WP Theme Review: Moi Magazine



Moi Magazine WordPress Theme

Of all the theme styles and layouts, my most favorite is the magazine style layout. Today, I’m gonna share with you another freemium WordPress theme with a magazine style layout. Created by WP Skinner, the Moi Magazine theme is a 2 column, magazine style WordPress theme with a modern and elegant design. Here’s a little introduction from the theme author:

Moi Magazine is a free 2 column magazine style WordPress Theme. It looks very modern and elegant from the front end and offering vast Admin options at the back end. With a wide variety of tunable Theme options in the admin menu you don’t need to edit .php files manually to do basic theme adjustments.

Moi Magazine Features:

  • Modern & Elegant look
  • Fast loading structure
  • Jquery powered Random posts on homepage
  • Recent posts with Thumbnails
  • Sidebar 125 x 125 ads support
  • Social icons integrated
  • Admin options page to adjust theme settings
  • Jquery Lavalamp menu installed
  • Twitter and RSS button pre-installed
  • Thumbnail support for homepage and posts
  • Email subscription form available
  • Supports comments threading and paging
  • Fully WP 2.8.5 support
  • Premium Quality
  • Fixed Width
  • 2 Columns
  • Right Sidebar
  • All the other fancy bells and whistles
  • Free of cost

Screenshots:

Homepage
Moi Magazine WordPress Theme

Post page
Moi Magazine WordPress Theme

Admin Options
Moi Magazine WordPress Theme

My Take:
The Moi Magazine theme is a beautiful magazine style WordPress theme that is free but contains elements and features found in many premium WordPress themes. If you like magazine style layouts, then you’d most likely love the Moi Magazine WordPress theme.

Fast loading structure. Aside from the modern and elegant design, the first thing I noticed about this theme is that it loaded quite fast compared to other magazine style themes or themes that used a lot of graphics. I’m sure a lot of users would take that into consideration because page speed and page load times are becoming more important these days.

The features that I like most on this theme are the hovering effect/style on the nav bar (Home, About, etc) and the JQuery-powered random posts with small thumbnails that’s located below the header and on top of the first post in the homepage. The latter is a good way to feature or promote your articles to your blog readers and visitors. I also like the layout used for the Latest Articles (Recent Posts), aside from the thumbnail it also features an excerpt of the post, total number of comments, dates posted and author’s name.

All premium themes have an admin options page but not all free WordPress themes have it. One of the features that makes the Moi Magazine a freemium (free & premium-quality) theme is its admin options page. Once the theme is installed, you can find it under the Appearance tab > Moi Magazine Theme Options menu. From there, you can control the Twitter and RSS buttons – enter your Twitter name and your blog’s feed or Feedburner address. You can also manage the 125×125 banner ads and specify the banner URLs and links. Last but not least, you can also setup the Email Subscription Form.

The theme file download includes all custom graphics – Twitter icon, RSS icon, comment icon, blockquote icons, etc. and also the social icons (RSS, del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Stumbleupon & Technorati) used for the bookmarking – “Share this post” section.

Other notable features on the Moi Magazine are support for comment threading and paging and built-in gravatar support. This theme also doesn’t require any plugins to be installed so users can immediately use it after the files have all been uploaded and the theme has been activated.

Kudos to the folks over at WP Skinner for creating and releasing this beautiful freemium WordPress theme free of charge. This theme is not really new, it was released late October of 2009 and I’m hoping to see them release a new theme soon.

Preview or Download the Moi Magazine WordPress Theme.

NOTE: This theme was scanned using the Theme Authenticity Checker and doesn’t contain any hidden or encrypted code.

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9 Comments

  1. Dennis Edell

    February 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    @Jaypee – the problem is, as with everything online eventually, they ar becoming just as common place as everything else.

    You really do have to try to go as unique as possible with custom themes.

  2. JP Habaradas

    January 19, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    @elmot – Yes it is, that’s why I shared it with you guys. Let me know how it works for your other blog. Btw, how many blogs do you have? :D

  3. elmot

    January 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    This is a very beautiful theme bro…I am downloading it already, and test it on my other blog…

  4. JP Habaradas

    January 17, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    @Dennis – I think magazine style themes are the most popular if not one of the most popular and in-demand theme style these days.

  5. Dennis Edell

    January 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    The mag. style really has caught on, designers have to get more and more creative to try and stay unique.

  6. JP Habaradas

    January 16, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    @Industry News – That’s true. Who doesn’t love free stuff? The abundance of themes doesn’t only show the popularity of WordPress but I believe themes and plugins also helps make WordPress more popular because it gives users more options and flexibility to their blogs.

  7. Industry News

    January 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    Free is always good, so it is worth downloading Moi Magazine and playing with it if you feel so inclined. WordPress is really making access to the blogosphere so easy for the masses, and the abundance of themes serves to illustrate how popular the platform has become.

  8. JP Habaradas

    January 15, 2010 at 5:35 AM

    @Michael – Yes, this is a really nice free WordPress theme. :)

  9. Michael

    January 15, 2010 at 5:32 AM

    wow I like the sidebars…specially when putting the banners and links..it’s so easy to use

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