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Redwood Theme

Redwood is a premium WordPress theme, released in June 2015 by Solo Pine, an Envato power elite author. It is representative for any blog or personal website. With a black and white touch, this is a clean template, very easy to understand and use by beginners. Modern, styled and versatile, Redwood could be a good choice for bloggers.

Design

Redwood was developed to impress the website’s readers, with a classic, clean and aesthetic design. This theme brings five different blog layouts, and you can use beautiful posts or expressive sliders to deliver a great visual appearance. Besides, you can display promo boxes as ads.

A post can support image galleries, video, and audio formats. You can show pages in maximum width size, with sliders and promo boxes. With this theme, you have the option of selecting a responsive design if you wish to do so.

Functionality

Redwood is using a theme Customizer panel, where you can reach all the settings. In General Settings tab, you can choose one of the five homepage or archive layouts. You can set an image as logo and customize the header area.

On the top bar, you can display social icons, the search button, and make this section sticky. This option allows your users to navigate through your website pages and posts easily.

On the homepage, you can add up to three promo boxes as ads, just by setting a title, an image, and a link. Redwood is social network friendly, and it comes with four widgets, including Facebook and Social icons.

GENERAL
Item name Redwood
Category Blog / Magazine / Multi-purpose
Type Premium
Author Solo Pine
Envato elite author Yes
Tested version 1.1
COMPATIBILITY
Content width 1170
Browser compatibility IE9+ / Chrome / FF / Opera / Safari
WooCommerce Yes
WPML -
FONTS AND TRANSLATION
Integrated translation -
Google fonts -
Custom fonts -
Typekit fonts -
RTL support -
Preview typography -
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 -
Video lightbox -
PAGE FEATURES
Page templates 4
Widgets 4
Header styles 1
Footer styles 1
Mega menus -
Sticky menu Yes
Sticky sidebars -
Social networks Yes
Instagram widget -
Homepage Layout 5
OTHER FEATURES
Demos included 1
SEO optimized -
PERFORMANCE
CSS file size 36 kb
Overall speed Medium
Performance documentation -
USER EXPERIENCE
Total ratings 139
User rating
Learnability Easy
DESIGN
Responsive design Yes
Retina ready -
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 $39
Value for the money Very 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 the Redwood’s default demo on different page speed tests, and the content loads at a slow speed.

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Redwood PageSpeed

Downsides

The documentation is less detailed than expected, and the theme doesn’t have an option to set a Google font or custom typography. To change the default fonts from the Redwood theme, you have to use a plugin. Also, mega menus and sticky sidebars are not available on this theme. Two of the predefined page templates refer to a ‘full width’ page, but Redwood’s maximum content width is limited to 1170 pixels.

Redwood
Category: Blog
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Conclusion
Redwood is designed to be a very social friendly blog theme, with clean layouts and classic lines. The theme is constantly updated and improved, as the Solo Pine author is continuously developing Redwood.
Good for
  • Aesthetic design and classic lines
  • Image galleries & expressive sliders
  • Promo boxes as ads
  • Choose your design to be responsive (or not)
  • Social network friendly
Not so good for
  • Page loading speed is slow
  • Documentation less detailed than expected
  • ‘Full width’ page layouts, when content width is 1170px max
  • There are no mega menus and sticky sidebars
  • Google fonts and custom typography are not available
Overall score:
66%
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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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