Stylebook by Gabfire is a responsive theme for online magazines and news sites, featuring a highly customizable homepage, a news ticker, several sliders, and a carousel.
Gabfire Stylebook supports natively 3 WordPress 3 menus:
- Masthead Navigation – left aligned at the top of the page
- Primary Navigation – left aligned below the header
- Secondary Navigation – also left aligned and located beneath the Primary Navigation
The theme allows you to create up to ten Mega Dropdown items. The Mega Dropdown feature displays the thumbnail, title and the initial words of the latest posts and the RSS Feed from assigned categories when hovering the menu item.
For an example, please check the Culture and Fashion items in the primary navigation of the demo. If you want to, you can add additional menu items to a Mega Dropdown menu on the Manage Locations page of the WordPress Menus.
Gabfire supplies its themes as lightweight as possible. For this reason, Stylebook 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 27 widgetized areas:
- Sidebar Innerpage
- Post Widget
- Page Widget
- Primary Top Left
- Primary Top Left Bottom
- Primary Mid Top
- Primary Right Top
- Primary Right Bottom
- Secondary Left Top
- Secondary Left Bottom
- Secondary Right Top
- Secondary Right Bottom 1 to 5
- Subnews 1 to 8
- three Footer columns
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.
When you decide to compose a fully widgetized homepage from all available widget areas, the homepage tier cake will look like these:
Gabfire Stylebook offers the following page templates:
- Full Width
- Left Sidebar
The Stylebook 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, and enter details for a Call-to-Action; button text, color, and link.
The theme adds Featured posts and pages to the home page slider. You can add video URLs from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion or Screenr.
In addition, while creating or editing a Post you have the ability to select a post layout. You can choose from Default, Big Picture, Left Sidebar, No Sidebar.
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 logo text and tagline here. 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. This is also the place where you enable the Mega Dropdowns and assign the desired category IDs.
The Categories tab offers one way to populate the homepage. Here you select your preferred categories and number of posts regarding the:
- Breaking News Ticker
- Featured Categories
- Popular/Recent/Random Tabs (left)
- Tab #1 to #3 (mid)
- Right Hand Column
- Below Tabbed Content
- Media Gallery
- Below Media Gallery Left (Top) & Wide
- Below Media Gallery Left (Bottom), Mid & Right
- 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 Categories tab, you can also choose to compose your homepage by adding the widgets of your preference to the desired primary, secondary and subnews widget areas as mentioned above.
A third option is building your homepage from elements at the Categories tab interwoven with content from the widget areas.
In case this looks a bit overwhelming, picture the homepage as a layered cake:
- News Ticker
- Featured Slider/Collage
- Primary News
- Media Gallery
- Secondary News
- Sub News
The Sliders settings allows you to set the rotation speed for the news ticker, the featured slider and the inner-page slider. Disabling the inner-page slider is also an option.
Your first option at the Image Handling is enable the auto resize and display of Featured Images on single post pages. Next you have the theme grab the first image and auto-generate a post thumbnail by enabling Catch First Image. Another option allows you to choose between TimTumb and the WordPress Post Thumbnails.
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 Social settings. The theme will display the social icons in the header right corner and directly above the widgetized footer – unless you choose to disable one or both options.
At the Footer Options, you have the ability to customize the text at the left and at the right side of the footer.
Manage Ads allows you to enter the code regarding seven ad positions.
By default, the index pages contain a content column and a sidebar.
One of the options at the Miscellaneous tab, is entering the details and uploading an image concerning the quote in the header right area – like Vladimir Putin in the demo. In addition, you have the ability to assign a two, three, and even four column layouts to selected categories by entering their IDs.
Other options here allow you to enter the category IDs regarding the archive sliders – one with the default, and one with a magazine layout.
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 select a custom background. In addition, you can set custom (font) styling for body, header, featured section, site body, follow us and footer.
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.