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DailyJournal – A blogging WordPress Theme by

3.00 out of 5 , based on 2 reviews.
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  • Created on: 15 Feb 2012
  • Last Updated: 12 Dec 2015
  • Product Compatible with: WordPress 3.6+
  • Product Tested up to: WordPress 4.5
  • Product Auto update: Yes
  • Product No. of columns: 2
  • Product Layout: Responsive
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Theme Summary

DailyJournal – As the name indicates it is a Blog WordPress theme which will be loved by the users having hobby of writing blogs, reading articles, etc. Your blog articles will be displayed on a notebook paper textures. All Blog articles will be arranged vertically. It has vertical menu bar at left side. This theme is built with proper CSS media queries making it highly responsive to various devices ranging from desktops, laptops, tablets to mobile phones.

On activating this theme, you get a e-panel theme options panel that comes packed with all theme settings, allowing you to easily customize your website without touching a single line of code. This panel allows you to toggle on and off features, adjust site layout, manage advertisements, control colors, etc.

Following are some other important features of this theme:

  • Portfolio layouts: Filterable portfolio with 5 column grid(small),  portfolio with 3 column grid(medium),  portfolio with 2 column grid(large),  portfolio with portrait orientation, portfolio with sidebar and Portfolio with no excerpt.
  • Blog page layouts: It has classic blog layout i.e. it comes with excerpt, featured image and widgetized sidebar.
  • 4 color schemes are supported by this theme.
  • Theme is compatible with almost all the browsers.
  • Lot of other features are also offered like shortcodes, Multi-media gallery with Ajax filter and several page templates like Blog page, contact page, fullwidth page, gallery page, login page, search page, sitemap page.

Expert Review

It is often said that to treasure our memories we should write a daily diary with all our daily experiences and stuffs noted in it. So I decided why not to make it online through a website. I decided to develop a website in WordPress since I am a big fan of WordPress and started finding a theme for my blog that will have notebook type of layout so that when I will publish something it will show up as if it is written in a diary. While searching blog themes I came across DailyJournal theme by Elegant Themes. This theme has exactly same features which I was searching for. I used this theme for many days and so have following review points for it.

Design & UX:

DailyJournal is the first Responsive WordPress theme by Elegant Themes. It has notebook like design for pages and posts you publish. There is right sidebar and the navigation menu is on left. It provided breadcrumbs to pages/posts for better navigation. It supports several page templates. Over all it is a good theme and suitable for daily diary type of blog.

Ease of Customization:

On activating this theme you will get its customizing settings in Appearance => Customize and Appearance => DailyJournal Theme Options. Here is a brief description of the theme options with screenshots of dashboard.

Live customizer:

  • Fonts – Change Header fonts and body fonts.
  • Menus – It has one menu location i.e. primary menu location.

ePanel Options:

General Settings:-

  • General – You can upload logo image, favicon image. Manage number f posts for category page, archive page, search page and tag pages. You can add Custom CSS from here, etc.
  • Homepage – Enter number of Recent Posts to be displayed on homepage. By default the homepage displays a list of all of your most recent posts. However, if you would like to exclude certain category from the list you can do so from here.


  • Pages – Here you can choose to remove certain pages from the navigation menu, enable/disable dropdown menus from the pages navigation bar, home link, sort your pages links, order pages links by ascending/descending, number of dropdown tiers to be shown.
  • Categories – Here you can choose to remove certain categories from the navigation menu, enable/disable dropdown menus from the categories navigation bar, empty categories, sort your categories links-Name/ID/Slug/Count/Term Group, order Category Links by ascending/descending.
  • General settings – Disable top tier dropdown menu links.

Layout Settings:-

  • Single Post Layout – show/hide comments on posts and post thumbnails.
  • Single page layout – show/hide comments on pages and thumbnails.
  • General settings – show/hide thumbnails on index page.

Ad Management:-

  • Un-widgetized Ads – Enable/disable Single Post 468×60 banner from here. Enabling this option will display a 468×60 banner ad on the bottom of your post pages below the single post content. It accepts banner image, destination url, adsense code.

