WP Theme Review: Navigate

One of my regular readers, requested for a WordPress theme that has a bottom bar, specifically a theme that doesn’t use either black or red in it’s color scheme. So I went out and searched for one.

Navigate is a simple modern-looking, 2-column theme created for WordPress by Brian Gardner.

WP Theme - Navigate

Basic Features:

  • Customizable header image (blank logo provided)
  • 2 columns (embedded sidebar content)
  • 3 columned Bottom bar

My Take:

I give the Navigate a 3.5 out of 5. I think it has a lot of potential because it can be customized easily. If you know how to tweak WordPress themes, you won’t find it hard to install and implement different WordPress plugins for this theme. And if you have ad service programs like Adsense, it’s easy to make it blend in with the Navigate theme.

One thing unusual about the Navigate theme is that it doesn’t have a sidebar. Instead, it makes use of < div > tags to separate the content from the usual sidebar elements like Recent Posts, Categories, Archives, etc. This theme makes use of a 3 columned bottom bar to display other elements like the Recent Entries and Blogroll. However, if you use or would like to use widgets, this theme is not for you because it is “not yet” widget ready.

Preview or download the Navigate theme.

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  1. JP Habaradas

    March 25, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    @benj – So you're a widget-holic..Hehe I'll look for a theme that's widget-ready with a bottom bar and feature it next time. :D

  2. benj

    March 25, 2007 at 5:19 AM

    Then yes, I'm a widget user – and I refuse to go to widget rehab. I need my widgets!!!

  3. JP Habaradas

    March 25, 2007 at 2:45 AM

    @benj – Yup. Widgets are the ones you drag and drop in the Presentation > Sidebar Widgets section. Some themes also have widgets enabled for the bottom bar. :)

  4. benj

    March 24, 2007 at 3:28 AM

    Aren't the drag and drop things at the sidebar "widgets" as well?

  5. JP Habaradas

    March 23, 2007 at 3:41 AM

    @ash – I think Retz's theme looks more like the Vertigo theme which was created by the same guy, Brian Gardner who made this Navigate theme.

    @jhay – Yeah, it's a nice theme and easy to customize as I mentioned earlier. I guess 3 column themes are the in-thing these days huh? Hehe :D

    @benj – Not really. Hehe..You did mention that you didn't want a theme with black or red in it, right? Do you use widgets? Anyways, you're welcome! :D

  6. benj

    March 22, 2007 at 11:46 PM

    lol. You made me sound like some overly-demanding reader. haha

    not widget ready. kapow. thanks for looking for this one.

  7. jhay

    March 22, 2007 at 3:48 PM

    Nice, cool and clean theme. Something to play around with again. Maybe I plan on turning it into a three-column theme.

  8. mr nice ash

    March 21, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    cool theme. very neat. it looks very similar to retz's Pajama Party theme..

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