The ColorMag WordPress theme is another popular magazine layout from Theme Grill, with an option to upgrade to a premium version. The widgetized frontpage allows you to quickly layout a lot of content, in a pre-formed grid that presents a large amount of content in a quick and easy to consume manner.
Some of the better features included are the breaking news ticker that flashes the 5 newest posts on your site across the top like a news ticker, a slider that easily pulls in three posts, bundled ad widgets, and easy to use social icons.
The grid layout makes it easy to drop in your content and have clear serration between categories and types of content. ColorMag comes equipped with multiple ad inventory holders allowing you to easily drop in your ads into the primary viewing areas without fiddling with code.
The one minor layout issue is there’s no particular thought regarding how the layout was designed. The included slider is split into a four column layout, while the main body is designed in a three column layout. While this is by no means a deal breaker for a free theme, it does make a paid upgrade a tougher sell.
The large footer area is great for quickly laying out several footer menus, but confusingly uses a six column layout.
- Included slider.
- Easy to use frontpage sorts multiple categories easily.
- Bundled ad widgets utilize traditional ad locations.
- Multiple sidebar layouts, but none are consistent.
- Little thought about maintaining eye flow.