Review of Bloggr Theme for WordPress

Image from website

After looking at many many themes I have decided to go with the Bloggr free theme for the website of a quirky art gallery/artist’s studio that I am working on. The site was already set up on and was using a linear blog style theme (Flounder) with a different look for post formats. I haven’t got the terminology for that quite right in the page for the theme it says it “features colorful support for post formats”.

Bloggr from modernthemes

Available to download from
Not only does the theme look good and have a lot of ways to customise, but the documentation instructions from the providers seems clear and you can buy support options for a month, 3 months, and a year.

There doesn’t seem to be any way of contacting to report bugs them without paying for the support. It seems to me that there is a bug with the search feature, but I have managed to fix it using the Simple Custom CSS plugin.

This is what the home page I've done looks like - a lot different to the images from the theme site.

This is what the home page I’ve done looks like – a lot different to the images from the theme site.

There is a home page section that has Newest Stories, Trending Stories and Featured Stories. You can change the icons for these sections. You can hide the sections. I haven’t yet found how you populate them. I wonder if these relate to the static home page rather than a posts page.

For the techies: “bloggr is built with Underscores, (C) 2012-2014 Automattic, Inc. and includes Simple Grid ( by ThisisDallas, Custom Meta Boxes by WebDevStudio, Category Posts Widget by Mrinal Kanti Roye ( and Font Awesome ( by Dave Gandy.”

The themes I dismissed

Before I picked Bloggr these are all the other themes I looked at in the live preview. It doesn’t always give a true picture but it does allow you to see the customising options and put in a background image form the media you already have to see how that looks and play with colours to see if that makes a difference.

Pisces – I actually like the overall styling of this theme better but I couldn’t see a way of it having a widget sidebar that I do want, not widgets at the bottom. And I particularly dislike the way the search opens a box that would be fine on a mobile device but is far too big for a desktop. Probably fixable with tweaking but it made me decide against it this time around.

Visual – didn’t like the way the titles wrapped cutting off letters rather than taking the word to the next line and had no widgets sidebar.

Pinpress – would involve too much work to get it how I want

PR News – would involve too much work to get it how I want

Fluxipress – didn’t look good in live preview with own content

Birdflat – had potential once I found out where to change the colours, but would have required some fiddling and maybe a plugin to make videos display on the posts homepage (they were just showing as links in the live preview). Also on a post page the widgets had a transparent background so didn’t show up over a image background. Something also had changed in the preview by the time I had looked at this (not sure how that works) and it was only showing in one column rather than the 3 columns I was interested in but I think that was to do with the preview since when I went back to the Bloggr them it also looked like that but was in 3 column format when I actually activated it.

Themolio – I didn’t even try as it is an old theme and wasn’t sure if it would work.

MaryAnne – really needs feature images to look good and videos were just coming out as links

Fukasawa – appeared to only be a single column for the posts but that was perhaps the live preview issue mentioned with Birdflat. Also did seem to need to have feature images to look good – I would still like to do a site with this theme though as I think it is very cool.

Seiryuu – fine if you want blue. Didn’t seem to be a way to change the colours easily so dismissed it very quickly. Although maybe I need to revisit this option sometime because with the Simple Custom CSS plugin then could perhaps the colours could be changed

YS Magazine – can’t remember now why I dismissed this one, didn’t write any notes

1646 Total Views 1 Views Today

You may also like...

Leave a Reply