With the delay of the public release of WordPress 3.6, Elegant Themes decided to postpone its newest theme release until earlier this week, when it launched Fable. On June 4th, Elegant Themes founder Nick Roach posted a blog entry stating, “Put simply, Fable is beautiful theme built for blogging. The theme tells a story by layering a visual narrative through post variation. Fable is built for easy reading. Its spacious, full-width, and long-format style makes scrolling a pleasurable journey. Each post type is displayed boldly, giving your content the full-screen attention that it deserves without bombarding the senses. The design is neither busy nor overbearing; reading this tale is like breathing a breath of fresh air.”
Four Post Formats
Although the upcoming release of WordPress 3.6 won’t feature a new User Interface for custom post formats (this will be released as a separate plugin according to Lead Developer Mark Jaquith), the new Fable theme comes with a total of four post formats: Article, Gallery, Video and Quote. Post formats can play a major role in distinguishing your content and setting entries apart from each other, especially in a blogging theme. Below, you can see that the Quote format can be placed within the homepage or a separate feed; complete with its own slider to rotate material.
Articles are displayed differently, as are Gallery and Video entries.
Responsive Layout With Shortcodes
As with all of Elegant Themes’ 2013 releases, Fable includes a fully responsive design that is capable of automatically adjusting the size and format of your content to fit each and every screen size; regardless of whether your website is being viewed from a Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, iPad, Nokia smart phone, tablet computer or large desktop monitor.
The benefit of having a theme with a responsive design is that mobile devices won’t have to unnecessarily thumb scroll and pinch their way horizontally through pages. Having this feature means that visitors who are on the go are much more likely to remain on your site; reading your content comfortably.
Fable also includes a full shortcodes collection for inserting enhancements within your content such as columned text, alert boxes and more.
Fable Theme Features
Upon purchasing the Fable theme (there is an all inclusive plan from Elegant Themes that includes access to all premium downloads for $39 per year), you will be granted the privilege of perpetual updates. Complete localization means that all themes are easily translated into languages other than English, while cross browser compatibility allows your website to be viewed correctly from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Netscape, Safari and Opera. The products marketed by Elegant Themes all include full support as well as independently tested code to ensure your WordPress website remains secure. Finally, the Fable theme allows webmasters to use an unlimited amount of color schemes.
Fable Theme Summary
For WordPress website owners who are looking for a premium theme specifically designed for blogging (personal or business), Fable is an attractive option. Roach stated earlier this week that “Fable puts an emphasis on typography, and the theme comes with some great font options as well. You can quickly select and preview dozens of fonts from within the Theme Customizer. Just click the gear customization icon when browsing the demo to get a preview of the great options that are available.”
Although there is no featured content slider, entries are very easy to view and come with an arrow icon that can be clicked on to immediately go through to the full post. The top navigation bar boasts drop down menus whenever sub categories are used, and the back end Options Panel is easily managed without ever having to work with code. To find out more about the new Fable WordPress theme, visit the Live Demo or official product page.