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Tabor, Stripped Down, Fast Loading, Mininalist Blog Theme

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richtabor.com-Articles — Rich Tabor

This is Tabor, an ultra simple, fast loading, classically minimalist WordPress blog theme from ThemeBeans. First glance shows you this is a theme that isn’t interested in a bunch of extra junk on the page, it’s about as stripped down as you can get.  It supports a lot of plugins and addons that people really love.  Stuff like Yoast SEO, Optin Monster, Medium, MailChimp, MonsterInsights and more.  That helps keep this theme from falling into the territory of ‘too bare bones to use’.

I’ll let the theme’s creator do the next part of the intro.

Tabor was built out of a real need. I needed a super-fast, highly-optimized, professional WordPress theme to help share my words and grow my audience. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.

That’s Rich Tabor of Theme Beans. He needed a new website, so he went and created this particular theme for his WordPress blog.  Now, you can have a straight up clone of it if you want to.  Pretty generous.  Or crazy, I’m not sure which.

Well, let’s see if he got what he wanted, is this theme really as fast as he claims?

gtmetrix.com-Latest Performance Report for https richtabor.com articles GTmetrix

Well, yeah, that’s really fast.  A tidy 30 requests, loads in around 2 seconds with a relatively small 1.5mb size.  Of course, all that depends on how you set your site up and what images you choose, but it does at least have the potential to be really, really fast.  Some themes can’t say that.

Here’s the front page.  So clickably flat, it’s ridiculous.

richtabor.com-Improving the Custom Logo WordPress Customizer Shortcut — Rich Tabor

Here’s another good look at a sample post. So damned simple, why didn’t I think of that!  Man, that’s a minimalist theme to be sure.  For more minimalist themes, check out our collection.

6 Bite-Size Takeaways from my Experience at PressNomics — Rich Tabor

So, it’s a very simple, fast loading blog.  They say this blog is strictly meant for writers, so it’s a blogger’s blog, basically.  What’s the catch?  Well, if you actually want more than one post style, you’re going to have to code that yourself.  Sure, they offer video post types.  Widgets?  Well, they’re handled a little differently in this theme.  I’ll let Rich Tabor explain again.

I don’t bundle widgets in the theme files. What if you decide to switch themes? Your widget data is gone. Poof. I have added custom styling for OptinMonster and MailChimp for WordPress. All default widgets look great. Add widgets to the single post sidebar widget area, and you’ll find a sidebar added to the page. The sidebar layout is not option-based, it’s contextual.

So maybe that’s not so bad.  But another issue, this bad boy is going to run you $69, at least at the time of this writing.  That’s an awful lot of money.  Then again, there’s zero bloat in this theme.  It really does load fast.  It does look good, as long as it suits your taste that is.

I guess I’m asking, is it too simple for some people?  I’d say the answer to that is, absolutely.

It’s not a theme that’s for everybody but for those who need the simplest, functional and fast loading theme they can find, this could be it.  A little bragging time here, our Silverbow theme loads damn fast too.  Check it out if you want another free option with a fast load time and minimal style.

Features

  • SEO Optimized
  • Schema Markup Ready
  • OptinMonster Support
  • MailChimp for WordPress Support
  • MonsterInsights Support
  • High Readability
  • Fine-tuned WYSIWYG WordPress writing experience
  • Showcase videos using the Video Post Format
  • Localization Support
  • Safe & Secure
  • Super Fast
  • Bloat Free
  • Built-in social sharing components
  • Built-in inline OptinMonster opt-in styling

That’s all for now.  Stay tuned for more great WordPress themes.

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NRG Network

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NRG Network BuddyPress and bbPress community theme

Social networking sites only work if they are user-friendly, attractively designed, and have plenty of positive traits that people want. When you choose the NRG Network theme in conjunction with the powerful WordPress plugins BuddyPress and bbPress, you can deliver on every promise. Site visitors can sign up easily with a new user name and password or by using their Facebook account. BuddyPress offers many specific addons so you can customize your website to be the perfect solution for either a diverse group of socializers or a unique niche group.

Packaged with NRG Network theme is Visual Composer, the ultimate drag and drop page builder plugin that usually comes with a premium cost. Revolution Slider is another premium option that allows you to create dynamic slideshows with attention-grabbing graphics or videos. If you do not wish to build site pages from scratch, NRG comes complete with a collection of pre-made templates to help you launch your new social network more quickly.

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Bounce

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Bounce BuddyPress WP Template

Companies, freelancers, and other professional who want to create a social community or network for their industry or niche should consider the Bounce theme. It integrates smoothly with both bbPress and BuddyPress on any WordPress site. Every bit of the backend power is handled by these plugins, but the design elements and features come from Bounce. Customize the home page to suit your particular needs. Copy and paste shortcodes to add unique content blocks or capabilities. Choose from one of the seven attractive color schemes included with this theme.

For flexibility and professional style, the Bounce WordPress theme offers everything you need for bbPress and BuddyPress social platform creation. It offers truly flexible and completely responsive styling.  This unique design focuses on helping people make new friends and send messages, the notifications look good and sending out messages has never been easier.  If you want to take full advantage of BuddyPress, it’s best to select a theme that is specifically designed to take advantage of all of the wonderful features that this free plugin has to offer.

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Plexus

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Plexus WordPress BuddyPress theme

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.

Other premium plugins packaged with the Plexus WP theme include the user-friendly Visual Composer drag and drop page builder and Layer Slider, which helps you create stunning slideshows on any page. A ton of eye-catching elements and content blocks can be arranged however you like to properly display your information and graphics. All of these features and the seamless integration with BuddyPress social networking and bbPress message board community addons make the Plexus theme a grand solution for anyone with an ambitious project to complete.

Well, Plexus has been removed from the ThemeForest marketplace, but more BuddyPress themes can be found here.

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