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Magazine3 is a blogging WordPress theme which is innovative in design and packed with powerful features. It is extremely user-friendly and easy to use. The flexibility in terms of theme’s design is commendable. The five different demos are example of how this theme can be used for different types of websites like a simple blogging website, news magazine site, small business sites and even modish looking business sites. This theme is compatible with all the plugin giants, is translation ready and runs smoothly on all the latest browsers. It is fully responsive with the interface transitioning effortlessly on all screen sizes and is retina ready. The inclusion of child theme with the downloaded package reduces time and effort of creating them. Magazine3 covers all aspects of digital marketing as well. It caters all needs of the user associated with search engine optimization, search engine advertising and social media integration. It is an elegant theme with multisite support. Here is the landing page of the theme:

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Let’s have a look at the detailed breakdown of Magazine3 theme’s design and overall functionality.

Design and Usability: (9.5 /10)

The design and usability are very important factors as these decide the success of your site. Magazine3 is beautifully designed with an incorporation of elements like a mega menu and various style options for keeping the blog’s design fresh.

  • Multiple Design Options:

Magazine3 has a simple color picker due to the Advanced Color Integration settings which helps in getting any hue or tone of color required. You can easily change the font of the whole website. All thanks to lots of typographies found in the theme options. Even the background can be changed according to the user requirements from a simple color or image to a wonderful Parallax effect one. The ultra-easy configuration options for columns, allows the creation of complex yet chic layouts without any hassle within a short span of time. Same goes for making boxed layouts which give the user freedom from the restrictions of pre-defined settings. The theme has two layouts for posts, three unique header variations, two sidebar designs and two variants of the footer in two colors. Dropcap is also available with an option of color change.

  • Digital Marketing Integration:

All aspects of digital marketing have been included in this theme. All the major social media networks are perfectly integrated in the theme with custom social sharing buttons and sticky social sharing bar so that the visitors can easily share the content. There are eight different advertisement areas which are perfect for Google Adsense. Thanks to the integration of Contact 7 and MailChimp email marketing can easily be carried out. The theme also supports analytic plugins like Google Analytics, Get Clicky and Chartbeat.

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  • Post titles use h2 instead of h1:

All post titles use h2 tags instead of h1. Since these are main headings, only h1 tag should be used for them. I hope the developers will fix these issues soon.

Functionality: (9.5/10)

The functionality of the theme basically describes that how easy it is to use a certain theme. This theme is not only powerful in functionality but at the same time, it is extremely easy to use which makes it super convenient for non-technical users.

  • Easy Customization:

Magazine3 requires no prior coding knowledge for its setup. It has a frontend page builder with customizer options panel for real time changes and their preview. Modules can be added with simple drag and drop. Furthermore, you can import the demo content with one click. Two demos are added per month for diversification of options for the users. It also uses Cornerstone page builder which allows the creation of all types of homepages.

  • WooCommerce:

The theme is fully integrated with WooCommerce which is the best e-commerce plugin. This allows creation of shops and selling products without any major changes in the theme or any coding fuss

  • Photoshop and Sketch Files:

The theme comes with design files in both Photoshop (.psd) and Sketch (.sketch) files. So, you can use relevant files where required.

  • Multilingual Ready:

Magazine3 can be easily translated into any language by using .pot files or a translation plugin.

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Search Engine Optimization, Performance & Code: (8.5/10)

The theme is Search Engine Optimized and is fully compatible with Yoast SEO which is the best SEO plugin available. SEO plays an important role for blog oriented websites leading to more shares and views.

  • Structured Data Testing Tool:

The theme has perfectly clean code structure and has passed the Theme Check plugin test. It was also developed to the standards defined for PHP and Javascript based code’s sanitization to make sure the theme is secure. The structured data testing tool’s result further cements these claims:

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  • Browser caching not enabled:

The theme has good page speed score on the desktop and mobile device but browser caching is not enabled which reduces pagespeed. Developers can add browser caching code in next releases.

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  • Render-blocking JS and CSS:

There is a need to remove some render blocking elements of JavaScript and CSS which will increase the page loading speed.

Updates, Support and Documentation: (9.5/10)

Magazine3 developers are new in the market and thus they have a strict timeline of regular updates. The theme has a good support system via Themeforest forum with one business day as response time. It also has detailed documentation which provides ease to the users. Although the theme is new, it has less bugs as compared to normal theme and developers’ commitment shows that they will fix these soon as well.

Summary:

Pros:

  • Unlimited customization
  • Digital marketing integrated
  • Compatible with popular plugins
  • Multilingual ready

Cons:

  • h2 tags are used instead of h1 tags for post titles.
  • Render blocking JavaScript and CSS
  • CSS requires minification

Conclusion:

Magazine3 is a powerful blogging theme with an aesthetically pleasing design and chic demos. It is responsive, multisite supportive and translation ready. It is compatible with the popular WordPress plugins as well which makes it suitable for all types of websites. This theme is recommended for those who want to see their magzine website in a new and unique style.

Magazine3 WordPress Theme Review

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Magazine3 WordPress Theme Review
92.5

Design & Usability

10/10

    Functionality

    10/10

      SEO

      9/10

        Updates & Support

        10/10

          Pros

          • Unlimited customization
          • Digital marketing integrated
          • Compatible with popular plugins
          • Multilingual ready

          Cons

          • Render blocking JavaScript and CSS
          • CSS requires minification
          • h2 tags are used instead of h1 tags for post titles.

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