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Penelope, Simple Minimalist Blog and WooCommerce Template

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When I was a kid, I had no clue how to pronounce the name Penelope.  I’d say PEN-uh-lope.  What was I thinking though?  I have no idea, it just didn’t dawn on my how you actually said the name.  I was sheltered.  Maybe dumb too. Whatever, I know how to pronounce it now.  pen-UH-lope.  Right?

Penelope WordPress Theme

Little of column A, little of column B, I’d say.

I’m much better now.

Anyway, Penelope isn’t just a name I used to struggle to pronounce, it’s a slick looking minimalist WordPress theme that I’m going to review today.  Brand new in November of 2017, Penelope has a big, bold and flavorful look, it’s flat, but it’s really cool to look at.  With large amounts of white space and big, daring images, it’s almost hard to call this theme ‘minimalist’ but I will anyway.   Great for creatives, whether you’re building your own personal portfolio or you run a small company.  Honestly, I doubt this works great for a large scale creative firm, but that’s okay.  It doesn’t have to do *everything*.

Penelope is anything but minimalist in terms of features though.

This one offers up four blog layouts, four hero sliders, a really cool creative design and it’s simple to customize.  With a clean, minimal design, fast support and a lot more.  Kick the designer a couple extra bucks and they’ll even install and customize this theme for you.  sweet deal, right?  Did I mention that Penelope is WooCommerce ready too?  No?  Well, it is.  That means you can set up a cool looking, simple and minimal online shop rapidly.

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Based on the Underscores framework, Penelope is coded really well, which means it should do great in terms of the search engines.  Full responsiveness means it displays perfectly on all sorts of devices too.  Great for a portfolio and also great for a blog?  Yeah, I’d say so.

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Exceptional support

  • Customization services and Installation services Available

8 Home Pages Layout

  • Classic, List, List First Post Large
  • Masonry 2 col or Masonry 3 col
  • Chess, Chess First Post Large
  • Full Width
  • Logo in the Menu
  • Logo in the Header
  • Logo in the Footer

3 Layouts for Single Pages

  • Left Sidebar
  • Right Sidebar
  • Full-Width Post

4 Layouts for Hero Slider

  • One slide
  • Two slide
  • Three slide
  • Four slide

Main Features

  • Underscores Based Theme
  • WooCommerce Capabilities
  • FontAwesome icons
  • Sticky navigation
  • SEO Optimized, Compatible With All SEO Plugins
  • Slick, Owl slider
  • Clean and Elegant, Responsive and Modern Design
  • Custom Header Slider
  • Unlimited Color for most elements
  • Well Documented, Well Supported
  • Bootstrap 3x
  • Font Pair
  • Social Media Support
  • Cross Browser Support
  • Translation Ready
  • 3 Bold Promo Boxes
  • Fast Support

4 Sidebar Positions

  • Left Sidebar
  • Right Sidebar
  • No Sidebar
  • Pop-up Sidebar

Supported Post Formats

  • Standard Post, Gallery Post, Video Post, Audio Post and Full Width Posts

Custom Widgets

  • Plenelope: About Widget
  • Penelope: Social Widget
  • Penelope: Latest Posts Widget

So, that’s Penelope.  What do you think, yea or nay?  I like it.  it’s not overly exciting, but it is well designed.  I looked into the code a bit and I think it has a lot of potential to load fast, look good on all devices and for the right kind of blog, it could be a good fit.  Maybe lifestyle blogs?  Whatever you decide, please feel free to bookmark us and chefck back often, we’re constantly updating our collections and rating more awesome themes.

Quick update, I’ve just reviewed a very similar looking theme to Penelope, it’s called BrightFuture.  If Penelope wasn’t exactly what you were looking for, maybe BrightFuture is more your style?

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NRG Network

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NRG Network BuddyPress and bbPress community theme

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Many BuddyPress-specific themes do not integrate well with WordPress Multisite, but Plexus was developed to do just that. Even if your goal is not a website network, the Plexus theme still provides everything you could want. Its unique design will push your site to the forefront of visitors’ minds as they appreciate the clean, stylish, and user-friendly look and feel. Although it appeals straight out of the box, site owners can also do a huge number of customizations and edits to build a unique style. Any site built with the Plexus Buddypress theme offers retina-ready graphics and responsive layout options.

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