Sharp Magazine by Gabfire is a responsive theme for online magazines and news sites, featuring a highly customizable homepage, news related color options allowing you to distinguish your news coverage, and support for WooCommerce.
Gabfire Sharp Magazine supports natively 8 WordPress 3 menus:
- Masthead Navigation – left aligned at the top of the page
- Primary Navigation – left aligned below the header
- Footer Navigation – centered above the widgetized footer columns
- five Footer meta columns – between the widgetized footer and the credits
Another colorful menu option is available under the Navigation tab of the Theme Options, which is displayed at the right of the Primary Navigation. For this Colored Navigation menu, you can select up to 10 categories, just like in the demo.
Gabfire supplies its themes as lightweight as possible. For this reason, Sharp Magazine installs with just the default WordPress widgets. However, by installing the free Gabfire Widget Pack you have the ability to activate up to fourteen widgets, including:
- Ajax Tabs
- Author Badge
- Flickr Images
- Popular/Random Posts
- Recent Tweets
- Social Icons
- Feedburner Email Subscribe
This theme serves 25 widgetized areas:
- Right Sidebar 1 – above top ad
- Right Sidebar 2 – below top ad
- Right Sidebar 3 – below search widget
- Archive Magazine Left Sidebar
- four Footer columns – row 1
- four Footer columns – row 2
- Primary Mid Top
- Primary Mid Bottom
- Secondary Left Top
- Secondary Left Bottom
- Subnews 1 to 8
Because of this large number of widgetized areas, the optional widget map might come in handy. By enabling the widget map, not only the homepage, but every page template will display the available widgetized areas for that specific page.
Gabfire Sharp Magazine offers the following page templates:
- Full Width
- Left Sidebar
The Sharp Magazine theme extends WordPress Post and Page screens with Gabfire Custom Fields that allow you to add a Subtitle, a Video URL, mark an entry as Featured.
For posts you have the ability to specific a layout. You can choose from Default, Big Picture, Left Sidebar, No Sidebar. Disabling the Featured Image for a selected posts and pages is another possibility.
The Gabfire Theme Options comprehend ten tabs with options to configure your theme:
- General Settings
- Image Handling
- Footer Options
- Manage Ads
- Custom Styling
The General Settings allow you to upload a logo and favicon and set your preferred padding for the logo. In case of a text base logo, you can enter the a custom logo text and tagline. In addition, you have the ability to enter the URL for your custom RSS Feed and Google Analytics Code.
At the Navigation you have the ability to set your preferred sorting order for the navigation menus. You can choose between ascending and descending and sort by category ID, name or post count. When you want to exclude one or more categories, you enter the IDs regarding here – separated by commas.
In case you want to include the Colored Navigation menu, you can select your categories and set your preferred colors for those categories here too.
The Homepage tab offers one way to populate the homepage.
Your first option is to select the query type for the Featured Slider. You can choose from Category, Tag-based, Recent Posts, and Custom Field. And of course, you have the opportunity to set the number of entries to display with the slider.
Other homepage options include:
- Left Hand Below Slider
- Second Block Below Featured Slider
- Third Block Below Featured Slider – Left
- Third Block Below Featured Slider – Mid
- Third Block Below Featured Slider – Right
- Right Hand (Mid Col) Below Slider
- Sidebar Tabbed Slider #1 to #4
- Subnews 1 to 4
It is up to you which options you want to use, hence how you would like to display the news on the homepage. Instead of assembling you homepage at the Homepage tab, you can also choose to compose your homepage by adding the widgets of your preference to the desired widget areas as mentioned above.
A third option is building your homepage from elements at the Homepage tab interwoven with content from the widget areas.
The Sliders settings allows you to set the rotation speed for the Featured Slider on the frontpage, as well as the inner-page slider. Further options regarding the inner-page slider are Tag-base, Site Wide, and Disable.
The Image Handling lets you enable the auto resize and display of Featured Images on single post pages. In addition, you can have the theme grab and the first post image as the Featured Image. Another option allows you to choose between TimTumb and the WordPress Post Thumbnails.
At the Social settings, you can enter the URLs to your social profiles at Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Vimeo, YouTube as well as the RSS Feed.
At the Footer Options, you have the ability to customize the text at the left and at the right side of the footer credits.
Manage Ads allows you to enter the code regarding up to four ad positions; header, right of Featured Slider, homepage bottom left, homepage bottom right.
Under the Miscellaneous tab, you have the ability to assign a two, three, and four column page layouts to selected categories by entering the IDs of these categories. This way you decide which categories with be displayed with 2, 3 or 4 columns.
By enabling the Widget Map, not only the homepage, but every page template will display the available widgetized areas for the specific page.
Next to a Custom CSS area, the Custom Styling allows you to assign a color to the four vertical columns above the Footer Navigation, alter the body background and font style custom background and choose another site main color than the pinkish red.
Gabfire Themes offers you a choice out off three packages; the Standard Pack, the Developer's Pack, and the Member Club.
The stated price of $59 is regarding the Standard Pack. Besides your theme, the Standard Pack comes with one year of support. You are entitled to lifetime theme updates, and you can use the theme on an unlimited number of domains.
You can also opt for the $89 Developer's Pack, which includes all the features of the Standard Pack, and allows you to pick a second theme of your choice as a bonus.
So, both packages include access to support for one year, and theme updates for life.
Alternatively, you can join the Member Club. As a Gabfire club member you get access to all current and future themes, as well as support, as long as you remain a member.
To become a member, you pay a Startup Fee of $199, and after that only $12 a month.
Hence, a plan for every need and budget.