The Writer Theme by MyThemeShop just launched and I’ve managed to get my hands on a copy! Not one to sit on resources when I come across them, I thought I’d write up a review to give you an idea of how this theme stacks up to other MyThemeShop offers as well as other themes designed with writers in mind. Plus, you’ll want to read the very end of this review to get access to a coupon code to save big-time on this new theme.
Now, I’ll tell you right away I was impressed by this theme’s layout. It’s really simple but feature-rich. That might sound like an oxymoron but honestly, it’s not. It manages to present your information in a straightforward way while still offering up a ton of bells and whistles for you to tinker with. It comes equipped with three primary layouts: static homepage, blog-as-homepage, and the shop layout.
Setting Up The Writer Theme
Getting the Writer Theme all set up shouldn’t take you too long, but there are a lot of options to sort through, so I’ll walk you through some of those here.
After installing and activating the theme, you need to install the required plugins:
In order for Writer Theme to work properly, you need to install the MyThemeShop Theme/Plugin Updater, WP Review, WP Shortcode, and WP Tab Widget.
From there, you should go to the Theme Options panel and start working on customizing the site’s settings. General Settings is where I started. Here, you can upload a logo, favicon, touch icon, metro icon, and set your Twitter username.
Next, you should setup the theme’s Performance settings. This options panel allows you to toggle on and off several features including things like Lazy Load, Remove ver parameters, and Prefetching.
You have plenty of styling options as well. Select a color scheme, sidebar positioning, and site background. You can select from a solid color background, a pattern, gradient, or upload a custom image.
Header customization lets you set where the navigation bar sits, whether or not you to use a floating navigation menu, and setting a header background image.
Next, you can customize the footer options by toggling on and off footer widgets, settings a footer widget background, and so forth.
Setting Up the Homepage
The Homepage customization section is divided into several subsections that you can use to establish the layout and the content of each section. Setting the layout first is a good idea. Everything comes pre-enabled, so if you want to turn off a section, just drag it to the Disabled column.
The Featured On section is really great for promoting yourself a bit. You can select from some of the predefined publications or click Add Featured On Item to insert a custom credit.
Next, you can setup the About sections. Upload a custom image, write some text about yourself or your work, and select a color.
The Blog page is next. You can toggle on and off a blog slider, select the categories you want to feature, and set your homepage post meta info.
Configure your social buttons next. Choose where you want them to be positioned, turn them on and off, and connect your preferred social networks.
Another nifty feature here is ad management. You can easily configure your site to display ads, select where you want them to appear, and give them a timeframe for appearing.
Set up your sidebars and whether you want them to appear on the homepage, single posts, single pages, or if you want to create a custom sidebar.
The Writer Theme comes with several typography options as well. You can choose custom fonts, sizes, and colors for every textual aspect of your site.
If you don’t feel like going through all of the above steps, you can import preset theme options; theme options and widgets; or theme options, widgets, and demo content for both the default and blog layouts.
Once I completed all of the above setup steps, I hopped over to the widget area and took a look at all of the widgets that came with the theme. You have several MyThemeShop widgets now at your disposal, including those for display posts by a single author, a post slider, ads, a FB like box, and more.
I could’ve spent hours fiddling with this theme but I chose the basic options to keep things simple. Here’s what the site looks like with the blog set as the homepage:
Straightforward, simple, and really quite lovely. It definitely has a writerly feel to it. I especially like the email signup form in the sidebar.
And this is what it looks like with the default static homepage layout.
When you scroll down, you’re presented with the Featured On section we configured earlier.
The two about sections are presented next, which you could easily use to display a miniature bio.
Or, you could feature a summary of your services or a description of your latest novel.
The blog section is simple and looks identical to the blog page itself. Seamless design, here.
Writer Theme Review: A Summary
The Writer Theme by MyThemeShop is a solid entry into the theme developer’s already strong stable of WordPress themes. It has the right look for author sites, but could work for bloggers too. It sports a clean design that isn’t too cluttered or distracting. And it comes with a ton of features so you can customize it to suit your preferences with relative ease.
This theme is a solid 4/5 for me.
Get This Theme Now
You can get the Writer Theme now for just $19 thanks to an awesome deal MyThemeShop is running. All you have to do is click the link below and insert the coupon code WriterUSD19 at checkout.
The offer is good until April 9, 2017, so if this theme piques your interest, it’s vital that you act fast!