WP Theme Review: Milano



UPDATE: I’ve removed the download link because I’ve recently found out that this theme’s footer.php file contains some hidden code. I’m looking into it and checking if the theme author really put it there. If you’ve downloaded and installed this theme, I suggest that you remove or uninstall it and change your blog theme to something else.

These days, its not uncommon to find free premium quality WordPress themes. A lot of WordPress theme authors, design websites and even Premium theme sellers are now creating and releasing freemium WordPress themes and sharing it with the WordPress community. One good example of such a theme is the Milano theme brought to us by Web2Feel. The Milano theme is an advance magazine style, 2-columned theme that has the qualities of a premium theme and lots of built-in features.

Here’s a short description for the Milano theme.

This is an elegant theme designed with attractive color combination for bloggers who look to make money online via ads. This theme is suitable for any niche. The theme layout is stylish and dynamic contents modules like, image slider, tabbed content area are built into it.

List of Features:

  • Premium theme layout
  • Multi-level dropdown javascript navigation menu
  • Featured sliding posts
  • Site wide customizable 125 x 125 custom banner ads
  • Adsense enabled
  • Tabbed content area * Featured Video * Recent posts * Popular Posts
  • Two widgetized sidebars
  • Customizable welcome message
  • Page navigation enabled
  • WP 2.7 ready, threaded comments
  • Theme support
  • Custom theme option page in the admin panel

Screenshot:
Milano WordPress Theme

My Take:
Like the Monkeypr theme that I reviewed recently, the Milano is hands down a very pretty and well designed WordPress theme and could easily be marketed as a premium theme. It has a lot of features and built-in functions that most free WordPress themes don’t have and can be found only on premium themes.

The feature that stands out the most from the Milano theme is the featured post slideshow. This feature not only enables the author a cool and attractive way to promote the featured posts but it also provides the user easy access to check out the blog’s featured posts. You can configure the slider, video, Adsense and banner ads from within the WP dashboard via the theme options page. It also has features a javascript-powered multi-level drop down navigation menu that is useful when your blog has a lot of categories and sub-categories.

The Milano theme features page navigation, post excerpts and popular posts and in order for it to work, you’ll have to install 3 plugins – WP Page Navi, Popularity Contest and Limit Post. The theme author has included those 3 plugins into the theme download zip file. This theme also uses the TimThumb script to generate the post thumbnails.

So far, I haven’t found anything negative to say about the Milano theme. Maybe the only things that can be an issue for some users are the color scheme and those required plugins, but those can be easily fixed with a few minor tweaks. Other than that, the Milano theme is an awesome theme. It’s very customizable, easy to install, has lots of features and can be used by any blogger and used for any type of blog niche – personal, technology, entertainment, sports, movie reviews, gadgets, etc.

Great job by the theme designer and hope they’d release more free WordPress themes like these in the near future. Btw, the theme author also provided the PSD file for the header logo, so users can customize it to their own preference.

For more detailed installation instructions, check out the Milano Theme Setup Guide.

Preview or Download the Milano WordPress theme.

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9 Comments

  1. JP Habaradas

    January 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    @David – Yes, I found some hidden & encrypted code on the footer.php file of the Milano theme using the Theme Authenticity Checker plugin. I haven’t checked other themes made by the author but its safe to assume that all of their themes have that code. You can install and use the Theme Authenticity Checker plugin to check the theme you’re using.

  2. David

    January 21, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Did you ever find out if the footer.php file contains some hidden code? I use one of their themes and would like to know if I should change. Thanks.

  3. Rico

    October 13, 2009 at 1:15 AM

    I tried installing it in my other site but got this when I activated it:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function the_content_limit() in /home/content/r/d/c/rdcortezjr/html/usapan/wp-content/themes/milano/index.php on line 35

    I’m a newbie when it comes to things WordPress (and codes).

    Are there other things that I need to configure?

    Also after installing the 3 plugins, do I need to configure it?

    I like the theme and would really like to use it.

  4. JP Habaradas

    October 9, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    @aldrin – Cool! Let me know if it works out for you. If not, don’t worry coz I have other nice themes that I’ll be reviewing next. ;)

  5. aldrin

    October 9, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    nice theme. i’ve also downloaded a copy. let’s see what i can do with this…

  6. JP Habaradas

    October 9, 2009 at 5:25 AM

    @Jhay – I think you missed it, but one of this theme’s features is that its WP 2.7 ready so it supports threaded comments. :D

    Yeah, the color scheme is not for everybody and like you said, with a few minor tweaks it would look better.

  7. Jhay

    October 9, 2009 at 5:21 AM

    No support for threaded comments? Tsk tsk!

    But indeed, it’s an awesome theme. I’ve downloaded a copy for group blog I manage. A few tweaks of the color scheme and it would be perfect!

  8. JP Habaradas

    October 8, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    @Teejay – Hehe..the theme’s is too pretty to ignore huh? You gonna use it on your main blog or for one of your blog projects? :D

  9. Teejay

    October 8, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    I usually stay away from themes that require plugins but I might make an exception for this. Premium quality indeed.

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