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Redwood is a premium WordPress theme especially designed for bloggers with clean, sleek and artistic design. Theme has savory design and easy to use functionality with one-click customization feature. Solo Pine has made great effort to bring the classic features to the responsive theme that are highly demanded in this fast paced world. The prior features that will make you fell in love with the theme are featured slider, promo boxes, different styles of blog layout and various posts formats. Redwood share great stores via pictures at Instagram. The Instagram feed in footer gives full access to followed pictures Instagrammed. Mail Chimp newsletter customized styling.
Redwood has utilized WordPress theme customizer in an efficient manner providing various color and typography options, social media widget integration, varied styles of page templates and all the must-have features for any blogger. Though, Solo Pine produced a great theme have stately aesthetics but the cross-sectional view in terms of design and usability, functionality, SEO, Performance, code and other will give the precise and distinct idea to the customers about their purchases.

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Design and Usability: (9.5/10)

Redwood has great design and clean layout offering pleasant pictorial display for blog images. The slim design has delightful display of widgets including about the author, advertisement, Instagram link, Facebook like box and other. The efficient placement of content makes it more classy way. Below is the detail inspection of design and usability:

Home Page Layout

Redwood has five different kinds of displays providing versatile variety for blog content display. The neat display of post, or list layout and list and grid layout with full-width page display is some great content presentations. Customers are highly satisfied that they don’t customize theme themselves except minor changes.

Variety of Posts Layout

Post layout in Redwood has video and music frame configuration facility with nice presentation of content.

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Mail Chimp Customizer:

Theme gives efficient Mail Chimp customization so it could be integrated with the website in get-along manner and enhances your digital marketing experience.

Theme Option Customizer:

Redwood has no built-in theme customizer. It uses the theme customizer of WordPress and handles all the customization features in the CMS customizer.

Social Media Options:

Extensive social media support to link the website to all the platforms will always make your blog in the news feed everywhere.

Instagram Feed

The delightful instagram feed display right above the footer content is a nice termination of page. It always makes the reader stay at the bottom and have a look at the feed.

Custom CSS Customization

Theme’s minute customization like making logo small or not displaying the white box on the image need custom CSS customization.

Functionality: (8/10)

WordPress is getting famous around the globe only because it allows you to do plugin play, build and run great sites easily. Although the platform is providing a lot of choices, theme selection is still very important in this regard. Good themes with a lot of functionality options make your life easy while themes with less support may lead you to certain troubles. When it comes to functionality, Redwood has following details:

Translation

Redwood is translation ready theme. It v1 had some issues with .po file and translation string but it has been fixed in version 1.2.

Child Theme

Since the Solo Pine team works for the improvement of the theme it is required to make the customization changes in child theme instead of original them. Currently it is not child theme but could be made one by following certain steps as discussed in WordPress Child Theme section or our FAQ page.

Short Codes

Theme is simple blog roll and don’t use short codes. It anchors the further functionality that could have been extended in a flexible manner.

Limited Features

Theme lacks various features like bbPress support, portfolio presentations, no support t WPML plugin and no support to WooCommerce.

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Search Engine Optimization, Performance & Code: (8/10)

SEO and speed are very important factors regarding the success of a website. If because of bad SEO, users are unable to reach your site or they are leaving it because it never opens in time, there is no point of having a website. SEO and speed regarding WordPress would obviously depend on the SEO and speed of the theme. These factors must be considered by the users before making a theme purchase.

Let’s have a look at the success factors for any theme i.e. SEO and Performance. Redwood has not mentioned anything regarding SEO. Solo Pine claims its theme to be cleanly written and according to the standards of SEO. They recommend Yoast SEO Plug-in to make the website SEO friendly.
SEO Tips for Redwood: As Redwood does not have SEO but supports SEO plug-in. Some key tips for efficient SEO are:

  • Use the search term maximum three times per 300 words.
  • Update the Meta description by using the key words in page title, article heading, content and URL.

