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Lets Blog Theme

Lets Blog is a WordPress blog theme, developed in August 2015, by Theme Goods, an Envato power elite author, with experience in photography, magazine and multi-purpose website templates. With a one-click demo option, custom post types and all the theme’s settings, Lets Blog is a clean and minimalist template.

Design

Built for versatility, Lets Blog comes with simple design elements. The template is responsive and retina ready ensuring a positive experience on mobile devices. Many predefined page layouts make Lets Blog a flexible, easy to customize theme.

The feature content can display a single image, a gallery, Youtube or Vimeo videos when the website’s layout is in full-width. This theme allows to create image galleries separately and insert them from a list as featured content in posts.

Lets Blog allows you to transform your portal using the mega menus and sticky menus. The mega menu is generated using a custom CSS class, and it can render in 2-5 columns. The author added some fresh design features as ‘Right click protection’ and ‘Image dragging protection.’ Using these options, you have control over your copyright protected content.

Functionality

From the theme’s Settings panel, you can import the demo with content. This option can be useful if you intend to take a “test drive” on your new website, helping you to decide which predefined template is the right one for you. Lets Blog uses a Customizer panel with additional settings, allowing you to change colors, and to choose the preferred typography. You can also add a frame to the website’s layout and pick between a boxed and a full style.

You can choose to display one of the four-page templates and hide the page title & tagline. With 23 shortcodes, including drop caps, gallery slider, media lightbox, columns, social icons and more, your blog can be customized to look attractive.

As staying connected to your visitors is more important than ever, Lets Blog is designed to be social friendly, allowing your readers to share you engaging content on a variety of networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, Youtube, Dribbble, Instagram, Pinterest, Behance and so on. Shortcode Options generator, making the drop caps, gallery sliders, media lightboxes, fonts, columns, social icons, and other design elements available on your website.

Custom advertisements with an embed code, like banner ads, Adsense and Non-Adsense can be inserted with the Lets blog Ad widget. The theme is compatible with Ajax Live Search and is SEO optimized.

GENERAL
Item name Lets Blog
Category Blog / Magazine / Personal
Type Premium
Author Theme Goods
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 1.3
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1310 px
Browser compatibility IE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
WooCommerce Yes
WPML Yes
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts Yes
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support -
Preview typography Yes
POST FEATURES
Video posts Yes
Audio posts -
Post templates 3
Review system -
Post view counter -
Social share Yes
Custom image lightbox -
Custom image galery Yes
Video lightbox -
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 4
Widgets 10
Header styles 1
Footer styles 4
Mega menus Yes
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars -
Social networks Yes
Instagram widget Yes
Homepage Layout 10
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 1
SEO optimized Yes
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 180 kb
Overall speed Medium
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 108
User rating
Learnability Medium
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready Yes
DOCUMENTATION
Difficulty Beginner
Explanations Explicit
Explicit screen shots Yes
Video tutorials Yes
Search option -
Extra documentation -
PREMIUM PLUGINS
Plugins Lets Blog Theme Demo Plugin
VALUE
Price $44
Value for the money Excellent

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 delivered by its output. We have tested Lets Blog’s default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content with a high speed.

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Lets Blog Page Speed

Downsides

Lets Blog theme doesn’t come with a child theme included, and sticky sidebars are not available. The RTL writing system, custom, and Typekit fonts are a few missing features. This template doesn’t have support for audio posts, and no post views or review system is available. The theme’s documentation is quite detailed, but lacking information about Shortcode Options generator. As the Theme Goods author has over 45 WordPress themes, the major updates are very rare.

Lets Blog Theme Review
Category: Blog
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Conclusion
Lets Blog is a theme well designed to fit your blog, no matter what subjects you choose to publish online. The theme is flexible allowing you to customize widgets, sidebars position, the behavior of image galleries or to add colored frame layouts. Designed to suit both beginners and advanced WordPress users, Lets Blog is a website interface created to help you express yourself.
Good for
  • Minimalist, clean template
  • Full-width feature content post type
  • Full-width sliders
  • Right click protection
  • Image dragging protection
Not so good for
  • The page loading speed is slow
  • No page builder, just a Shortcode generator
  • The sticky sidebars are unavailable
  • No option for the custom and typekit fonts
  • No RTL Post views count and reviews system are missing
  • No major updates
  • Errors in using the shortcode generator
  • The documentation is lacking information
Overall score:
84%
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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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