SmartMag is an elegant, premium news, blog and magazine theme, developed in February 2014 by Themesphere, an Envato elite author. Promoted as ‘the most sold magazine theme in 2014’, SmartMag is powered by a custom page builder. The template is built with care for details and comes with a well-structured settings hierarchy. SmartMag brings you all the tools you need to create a news or magazine website: clean templates, custom blocks, predefined layouts, multiple menus and post styles and everything in between.
With a modern design, SmartMag is responsive, so all your website content will be beautifully displayed on all types of devices with high definition screens. SmartMag is retina ready for logos, and the navigation logo can be sticky if you enable this option.
In the chapter about listing layouts, SmartMag comes with eight styles that can become the interface of categories, author or archive, and you can also choose regular pagination or infinite scroll.
With SmartMag, you can easily integrate images, audio files, and videos in posts, while you can publish reviews based on stars, percentage, and points. You can also give your users the opportunity to rate your content.
Every website has menus, but the beauty of SmartMag is that links and categories can have the mega menu option enabled: Mega Menu for Links, and Category Mega Menu. With custom lightbox, image galleries, and a review system, all your users will be delighted to engage your fantastic posts. Also, SmartMag menus and sidebars can be sticky.
The theme comes with SmartMag Settings panel, which allows you to change settings like header & navigation, listing layouts, homepage & blocks, page/post settings, typography, skins & styling, sliders, and more.
In ‘Header and Navigation’ you can choose one of the three predefined header styles for your beautiful website and you can add a text as your logo or upload an image, using different dimensions.
The author has integrated three custom plugins in the SmartMag theme: Bunyad Page Builder, Bunyad Shortcodes, and Bunyad Widgets. Editing a page is available in three ways: in visual mode, text edit and assemble elements with the drag and drop Bunyad Page Builder. Also, you can choose three layout styles, and with Page Builder, you will design creative homepages. A Page’s Layout can be cloned and inserted into the page, combined with twelve widgets.
SmartMag can accommodate column blocks to highlight the latest posts, news focus block to list various trending information and a gallery carousel that displays latest videos and images in a slider.
Before setting up your content, you can test your website with one of the two included demos: Default or Tech. Your news site can quickly become a Woocommerce based sale store, and your virtual friends can share your stories using the nice social sharing buttons.
If you want to run a multilingual setup on your website, the SmartMag theme is compatible with WPML (WordPress Multilingual Plugin) and is SEO optimized. SmartMag is RightToLeft ready. SmartMag comes with a custom ad widget, called Bunyad Advertisement, which you can use in the primary sidebar, topbar, header and on footer area.
|Envato elite author||Yes|
|Browser compatibility||IE8+ / Chrome / FF / Safari / Edge|
|FONTS AND TRANSLATION|
|Post view counter||-|
|Custom image lightbox||-|
|Custom image galery||-|
|Background image ad||-|
|CSS file size||94 kb|
|Overall speed||Very high|
|Explicit screen shots||Yes|
|Plugins||Bunyad Page Builder, Bunyad Shortcodes, Bunyad Widgets|
|Value for the money||Very good|
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 the SmartMag theme’s default demo on different page speed tests, and it loads the content with high speed. 91/100 on Google Page Speed
Theme’s change log shows that a significant update was released in September 2015, and since then, the author delivered no considerable adjustments. SmartMag Settings could use a new design with more customizing options. No post views system is available, and there is no masonry layout. You can set up video posts, but you can not add a video playlist on your website.