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Flex Mag Theme

Flex Mag is a beautiful blog, magazine and news template created in September 2015, by the American Envato power Elite author, MVP Themes. This elegant item is available on Themeforest, a market that uses different templates and styles to create a highly stimulating news, blog, portfolios, and journal website. Flex Mag is loaded with features and pre-built layouts designed to help you create an appealing site.

Design

Flex Mag has carefully designed multiple Featured Post layouts for showcasing your content on the homepage, infinite scrolling with auto-loading, and can be used to create a one-page website using Parallax visual effects.

Loaded with features like Sticky Sidebars, custom-built widgets, four skins to change the general aspect of your website, make Flex Mag an interesting theme to explore and discover.

 

The usage of the logo location is a smart solution the author applied in Flex Mag. Without being able to change to header style, you can choose between three different ways to display your logo in the main area of your website, Leaderboard, Nav or Wide. Flex Mag can have four general skins, featured post layouts and templates perfect to add fluidity to your site.

Functionality

Flex Mag Options panel includes all the usual, basic settings. In a separate tab, called ‘Background’, you’ll be redirected to the theme’s customizer where you will discover that an image can be set as background. This background image can be fixed or can scroll down as you navigate.

The theme authors also included an ad system that allows you to use your ads and adjust their size, in height and width.

If you are an experienced WordPress user, willing to fully customize your website and not lose the primary file data, you’ll be glad to know that Flex Mag has a child theme included.

Combining the Flex Mag Options panel and the theme’s customizer, you can set up a beautiful website, using simple settings and no coding skills. The theme design is responsive and Retina Ready, opening your site to mobile users. Flex Mag is also compatible with WooCommerce and bbPress forums.

GENERAL
Item name FlexMag
Category News / Blog / Magazine / Editorial
Type Premium
Author MVP Themes
Envato elite author -
Tested version 1.08
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1400 px
Browser compatibility IE8+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
WooCommerce Yes
bbPress Yes
BuddyPress Yes
WPML Yes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support -
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts Yes
Post templates 8
Review system -
Post view counter Yes
Smart lists -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox -
Custom image galery Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 6
Blocks 9
Widgets 10
Header styles 1
Footer styles 1
Category layouts 9
Masonry layout -
Mega menus -
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter Yes
Video playlists -
Instagram widget -
Currency widget -
Pinterest widget -
Weather widget -
OTHER FEATURES
Mobile theme -
Demos included 1
SEO optimized Yes
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support Yes
Background image ad Yes
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 97 kb
Overall speed Medium
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 138
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option -
Extra documentation -
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Good

Performance

In our era, time has become a precious commodity. We value a product by the benefits it offers, but we also judge it by the speed its output is delivered. We have tested Flex Mag default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content at a low speed.

Flex Mag PageSpeed

Downsides

Flex Mag theme doesn’t have a page builder, but you can combine the website predefined templates (skins), nine homepage layouts with featured post option to reach the structure you desire. This process can be time-consuming and frustrating especially for beginners. Although you can customize this combination of options, layouts, and templates, somehow a News and Magazine website could use more versatility in the page building process.
Lightbox effect, video playlists, reviews system and support for RTL are, also, missing from Flex Mag theme.

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Category: News
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Conclusion
The Flex Mag theme is well developed for commercial blog concept. With Flex Mag Options and the Customizer, the website will have the desired interface for your articles and pictures in a highly stimulating news, blog, portfolios and journal website.
Good for
  • Elegant theme, plenty post layouts
  • Page loading speed is very high
  • Parallax visual effects
  • Four website skins
  • Three ways to display the Logo
  • Responsive layout
  • Retina Ready
  • No coding skills required
Not so good for
  • A page builder is absent
  • Lightbox effect is not available
  • A reviews system is not provided
Overall score:
78%
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Lisa Jones
Editor-in-chief of WPion. 100% passionate about WordPress, Lisa is part time web developer and part time front-end designer. With a master's degree in computer science, she is specialized in CSS, HTML, JavaScript, MySQL and PHP. Lisa uses her knowledge and experience to offer you a complete analysis of WordPress most popular themes and plugins.

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