Brixton WordPress theme review 2016

Categories Web Design, Wordpress
Brixton

Seeing as how the Brixton WordPress theme was the 3rd best selling WordPress Blog Theme on Themeforest in 2015, we wanted to see what all the hype was about.

This is particularly true considering the developers have released quite a few new features and bug patches, hopefully making it even better than it originally was.

Upon first glance, the Brixton WordPress theme by Premiumcoding is all about a modern frontend interface. It focuses on storytelling, and it seems like it would work best for bloggers who are trying to make some sort of career.

Four theme layouts are offered, including the default layout, a dark header, along with full width and fixed width. The new 3.0 version is most likely what developers will go with, since the majority of new updates are implemented on that version, and you can still choose between full or fixed width options.

Anyway, if you’re looking for a blogging theme, this might just do the trick for you. It has a few sleek post templates that come along for free, and the features are truly built to put your content at the forefront. So, keep reading to learn if the Brixton WordPress theme is the right choice for you.

Who is the Brixton Theme Designed For?

Although you can integrate with plugins like WooCommerce, we’re not about to recommend this for an online shop. There are far better options out there to start selling your digital or physical products.

That said, we like it for two types of websites: Blogs and magazines.

The Brixton theme is built with advertising modules scattered throughout the layout, allowing for magazines to bring in some extra cash for their efforts. In addition, bloggers and magazine publishers are going to enjoy that blog posts are featured on the homepage, using large featured images, descriptions and strong header fonts.

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Seeing as how much of the theme is designed with media in mind, you can technically use it for just about any topic. However, we like it particularly for the following:

  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Travel
  • Lifestyle
  • Possibly gaming

The reason we recommend these niches is because high resolution images and galleries are supported rather well. You even get a cool Instagram feed for showcasing your most recent posts.

What are Some of the Standout Features?

Seeing as how this is a simple blogging theme, it’s not going to be packed with tons of premium plugins, mega menus or other items that are going to clutter up your website. This is a good thing for bloggers, but keep in mind that if you plan on integrating lots of plugins for a huge expansion, you’d be better off going with a theme that isn’t meant to be simplistic.

That said, here are some of the standout features:

Plenty of Ad Space

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At first, it somewhat annoyed me that the huge ad banner took up so much space in the header, but then I realized that you could remove it if needed. Therefore, if you don’t want ads, just flip the switch. However, if you’re looking to make a little money with your content, the Brixton theme has spots for ads in the header and sidebars.

AdSense isn’t directly integrated with the theme (which is a bummer,) but you can manually insert the code to make it work for you site.

Several Post Templates

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This is our favorite part of the theme, because Brixton comes with seven post templates, including Video, Gallery, Audio, Quote, Standard and Link post templates.

A recent update made it so that Soundcloud is used for all audio posts, and the gallery post template has an interesting slideshow which has also been improved from the previous version. It basically slides through the photos for people to quickly see certain images. You may consider using this for a new line of clothing you’re reviewing, or something similar.

Quotes can be seen on the theme demo, and the video is fairly easy to connect with YouTube and Vimeo, although it’s not officially stated that these two platforms work with the theme.

Google Web Fonts and Unlimited Color Variations

You don’t have to install Google Web Fonts yourself, which is a nice bonus. These help with constructing your typography, and they go well with the fact that you can choose any color variation you want. We were a bit concerned about the default black and white color combination, because this wouldn’t work that well for a female fashion blog.

However, it’s not that hard to switch these colors to make them reach your own branding goals.

Useful Widgets

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We stated that the widgets include an Instagram module, but you also gain access to the following:

  • Newsletter subscription form
  • Facebook feed
  • Popular posts
  • Advertising
  • Tags
  • Latest Tweets
  • Recent Posts
  • Categories

Responsiveness

Although it’s not that impressive to have responsiveness anymore, it’s nice to know the developer is up on the times.

Does Brixton Have Valuable Documentation and Support?

This is a rather well documented theme, and most of the details come in the file you’ll download with Brixton. Basically, you can figure out how to change logos, modify post formats and adjust widgets, all without having to contact the developer.

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The ThemeForest page also has over 200 comments (as of this article,) so it gives you a general idea of the main problems people are having before you decide to purchase. The author, gljvec, sells quite a few themes, and the ratings are around an average of four stars. They seem to respond to most of the comments, so you shouldn’t have any problems getting support along the way.

Conclusion

There you have it! As of 2015 Brixton has been one of the best selling blogging themes on the ThemeForest market, and that says quite a bit. During our testing we felt that the backend was easy enough to manage, but our favorite part was the ability to change around post formats. If you plan on using much media for your blog or magazine, this is a solid choice.

If you have any questions about the Brixton WordPress theme, feel free to drop a line in the comments section below.

Catalin Zorzini
Catalin is the founder of Mostash - a social marketing boutique - and he's always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.