Twenty Fifteen is a clean and modern layout default WordPress Theme that was developed in 2015. The development of the default theme by WordPress started with Twenty Ten, and with the release of every new theme there are additional features that get added for it. After the release of Twenty Fifteen there were lots of expectations of people. This theme was specially designed for bloggers that provided with the two column layout and the content was the main focus to grab the attention of the visitors. This theme was bundled with so many features keeping the requirements of bloggers in mind. To list a few of them:
Great Features of Twenty Fifteen Theme:
- This theme provides with a clean and simple design that is focused on building a blogging website.
- It is designed by keeping the responsiveness of theme in mind, it works great on all the devices.
- It provides with the Gallery Post format for the visitors to attract their attention and is designed very beautifully.
- This theme is easily customizable and allows to add different colors, header images and schemes for it.
- Allows to add description for each of the menu for the better understanding.
- As Social Media plays a very important role for any of the site so this link provides with dedicated menu for Social Media icons.
- It is compatible with WooCommerce plugin.
I am really impressed and would really appreciate the efforts put forth by the WordPress Theme developers with the release of each default theme. It started with Twenty Ten that was the first update for the default theme. While designing this theme the main feature that was introduced was the header image. And with the release of each new default themes there were different features that were added. The theme was made responsive, custom post types and different post formats were added with each default theme release. Twenty Fourteen theme was specially designed to build a magazine website that also provided with the grid layout. People were really excited and were waiting for the release of Twenty Fifteen theme. The question for them was What next? This theme was specially designed to build a blogging website. This theme was content focused and gives you the control to customize the site as per the requirements.
Design and UX:
This theme provides with a very good layout and provides with the great user experience for the visitors. This theme provides with the 2 columns layout and also different post formats that are supported by this theme. This theme is fully customizable as per the requirements and there can be different color schemes, header and background image can be added for it. It also provides with 5 color schemes to choose from.
This theme is designed by keeping mobile approach in mind. It works great on all the devices whether smartphone, tablet or desktop. This theme provides with a very clean layout specially for the blogging sites.
Ease of Customization:
This is a very clean and simple theme that allows to customize it as per the requirements. One can easily change the color Header and Sidebar. And also there can be different color schemes and background image that can be easily set for it. One will find all the options related to customization from:
Appearance >> Customize
- Site Identity: One can set the site title, title and identity for the site from this option.
- Colors: The choice for the color scheme from the five color available can be set from here. The background color and sidebar color can also be selected from the color picker.
- Header Image: The header image for the site can be selected from here.
- Background Image: The background image can be done from here. Also there are different options that can be selected from here.
- Menus: All the settings related to menus, Primary and Social Links menu can be selected from here.
- Widgets: Widgets can be easily applied using this option.
Speed and Load Order:
The visitors will not wait for long in order to visit a particular site. The speed and time taken to load a particular page plays a very important role. So I decided to check the Google Page Speed of the Theme. The page speed for mobile devices was 74/100 and for the desktop it was 90/100.
In order to check whether the particular theme followed the standards and practices of WordPress and to scan all its files in order to know about any malicious and unwanted code. 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.
Twenty Fifteen theme allows to display the content, images, videos or audio in a stylish way. Though there are very less options provided for customization but this theme will be best suited to build a stunning blogging site. Also the team has put an immense efforts to create a responsive theme that looks great on all the devices. This theme provides with a very clean look. I will surely recommend others to give a try if you are building a blogging related site.
- This theme is designed by keeping SEO in mind.
- Provides with a dedicated menu for Social Media links.
- Clean and simple design that gives a good browsing appearance.
- Different color schemes and background image can be applied to make it appealing for visitors.
- This theme does not provide with many theme options to customize.
- There are no additional widgets provided by this theme.