Smashing Magazine definitely loves their readers, especially those who have WordPress blogs. Why? Because they’ve recently released another free premium quality WordPress theme called Magazeen, a 2 column, magazine type theme created by the WeFunction Design Agency.
Here’s a little introduction from the guys over at WeFunction:
“We’ve created the Magazeen theme to try and pump as much style and functionality into a WordPress theme to give people something they might not expect from their standard WordPress theme. There really is very few limits to what WordPress handle, so we’ve built in a lot of custom features and options to give people a little taste of what is possible, and how some small functionality tweaks can make a huge difference to the overall experience of browsing a blog. On top of that we’ve wrapped all that functionality up in a really cool and modern theme, with nice big title fonts, and a stylish colour scheme.
- 2 column
- jQuery Latest Image Showcase
- Related Posts Drop Down
- Latest Posts & Featured Posts
- Bottom bar
- Works with IE 7, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari
- XHTML and CSS compliant
The Magazeen WordPress theme was designed with typography, grids and magazine layout as the main focus and I believe that the authors/designers achieved that. Magazeen is not your standard WordPress theme or typical magazine theme. The authors added a lot of style and functionality to it. For me, the features that stand out and make the Magazeen theme unique are the jQuery Latest Image Showcase and the Related Posts Dropdown.
jQuery Latest Image Showcase
The latest posts are displayed and presented graphically by thumbnails that are automatically created using the Tim Thumb script, same script thats used in my blog’s theme. Post title appear when the mouse is hovered over the thumbnails. Its a good way to promote and encourage visitors to check out other blog posts.
Related Posts Dropdown
This is another tool to encourage visitors to explore the blog and check out related posts. These are found at the bottom of each featured post or most recent published displayed in the homepage and is displayed by clicking on the category name.
The Magazeen theme is widget-ready and come with custom widgets that you can use on the sidebar, like the Latest Posts and Featured Posts which can be activated and managed via the theme’s admin panel inside the WP dashboard. It also has a bottom bar or section in the footer where you can display categories or other content and information about your blog (which can be managed via the theme’s option page within the WP dashboard).
Regarding the color scheme, I know some of you might not like it but I think its a stylish color scheme. Anyways, if you really don’t like it, especially the color pink, you can easily change that by editing the theme’s stylesheet (style.css file). Same goes with the fonts which I know some of you might find too big, especially the post title font. Other than that, there’s nothing bad you can say about this theme. Great design, great layout, typography and functionality.
Overall, I can say that the Magazeen WordPress theme is one cool magazine theme that’s full of style and feature-rich. I’m sure many WordPress users would love to use this theme on their blogs. Kudos to the WeFunction Design Agency and of course to Smashing Magazine for releasing this beautiful WordPress theme!