WordPress is currently the fastest growing CMS around, however its roots of being a blogging platform are still very strong. In fact it is still many bloggers’ go-to tool when starting a new blog.
Using the basic themes on offer from WordPress you can already create a pretty decent looking blog or magazine website, but it’s always better to opt for a premium theme for added features and support.
There are many blog/magazine themes available on the market, some of which are very basic and aimed at being as simple as possible, while others offer a whole lot of features and can often become bloated without the need for it.
Finding the ideal theme for your blog is important both for yourself and for your readers. If you’re using the website as a personal blog then you want it to represent your style, but it must also present your work in a way that makes it easy for your readers to follow and keeps them coming back for more.
Introducing the Canos Blog Theme
The Canos blog theme from Lollum Themes is a great tool to achieve both these aims. It is essentially a creative-looking theme for personal blogs, magazines and newspapers with the aim of making it as easy as possible for you to write posts and for your readers to follow them.
All customization work for the look of the theme is handled through the WordPress Customizer, ensuring that you can preview your changes on the fly. As for the features on offer with Canos, they’re not too extensive to bloat the theme or even enable you to modify its look too much, but there’s enough for you to build a good-looking site with the content of your choice.
Offering WordPress Customizer support is just one of Canos’ features, so let’s take a look through the rest of them to see what Canos really has to offer.
Firstly, looking at the blog itself you have two different layouts to choose from; a Classic layout and a Grid layout. The main difference here is that the Classic layout displays one post after another taking up the width of the blog section, while the Grid layout lines up two columns of posts.
Either way you’re also offered an additional three options. You can choose to have the list of posts taking up the full width of the page or you can choose to have a right or left sidebar where you can include the widgets of your choice.
Canos is Schema.org optimized, built with WordPress best practices and clean code, and also offers an intelligent, responsive admin panel. Besides that, it’s retina-ready, translation ready and also offers cross-browser support so you have no worries about your blog looking bad on different browsers or devices.
Lastly, Canos is also WPML compatible and child theme ready just in case your blog/magazine is in any other language besides English or you’d like to set it up using a child theme for whatever reason.
Creating Your Blog
The installation and activation for the Canos theme is the normal, simple process. Just head to the Themes section on your Dashboard, click on Add New and upload the zip file from your purchase.
Once installed, simply hit Activate and you can start customizing the theme.
Making Modifications through the Customizer
Upon opening the Customizer you will be presented with all the options you can change for the Canos theme.
First up you should set the basic settings such as the site title and tagline, the website’s logo and favicon, as well as any general settings ranging from displaying the breadcrumbs to choosing the accent colour.
Once those are set you can start focusing on particular aspects of your site. First on the list are Blog Settings. Here you have a number of layouts to choose from. You can choose between a full width blog list or a grid blog layout as mentioned above.
After deciding on that you can choose whether to include a sidebar, either on the right or the left, in which you can add the widgets of your choice. There are also options to show the full content, excerpts or “more” buttons for the posts as well as whether to hide the post authors, dates and thumbnails; all as shown in the screenshots below.
One of the key features from Canos is a post-slider at the top of your blog page. It displays a slider of posts of your choice that you can select when editing any post. You’ll find the option to add posts to the slider at the bottom of the Edit Post screen. Once selected, the slider will display the headline, featured image, excerpt, author and date, as you can see in the end result below.
Moving on to the Post Settings, here there are similar settings to choose from. You can add a sidebar on either side or show the post full screen, depending on personal preference. Within that sidebar there is also the option to show or hide the author bio as seen below. As for the individual post page you can even display related posts, social sharing buttons and post navigation.
Last up are the Menus. There are two menus on offer in the Canos theme; a navigation menu and a social menu. The social menu drops down from the top of the screen to display any social media links that you would have added from the theme settings.
Meanwhile, the main navigation menu slides in from the right hand side to display the links of your choice together with any widgets of your choice, such as a search bar and list of popular tags as shown in the screenshots below.
Your Completed Blog
Your blog is now complete and ready for your followers to start browsing, offering them a sleek design that displays your best content in an attractive and appealing manner.
Documentation, Pricing & Support
Documentation is very important for any product, be it a plugin, theme or anything else. The Canos theme developers realised this and put together a straightforward documentation that takes you through all the steps of setting up the theme, from installing it to integrating Typekit and using custom fonts.
Besides this documentation the developers at Lollul themes have also put together a set of video tutorials specifically for the Canos theme. These show you the process of setting up the theme, the homepage slider, posts with videos as well as posts with galleries.
Support is provided by the developers through their support system, however it’s limited to questions, bug reports and update requests specifically for Canos. Customization work, for instance, is not included with support however it can be requested from external services such as the Envato Studio.
The price of the Canos blog theme is of $48 and it can be purchased through Themeforest on the Envato Market.
Conclusions & Recommendations
All in all the Canos theme is a great theme to use if you’re looking to set up your personal blog or basic magazine site. It offers some cool features that add that touch of class to an already sleek design while not being overwhelming for the viewer.
Canos includes everything you need to get you going without much fuss. It all works smoothly giving you peace of mind that your content will always look appealing and interesting.
Have you come across or used the Canos theme before? What do you think of the demos? We’d love to know what you think in the comments below.