Literatum Theme

Literatum is an ideal blogging theme for online journals and writers which are looking to show their posts in a manner that is clean and modern, with a simple navigation and focusing the reader’s focus on the information.

It’s created on 11 August 2014 when medium.com had been well known. Therefore it has been so popular at once. The theme so looks like medium.com like user layout and some feature which are ‘read time’ and interview support.

Design and Usability

Literatum Home Design

The theme had been designed focusing on the readability. Paragraph width, the font and the colors selected for creating perfect reading experience. Even if you have the option to choose fonts, the theme doesn’t allow to change font-size, font-spacing and letter-spacing because ıt might ruin the correct readability settings.

Having a full-screen cover page has pros and cons. It creates attractive view when a user opens the website. However, according to the usability tests, people doesn’t scroll if you satisfy when the web page open. Another useful feature including usability is the read time. It displays approximate read time for the article with calculating the article’s word count. People might have predict how many minute take when i read the article.

Functionality

Interview Feature

The literatum theme has not remarkable features. It has video covers, third part comments (Disqus, facebook and Google+). Other features is same as WordPress defaults. The only good functionality is the interview support which means you can add comments on a sentence in the article. Medium.com is frequently using the feature on their community.

Search Engine Optimization & Code Infrastructure

Search Engine Optimization

Literatum is completely a minimal theme for writers. Even if it has a minimal design, it has lots lof SEO mistakes and deficiency. First of all, the theme doesn’t have and rich snippets. You can check the Google Rich Snippet Tool with entering the demo URL of theme.

Some javascript files have not any minified version. (http://kohette.com/wpthemes/literatum/wp-content/themes/literatum/theme-features/ajax-navigation/js/nprogress.js?ver=20130115) So you should minify the js files in the theme folder. There is another problem with js and css that the theme should eliminate render-clocking javascript and css in above the content. You should also do that to pass google insights score manually.

Updates & Support and Documentation

The latest update has been released on 24 March 2016 including some minor bugs. The theme doesn’t develop themselves with new features. Therefore you should aware of that the updates have been made to be compatible with WordPress’s new versions.
Support is terrific! On the ThemeForest comments, you can see some comment was written 3 months ago and the author doesn’t answer it yet.

The documentation doesn’t have enough information for theme installation. It has some general frequently asked question not more.

Conclusion

If you need to focus on content and you don’t need some extra feature for a theme, Literatum could be a good choice for you. It has good design and usability but not enough functionality. Moreover, when you trouble with a problem you might can’t get any response from author for 2 month! So you should deal with it yourself.

Frequenly Asked Questions

It is not possible without modify the theme code or the CSS. Unfortunately I don’t have time to make you custom modifications but if you know any friend with basics knowledge of CSS or PHP maybe he can help you. The code of the theme is very clean and simple.
The theme was created with simplicity as key feature. It’s specially designed so that beginners could manipulate it easily. Most of the problems arising from its configuration are solved in the FAQs section, in the comments section of this same page or in the documentation. I am currently working on another project that takes up most of my time. that’s why I cannot offer full support for the theme. Even so my intention is to always maintain the theme compatible with the WordPress latest versions and to occasionally upgrade it, when my time allows me to.
You can change the number of posts to display in Settings -> Reading -> “Blog pages show at most”

 

Literatum - Just Write

44$
Literatum - Just Write
50.904166666667

Design & Usability

9/10

    Functionality

    3/10

      SEO

      6/10

        Updates & Support

        1/10

          Pros

          • Cool Video Covers
          • Read Time Feature
          • Combined CSS

          Cons

          • Limited Design Layouts
          • Lack of Documentation

          Comments

          1. Issac B. Scott

            Design & Usability

            8.90

            Functionality

            6.90

            SEO

            7.80

            Updates & Support

            5.00

            Firstly, I would like to say that this can be an excellent blog theme for wordpress, quite user friendly and intuitive. It is extremely nicely designed, looks extremely great and is an excellent balance of ease and flexibility. Additionally, the customer support is excellent – every time I Have had trouble with something I Have gotten an extremely clear and precise answer within hours, sometimes minutes. I am really pleased with this theme and I ‘d heartily recommend it!

          2. Sheryl McNamara

            Design & Usability

            8.90

            Functionality

            6.10

            SEO

            5.90

            Updates & Support

            5.80

            I am not a coder, I am not a designer. But for my customers I may create amazing blogs with Literatum. I cannot recommend it enough! And on top of all of that, their support team is excellent. Their answers to problems and questions are timely and well researched and thought out. My encounters @RafaelMartin with far surpasses my expectations after working with many businesses support staff. And actually, that is what we are all looking for. A motif that enables us to bring to life the sites subject support is right there to help whenever we show up against a solid brick wall, and we plan get us around the wall and also On the other side successfully. My hat off to the Avada team. It appears like a thrilling team to be part of – excellent merchandise, excellent folks, great support!.

