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Cuckoo is a magazine theme with all the loaded features, seamless design, and responsive layout. It is a perfect fit for modern style web layout particularly for news and magazines. It has a graphical user interface (GUI) for login and registration, post submission and other front end control options.

Compatible with BuddyPress, WPML, bbPress, visual composer and other such functions, Cuckoo proved to be highly flexible, easily customizable and efficiently usable by all the users whether they are novice or professionals.

The detail insights of theme define its merits and demerits. The thorough analysis in terms of design and usability, functionality, SEO, Update, and Support will guide you on your way to the theme purchase.

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Design and Usability: (9.5/10)

Cuckoo is a neat, elegant and professional theme designed keeping in view all the prior needs of the users. The details regarding design and usability are:

Front End Post Submission:

Cuckoo has an easy and efficient front end post submission. It allows the user to post the article or news in a friendly manner quickly thus reducing his time.

Home Page Styles:

It offers four different styles of the homepage for a unique presentation of content. Slider and grid, slider, grid & sidebar, slider, list & sidebar, boxed slider and Grid. The varied styles help to display content in different styles.

Posts/ Page Layouts:

A variety of page/ posts layout allows to organize and prioritize the content efficiently. Different types of layouts include left or right sidebar style, two or no sidebar style full width, blank page, password protected page and page elements.

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The password protected post lets you to provatize your content in an efficient way.

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Functionality: (9/10)

When it comes to functionality, an in-depth review of Cuckoo is below:

WPML Support & Translation Support:

The theme is integrated with WPML support and is translation ready. Prepare yourself for subscribers around the world.

Redux Framework:

Redux framework lets easy customization of theme options and also provide access to live theme customization via WP customizer. The theme is packed with it.

Unlimited Sidebars:

With unlimited sidebars, one can have specific content for particular page hence lets you control content and display it the way you want it.

Sticky Sidebar:

The Sticky sidebar lets the website user view it and scrolls along with the page. it is an efficient way for advertisement placement.

Multiple Advertising Areas:

Cuckoo has ad placement in the header and footer section of the website. These ads are fully responsive.

Ajax Filter:

Cuckoo lets you filter the content via partial refresh of the page hence reducing the page load time. One can sort content via date, category, comments, title or date range.

The lack of short code availability makes it a bit difficult for placement of a function within the content. It is not a problem for professionals but for the newbie, placement of customized button or link without shortcode would be a difficult thing.

Search Engine Optimization, Performance & Code: (9.5/10)

With the perspectives of performance and optimization tools, the Cuckoo theme has following insights:

SEO Optimization:

Built keeping the modern SEO standards in mind, Cuckoo has Semantic HTML5 which helps in better search result placement. It owns schema markup for all the contents thus making it a theme worth having in the catalog.

Code:

The clean code of Cuckoo makes it simple and easy to edit yourself. It is well written with the cutting-edge WordPress standards and hence is flexible to use.

Structured Data Testing Tool:

The structured data testing tool tell the efficient, optimized code which is written following the standards of Schema.org

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CSS, JS and HTML are compressed and compression is enabled which makes the site fully optimize. The Google PageSpeed Insight results are below:

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Updates, Support and Documentation: (9.5/10)

Cuckoo is released on 29th Oct 2016 and has the latest update on Nov 8th. It shows the versional changes theme has undergone. The continuous updates is a vital proof the team’s dedication to facilitate its users in all possible aspects.

GhostPool provides support at its own support forum and also offers 6 months support with the purchases. Also, they have clarified that the support does not include theme customization or third-party configuration. Team has a promising response within 24 hours. Theme is well documented with the customer support.

General Reviews Cuckoo:

Pros:

  • MailChimp, WPLM, bbPress, BuddyPress and Visual Composer compatible
  • Sticky and unlimited sidebar options
  • Efficient SEO and optimized code result in fast loading of the site
  • Clean code that could be further extendable.
  • Good support and documentation provided by the development team.

Cons:

  • No shortcodes hence anchor the functionality within the content.

Conclusion:

The Cuckoo has a great layout with multiple features and all the plugin support which is essential for any magazine or news website. Various styles of Homepage and different posts / pages layout makes it flexible for content presentation. SEO optimized structure and clean code help in improved ranking at search engines and crawlers. In short, it is a must have for bloggers but if you want to have better and fully loaded experience, you must consider other themes too.

Cuckoo Theme Review

$ 59
Cuckoo Theme Review
92.6875

Design & Usability

10/10

    Functionality

    9/10

      SEO

      10/10

        Updates & Support

        10/10

          Pros

          • MailChimp, WPLM, bbPress, BuddyPress and Visual Composer compatible
          • Sticky and unlimited sidebar options
          • Efficient SEO and optimized code result in fast loading of the site Clean code that could be further extendable.
          • Good support and documentation provided by the development team.

          Cons

          • No shortcodes hence anchor the functionality within the content.

          Comments

          1. Dennis E. Garcia

            Design & Usability

            8.50

            Functionality

            8.50

            SEO

            7.00

            Updates & Support

            9.00

            This theme is again a viral theme and competitor of BoomBox and ClickMag themes. As I suggested before, the team should add the comparison of all viral themes in this review so users will be able to take an informed decision. In my personal view, this theme is no less than BoomBox and clickmag. Design is good enough and page speed is also good but it doesn’t provide as much design variety as BoomBox does. (Like I really like the way they have offered clones of famous sites like 9gag etc.). Overall, the theme is perfect and recommended for use. Customer support and documentation is also good and up to the mark.

          2. Sarah R. Berry

            Design & Usability

            8.50

            Functionality

            8.00

            SEO

            8.00

            Updates & Support

            9.00

            I’m using this theme on my blog and it fits very well with my minimalist line. The theme is quite simple and easy to use. There are not dozens of complicated tools. Also the theme is perfect in terms of almost everything. Almost a complete package for going viral but before making a purchase you may have a look on boombox as well.
            Also, huge applause goes to their customer service. Whenever I am stuck in to something, I ask for assistance from them and they are willing to help without any piece of grumble. They are the best team I have ever seen. Thank you for such a nice work and customer support.

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