This is the first post in my Comparison of Magazine Themes series. In this post, we’ll see about The Morning After and Your Revolution. I chose these two because they were so close in the layout and look.
The Morning After
The Morning After is a free magazine-like theme by Arun Kale. The theme was created based on a brief survey on the WordPress forums about what people would want to see in a unique magazine-style theme.
To my knowledge, it is the first magazine-style theme to be released(see below). Not only the first, it is my favorite. I use this personally on one of my sites and i’m loving this. This theme has many features that are essential for a magazine. Especially, i really appreciate the use of Custom Fields. I love the way the posts are displayed on the homepage, and the recent posts section. The Morning After doesn’t fall behind on the post display page also. It is very nice too like a professional magazine. If i wanted to choose a magazine-style theme and didn’t have money to spend, i’d definitely choose The Morning After. To look at an excellent implementation of The Morning After, go to PopSofa.com
- Excellent Layout
- Very good use of Custom Fields
- Integration with Email Posts Plugin (a typical magazine feature)
- Colorless. By default it is fully in grayscale
First of all i’d like to tell that i have no personal vengeance against Adii and this post is truly unbiased. The first thing that stuck me when i saw Your Revolution was its color. It was too bright and was a heavy strain on my eye. Of course, i complained that The Morning After was colorless. But, i didn’t want this much color either. Anything like the Revolution News Theme will be optimal. Coming back to Your Revolution, i’d tell that it gives less emphasis for the posts on the frontpage. That is, the first and the second column on the frontpage are equally wide. But, its is logical that the first column needs to be wider than the second.
Your Revolution gives excellent position for the 300 x 250 advertisement, which was absent in The Morning After. Your Revolution’s single post page look impressive too. Though Your Revolution’s category page is nice, i like The Morning After’s better. Also, Your Revolution has a poor header design which is a big drawback. To conclude, i’d say that Your Revolution isn’t worth your bucks when The Morning After is available for free.
- Good Positioning for Advertisement
- The color scheme
- Poor header design
- The “Can-do-better” type of layout
UPDATE : Sorry to have mentioned that The Morning After was the first Magazine-style theme. Its looks like Mimbo Magazine theme was released before The Morning After. Sorry for the mistake. Thanks for letting me know Darren.
Thank you for the constructive criticism – no offence taking! I can only say that “Your Revolution” & “Block Magazine” was my first two magazine-style themes and I believe that my offerings can only get better. Based on a bunch of feedback that I’ve been getting in the past few weeks, I will be releasing updated (V2) versions of both these themes.
To however see a truly premium new theme, you can have a look at my Premium News theme that will be released in the next week or so… View the linked post to see a complete list of features and functions.
Adii wrote on October 24th, 2007 at 5:00 pm
Great work Adii. I love that theme’s look and features. And, thanks for linking to those cool little scripts. They might come in handy in future.
Any hint on the price of the theme ? I might be interested in getting a copy… All the best with this one…
Hari wrote on October 25th, 2007 at 1:43 pm
@ Hari – pleasure about the scripts and good to hear you like the new theme. I will probably price the premium version of the theme at around $100, but will make a more light-weight version available for a bit less…
Adii wrote on October 25th, 2007 at 1:50 pm
Ah ! Nice price and the light-weight version is a good idea. Really looking forward to its release
Hari wrote on October 25th, 2007 at 1:55 pm
I ended up going with The Morning After and have been pretty happy with it. Its pretty easy to add some color or change what is there, especially with something like css edit. However, Adii’s new premium news theme looks like it will blow the others away. Unfortunately I already dropped $100 on the Revaluation Magazine theme before I found The Morning After (doh!) so will probably hold off on buying Premium News and just implement the parts of it I like manually (the video positioning, tabbed sidebar, and smaller ads).
Nic wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 6:24 am
oh ! I liked the Revolution Magazine theme too. But, surely Adii’s new premium theme will blow away the rest..
Hari wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 8:04 am
@ Hari – I’m so excited about the new Premium News theme! I’m actually spending a lot of time to add extra stuff under its hood (something I didn’t do for my other themes), so it will be an amazing theme to use!
Adii wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 8:18 am
Ah ! You are really tempting me
Now, i’m getting a desire to design a magazine theme too…:) Maybe, i’ll do…
Hari wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 8:22 am
You should! It’s been so much fun developing mine…
Adii wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 8:32 am
Surely.. i’m starting now. But its really going to be a tough job to design a theme without mimicking these 6 themes and the one that you are doing
Hari wrote on October 26th, 2007 at 8:44 am
I’m in the process of building several affiliate sites with phpBay Pro and I think that I’ve just found the best free theme available right now for what I’m looking for. I’ve looked through hundreds if not a thousand free wordpress themes and this is the one.
Thank you for sharing this!
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