          3. Dennis E. Garcia

            Design & Usability

            8.00

            Functionality

            4.00

            SEO

            4.00

            Updates & Support

            6.00

            I got a chance to use literatum theme recently and no doubt it is a beautifully designed theme and it is easy to use as well. However, I think there might be problems in managing the website as activity will increase on your site and there will be thousands of comments per day. I hope the team will upgrade it considering the factors of scalability. Still, this theme is best for use on small sites with few thousand visits per day. The SEO of your website can be optimized using SEO plugins and once you have got it. you’ll be good to go.

          4. Sarah R. Berry

            Design & Usability

            9.00

            Functionality

            6.60

            SEO

            8.30

            Updates & Support

            2.90

            I used this theme for a fiction novella website and I would recommend this theme for its clean and minimal design. The beauty of the design lies in its simplicity like the book cover page in full screen. I really liked the read time per article functionality. In my opinion if the following suggestions are addressed by the theme’s team then a unique theme like Literatum will have even more added value.
            1. Improvement of the support system.
            2. Options for changing font size and spacing.

          5. Sarah R. Berry

            Design & Usability

            9.10

            Functionality

            8.20

            SEO

            8.80

            Updates & Support

            9.50

            I have been a fan of this theme since the day I have used it for my website. It is incredible with SEO being catered from all sides. It is perfect for those who want their search ranking to increase dramatically. The additional set of icons and plugins with the theme is not only great for functionality but also friendly for the wallet. The only suggestion I would really like the developers to work on is to increase the mobile page speed. Else, it is the complete package with good support, extensive documentation and great design. Good job by the team.

          6. Catherine A. Farley

            Design & Usability

            9.30

            Functionality

            9.00

            SEO

            8.70

            Updates & Support

            9.20

            I just bought and absolutely adore this theme. I will also recommend this theme to others.
            I’m having one issue, however. Anything I try to edit through the Theme Customizer doesn’t translate over to the website proper after I press “Save Changes”. I’ve pored over this support chat, and have tried: 1) flushing the caches, 2) deleting and reinstalling the theme, 3) making sure everything I have is up to date, 4) deactivating every plugin to ensure that isn’t what’s interfering

            I’m able to change the fonts through Hive’s Font Organizer plugin, and I can edit the blog posts through the posting page just fine, it just doesn’t register anything I do through Theme Options > Customize Options.
            Anybody who has any idea about this issue. Thank you very much for your time.

            1. Milton E. Frazee

              Design & Usability

              8.90

              Functionality

              9.00

              SEO

              8.80

              Updates & Support

              8.80

              Literatum has an option to cache all its CSS code, the most part of options in “customize options” use CSS code to make changes in the theme style (fonts, margins, etc). Are your tried to disable the CSS cache option? This option can be found in Theme options -> CSS Combine -> enable cache.
              Hope this answers your concerns.

          7. David P. Roman

            Design & Usability

            8.90

            Functionality

            8.90

            SEO

            8.90

            Updates & Support

            8.90

            Hi, can’t see my subtitles, read-time, etc. I’ve found another user in there with the same issue. Is there a known fix? All my plugins are deactivated and I’m using the most recent version of wordpress.

            The theme is unusable like this. http://imgur.com/a/Ax5EA

            Afterwards, I found the fix by myself, by going to Theme Options>Customize Options

            tick the ‘Display the post information only on hover.’ option

            Apply changes

            go check your website

            go back and untick the ‘Display the post information only on hover.’

            Apply changes

            Fixed

            1. Raleigh L. Shin

              Design & Usability

              9.30

              Functionality

              9.30

              SEO

              9.30

              Updates & Support

              9.30

              This could be related with your database or the way the theme was be initialized/installed

          8. Nina J. Vance

            Design & Usability

            9.30

            Functionality

            9.10

            SEO

            9.00

            Updates & Support

            9.10

            Hello, I have purchased the theme and quite satisfied with it. I want to know is there a process for updating the theme? If so can you provide? I have tried to update it but some settings are lost in the Theme Options. Specifically fonts and font sizes change.

            1. Raleigh L. Shin

              Design & Usability

              8.40

              Functionality

              8.70

              SEO

              8.40

              Updates & Support

              8.00

              Hi, to update the theme you can follow these steps: https://themeforest.net/item/literatum-just-write/8523411/faqs/27940

              The configuration are saved on the ddbb so your main configuration will remain intact. however, most parts of the core of the theme are new or rebuilded so, maybe some options will be lost in the update. I recommend you to make a backup before.

              Also, the Custom CSS option is rebuilded and reprogrammed so, if you have code in this feature I recommend you to copy and save anywhere before update and paste it in the new textbox after that.

          9. Nina J. Vance

            Design & Usability

            9.70

            Functionality

            9.50

            SEO

            9.30

            Updates & Support

            8.70

            Hi! Thanks for good theme and the good review. Does anyone know if there is any plan to upgrade theme for supporting latest AESOP version?

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