When I first started CreativeBlogger, I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect theme. I didn’t know what I wanted to achieve with CreativeBlogger at the time, but I knew I liked the simplicity many minimalist themes provided … yet at the same time, I really liked the extensive possibilities the magazine styled themes provided.
Then I found Arthemia.
It’s a WordPress theme providing the simple design found from most minimalist themes as well as the robust power found from magazine themes. To me, this was the theme I wanted to blog with, which is important when creating the experience of blogging for yourself, so I was more than happy to pay for the premium Wordpress theme. When I first began using Arthemia, I wanted to start with a simple two-column design featuring the main content and the right sidebar, so I asked ColorLabs for help and they kindly provided the code.
That was a while ago though … the two-column design is now built in as a one-click activation option.
ColorLabs packed the fundamental features every blogger need right into every theme, so you won’t need to spend a lot of time researching how to get more functionality from your blog and which specific plugins provide the best solution.
Let’s take a closer look.
A Responsive WordPress theme
With the Arthemia WordPress theme, bloggers can sit back and enjoy as the theme automagically creates a seamless experience for every visitor, no matter what device they use to visit your blog. It doesn’t matter if your visitor reads your latest post on their 15″ laptop, their iPad, or their phone, Arthemia displays a fit version of your blog.
Take a look at the image at the top of this post for an example of what it looks like, or swing by my blog to see it in action.
Search Engine Optimization Features Built In
All In One SEO Pack and WordPress SEO are two plugins providing incredibly powerful features, but most bloggers probably don’t need such heavy plugins to create an optimized foundation. You don’t have to specialize in SEO to create a solid foundation of optimization for your blog … you just need to be able to edit a few key pieces of information — the title, description, keywords, and the indexing options. In addition, you’ll also see some kill-options, which gives you the power to turn these features off if you want to use a 3rd party plugin.
Easy Copy & Paste Coding
Unless you’re like these guys, coding probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you become excited about blogging. Arthemia helps you avoid hours and hours of code time by connecting a few dots for us, including an easy way to add Google Analytics, Google Adsense, Feedburner, and GoSwared. Those are merely the
Images Automagically Resize
Despite the advancement of our devices, Arthemia handles the presentation of your blog seamlessly. The images across your blog will be automatically resized by Arthemia depending on the size of the device on which the visitor is using to access your blog. It also automatically creates thumbnail versions of your images for the front page, so you don’t have to worry about cropping.
Encourages More Interaction With Threaded Comments
Only a few bloggers can get away with skimping on comment sections. If you’re interested in interaction, Arthemia offers a powerful solution built right in. Whether you’re a fan of the standard WordPress comments system or prefer systems with more functionality, including IntenseDebate and Disqus Comments, you’ll find it ready to go with this WordPress theme.
Arthemia Looks Great Across All Browsers
Okay, so you got the device sizes covered, but what about all the browsers? Coding the presentation of your blog so it looks good in Chrome, Safari, FireFox, and more can take a lot of time and energy, so Arthemia takes care of it for you. ColorLabs code and design up to par with the current web standards, which means your blog will appear to users properly no matter what browser they’re using.
One-Click Framework Updates
Updating the framework behind your blog has never been easier. With Arthemia, updating your framework is as easy as one click. Just the final touches to a solid lineup of features you’ll find standard from ColorLabs’ Arthemia WordPress theme. Now let’s look at some of the special features you’ll find.
Arthemia Special Features
Those are just the standard features you’ll find from most of the WordPress themes from ColorLabs … the special features is where you can really hit your blog out of the park with Arthemia.
In addition to spend a lot of time searching for the perfect theme, we also tend to spend a good amount of time searching for the perfect plugins. Unlike a theme, which will have a direct visual impact on the presentation of your blog, plugins have a direct impact on the functionality of your blog and heavy plugins can even impact the placement of your blog within search engines.
With Arthemia, bloggers don’t have to worry about that because most of the fundamental features are built in.
This is a must for bloggers not only interested in publishing a large amount of content, but interested in positioning the cream of the crop upfront where new visitors can see it. This is incredibly important as I’ve mentioned during this Feedback Friday, because it helps people discover what everyone else likes the most.
From what I’ve found as a blogger, ad management is one of the trickiest tasks to oversee efficiently. Not only are multiple third parties usually involved, but there’s an element of time involves as well, which can trip you up and make you look unprofessional if you’re not careful. Arthemia takes care of this by breaking it down to three steps: upload a banner image, select the location of the banner, and include a link. You can also easily embed Google Adsense, which helps avoid the jumble of code usually involved.
Customize Colorful Categorization
This was one of the first features I fell in love with. Not only does it please the eye visually, but it also enables the blogger to expand their blog into something more. For me, I was interested in expanding CreativeBlogger into something more robust than a two-column blog. With Arthemia, I can do that … in fact, I’m working on it now! Create various sections of your blog using the color categorization, and help visitors gravitate toward their interests. You can also create a stylish color progression.
Drop Down Navigation
Similar to the beautiful drop down menu here at Fuel Your Blogging, Arthemia provides bloggers the capability to create smooth drop down menus to present various parts of your blog.
Power of a Magazine, Simplicity of a Blog
As mentioned, the magazine style was part of what attracted me to Arthemia because it opened up the possibility for expanding later. If you’re looking for something a bit more extensive than the average blog, consider the option you get with Arthemia.
Why I Like Arthemia
I’ve touched on all the features that attracted me to Arthemia, but one of the reason I continue to use it is credit to the exceptionally dedicated team behind it … ColorLabs. Not only have the proven themselves to me time and time again, but they’ve done so over a long period of time. I’ve also connected with a few of their team members on twitter, creating a tighter connection than you’ll find from most theme producers.
If you’re interested in a beautifully designed magazine theme with the power to expand and collapse its scale, consider Arthemia one of the leading choices.
Update:I just spoke with ColorLabs, and they thought it’d be fun to giveaway 2 licenses to their Arthemia WordPress theme here at FuelYourBlogging.com. To enter the compeititon, which starts Monday, the 17th, use the widget below.