. MaryJane

    August 12, 2007 at 10:13 PM

    No, not widgets. :razz: Plugins yes. :wink:

  5. JP Habaradas

    August 11, 2007 at 10:02 PM

    @MaryJane – So you’re one of the widget fanatics, huh? Hehe :)

    Yeah, widgets do make it easier and more convenient to customize your blog.

  6. MaryJane

    August 10, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    I love themes that come plugin ready. I have most of the common ones installed and i dislike having to code pages to make them work. Having all that all ready in the pages just makes it simple to use. Drop it in the themes folder and your done!

  7. JP Habaradas

    June 30, 2007 at 8:27 PM

    @dimaks – We both like neat and clean themes. Hehe :D

  8. dimaks

    June 28, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    looks neat and clean. very pastel :)

  9. JP Habaradas

    June 28, 2007 at 5:07 AM

    @fruityoaty – Yeah it is. I think with your coding skills, you won’t have any problems hacking and customizing this theme. You’re welcome!

  10. fruityoaty

    June 27, 2007 at 10:01 PM

    That’s a gorgeous theme! I’ve been looking for a new pre-made theme to hack and put my own personal touches… That one might just fit my taste and requirements. Hmmm… thanks for the info!

  11. JP Habaradas

    June 26, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    @Avy – Thank you! Yup, personalized it a bit so it won’t look like the same with other blogs using this theme. Hehe :)

    The author of this theme, Brian Gardner really did a good job.

  12. Avy

    June 25, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    nice looking theme.
    it’s in between pro and personalized.

    the colors complement the each other. :)

  13. JP Habaradas

    June 25, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    @K – Thanks for the compliment! I did choose this theme for that particular reason. About the “bottom” thingy, the original theme didn’t have it. I just added it myself. Hehe :D

  14. K

    June 25, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    I’d like to say, this new theme of yours is absolutely PROFESSIONAL looking. I like the 3-column minimalist looking sidebars. It’s clean except (no pun intended) that the bottom archives looks a bit ‘outside’ the entire platform but I like the text-ads plasterring in the sidebar and inside the post.

    If only I have my own domain – I’ll pick this theme too.

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