Aggregate Top WordPress Magazine Theme

January 28, 2012 · 2 comments

by Lars

Wordpress Magazine Theme 2011

Aggregate is a Wordpress Magazine Theme 2011 and it comes packed with tons of content and widget-ready areas, and manages to display everything in a clear and readable manner. ElegantThemes also added some handy new widgets, as well as many new advertisement areas. If you have been searching for a feature-rich Magazine-style theme for your blog, then look no further! Aggregate comes with various background textures and the ability to adjust the background color and font colors giving you an unlimited number of possibilities – try this yourself in the theme preview. Even though Aggregate was created to be a WordPress CMS with a Page-Based structure, you can also run the theme like a normal blog instead.


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Lets take a full length look at the front page of Aggregate a great WordPress Magazine Theme 2011.

front page of Aggregate WordPress Theme

The slider on the front page is really unique and features a cool text overlay on top of the image.

slider on the front page

In order to get multiple clicks per visit and a low bounce rate it is important to tease the visitors with fresh and interesting content. The recent from categories widget set up in this demo is a pretty good example of how to do this. In some cases however it is better to show most popular content and not just the latest posts.

recent from categories widget

Below this area there is a post listing with main focus on the latest posts and them smaller images and headline for posts that are a bit older. This is a good layout and it gives a dynamic look and feel and allow you to show many posts on the front page.

 post listing WordPress Magazine Theme 2011

As you can see there are many content areas / widgets. ´The power of this is illustrated at the bottom where various widgets have been added.

widgets at the bottom

The theme includes several page templates that are very useful when you set up your site. A lot of options can be implemented without coding when you have these.

page templates

The shortcode system on this theme is as on other ElegantThemes themes pretty awesome. You can create buttons, toggled content, content boxes, slideshows, tool tips, add social media buttons and much more. Check them out in the theme preview.

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If you are looking for other WordPress Magazine Themes I recommend you check out this post.

ElegantThemes Standard Theme Features

Beautiful and elegant design aren’t the only things that makes a WordPress theme great. Ease of use and customization is more important and this is where Elegant Themes have put in a huge effort to make sure their themes are among the best.

Outstanding theme options

The options panel in elegant themes is over the top! They created a very user friendly and extremely solution giving you almost unlimited flexibility without the need for coding. I recommend you check out this video to see it in action.

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Shortcodes

Designing and organizing your posts will be much easier with the shortcodes provided in all the Elegant Themes. Shortcodes is seen in more and more premium themes and of cause you also get a huge library with these themes. This will greatly improve the functionality and variety of your content without the frustration that comes with learning advanced web development techniques.

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Page Templates

Elegant Themes Page templates are expected in good themes as they make your life easier by giving you access to pre-made styles and functions. Each template can be applied to an individual page, transforming the way it looks and functions to create additional and unique forms of content.

Complete Localization

The themes have been localized for easy translation. Included with each theme are sets of .mo and .po files that can be used to translate the theme, which means you wont have to spend hours searching through PHP files for English words.

The ElegantThemes membership gives you access to more than 60 of the highest quality themes available for WordPress. All this for only $39 per year and in my opinion it is the best WordPress theme package available online to date!

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Merav Resistal October 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hi,

I wish to build an online magazine on wordpress using one of your templates.

My question is if your offer include the design only or also a settings for the widgets too.

I need a subscription / login widget and secured online purchasing and i couldn’t understand if i can use your template as is or will need a programmer to establish it

Thanks
Merav

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Lars October 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Hi Merav

Great to hear that you have decided to use WordPress. I think it is the best publishing platform right now. Tripwire Magazine does not sell themes but write posts and reviews. Aggregate is sold by ElegantThemes and it is a very good and recommended theme vendor.

Most modern themes include multiple widget locations – meaning that you can add widgets as needed on sidebar, footer, front-page. They also come with page templates making it easier to do complex stuff without hiring a developer. I’m not sure what your requirements are but it sounds a bit like a paid membership you are planning to set up. If you are considering this kind of functionality I would recommend that you look here: http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2010/07/wishlist-member.html

I use Wishlist member myself and I think it is the most popular and feature rich pluging for setting up membership sites. It integrate will most major payment and mailing-list services. There are other options as well. For example you could take a look at OptimizePress (http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2010/12/optimizepress-review-creating-wordpress-membership-sites-squeeze-sales-and-launch-pages.html). Latest version is capable of doing great stuff without a dedicated membership plugin.

Hope this helps you out. Let me know if you need further advice.

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