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Standard Theme Review
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You likely know that the love I have for Thesis and Genesis runs deep. Both of these themes are extremely flexible and allow you to quickly create amazing websites.
But lately, I’ve been playing with the Standard theme on my personal website, and I am quickly falling in love with it. Standard does not try to be an all-purpose theme. But it sure comes packed with some great features.
Just Enough Awesomeness
Out of the box, Standard provides you with some pretty awesome features including:
- Custom ad widgets that simplify the process of adding advertisements
- Custom Google search widget
- Custom personal image widget
- Custom social influence widget
- Social icons built in
- Custom post types
- Built in maintenance mode (hide website while doing maintenance)
These are just a few features that stood out to me. Standard also made it super easy to add a header image and favicon to my site within a few minutes!
Below is a screenshot from my personal website with all of the custom widgets. The black widgets are made by standard and included in the theme.
From this screenshot, you can also notice the different widgetized areas. Standard has widgetized areas for both a fat footer and for placing advertisements throughout your theme. I am currently not using these on my website, but I have tried them out. Having this functionality baked into the Standard theme is a big timesaver!
Below are screenshots of the rest of the options.
My Overall Thoughts
Standard theme can most likely be adapted to fit most website needs. But, I think it is a match made in heaven for people that are looking for a solid personal theme. Widgets such as Social Influence and Personal Image really add a nice touch to the theme that you can’t find in other themes.
When I first started playing with Standard I was able to get a solid design up and going in less than an hour! Sure, Thesis and Genesis are great. But, I find that I usually have to add a lot more custom code or spend quite a bit of time overriding styles. Standard came ready baked with a solid design and features for my personal tastes.
With all of that being said, I found Standard a bit difficult to customize. But, in all fairness this is likely due to the fact that I have become so accustomed to working with Thesis that I haven’t had to work with child themes. So, if you’re used to working with child themes (Genesis users), then this can be an excellent theme for you. 8bit even provides a Standard child theme starter kit.
Standard only costs $49 for a license that allows you to use it on multiple websites. For $99 you also get lifetime upgrades and technical support. I don’t know about you, but that pricing is very attractive to me for everything standard provides!
For the solid design, great features, and price I highly recommend Standard as a premium theme.
After reading this article, and maybe even using Standard, what do you think about this theme? What do you look for in a premium theme?
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
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