Fable is a modern layout and attractive WordPress Theme for building a Blogging website. With stunning typography and bold look, it reflects confidence in the blogger using this theme. Apart from the responsive design, dedicated theme options and pre-designed theme templates, the well designed layout for quotes, video posts etc. makes Fable blogger friendly. It also comes with shortcode for different elements such as pricing table, accordion tabs, slider, buttons etc.
This theme is bundled with many unique features and also helps the user to keep a control on the theme options from the WordPress dashboard. This theme is also compatible with most of the browsers and it is well tested for them. Also this theme provides with .mo and .po files and it is translation ready. This theme also provides with some pre built page templates such as contact pages and blog feeds that will indeed ease the task. The code is simple and clean and it is specially designed by giving the security of the theme a prime importance.
If you are a blogger and searching for a fullwidth and spacious WordPress theme with minimal design for blogging then Fable WordPress theme by Elegant Themes will surely impress you. After using this theme for my blog I have following review points for it:
Design & UX:
Fable is built fully with blogging in mind. The posts archive page shows fullwidth featured images with the post title and excerpt featuring over this image with center alignment, this makes your blog look stunning. On single posts also you will get fullwidth featured image with center aligned title over it. Then this theme has breadcrumbs for better navigation experience. So this theme is decent and elegant by design and is sufficient enough for bloggers who love elegant design for their website.
Ease of Customization:
On activating this theme you will get its customizing options in Appearance => Customize and Appearance => Fable Theme Options. Here is a brief description of their usage with screenshots.
Colors – From here you can change background color, link color, main font color, header background color, menu links color, active menu links color.
Fonts – Change Header fonts and body fonts.
Schemes – Choose between the provided color schemes namely Blue, Green, Purple, Red.
Menus – It has one menu location i.e. primary menu location.
You can upload logo image, favicon image. From here you can enable/disable social media icons, use of excerpts in posts or pages, option to make shortcodes respond to various screen sizes, Google Fonts for Non-English languages, animations that happen as you scroll the page.
By default thumbnail images are created using custom fields. However, if you would rather use the images that are already in your post for your thumbnail you can activate ‘grab the first post image’ option. Once activated thumbnail images will be generated automatically using the first image in your post. You can add Custom CSS from here. Also you can choose the number of posts to be displayed on home page.
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 – Here you can choose which items appear in the postinfo section on single post pages. Enable/disable sharing buttons and author avatar, show/hide comments on posts.
Single page layout – show/hide comments on pages.
General settings – Here you can choose which items appear in the postinfo section on pages.
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, Post, Page templates, Widgets and Widgetized areas options of this theme:
Widgets – ET About me widget, ET Adsense widget, ET Advertisement widget.
Widgetized areas – 3 footer widgtized areas are included in this theme.
Page templates – Blog, Contact, Gallery, Portfolio, login, search, sitemap. Among these Blog, Contact, Gallery, Portfolio 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.
ET Settings Meta Box – Choose background color instead of featured image on each post & page and post layout(light, dark).
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:
A blog website may contain lot of heavy media content. This may impact the 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 Fable 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,
Post Title on Blog Archive is in <H2> tag
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:
TAC shows that it has hardcoded/static links in footer.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 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.
Integrated with Contact form 7.
Page builder is not included.
You cannot enter site title and tag line in this theme.
This theme is perfect for those bloggers who love light weight theme design and focus more on content with minimal effects. It is a simple elegant theme. Story tellers must go for this theme once.