Destro Free WordPress Theme
The internet is, quite literally, littered with WordPress themes – both free and premium ones. WordPress themes are being developed at an alarming pace, and we now have access to a plethora of good themes available on the WordPress platform. This is actually one of the things that makes WordPress such a powerful CMS – the easy access to thousands upon thousands of good themes, both free themes as well as paid-for (premium) ones.
Destro is a responsive and an all-round excellent free WordPress theme that has been developed by a group of WordPress developers who go by the name of ThemeAlley. It is a magazine-style theme, which not only has it all as far as the appearance, looks and aesthetics are concerned, it is also quite feature-laden and comes with a ton of extra goodies.
Which is brilliant considering the fact that it is a free theme!
Before we proceed, it should be noted that ThemeAlley also offers a pro version of this theme (for $35) which has a lot more features, however this particular post looks at the free version of the Destro theme for WordPress.
Destro is a magazine-style theme, which means that it is suitable for a large number of blogs and websites. By default, most of the theme areas are black, for instance the background and the sidebars are all-black with a white font on top of them. This color however can be easily changed through the theme cPanel (more on this in a bit).
Like many magazine styled themes, the content area is divided into many 'boxes', each for different posts.
One of the things that really stood out for me was the beautifully-designed slider which sits at the top of theme. This slider can be used to display featured posts and the like. The free version of the Destro theme comes with one slider layout.
Speaking of layouts, you can change the layout and overall appearance of the theme easily through the the theme's control panel. There are 3 different homepage layout to choose from (called Mag Layout, MagLite Layout, and Standard Layout), to be exact, as well as 2 different kinds of page layouts, including a full width page template for you to use.
The theme also allows you to place different kinds of ads (300×250 ads, 125×125 ads) easily in different places, such as the sidebar.
Destro WordPress theme also includes as many as 8 pre-made and ready to use color schemes or skins. The colors include black (default), blue, red, brown, pink, white and green).
Other features that come included with the Destro theme are social icons, twitter updates, threaded comments and of course, widget support. Widgets such as Popular Posts widgets can easily be placed in the content area, the sidebar or the footer, for instance.
As mentioned above, you could also try out the 'pro' or the paid-for version of the same theme, which ads many other homepage and slider layouts, templates and skins to an already impressive theme.
If however you're looking for something that is free and awesome, the free version of the Destro theme for WordPress should do the trick, and do it well! Click on the buttons at the top of this page to preview and/or download the theme.