WP Theme Review: Monograph



One of my favorite WordPress related blogs is WP Zoom by Pavel Ciorici. This blog started out just as a regular blog that posted about WordPress related topics but early this year, they released their first premium WordPress theme called Yamido Magazine. Since then, they’ve released several beautiful and quality premium themes. The theme I’m reviewing today is the latest theme from WP Zoom called Monograph.

MONOGRAPH is a Premium WordPress magazine-style theme with great features, among which are: a beautiful JS slider, 3 easily-controlled featured categories on the homepage, unique widgets, etc. The code is very clean, flexible and search engine optimized. The loading time is great! Comes in 4 color styles: Blue (default), Green, Red, Pink.

Features:

  • Simple Theme Options Page allows to set up the theme in less than 10 minutes!
  • Support for WordPress 2.8 (up to 2.8.4)
  • Photoshop Files (.psd) included
  • Custom Fields NOT required
  • Auto-resizing and cropping for thumbnails (TimThumb script)
  • Widgetized Sidebar and Footer
  • 3 Specially Developed Widgets
  • Integrated Social Bookmarking Icons (no plug-ins required)
  • Gravatars Support
  • Nested Comments Support
  • Banner Management (adsense ready)
  • Compatible with all major browsers
  • Valid XHTML & CSS Code
  • Very easy installation

Screenshots:
Monograph Homepage
WP Theme Monograph

Monograph Post page
WP Theme Monograph

My Take:
Since the Monograph is a premium WordPress theme, I wasn’t able to get under the hood like what I usually do when I review a theme but based on the listed features and the live demo, I can say that’s a very well designed magazine style theme. Its simple, elegant looking and has very good typography. Aside from that, the Monograph theme is already search engine optimized so you don’t have to get your hands dirty and it doesn’t use much graphics so loading time is fast.

Basic features include widgetized sidebar and footer, built-in gravatar support and banner ad management. The features that I like most about the Monograph theme are the drop down multi-level menus and bread crumb navigation that make it easy for readers/visitors to navigate through the different pages, built-in social networking widget and social bookmarking icons that don’t require any plugins (1 less plugin to install) and the very stylish comment form which makes it more appealing for readers/visitors to leave a comment. If you’re running Google Adsense, you’d be happy to know that the Monography is also Adsense ready.

The Monograph magazine theme is available for $69. But right now, WP Zoom has a special offer that lets you purchase 2 themes for only $99. Just select 2 themes and use the promo code “2FREE” at checkout to avail of the special discount. Each theme purchased from WP Zoom comes with a full installation guide and gives you access to their support forum.

Preview or Purchase the Monograph Magazine premium WordPress theme from WP Zoom.

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4 Comments

  1. JP Habaradas

    August 27, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    @K – Hehe..really? Well I’m glad to hear that. So does that mean we’ll be seeing a magazine style theme on your blog soon? :D

    Yeah it is not free but it is well designed, has lots of features and includes good user support. Price is not that bad and if you avail of the offer, then you’ll have a good deal. :)

  2. K.noizki

    August 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    That’s a beautiful theme, you made me convinced with the Magazine design — for the very first time, JP, haha. Kaya lang, hindi sya FREE (kahit the basic version).

  3. JP Habaradas

    August 26, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    @elmot – Yup, it is a beautiful theme indeed. Me too, I also like those built-in social bookmarking icons. The theme author chose very nice icons for it and this means one less plugin to install. It is a magazine style theme but it doesn’t mean that you can’t use it for a personal blog. Many bloggers like magazine style themes for their personal blogs. :D

  4. elmot l PinoySoundingBoard

    August 26, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    This is one beautiful wp theme Jayps! And what I like most with this one is the embedded social icons on the design.

    This could best fit I think a magazine type of blog.

    I am impressed

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