Structured data Testing Tool

Redwood code is well-written with the standards of schema.org and help user to track the website other than simple query.

Render-blocking JavaScript and CSS Mobile Version

Theme has render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above main-fold content. It needs to be eliminated in the next version release.

Small Tap Targets

Theme has small tap targets that reduce the user experience. Google Page Speed Insights gave 99/100 in user experience making it stand out in design experience.
Caching and Compression: Browser caching and compressions are not enabled. They need to be enabled by .htaccess file. Check if G-zip compressin is enabled?

CSS and JavaScript not minified

CSS and JavaScript need to be minified in order to increase the speed of the website. Currently, at page speed insights it has over all rating of 41 /100 which is below average.

Updates, Support and Documentation: (9.5/10)

Redwood team has worked hard has released two versions i.e. v1.1 and v1.2. it has fixed various issues related to translation and twitter integration. As the theme is designed for blog purpose, it has minimal features and maximum design.
The support team of RedWood theme is highly efficient with promt response. They have a proper suppot ticket forum where they open a ticket to thje problem and resolve it. Solo Pines does give the toubleshooting of third party theme. However they give a URL support sometimes. It provides 6 moths support with theme purchase.
Redwood has extensive documentation with proper support for installation and activation of the persona. The graphical respresentation and step by step configuration lets the customer to use theme efficiently.

Redwood: A Bird’s Eye View:

Pros:

  • Responsive layout with five home page and different post page layouts including music and video.
  • Custom Ads placement at the sidebar
  • Easy installation and one-click customization
  • Mail Chimp customization support.
  • Instagram need fees at the bottom.
  • Clean and well-written code following the SEO standards.
  • 24-hour support and extensive documentation

Cons:

  • Small tap targets on mobile screens which decreases the user experience delight.
  • CSS, Javascript not minified and browser caching, g-zip compression not enabled.
  • No built-in theme option controller. Instead it has used WordPress’s theme customizer.

Conclusion:

Redwood is a sleek design, easily customizable theme for awesome content presentation. It has some bugs in version 1 but theam has fized them in next release making it a promisiing theme for bloggers. It has no SEO option but it is compatible with SEO plugins. There are numerous other themes in market offering much features but if design and flexibility is the option and you can compensate the features with plugins, then Redwood is the best option. Otherwise, customers should consider other themes if design is not their priority.

Redwood WordPress blog theme

$49
Redwood WordPress blog theme
87

Design & Usability

10/10

    Functionality

    8/10

      SEO

      8/10

        Updates & Support

        10/10

          Pros

          • Responsive layout
          • Custom Ads placement at the sidebar
          • Easy installation and one-click customization
          • Mail Chimp customization support.
          • 24-hour support and extensive documentation

          Cons

          • Small tap targets on mobile screens
          • CSS, Javascript not minified
          • No built-in theme option controller

          Comments

          1. Dennis E. Garcia

            Design & Usability

            8.50

            Functionality

            8.00

            SEO

            8.00

            Updates & Support

            8.50

            Thank you blog themes team for the review. Redwood no doubt is a beautiful theme with responsive layout, custom ad placement, mail chimp integration and what not? I agree to the fact that not minified CSS, Javascript may have an impact on the overall theme progress but I personally believe that it won’t have that bad impact and theme can easily be used very well. However, the developers should consider these factors in their next releases.

          2. Sarah R. Berry

            Design & Usability

            8.50

            Functionality

            8.00

            SEO

            8.50

            Updates & Support

            8.00

            Redwood is a beautiful theme which was also included in the roundup Best WordPress Magazine Themes: for Blog and News Websites. I really like the design and used it for website of a client. However, I was unable to add widget areas to the footer of the theme. This will help a lot if the team will add it in next releases.

            Another good thing is that this theme can also be used for e-commerce sites because it is fully compatible with woo-commerce plugin. All you need is to install the plugin and there you go! Indeed a nice work. Thank you for the beautiful theme.

            Sarah

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