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ionMag News Theme
ionMag News Theme

When it comes to describing ionMag, the first thing that comes to mind is “must-have.” Whether you’re a long-time, experienced web designer, or just a blog enthusiast and want to start sharing your passions with the world, this is surely the theme for you. ionMag is the newest addition to the tagDiv portfolio, launched in 2017, and is definitely worth being on the news podium. Created by an Envato Power Elite author, the theme doesn’t fail to surprise with its versatility, easiness of use, and creative layouts.

Design

The ionMag News theme comes with a strong and elegant design, doubled by versatility. This responsive and retina-ready template brings you various content blocks, headers, and footers, built to help you make a memorable impression in your visitor’s mind.

Dedicated to news and magazine, ionMag focuses all the audience attention on your content, with no distractions for the sake of a fancy design. Furthermore, the template uses the spaces between elements, soft lines, and well-balanced color combinations to guide your visitors.

You can also highlight your writings pleasingly as the theme lets you customize fonts as desired. The theme includes Google, Adobe Typekit, and Custom Fonts. All you have to do is apply the settings and let the typography charm the visitors.

Are you ready to go deeper in the heart of the theme? 🙂 Let’s dig in!

ionMag comes packed with 16 demos that you can install quickly. A demo is a predefined website template you can easily import from the ionMag demos section. You can load the demo with content or just the design. If you decide to uninstall it, the import system will clear the website of any demo elements, leaving your pages just like they were before the changes.

And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, wait until you try the tagDiv Composer. This tool was specially created for blog, news, and magazine websites. In other words, it’s solid, yet so light & fast and powerful drag-and-drop builder. The best part about it is that you can make changes right on the front-end of your website, and see the results instantly. Just drag and drop any element you like and play with your creativity while creating astonishing, appealing pages. No coding skills involved!

Let your imagination flow as you organize your photos using the tagDiv slider gallery, or engage your visitors in watching videos, straight from YouTube, Vimeo, and DailyMotion.

Built to emphasize the content, ionMag is packed with various grid styles, category templates, multiple predefined blocks, and lightbox effect. Whit this in mind, to create something special on the ‘above the fold’ area, you have another key feature – ‘Big Grid’ full width elements. This theme is crafted to make your website beautiful, as it comes with 38 block styles, beautiful page templates, and various post styles.

Smart sidebars, sticky menu, social counter, weather widget, this theme has them all!

Functionality

ionMag has a very well-organized Theme Panel, which incorporates all the settings, plugins, demos, and the website monitoring systems. From the header to the footer and everything in between ionMag has a dedicated tab, box, picker or buttons so that you can style your website with ease.

THe ionMag template brings you a one-of-a-kind tool – the tagDiv Composer. This page builder especially crafted for blogs, news sites, and other online magazines allows you to create pages in a unique way. You can build a page from scratch, just by dragging and dropping the grids, blocks, modules, and widgets. While you see every change you make in real time, you can adjust almost everything without using code. This highly optimized plugin works flawlessly with the theme to give you the freedom you need to be creative.

ionMag also comes with 21 custom widgets, ready to give a professional touch to your website. Functionality and usability come together to help you highlight the most important content for an audience. Special categories, filters, Social counter, Currency widget, Pinterest, Weather, Instagram? Yes, ionMag has them all.

However, if those are not enough, you can install additional plugins that are compatible with this template. Try bbPress, BuddyPress, WooCommerce, Yoast SEO, WP Super Cache, Font Awesome 4 Menus and so on.

The ionMag News Theme helps you monetize your website as it gives you 20 spaces to place your ads. You can insert ads from header to footer, smartlists, background, and everything in between. The theme is built to use the Google AdSense System, and automatically make the ads responsive. Banner ads? You’ll be glad to know that ionMag comes together with an extensive documentation to help set up your HTML ads.

For people whose English is not their primary language, the built-in translation panel comes as a beautiful surprise, as it does not require any coding skills. Therefore you can easily load a translation from the already-made dozens of language translations.

GENERAL
Item name ionMag
Category News / Blog / Magazine
Type Premium
Author tagDiv
Envato elite author -
Tested version 2.0
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 980 px
Browser compatibility IE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
WooCommerce Yes
bbPress Yes
BuddyPress Yes
WPML -
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation Yes
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts Yes
Typekit fonts Yes
RTL support -
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts -
Post templates 18
Review system Yes
Post view counter Yes
Smart lists Yes
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox Yes
Custom image galery Yes
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 3
Blocks 38
Widgets 21
Header styles 11
Footer styles 16
Category layouts 9
Masonry layout -
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars Yes
Social networks Yes
Social counter Yes
Video playlists Yes
Instagram widget Yes
Currency widget Yes
Pinterest widget Yes
Weather widget Yes
OTHER FEATURES
Mobile theme -
Demos included 16
SEO optimized Yes
ADS
Ad system Yes
Adsense support Yes
Background image ad Yes
Custom ads Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 441 kb
Overall speed High
Performance documentation Yes
USER EXPERIENCE
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Explicit
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials -
Search option Yes
Extra documentation Yes
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins tagDiv Composer, tagDiv Social Counter, ionMag-Big Grids, ionMag-Blocks & Modules, ionMag-Category Templates, ionMag-Header Styles, ionMag-Post Templates, ionMag-Smart Lists
VALUE
Price $59
Value for the money Excellent

Performance

We have tested the ionMag default demo on different speed test pages, and the content loads at a great speed.

ionMag Theme PageSpeed
ionMag Theme PageSpeed

The performance is better than expected both on mobile and desktop. This theme is also highly optimized to offer a great user experience on all devices, no matter the size.

Downsides

Having a multitude of options to choose from is, in general, a great thing. But customizing every element and each section of the template might be a little overwhelming for beginners.
For now, the ionMag theme documentation has no video tutorials, although it is extensive.
ionMag has no RTL support.

ionMag Theme Review
Category: News
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Conclusion
A dream template could mean different things to different users. It could be a beautifully designed theme that incorporates useful widgets, a theme that works fast on any device, with an effective review system, or a theme that helps in promoting content and monetizing without hassle. Working with ionMag seems like a child’s play due to the simplicity of customization given by the tagDiv Composer. The beauty, combined with the functionality make this theme a true work of art. ionMag has it all!
Good for
  • Delicate and elegant design
  • Responsive and retina ready layout
  • tagDiv Composer - frontend page builder
  • Amazing pre-made demos
  • Social Network Friendly
  • AdSense ready
Not so good for
  • No video tutorials
  • No RTL support
  • No WPML plugin compatibility
Overall score:
88%
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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.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Lisa,
    I am looking for best theme for my blog and the way you reviewed helped me in choosing the right themes with great features and support.

  2. @Lisa, Plz help me After installing Ionmag my ranking or search view getting low, now i can see huge downfall in my site traffic,

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