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 pagelayouts: 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.
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.
DailyJournal – Live customizer – Fonts
DailyJournal – Live customizer
Fonts – Change Header fonts and body fonts.
Menus – It has one menu location i.e. primary menu location.
DailyJournal – ePanel – General settings
DailyJournal – ePanel – Homepage settings
DailyJournal – ePanel – Layout settings – Single page layout
DailyJournal – ePanel – Layout settings
DailyJournal – ePanel – Navigation settings for categories
DailyJournal – ePanel – Navigation settings for pages
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.
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.
DailyJournal – ePanel – Ad management
DailyJournal – ePanel – Code integration
DailyJournal – ePanel – Colorization
DailyJournal – ePanel – SEO for single post page
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.
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:
DailyJournal – Page templates and settings
DailyJournal – Quick tags for posts and pages
DailyJournal – Widgets and Widgetized areas
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.
DailyJournal – Mobile menu
DailyJournal – Mobile portrait version
DailyJournal – Tablet portrait version
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.
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.
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:
DailyJournal – TAC result
DailyJournal – Theme Check result
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.
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.