I absolutely love my GreatMag WordPress theme from Athemes. It’s so flexible, customizable and so easy to use. It also has surprisingly little features that I didn’t know were there that just made the site a little more user-friendly and visitor-friendly. This is a site made with GreatMag free blog theme by Athemes, oh yeah, did I mention, it’s also a free theme which is basically the icing on the cake. SWEET!
Here are some reasons why I believe GreatMag Atheme is great and one that you should use too:
1. GreatMag Free Blog theme really does work withlatest version as of today. You know when you preview the theme on your site, site sometimes says it does work with your Theme and when you preview it shows a blank screen. Does it really work with my version? GreatMag did work instantly.
2. GreatMag Free Blog theme is ready to use out of the box. You know after you preview and activate a new theme, sometimes your site at the end of it does not look at all what you thought it would be. Using GreatMag was totally not the case. I just installed, activated and when I viewed the new site, my site was not skewed, have weird colours or look like a brand new WordPress site. You know when you first install WordPress, the theme you first get is “Twenty Twelve”. Then you have to do all this customization to get it to where you want it to be. Of course there is nothing wrong with Twenty Twelve, but sometimes you just want something magic. KApooooW! Install, Activate and BRAND NEW Beautiful site. No work required. That’s the magic of WordPress really!
3.GreatMag Free Blog theme is not a complicated theme or hidden functions. You know when you have free downloaded themes, the developer sometimes keep shortcodes or theme functions behind a secure support forum that you need to purchase the “real” theme. GreatMag was easy to use from the get go. There were no hidden functions, I also searched for an issue I was having with the theme, and found how to do it and did not have to purchase anything from the developer site. I’ll show you later!
4.GreatMag Free Blog theme has bundled widgets are awesome. There are 9 GreatMag widgets to chose from. Honestly, at first I didn’t know that I had these widgets available to me. I installed a popular post plugin and just realized that there is a GreatMag one already. The widgets available are:
a. GreatMag: Featured Post – 5 featured posts displayed in a grid. For some reason I don’t think this widget is working as intended. It only shows one post. Maybe it’s a bug or something. I don’t use it anyways.
b. GreatMag: Latest Post – Displays your latest posts on the homepage. This works for me.
c. GreatMag: Most Popular – Most popular posts in the current week, sorted by comment count. This works for me but I would prefer to use a different popular post plugin.
d. GreatMag: Most Popular on homepage – Most popular posts in the current week, sorted by comment count. Same with this.
e. GreatMag: Multiple Category Post – Displays posts from multiple categories. For some reason where there are options to select, I am not able to. Therefore this widget does not work for me. Unless there is some secret I don’t know how to activate it properly. Help! lol . Anyways I’m not using this either.
f. GreatMag: Posts in a Carousel – Posts displayed in a carousel. This works fantastically. Huge boxes with the post image and title. Looks very pro.
g. GreatMag: Sidebar – Display widgets from a sidebar of your choice. I always did wonder what this was. It literally just shows the contents of another sidebar with this widget. Hmmm, let me know when you would ever use this widget.
h. GreatMag: Single Category Post – Displays posts from a single category. This works as well.
i. GreatMag: Video Post – Displays your latest video format posts. This should work. I don’t have any videos. If it worked for you, feel free to leave a comment.
5. GreatMag Free Blog theme has alike ticker at the top of the theme. It is seen at the top of any page whether in a post, page or image. It’s very handy to have and brings attention to the last articles you posted. I think this is a great feature to have. This is easily customizable as well in the theme features. You can change the title, and the number of posts to rotate through.
6. GreatMag Free Blog theme is a responsive theme. Easily see what your site will look like on different hardwares such as desktop, tablet and mobile. The feature is available in the theme customizations. I know you can easily just resize your screen, but what if a click of a mouse and it will resize your screen directly to a mobile and back. Not a selling point, but nice to have for sure.
7. GreatMag Free Blog theme header, footer, menu and more is all customizable directly in the front-end of the theme. I could attach all the screenshots but it would make this post way too long. You should download and install the them to check it out for yourself.
Overall I’m not too sure if I would use this theme for alayout, maybe. Two of the in-house widgets don’t work, but could always install a different plugin to make up for it. There are plenty of widget space, sidebars and footers. The footer area can also be split to 3 sections or 1 section. I could go on and on about the theme. It definitely worth giving a try especially because it’s a Greatmag free blog theme.