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Magazine Basic

4 reviews
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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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.

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.

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.

Version 3.0.6 Improved
By , for WP 4.4.2

I have been using this theme for years. On two occasions updates caused so many things to break I had to revert to older versions. I believe both times the changes were due to changes in WordPress Core.

The theme is generally attractive and has proven to be compatible with most of the many different plugins I use on various sites.

The presentation style, particularly on the front page, is professional and informative without looking like it was overproduced the way many other themes are today.

You also get some capabilities other theme designers reserve for their "Pro" versions, and while I am fine with people earning some money for their hard work, in a competitive market the user goes with the best bargain.

Having evaluated many of the magazine-style themes available today I feel that Magazine Basic allows you to get up and running quickly without requiring a full investment in graphics.

I recommend using this theme but wait for other people to test out the new updates, especially when WordPress is updated. Or set up a test installation for yourself and upgrade that first.

The most common problem I have seen on updates is that the sidebars are reset to 50% width and moved to the right. But I have been successful in restoring the settings without losing any widgets.

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