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BlackBird

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1 star
Free version 1.2.1 deletes your homepage
By , for WP 3.9.1

I used this theme in the first place because the front/home page had the ideal layout for my purposes. V1.2.1 (May 2014) gets rid of your home page entirely. InkThemes say that a new WP rule disallows the use of a home page, but WordPress insist that there is no such rule.

InkThemes tell you that the way around the loss of your homepage is to buy the Premium version of the theme from them. (Which means that there is no WordPres rule against homepages, of course). You have to wonder, would you give money to a company that screws up your website, lies about the reasons, and then suggests you to give them money to get it back?

Would a more appropriate name for this theme be Ransom?

1 star
BLACKBIRD (FREE) theme is a NASTY WAY to get you to buy the Premium Version
By ,

DON'T USE THIS THEME. For all those who've said it's great, upgrade your free version of Blackbird to V. 1.2.1 and see. The homepage completely disappears, and there are 10s of us who want it back. This is what I got from their support:

InkThemes Enquiry
6:56 PM (11 hours ago)
to me
Hello,

Actually due to recent changes in WordPress.org rules, we are not allowed to add Home Page in theme.

That is why we have to add blog page as a home page. And if you want previous home page then you have to purchase premium theme.

Hope you understand.

Have a nice day.
Thanks & Warm Regards
Harmeet Singh
InkThemes.com

1 star
Home page disappears
By , for WP 3.9.1

Having worked brilliantly while I built the site, since Blackbird was updated, I've lost all control of the home page. The content has disappeared and it's now impossible to return to my previous state to include all the home page features I had entered.

The editing menu exists but it simply doesn't display the content, the images or the links that I have entered anymore. Very disappointing.

By the way, I found a neat piece of CSS code to solve the text editing problem that Philemon complains of. That works well, but what's the point if you don't have any of the neat features Blackbird used to offer.

DO NOT INSTALL the free version until this problem is solved.

1 star
CSS file not setup correctly, bad code.
By , for WP 3.5.2

The whole theme is a mess, creating a blog post felt so frustrating!

I had to edit the css file to create a blog post that kept the format I had inputted into the wysiwyg, luckily this worked but after this I noticed other problems such as heading2 being bigger than heading1!!

Full of too many annoyances, looking for another theme.

1 star
Very poor text handling
By , for WP 3.5.1

After using the Blackbird theme and becoming totally frustrated by the extremely poor way it handles text formatting (not a good thing for a CMS) I stopped using it. I replaced it with the Responsive theme and now I'm happily building pages instead of solving Blackbird problems. Blackbird is NOT to be recommended. BTW- I have over ten years experience building web sites.

1 star
Doesn't work in Internet Explorer
By , for WP 3.5

In Internet Explorer, the pages only show the top of your webpage while everything below gets cut off. The navigation menu also wraps strangely. It's too bad, very disappointing.

1 star
broken
By ,

sais ... Your current theme does not have support for the Options Framework plugin. Learn More

I installed that plugin, but it does not work

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