WP Theme Review: dfMarine



Here’s another cool WordPress theme from DezinerFolio, the same guys who gave us the dfTheme and the dfTheme 2.0 themes. This new theme is called dfMarine and got that name simply because it uses the color blue.

dfMarine is not widget-ready and if you want to customize or add something to the sidebar, you’ll have to edit the theme’s sidebar.php file.

Basic features:

  • 2 columns
  • Collapsible sidebar
  • Custom RSS, Technorati, Digg & Post date buttons
  • Tested on IE 7, Firefox, Flock and Opera
  • CSS compliant

Screenshots:
WP Theme dfMarine main page
Main page

WP Theme dfMarine post page
Post page

My Take:
Just like it’s predecessors, dfMarine is a pretty and well designed theme. I like the color scheme not only because it’s blue but because it works and the colors compliment each other. I love the custom buttons for the RSS feed, Technorati and Digg and also the custom post date graphic. Another cool feature that I like in this theme is the collapsible sidebar that uses the accordian javascript. This feature makes the theme look cool and at the same time saves space. IMO, the dfMarine by far is the best WordPress theme that DezinerFolio has created. Not that the previous ones were not good but this theme definitely has a better overall appeal and functionality.

There are a couple of things that might turn off some WordPress users from using this theme. First, it’s not widget-ready. Users who rely or use a lot of widgets won’t be able to use it or will have to wait before someone makes it widgetized. Second, customizing the sidebar requires editing the sidebar.php file and this is a biggie for users with limited knowledge or skills in HTML or CSS.

Overall, this is still a great theme and the guys at DezinerFolio did a great job with it. I give the dfMarine theme a 4.0 out of 5.

Preview or Download the dfMarine WordPress theme.

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13 Comments

  1. Nurlea Laurielle

    August 5, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Hey Jay Pee! Thanks for your reply. Yes, I am very much still interested with this theme but since I’ve worked so hard on my current theme from scratch, I kindda like to implement the sliding/ accordion type of sidebar which I believe dfmarine uses on its sidebar. Can u help me on that? ;)

    Regards,
    Nurlea – Malaysia

  2. JP Habaradas

    May 8, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    @Nurlea – I haven’t checked if the dfMarine has been already widgetized but let me know if you’re still interested I can try to work on it and make it widget-ready for you. :)

  3. Nurlea Laurielle

    May 8, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Jaypee… :D Any news about Df Marine being a widget-ready theme? Really fancied this theme since like, ages now…

    -Lea-

  4. JP Habaradas

    November 7, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    @aj – Thanks for the heads up! I’ll check it out later. :D

  5. aj batac

    November 7, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    There’s another one at DF. :smile:

  6. JP Habaradas

    November 2, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    @Eli – You’re welcome! I try to review the themes that I think most WP users are gonna like and are well designed.

    I’m a bit busy right now but I’ll try to find one for you. Any other preferences like color scheme or other features? :)

  7. Eli

    November 2, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Hey Jaypee.. thanks for looking into these themes..

    I’m planing to have my blog re-dressed… any suggestions? 2 or 3 column theme is ok, widget ready or not, ok lang din.. important lang si clear and readable and easy in the eyes.

  8. JP Habaradas

    November 1, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    @K – That makes it two votes for a widgetized version of dfMarine. Hehe

    The Grid Focus theme is a cool magazine style theme. Yeah, a widget-ready theme is more user-friendly and easier to use. :)

  9. K

    November 1, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    I echoe on trench, it has to be a widget ready. I actually like the Grid Focus Theme but it does not include widget sidebars. I think it’s easier that way.

  10. JP Habaradas

    November 1, 2007 at 6:15 AM

    @Arlene – You’re welcome! It’s good to know that you’re enjoying blogging.

    Even if you’re not into techy stuff I’m sure you’ll find some topics here that you can understand or relate to. It is a nice theme. Why, are you planning of changing your blog theme?

    Anyways, thanks for dropping by and God bless you too! :)

  11. Arlene

    November 1, 2007 at 6:13 AM

    Thanks for the visit and thanks for the comments. Really it was quite an overwhelming result for me coz i blog without thinking of any rankings. I just write and share for the sake of it. :) I hope i won’t change. :) :razz:

    YOur place here is neat but honestly, can’t understand all. am not even a bit into techy stuff. That’s a nice new theme up there but can’t try it until it goes into widgets. :)

    Take care and God bless.

  12. JP Habaradas

    October 31, 2007 at 8:00 AM

    @trench – Haha I know you like your widgets. Btw, I’ll see what I can do. I’ll try to make this theme widgetized if I have the time. :)

  13. trench

    October 31, 2007 at 7:55 AM

    Its has to be WIDGET ready!!!!

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