WP Theme Review: IsoTherm News Magazine



I was supposed to do a review of a WordPress theme called Iniut Types a few days back but I wasn’t able to finish the draft. I guess it was a blessing in disguise because when I tried to finish the post, I found out that the theme author released another theme which in IMO is much better than the one I was supposed to review. So I changed my mind and today I’ll be sharing my review of the IsoTherm News Magazine WordPress theme created by Željan Topić of bizzArtic.

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IsoTherm News Magazine WP Theme

In my years of experience being a WordPress user and doing WordPress theme reviews, I’ve never seen a theme with so much features especially among free WordPress themes. If you don’t believe me, try it out yourself or check out the list of features and a screenshot of the theme’s settings page below.

Features:

  • Sexy image panel filled with recent posts
  • image panel when browsing within particular category
  • Popular posts in current browsing category
  • Custom translations of all blog areas
  • Pagination
  • Header / Footer Scripts Management
  • Integrated Image Caption
  • Relative Dates in Comments
  • Choose Blog Title over Image logotype
  • Total Feedburner Management
  • Custom Control Panel
  • Exclude Pages from header
  • Exclude Categories from header
  • Embeded AdSense Support
  • Child Pages Ready (up to 4 level drop-downs)
  • Child Categories Ready (up to 4 level drop-downs)
  • WP 2.7 full compatibility (Paginated/threaded comments)
  • Template – XHTML Site-map
  • Template – Archive
  • Fully Widgetized
  • AdSense Ready (3 placements)
  • Auto Image Re-size
  • Custom Logo
  • Relative Dates in Posts
  • Author Information
  • Excerpted Content
  • 125×125 Banners (6)
  • 250×250 Banner (1)
  • 468×60 Banner (1)
  • Google Analytics Ready
  • Gravatar Ready
  • Feedburner Ready
  • Feedburner Email Subscribe
  • SEO Optimized Code
  • Sidebar Image Stream via Flickr (widget)
  • Sidebar videos (widget)
  • Popular Posts (widget)

Settings page:
IsoTherm News Magazine WP Theme

My Take:
The IsoTherm News Magazine WordPress theme is an extraordinary theme, especially for a free theme. If you want a flexible theme that will let give you control practically over every area of the theme, then you’ll definitely like the IsoTherm News Magazine WordPress theme. With the design quality and tons of features, Željan could easily make money selling it as a premium theme but he chose not to and instead just share it with us and to the WordPress community. With that, I guess we can consider this theme as a free premium WordPress theme.

I like this theme so much that I’ll be using it on my of my upcoming projects. The IsoTherm News Magazine is just the right type of theme that I was looking for and I’m sure I’ll be having lots of fun tinkering and tweaking this theme. If you’re into minimalistic and magazine styled themes, you’ll love this theme especially with all its features. I know it might be a bit intimidating for some to have so much stuff to configure in the theme settings page but this were created to make it easier for the user to customize the theme. Some WordPress themes can only dream of the features that the IsoTherm News Magazine has, including some “premium” themes out there.

As I said earlier, I reallly like this theme a lot and all of its features and as much as I would like to go through all of it, I couldn’t because I’m gonna run out of time and I’ll end up with a very looong post. What I can tell you is that, you need to give this theme a try so you can see and experience it for yourselves. I’m pretty sure most of you guys are gonna like it.

Kudos to Željan for doing an excellent job with this theme and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s looking forward to the WordPress themes he’ll be releasing in the near future.

Preview or Download the IsoTherm News Magazine WordPress theme.

Owner and editor of JaypeeOnline. Self-proclaimed geek. New media writer and consultant. WordPress advocate. Loves blogging, gadgets, video games and sports. You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

33 Comments

  1. Mukesh Dutta

    November 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I have just now switched to this theme. This is far better than the previous one I was using! Thanks for the review!

  2. Anggara

    May 10, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Very impressive theme, I probably to switch my current theme to this. Thank you for your review.

  3. shoaib hussain

    February 11, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    this theme is really nice,m going to try it right now.thnx a lot

  4. Shahab

    January 13, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Jaypee….I must say you have reviewed an awesome theme. Great share buddy.
    I am completely surprised that its free.
    Anyway jaypee do you have any idea how good this theme is from SEO point of view?

  5. QwertyWEB

    December 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    This theme looks so much to look upon and study whole details and i surely think it beats thesis , so called the top wp theme ,
    still unbelievable with plenty of options , would surely try it once i chk out with wordpress hosting :D

  6. JP Habaradas

    September 2, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    @Eleazar – Sure thing. Feel free to download and try the IsoTherm Magazine theme. In case this theme doesn’t work for you, you can browse through my WordPress theme reviews and you might find something else that works. You’re welcome!

  7. Eleazar | Entrepinoy Bank

    September 2, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Sir, I love to download and try this magazine style theme in my site. Thanks for informing us.

  8. JP Habaradas

    July 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    @christian – Thanks for sharing about the validation issues. I know some folks are very particular about validation and stuff but in case you don’t know even big websites aren’t free from these type of errors. :D

  9. christian

    July 9, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Just the theme I am looking for to update my website.

    However, I checked its code on the XHTML/CSS validator and his has a ton of errors! Plug in the demo link here: http://validator.w3.org/

    I still love the layout and design. Please update the post if the errors are fixed!

  10. JP Habaradas

    May 13, 2009 at 3:55 AM

    @Nihar – Yes, this is a great theme especially for a free WordPress theme. If you decide to use this theme, let us know and share your thoughts or experience using it. Thanks! :)

  11. Nihar

    May 13, 2009 at 3:53 AM

    Great theme. I am thinking of changing my theme as it is more than one year.

    and i found you. Tonight i will check the theme features and try this out.

