Cool is a stylish WordPress theme built with blogging in mind. This theme is highly responsive and can be best viewed on any device ranging from desktops to mobile phones. With the powerful set of Theme Options of this theme you get complete ability to customize this site without knowing a single line of code. Also it is a well documented theme, well narrated video tutorials comes packed with it, so developing site becomes much more easier.
It provides you with drag and drop sections like recent posts, trending content, projects, articles, categories etc. These section are ready to use and you can place theme anywhere in the page easily.
Other important features about this theme are:
It is available in 4 different layouts namely default, dating, health and viral.
It is a SEO optimized, speed optimized theme, hence it will redirect a lot of organic traffic to your site.
This theme is Adsense Optimized that is it has pre-reserved spaces for ad banners that too with different resolution and at different places, you also get a widget of it.
It provides you with option to choose Parallax scrolling of theme or multi-page theme.
It is compatible with WP mega menu, WP subscribe Pro, WP notification bar and WP review support.
It supports off campus mobile menu, awesome font icons, author box support, different shortcodes.
Child theme support, RTL support, 630+ google fonts are supported, advanced typography, translation ready, etc.
If you are a blogger and like sharing your ideas, thoughts, knowledge, experiences with people through writing, then you surely require a suitable WordPress theme that carries all your content fluently. WordPress was built with the main moto of blogging websites. So there are several WordPress themes available for blogging and magazine sites. To get a suitable theme I was searching different theme clubs. On MyThemeShop I found a very interesting theme called “Cool”. Here are my thoughts on Cool after using it:
Look wise this theme suits as a blogging and magazine theme due to the multiple ‘drag and drop section’ option available for homepage layout. These sections have options to choose category from which posts are to be displayed that too with 3 different post layouts namely vertical layout, featured layout & grid layout. It also has option to choose number of posts to be displayed for each category which makes it more magazine kind of, still maintaining the essence of blog with page layouts, typography and the layout of single post.
Ease of Customization:
On activating this theme you get several theme options that are as follows:
General Settings: Upload Logo, Footer Logo, Favicon, Touch icon, Metro icon, Twitter Username, header and footer code, lazy load options, feedBurner URL(this service is stopped by Google but you can still use other services that provide similar features as feedBurner used to. Just paste your Feed URL in the field), on/off responsiveness, RTL, etc.
Styling options: Control the visual appearance of your theme, such as colors, layout, custom css and background patterns, light box on/off.
Header options: Change header background color, on/off floating menu, show/hide primary menu, search form, logo social icons, logo.
Homepage: This option controls the elements of the homepage. It has option to feature posts from specific categories appearing on the homepage. These are available as sections with options to choose category from which posts are to be displayed that too with 3 different post layouts namely vertical layout, featured layout & grid layout. It also has option to choose number of trending posts to be displayed for each category.
Single posts settings: Enable or disable comments, author info, date in comments, breadcrumbs, customize the look of posts.
Social Sharing options: Add/remove social buttons, choose position for Social Sharing Buttons.
Ad management: Ad banner positions and scheduling ads.
Sidebars: You can manage sidebars and select one for each section of your site, or select a custom sidebar on a per-post basis in the post editor.
Navigation: Choose separate menu for each page, post, custom post type, 404 error page, archive page, etc.
Typography: You can choose from 17 standard font sets, or from the Google Fonts Library containing 600+ fonts.
Import/Export: Import/export demo content and option to create a child theme.
Translate: Language translation options.
These Theme Options will help you customize this theme with every minute detail directly from dashboard without coding.
This theme is 100% fluid responsive to all devices ranging from desktops, laptops, tablets to mobile phones. The content gets automatically adjusted according to the screen size it is being viewed upon.
Page load speed:
A blogging styled and online magazine styled website contains lot of heavy content and media files. This may impact the page load speed. Well, page load speed may vary according to the content included in it. The PageSpeed score depends on the demo page content, caching of the page, number of HTTP requests, Image sizes and lot many other parameters. I checked the Google PageSpeed of Cool theme demo on Mobile and Desktop mode. The Performance is quiet impressive due to the caching plugin used in it named W3 Total Cache.
Search Engine Optimization:
Basic search engine optimization is done such as,
Post Title on Blog Archive is in <H2> tag.
On Single Post, the title is in <H1> tag.
It is advised to use Yoast SEO WordPress plugin for even better SEO for the site.
I have scanned this theme with TAC plugin for authenticity and with Theme Check plugin for WordPress standards of theme code, the result is as shown below:
TAC shows that it has hardcoded/static links in theme-options.php and theme-presets.php which is not an issue as these are not malicious scripts. But theme checker has given lot of warnings which needs to be resolved.
Support and help:
This theme is built by MyThemeShop club which provides good support to customers in case of any queries. They provide community support, email support and Video Tutorials for free or premium.
Page templates included in it are default with left/right sidebar and contact page template.
Header animations to choose from parallax effect and zoom out effect.
On activating this theme I got a notification on dashboard about the plugins that the theme is compatible with. This theme recommends these plugins: MyThemeShop Connect, WP Review, WP Shortcode, WP Subscribe and WP Tab Widget.
It supports page builder plugin.
This theme is prominent as a blogging theme. It has very strong typography that will keep readers engaged on site. The theme has many powerful and important theme options. As it supports page builder so layout is not an issue for this theme. So this theme is really good for magazine website also.
WP mega menu compatible.
Adsense and Speed optimized.
Parallax scrolling website is possible with this theme.