SEO settings:

  • Homepage SEO – Enable/disable and add custom title, meta description, meta keywords, canonical URL’s. If custom titles are disabled, choose autogeneration method. Define a character to separate BlogName and Post title.
  • Single Post Page SEO – Enable/disable and add custom title, meta description, meta keywords, canonical URL’s. If custom titles are disabled, choose autogeneration method. Define a character to separate BlogName and Post title.
  • Index Page SEO – Enable/disable meta description, canonical URL’s. Choose title autogeneration method. Define a character to separate BlogName and Post title.


  • Code integration – Enable/disable and add header code, body code, code to the top of your posts, code to the bottom of your posts, before the comments.

Page templates, Widgets and Widgetized areas options of this theme:

  • Widgets – ET About me widget, ET Adsense widget, ET Advertisement widget, ET custom logo widget.
  • Widgetized areas – 1 primary sidebar.
  • Page templates – Blog, Contact, Gallery, Portfolio, login, search, sitemap, fullwidth. Page templates have some advanced setting options when that particular template is selected. See above screenshots.
  • Quick Tags – Add ET learn more block, ET box, ET button, ET tabs and ET author bio directly into page and posts.


This theme is 100% responsive to all devices ranging from desktops, laptops, tablets to mobile phones. The content gets automatically adjusted according to the screen size.

Page load speed:

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 DailyJournal official demo on Mobile and Desktop mode. The Performance is quiet impressive on both the devices as W3 Total Cache plugin is used for speeding up site.

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Search Engine Optimization:

Basic search engine optimization is done such as,

  • On Single Post, the title is in <H1> tag
  • In-built Breadcrumb available for better navigation for Search bot.

It is advised to use Yoast SEO WordPress plugin for even better SEO for the site.

Theme Authenticity:

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:

This theme has passed TAC plugin test but theme checker has given lot of warnings which needs to be resolved.

Support and help:

This theme is built by Elegant Themes club which provides good support to customers in case of any queries. They provide support forum, email support and ticket support for their member customers.

Special features:

  • Multiple page templates.
  • Quick tags to insert tabs, box, learn more box, button for both posts and pages.


  • Custom CSS box.
  • Custom code boxes to add code in header, footer, body.
  • Multiple ad banner slots.


  • Page builder is not included.


This theme is perfect for bloggers who want their website to be a daily diary. It is a simple elegant theme with awesome customization options.

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2 reviews for DailyJournal

  1. Rated 3 out of 5


    Dailyjournal, This theme have look like according to it name that is it blog background make like Notebook page. This theme I used for writing daily blogs about my daily lectures which help to my student to read Notes online. One con of this theme is it is not responsive layout, Need to work on this.

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    jarvis joshua

    This is a not very stylish blog theme. This theme doesn’t come with slider that gives a website a different look. This theme doesn’t provide optimization for speed and my website really works very slow. This theme doesn’t provide good typography because of that it’s not giving a better readability to my readers.

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Detailed Features

  • Created on: 15 Feb 2012
  • Last Updated: 12 Dec 2015
  • Product Compatible with: WordPress 3.6+
  • Product Tested up to: WordPress 4.5
  • Product Auto update: Yes
  • Product No. of columns: 2
  • Product Layout: Responsive
  • Product Widget: Yes
  • Product Retina display ready: No
  • Product Page builder: No
  • Product Documentation: Well documented
  • Product Theme author: Elegant Themes
  • Product BuddyPress: No
  • Product WooCommerce: No
  • Product Ticket Support: Yes
  • Product Email Support: Yes
  • Product Community Support: No
  • Product Compatible browsers: Chrome, Firefox, IE10+, IE7, IE8+, IE9+, Opera, Safari
  • Product Membership: Yes
  • Product Membership Price: 69
  • Product Supported Versions: WordPress 3.6, WordPress 3.7, WordPress 3.8, WordPress 3.9, WordPress 4.0, WordPress 4.1, WordPress 4.2, WordPress 4.3, WordPress 4.4, WordPress 4.5
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