I am a great fan of finding and using new WordPress themes. This time I targeted Magazine styled WordPress themes and met this awesome theme – Hueman. Hueman is a high resolution WordPress theme designed for blogs and magazine styled websites. This theme is built with unlimited powerful features. There are very rare free themes that provide these many features for complex websites like magazine or news. This theme really impressed me with the unlimited features stored in it. After using it I have following review for this theme:
It is a well structured theme and looks awesome as a News website. It is suitable for a person who likes complex or heavy content on his news website. You can see it has 3 different menu areas namely Top bar, header menu and Footer menu. This maintains your content with user friendly navigation. Like wise the sidebar at right and content area divided in to 2 columns gives a more user friendly approach.
Ease of Customization:
On activating this theme you get following customizing options in Appearance => Customize.
Further this theme has multiple Theme Options that will help you customize this theme with every minute detail directly from dashboard without coding. This theme has sidebar-content-sidebar page layout. It has following theme options:
- Option to show/hide one or both sidebars.
- Several blog options like manage excerpt length, featured post slider, enable or disable related posts, comments, etc.
- Option to add Header ads, custom logo, favicon.
- 5 layouts of footer to choose.
- 7 different page layouts for different page types: home, single, archive, archive category, search, error 404, default page.
- Create your own sidebars and select them for different pages uniquely.
- Update Social links and styling like boxed/wide layout, fonts, sidebar width, all primary, secondary colors, body background color, etc.
This theme is 100% fluid responsive to all devices ranging from desktops, laptops, tablets to mobile phones including iPads, iPhones as it is a retina ready theme as well.
On activating this theme I got a notification on dashboard about the plugins that the theme is compatible with. Those plugins are Contact Form 7, Regenerate Thumbnails, Responsive Lightbox and WP-PageNavi.
Page load speed:
A 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 Hueman 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:
There is a hardcoded link in footer for Hueman theme which is detected by this plugin. If you remove this link from footer.php as shown in image, it will be all set to use. You can refer: How to Scan WordPress Theme for Safety and Vulnerability .
Hueman WordPress theme is a well structured theme and suitable for magazine and news site. Despite of being available in free it has multiple features like 2 sidebars, header ads area, widgetized footer, powerful tabs widget to show recent posts, comments, popular posts, etc in tabular format, other widgets are video widget and post widgets to show list of recent or popular posts. And as mentioned before it comes packed with 3 useful plugins that makes it more impressive for me.
- Multiple important features are embedded.
- Option to choose different sidebars for different pages.
- 4 different layouts for footer.
- Additional 3 widgets included: Alx Video, Alx tabs and Alx popular posts.
- Special Header Ads widgetized area.
- Powerful theme options panel.
- It is well coded theme.
Does not provide Page Builder.