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Gonzo is a clean and responsive magazine-style premium theme for WordPress – and easily one of the best of it's kind that I've come across!
The theme was developed by Ollie McCarthy and is a very popular theme for WordPress websites and blogs – for good reason.
The theme is very powerful and highly customizable right out of the box. It provides WordPress users with a great way to customize the look, the UI and the interface of their theme. The theme comes with a flexible layout system, that easily lets users set-up their blog precisely they way they want it to.
Users can choose from a simple blogroll-style look, or a magazine-style layout. There are five different layout modules to choose from here, if you're looking for more complex layouts – and the best part is that you can mix-and-match all these 5 different modules to create a highly-customized and tailor-made UI for your blog or website. Clear and sensible spacing, combined with good hierarchy will ensure that no one will ever have a problem navigating your blog.
In addition, another great thing about Gonzo is that it comes with a bunch of extra goodies – one of them being a review system. This easy-to-use review system supports both stars and percentage ratings. You also have the option of placing the review at the top or bottom of the post. So if, for instance you run a review-based blog (such as video games reviews, web-hosting reviews, etc.) Gonzo has you covered.
Secondly, the theme is responsive, which is great news for traffic coming from mobile devices such as cellphones and tablets. Traffic originating from such devices now makes up a large proportion of the total online traffic, and hence it is very important for your website or blog to 'go mobile.' With Gonzo, this process is automatic, which means that the UI of your website is automatically adjusted when someone accesses or opens your website on a cellphone or a tablet PC (such as an iPad). Gonzo even keeps the magazine-interface intact on the mobile screen sizes!
Gonzo also comes with an awesome, fully-functional slider, that is easy to set-up, and looks absolutely fantastic once it's up. You can use this slider to display all your latest posts right on top of your homepage, or display specific posts only, such as from a particular category.
Other features include (from the website):
- Compatible with Adpress Plugin: For responsive advertising, Gonzo is 100% compatible with Adpress from CodeCanyon right out of the box.
- Facebook and WordPress Comments: You have the option of using Facebook comments to get more reach or use WP comments to preserve anonymity. The choice is yours.
- Four Post Formats: Choose from standard, audio (with soundcloud), video (embed) and gallery.
- GUI Shortcodes: User-friendly buttons/dialogue system. No need to type or remember the shortcodes.
- Widgets included: Facebook Fans, Socialbox Counter, Video, Latest Posts with Thumbnails, Tabbed Widget (supports all widget types) and Flickr Widget.
- Connected Author Page: Dedicated Author page with social media icons directly integrated into the User Panel in the WP Dashboard.
- BBPress: Gonzo is now compatible with the BBPress forum plugin.
- Best Reviews Page: As of version 1.5 there is a best reviews page and widget (both are filterable by category).
At the end of the day, Gonzo makes a great WordPress theme for a large number of different blogs, and represents great value-for-money as well.
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