Theme Reviews

Magazine Basic

13 reviews
Average Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
Not Basic At All
By , for WP 4.2.4

Looking for a fine magazine theme which means basically: illustrated excerpts on a homepage with read mores link to a single post page, Magazine Basic is the best magazine theme I could find.

First to mention is the responsive display on all platforms thanks to the 12 column grid layout.

Great plus is the flexibility in the home page display in one or multi columns.

A bit of a problem is that the theme is not basic at all: in spite of its name, it is very elaborated in details.

In my opinion in a basic theme is should better not

- use google fonts in stead of standard fonts;
- shape read more links;
- change standard editor style;
- change standard excerpt length;
- use complex css for pagination style;
- use extra css for link styling;
- use extra css for sticky post;
- change the look of post comments and 404 pages;
and more so that it would be more easy to adapt styles in a child theme.

It would really be nice to have a truly basic version of this magazine theme.

Has malware?
By , for WP 4.2.2

Doing a waterfall test on a site using this theme, I noticed a file named solid.png that was slowing the load time of the site. I attempted to download this file from CPanel and received a warning in Chrome that it was malware. So I checked another site using this very same theme and got the same exact warning. This seems a shame because I liked the theme, quirky though it may be.

I'd say keep looking, unless you want to clean the theme. I'll be replacing it on 3 sites, because I just can't trust it anymore.

No worse than any other mediocre free WordPress theme.
By , for WP 4.0

Several problems, no support, ugly and unnecessary CSS backgrounds. Menu disappears in mobile view on all three sites I've done with this theme.

Theme is agonizingly slow, but that may be caused by WordPress itself.

The only good thing about this theme is that it's no worse than any other theme. Picking a theme is like going through a bin full of free stuff at some neighbourhood jumble sale.

You waste your time and get what you pay for.

Parts of the theme are broken and the developer is MIA
By , for WP 3.9

I downloaded Magazine Basic because it had a good rating but quickly found that due to some sloppy coding, I had to fix a problem with an extra </div> in "index.php," the right sidebar ended up in the footer.

The solution to the problem was offered by another user of the teme on the support forum. The developer never weighed in.

My client then discovered another bug in the theme. If the theme options are set to a right and left sidebar, the right sidebar again ends up in the footer if there are more than 3 posts on the blog page. I reported this to the theme developer over a week ago and have yet to hear back. I may end up having to find another theme for my client.

Update: August 7, 2015: theme developer updated the theme on August 7. Update broke the child theme. Again, the theme developer is missing from the support forum.

Hello good theme but a problem
By , for WP 3.7.1

After using the Persian(right to left) version of wordpress, i have extera horizental scrollbar & dont know how to get ride of it. Its a long horizental scrollbar , pls help me .
sincere regards

Best theme i ever seen!
By , for WP 3.7.1

Add multi language please...

Pretty nice, out of the box
By , for WP 3.6.1

This theme is pretty awesome, I was able to get up and running with very few customizations in about 30 minutes and it is very clean and basic, and makes use of the featured images in posts. Nice options in the customizer as well, including ability to set a custom font. Good theme for beginners wanting a magazine style layout and works great in conjunction with post categories. Nice sidebar, widget and layout options. Good amount of options, but not too many some themes I have seen. Pretty nice and it also includes a Custom CSS module in the customizer to tweak further. Works well with the Jetpack plugin.

Nice theme
By , for WP 3.5.2

I use this theme as my first web site. casinoworldfun.com
I still learn use this theme and word press to improve my website.

Gives a professional look
By , for WP 3.5.1

This free theme gives a very nice look to a news blog and the front page featuring several columns size his great for improving visibility. However it lacks some flexibility and the header picture handling is not as great as Twenty Eleven by example (no featured image in header).
All in all I think I will keep it.

Amazing Options
By , for WP 3.5.1

A fab theme with loads of options for widgets, menus and responsive layouts, nice work!

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