Veggie WordPress theme review
The Veggie WordPress theme is a product of Anariel Design a specialist designer of quality WordPress themes for both self hosted WordPress users and WordPress.com. In this review I am going to be taking a look at one of their newest WordPress themes Veggie.
At it’s core the Veggie theme is specifically for those who who love to blog about food, share recipes and more. Without further ado let’s take a look at this theme and put it through it’s paces.
As usual, I am going to be performing this review with the latest version of WordPress (4.3.1) and absolutely no plugins installed. I have a dummy domain for testing and have deleted all content, so I have a nice blanks canvas ready for testing.
Installation of the Veggie theme:-
This can be done one of two ways, for FTP (FileZilla is always good, plus it’s free) or install via the Appearance menu in your WordPress back end. For this review I am going to be installing via the WordPress back end. So here goes!
Installing Veggie is just how you come to expect nice and straight forward. Bearing in mind I have no content on the site as yet, what does it look like with nothing on it? Take a look at the below to see what I mean:
Well we know it’s installed perfectly, sure it’s a bit blank at the moment but let’s take a look at the customization options for Veggie. Let’s see what we can tinker with, after all you may have a color scheme or layout in mind if you’re looking at using this theme.
Customization options for Veggie
It’s always been a bone of contention with some. Should a WordPress theme have it’s own settings page? It’s frowned upon by some and others don’t mind it. Me? I’m not too fussed either way, however with the way the native WordPress customization panel is coming on I’m leaning towards using it more.
As you will see from the above Veggie uses the native WP customization settings. We have a a varied range of options to choose from, so lets take a look through each one and see what there is on offer.
So the first entry in the WP custom settings screen has a raft of choices for you to get your teeth into. We have an option to hide the search box, so if you don’t want people to search your site we can do away with it completely.
Next up is ‘Blog Layout’ we have list post layout, right sidebar layout, left sidebar layout, two column grid layout, two column grid with sidebar and lastly three column layout.
We will dig more into these later on in the review as I have no content on display at the moment I cant really show you what they will do as yet. Worry not though we will indeed cover them!
Lastly in this section we have the option to hide the post author / date from posts. Now I know some blogs don’t show this info and some do.
However it’s nice to have the option to remove it if you are that way inclined. We can also hide the author bio if you wish, you know the standard one at the base of blog posts.
Standard fare now for WordPress themes using the native WP customization panel, we can give the site a title you will see I named my test site ‘REVIEWING THE VEGGIE THEME’ as funnily enough that’s what I’m doing.
You also have the option to choose an icon to be displayed in browsers when viewing your website and as an app icon for mobile users.
Custom CSS panel:
If you’re looking to make small changes to the theme itself you can do so and paste in the CSS edits into this rather handy box.
If however you are looking at making CSS design changes wholesale, I strongly recommend using a child theme, guess what?
The Veggie WordPress theme comes with one already, which is handy for those who love to tinker with a themes design and make changes!
If you have a specific color scheme in mind for your new website using the Veggie theme then here is where you can change colors for certain elements.
As you can see from the image to my right the all elements with blue color will change things like the search box icon and others throughout the site.
They’re all pretty self explanatory and really don’t need me to waffle on about them here.
Save to say you can indeed change the color of elements thus helping you get the color scheme you need for your new site.
Not the most descriptive panel title so far! However all this one does is allow you to change the color of the header text (if you have elected to go for text over image as a logo) and finally change the color of the background, nice and simple.
Here you can display an image of your choosing the theme does recommend a size of of 2600 x 300 pixels.
The image itself will sit right above the text of the site or the logo of the site, could be good to use for highlighting something of particular interest.
This item and the one before it are pretty much the standard in all WordPress themes that use the native custom settings screen. However if you wanted to add in a paper background, think a crinkled one that might look rather nice.
Would give it a real cooking / foodie look, just a quick idea, anyway I’m waffling! Get it (waffles, food, Veggie theme, oh forget it).
Again this is a standard fixture for WordPress themes, we cant really do anything as yet as I mentioned earlier we have no content to display, no pages or posts. If you already have content and are changing over to the Veggie theme then all your menus would be shown here.
It’s worth noting that the Veggie WordPress theme has four widget areas. One for the sidebar and as the image denotes three more for the footer as well. Minimal and concise, not a million different widget areas all over the shop!
At the very bottom of the theme you will see a note that says: ‘© Veggie Theme by Anariel Design. All rights reserved’ well this section allows you to change that to your site name or whatever you want to put down there.
You also have the option to hide it completely if you so wish via a check box.
So that covers native settings what’s next?
Well as you no doubt know by know I aim to be as thorough as possible and give you the consumer all the information I believe will help you in the making that all important buying decision.
So next up we will be taking a look at importing demo content for the theme itself and seeing what it can do in terms of post creation, page creation and other shenanigans. So let’s continue on with the review of the Veggie WordPress theme review then.