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Fotomag Theme

Cubell, an Envato Elite author, introduced Fotomag on the blog theme market, in March 2016. This premium theme is designed to help create a successful website and to publish content with ease. Fotomag is a fresh template that uses a minimalist and glossy design, based on full-width images and very few lines.

Design

The Fotomag theme helps you create a beautiful website no matter what the topic is: from travel journals to gastronomic sites and everything in between. The beautiful imagery will be the main focus of your site.

This template lets you publish video and audio posts, and adds an appealing lightbox effect to all your site’s images.

By default, the theme’s menu and social icons are shown as a pop-up side-menu, and the menus (right and left) can be sticky. You can set a background image to both navigation menus, change their opacity and adjust the font color for these elements.

Functionality

Fotomag comes with a Customizer panel, where most of the options are available, and buttons like the progress bar, author box, comments and more, can be enabled or disabled.

This blog template already comes translated in English, French, and German, in .po and .mo extension files, and can be imported from the theme’s package. Fotomag is using an Ajax Autoload function, and the smooth scroll effect. The template comes with the Vafpress Post Formats UI plugin, adding functionality to audio and video posts.

If you are planning to create an e-shop for your blog, note that the Fotomag theme is compatible with Woocommerce. The template will auto-detect and adapt a site that is using an RTL writing system. Fotomag has a responsive design and will behave well on small devices.

GENERAL
Item name Fotomag
Category Blog / Magazine / Personal
Type Premium
Author Cubell
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 1.2.1
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1920 px
Browser compatibility IE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari / Edge
WooCommerce Yes
WPML -
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support Yes
Preview typography Yes
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts Yes
Post templates 1
Review system -
Post view counter -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox -
Custom image galery Yes
Video lightbox Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 1
Widgets 1
Header styles 2
Footer styles 1
Mega menus -
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars -
Social networks Yes
Instagram widget Yes
Homepage Layout 3
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 1
SEO optimized Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 200 kb
Overall speed Very high
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 25
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Less Detailed
Explicit screen shots -
Video tutorials -
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Vafpress post formats UI (pre-packaged)
VALUE
Price $47
Value for the money Very good

Performance

In our era, time has become a precious commodity. We value a product by the benefits, but we also judge it by the speed it delivers the output. We have tested Fotomag default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content with a medium speed.

Fotomag PageSpeed

Downsides

Although Fotomag can create beautiful pages, some functionality issues need to be fixed before we can say that this is a user-friendly theme. When you are on a post with plenty of images, the (side) menu hides behind the full-width image. It is tricky because you have to go back to the main page to access another post or find an area without images to see the menu button. This theme does not provide page templates and layouts, and you can not monetize your website without using your coding skills, as the Fotomag is missing an ad system. The documentation is less detailed than expected, lacking the video tutorials or screenshots.

Fotomag
Category: Blog
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Price: $47
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Conclusion
Full width images and a simple layout make Fotomag a beautiful blog theme. With the sharing social buttons and social networks, you can add more viewers to your website and show its elegance.
Good for
  • Page loading speed is very high
  • Lovely design, minimalistic
  • Appealing lightbox effect
  • Pop-up right/left side menus
  • Smooth scroll effect
  • RTL support
Not so good for
  • The documentation is less detailed, without videos & screenshots
  • Page templates and layouts are missing
  • Side menu hides behind full width images in posts
  • Ad System is not provided
Overall score:
73%
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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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