As the onslaught of premium WordPress theme releases continues, RichWP has decided to go back to the beginning of the platform and release an all new download aimed at converting your blog site into a fully widgetized and responsive layout capable of presenting all information in a clean, professional format. The Modern Blog theme was launched late last week, with RichWP founder Felix Krusch stating, “The fully responsive and adaptive Modern Blog theme serves as the perfect fit for any blog, news, or online magazine site and scales from big screens all the way down to smart phones. Its state-of-the-art minimalistic and flat design shows your audience that you are up-to-date with today’s design trends. The built-in options allow you to integrate your own logo and change the lead colors (red in the demo) easily, so you can adapt the theme to fit your identity. It is simply the perfect theme for personal and professional blog, news, and magazine sites.”
Modern Blog: A Quick Look
One of the first things that will strike many premium WordPress theme users once they visit the Modern Blog live demo page is how professional the layout appears. Although many enhancements have been made to themes, many of those that are dedicated to blogging still give off a “basic” feel. This is not the case with Modern Blog, which has a dedicated logo slot centered at the very top of each page followed by a navigation bar with drop down menus and a minimized search bar.
Your posts are laid out in a single column; complete with a large, square-shaped screenshot, title, author name, publication date, text and Read More button for clicking through to the full entry. This simple yet effective layout brings your content to the forefront and gives readers a large image to go off of as they go to read the actual post itself. After the first two blog entries, the rest of your content within the feed are divided up in two columns; giving a varied appearance that results in a clean layout without boring the visitor. Less recent posts boast a thumbnail image, title, publication date, author name, text excerpt and Read More link.
Blog monetizing is an important aspect of today’s WordPress website owner, and Modern Blog accommodates this need by providing a fully widgetized sidebar that can be configured from the back end to appear on the front page without ever having to work with any code. This sidebar is ideal for advertisement banners to give sponsors impressions and encourage readers to support your work. The sidebar can also be used for other links such as recent comments, recent posts, etc.
Modern Blog also comes with Built In SEO for getting the most out of search queries that relate to keywords within your content. If you’re looking to gain more traffic, Search Engine Optimization is a must in today’s virtual environment.
Other Modern Blog Features
Because of its May 2013 release, Modern Blog comes with a fully responsive design that will automatically change the layout of your pages to fit the screen size of smart phones such as the iPhone and tablets such as the iPad.
Best of all, you won’t have to go into the Editor in order to get this functionality to work correctly on your WordPress site. All you have to do is download the file, upload it to your website and then activate it through the Appearance > Themes tab located on the left side of your Dashboard menu.
If you’re looking for a way to modernize your blog site and gain readers in the process. The Modern Blog theme could be a worthwhile investment. Check out the Live Demo for more information.