I promised my friend Leland of ThemeLab a WordPress theme review a long time ago but due to some circumstances, I wasn’t able to do it. I’ve never forgotten that promise and I always remind myself that I owe him a review. When I found out that he was gonna release a new free WordPress theme last week, I thought that this was my chance to do the review that I owed him.
Today, I’m gonna share with you ThemeLab’s latest free WordPress theme called – Tasty Showcase. This theme is the winner of ThemeLab’s theme battle #3 and was originally designed as a CSS template by Brad of DemusDesign and then ported to WordPress by Leland. Tasty Showcase is a 2 column, widget-ready theme that features several widgetized areas and a jQuery-powered slider that features the most recent posts.
- 2 columns
- Widgetized sidebar
- WIdgetized footer
- Widgetized home footer
- 404 template
- Recent posts slider/slideshow
- Built-in gravatar support
- Threaded comments support
- XHTML & CSS compliant
- Works with IE 7, Firefox 3+ and Google Chrome
The Tasty Showcase WordPress theme is a simple yet elegant looking theme. It is minimalistic but at the same time, has a very lively and colorful appearance. It has several of the basic theme features that users look for in a theme – widget-ready, built-in gravatar and threaded comments support.
The jQuery-powered slider features 4 of the most recent posts and randomly highlights one of these posts between intervals. The featured posts display the post title, number of comments, date published and an excerpt of the post. The slider also displays a 653Ã—367 custom image which is set by the user. In case there is no specified or provided image, the theme will automatically use one of the default placeholder images to make sure that there won’t be blank spaces in the slider.
The Tasty Showcase theme is a widget lover’s dream. As mentioned by the theme author, this theme has precisely 14 widgetized areas.
- Sidebar – Four areas, one full width above, two half widths, and one full width below
- Footer – Five areas, one for each column
- Home Footer – Four areas, one for each column
- 404 Template – One area, so you can customize your 404 pages
Diagram shows all the “Sidebar” and “Footer” widget areas. Not pictured are the “Home Footer” areas (basically the same place as the regular footer, except on the homepage) and the 404 template widget areas.
Issues I have with the theme? Only a few minor issues that depends on user preference. First, the color scheme. I don’t have any problems with the current default color scheme but I don’t think everyone will like it. Having more color schemes to choose from would definitely be a plus for this theme. Second, the 653Ã—367 custom image. Not all users use images or have post images in that size so it can be a turn-off for some users, especially those who use a lot of post images but don’t want to go through the hassle of editing photos just for the featured posts slider.
I found one tiny flaw while testing the theme with Firefox on Ubuntu. The message/comment text box is overlapping the comment box area. This only happens on Ubuntu and works fine with Firefox on Windows, so I’m guessing it has something to do with the settings I have on Ubuntu. Another tiny flaw I discovered is an issue with the blog name/header. When I tested the theme on a netbook (1024×600 resolution), a small part of the blog name/header (left side) was covered or hidden. This can be fixed with a few tweaks on the stylesheet (style.css file).
NOTE: This theme was scanned using the Theme Authenticity Checker and doesn’t contain any hidden or encrypted code.