If you are a blogger and planning to start website for the same then more than the content you write, the looks and design of the site is very important. If you want others to have a look at the blogs you write then it is very important that you give a perfect look to the site to make it appealing for the visitors that will compel the visitors to read your blog. For this the theme of the site plays a very important role. So I decided to search for a theme that supports the best SEO and also provides you with the multiple layouts and the choice can be easily made from them. Finally after going through the multiple blogging themes I came across the Swift theme which provided all the features that I was looking in a theme. This theme provides with the Pro as well as the Lite version, so for my initial testing of the theme I selected the Lite (free) version to go through all its features.
Swift can be considered as the modern layout WordPress Theme that is specially designed for blogging and magazine purpose. So I decided to review the theme by considering various points and share my point of view and experience on the same.
Design and UX:
This theme provides with the perfect layout for the blogging site that makes your site look attractive with all the control over the settings. This theme gives you the full control on all the options such as for a single post options, social media and different home page settings. There are also different options that are present related to color font and layout. It also allows you to choose different color scheme for the theme to make the site more attractive. This theme provides with different colors, layouts, fonts etc. to make an elegant and perfect website. I was really impressed by this theme that provides with an amazing user experience.
It is one of the very responsive theme that works great on all the devices and allows the users to access the site from anywhere and anytime. It works great on the devices of high resolution such as iphone, ipad and is retina ready. There are also options provided for it under:
Appearance >> Swift Design Options >> Layout Options
It consists of options such as the Enable retina support, Enable mobile layout and Layout width. Thus providing full control to the users for the mobile layout.
Ease of Customization:
This theme provides with many configuration options to change the layout as well as design. You also feel that you have the full control over the Settings. This theme provides with many widgetized area that you will find under Appearance >> Widgets.
1) The different widgets that are present are Category specific text widget, Homepage only text widget, Page specific text widget, Popular posts, RSS subscribe widget, Smart text widget and Swift Affiliates widget.
2) It also provides with different Sidebar options such as Non Sticky sidebar, Wide sidebar top, Narrow sidebar, Left, Narrow sidebar Right and Wide Sidebar bottom. It also provides with different sidebar options on activating different plugins such as bbPress Sidebar and WooCommerce Sidebar.
3) It provides with footer with four widgetized areas.
All the options related to the customization of the theme can be found in:
Appearance >> Customize
Some of the options that are present to customize the theme are:
- It allows to add Sliders for the Page with the option to link it and thus making the site very appealing for the visitors.
- This theme also provides with different templates that can be selected for the post or page depending upon the width. It also provides with the full width template that is best suited for writing a blog.
- One can also add the title as well as the favicon for the site.
- It is compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress plugin and also compatible with Contact Form 7.
Some of the advanced options that are present to give a new look and feel to the site are as stated below:
1) Swift Options:
Appearance >> Swift Options
This option will allow to give a branding to your site. It will contain options to add a custom favicon as well as a favicon for the retina devices. One can also add the logo as well as the affiliates link at the bottom. It will also give you the options where the logo can be placed as well as to include social media icons on the header. There are different options related to the homepage and the single post options. One can also add Social Media links through this settings.
2) Swift Design Options:
Appearance >> Swift Design Options
All the settings related to the design of the theme can be done from here. One can change the color and font for the site from here. There are also different options for the layout that can be selected. It allows to change the thumbnail settings from here. It also contains options related to CSS and feedback template.
3) Swift Color Schemes:
Appearance >> Swift Color Schemes
It allows to select different color schemes for the theme and make it more appealing.
I am really happy and impressed with
Speed and Load Order:
One of the main thing of concern for any website is its speed and time taken to load it. So I decided to check its GooglePage Speed for this theme. The page speed for mobile devices was 83/100 and for the desktop it was 90/100.
In order to scan all its files to know about any malicious and unwanted code and whether this theme followed the standards and practices of WordPress, I checked it by activating 2 plugins Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) and Theme Check.
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.
Swift theme is a free theme but it is bundled with so many great features that is suitable for building a blogging or the magazine layout site. It represents your site in such a way that will compel the visitors to go through it. Also there are so many options present that one will usually find in the premium theme. It provides a full control on all the settings and I really recommend this theme to the bloggers to build a perfect site. As the speed and performance of any site plays a very vital role so the performance of this theme is optimized by W3 Total Cache.
- Provides with different layouts and sidebars to make the site appealing for the visitors.
- One can add full width sliders to the post or page easily using this theme.
- Provides with different menu locations where the menu can be placed easily.
- As Social Media plays a very important role for any of the site, it includes the social share buttons.
- This theme is also compatible with most of the plugins to make the site more appealing.
- There are many widgets and sidebars that are provided by this theme.
- It comes with different design options and color schemes that can be used easily.
- The free version of the Swift theme does not provide with the shortcodes.
- If you are planning to build a magazine based site then the free version does not support newspaper layout.