Designer Themes recently released a fantastic WordPress theme entitled Insomnia. Packed full of features, the theme was originally free to download but unfortunately they recently changed this and it now costs $39 for the lite license.
The theme has a traditional blog layout though the home page also has a beautiful featured posts slider to highlight your best content.
The slider is customisable and lets you display posts from certain categories or tags or by popularity, recent or random. The speed of the slider can also be set.
Post thumbnails are automatically resized and select the way the image is cropped.
Content can be listed in the regular list format or in a grid format and you can choose the location of your resized image too.
There is a dark and light skin though only the background colours change.
The theme has a host of great features:
- Extensive theme admin panel
- Import/export theme/widget settings
- Full translation support
- Multiple widget areas
- Custom widgets
- Banner ad management
- Related posts widget
- Custom page templates
- Built-in AJAX contact form
- Custom CSS support
- Custom logo/branding
- Layout and sidebar options
- RSS and newsletter settings
- Social media share/follow integration
- Threaded comments
- Breadcrumb navigation
- Numbered pagination
- Custom navigation menus
- Google Analytics/tracking code support
- Cross-browser compatibility
- Search engine optimized
When this article was originally written the theme was available for download for free. Unfortunately, between writing the article a week or so ago and publishing the post, Designer Themes changed the lite version from being free to $39 and increased the price of the pro version from $49 to $79. The pro version of the theme includes priority forum and email support and comes packaged with the original layered Photoshop psd files. Additionally, there is an import and export settings manager and the eBook Digging Into WordPress is included in the price (worth $27).
I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We unfortunately have no control over theme developers changing the price of their themes so from time to time themes that are reviewed here as free may not be any more (and vice versa). When the theme was available for free I was of the opinion that everyone should try Insomnia out because the quality of the design was so good for a free design. Whilst it remains a fantastic theme, at $39 you should also look at your alternatives. There are over a thousand great themes on ThemeForest around this price and $39 will also get you a years membership on ElegantThemes (which gives you access to 67 premium designs). Something to bear in mind.
Insomnia WordPress Theme: Information & Download