  12. JP Habaradas

    May 12, 2009 at 12:30 AM

    @Harsh – Yeah, the theme author really provided a lot of options for the user to customize and control certain features for this theme. Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments. :D

  13. Harsh Agrawal

    May 12, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    Looking at the setting panel I don’t believe anyone need to get his hand dirty with the codes. Like great theme, Great review too :)

    Harsh Agrawals last blog post..5 WordPress tutorials, 12 wordpress plugins and 3 Premium themes to enhance your WordPress blog

  14. JP Habaradas

    April 17, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    @trench – I know right? I wish most if not all free WordPress themes were like this. You’re welcome! ;)

  15. trench

    April 17, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    another good theme to look at. Thanks for all the reviews Jaypee. Maybe I dont need to purchase a premium one! hmmm

    trenchs last blog post..The Spirit (DVD)

  16. JP Habaradas

    April 5, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    @sylv3rblade – Yes, it is one HOT WordPress theme and like you said, one of the best free WordPress themes ever!

  17. sylv3rblade

    April 5, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    looks hot. The settings page looks pretty extensive. It’s got to be one of the best free news themes I’ve seen so far.

    sylv3rblades last blog post..R4i for the Nintendo DSi

  18. JP Habaradas

    April 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    @K – Haha..I can imagine. Yes, that would suck big time. You know what, you can do something about that. What you can do is install Portable Firefox or Portable Safari on your usb thumb/key drive so next time, you won’t have to deal with IE 6. :D

  19. K

    April 4, 2009 at 2:54 AM

    It sucks when you are at the office desk using the only terminal available with an IE v6.0 browser, the next thing you see is sidebars on the bottom because it doesn’t fit in width. Frustrating!

    Looks like a cool new theme, well I change theme here and there which I did yesterday. I didn’t see this so will check when I get home.

  20. JP Habaradas

    April 3, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    @Ade – How often do you change themes? Maybe you can keep this theme for future use, next time you do a theme reboot. Unless of course you find a different theme that you like better. :)

  21. JP Habaradas

    April 3, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    @Jan Alvin – Thanks! Glad you like it. Settings page for WordPress themes? That would be a great idea for a tutorial. I’ll work on it and let you know when its published or you can subscribe to the RSS feed so you won’t miss it. :)

  22. Jan Alvin

    April 3, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Nice one!! Jaypee, could you teach me how to create a setting page for a wordpress theme in the admin area? I’m having a hard time on that one.

  23. Ade

    April 3, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Looks good. If I were updating regularly, I’d go for a magazine-type theme, and I’d go for that one. When you said “sexy”, it really is.

    Ades last blog post..Down The Highway: An Advice Column for EMO ZOMBIES

  24. JP Habaradas

    April 3, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    @Željan – You’re most welcome! Thanks for creating this theme and sharing it with us. More power to you! :)

  25. Željan Topić

    April 3, 2009 at 6:35 AM

    Tnx to all for kind remarks =P

    Željan Topićs last blog post..Just Updated my Blog Design a Bit

  26. JP Habaradas

    April 3, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    @jan – Personally, I prefer themes that have more design elements like the one I’m using right now. I try to feature all types of themes for my reviews, that’s why I include minimalistic themes. :)

    I guess the theme author just wanted to share to the WP community. Actually it was like this in the beginning for WP themes, then someone got the idea of selling premium WP themes.

  27. JP Habaradas

    April 3, 2009 at 12:45 AM

    @Raju – Haha..I know! The first thing that you notice with this theme is the settings page. Can’t help but be amazed with it having so much stuff. I’m looking forward to future releases by this author.

    You’re welcome! ;)

  28. Raju

    April 3, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    This is amazing stuff really. Look at the settings page, damn… Long live the theme author! Thanks for letting us know!

    Rajus last blog post..4 Ways to Recover the Deleted Webpages from Internet

  29. JP Habaradas

    April 3, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    @jhay – The Inuit Types theme is also a cool theme and the Vigilance theme that you’re now using on your blog is pretty nice too and suits your blog well. :)

  30. jhay

    April 3, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    It’s an awesome theme indeed. I thought of using the Inuit Types for my new theme but then I saw Vigilance. Besides, Magazine-style themes are not suited for me at the moment. ;)

    jhays last blog post..Naruto Manga Chapter 442: Naruto Defeats Pain?!

  31. JP Habaradas

    April 2, 2009 at 11:30 PM

    @Gem – This theme could easily be sold as a premium theme if the author wanted to. Yes, there are so MANY settings to tinker with in the theme settings page. Hehe :D

    Most likely, your client is gonna want this theme.

  32. jan_geronimo

    April 3, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    So it’s true. You have this minimalistic tendency running amok inside you. lol. And if you yourself will be using this theme on one of your upcoming projects, who am I to rain on your parade? Which means I approve of your choice. As if you need one. hahaha.

    If I have the talent to create a WP theme as fantastic as this one I’d think long before releasing it for free. What is he up to? Hasn’t he made a name yet in theme design and this series is his vehicle? Puzzling. But maybe he needs more the recognition more than the money.

    jan_geronimos last blog post..Gearing Up for a Word War: When Do You Push the Button?

  33. Gem

    April 2, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    True, it beats the features of Premium themes – I’ve already seen lots of them when I worked on these. That theme settings is really – OMG! – so many settings to tinker with.

    I would probably recommend this theme to be used in one of my ongoing projects. I’m off to download this one.

    Gems last blog post..From a Lone Freelancer to a Team Manager

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