Writer from Themefuse is a responsive theme for online portfolios and bloggers. The theme supports WordPress post formats giving it Tumblr-like features. Writer version 2.0 – released May 3, 2012 – is build upon the completely renewed Fuse Framework.
When you access the panel for the first time, you will be offered the opportunity to auto install the theme. Although not necessary, the auto-install will help you to accomplish a correct setup. Please note that the auto install should not be executed on an existing WordPress installation only on fresh configurations.
This theme supports two WordPress 3 menus; one at the left side of the logo, the second one to the right of the logo.
The Writer theme installs with custom widgets only. You get 25 of them:
- Discussed Posts
- Popular Posts
- Twitter Stream
- Custom Menu
- Recent Comments
- Recent Posts
- Selected Categories
- Selected Pages
- Selected Posts
- Social Widgets
- Tag Cloud
By default, Themefuse Writer incorporates five widgetized areas:
- General Sidebar
- four Footers
By default, since you can create and manage sidebars for basically every category or page template. However, it is also possible to configure one sidebar for all pages.
In version 2.0, the Sidebar Placeholders feature for adding and managing sidebars has been moved from the theme options panel to Appearance >> Widgets.
The Writer panel includes four pages:
- Fuse Framework
The Fuse Framework page is the core part of the theme options panel. Here you will find the following tabs:
- Theme Style
The General tab has sections for General Setting, Social Settings, Disable Theme Settings, WordPress Admin Style.
At the Homepage tab you can select from which category posts should appear on the homepage.
The Posts tab of the Writer Panel lets you select your preferences concerning:
- Post Content (excerpt or full)
- Image Position
- Image Size
- Video Position
- Video Size
The image and video settings can be altered for each individual post.
Writer comes with one predefined color scheme; a mix of yellow, white and gray. However, for the header and footers you can select from four pre-packed patterns. Another option is to upload your custom header. In addition, you can set the colors for several backgrounds with the aid of a color picker.
Additional styling options are using the theme’s custom.css text area for adding your own styles, or applying a child theme. A child theme folder and a prepared child style sheet are already packed with the theme.
The SEO options comprehend toggle sections for:
- General Settings
- General META
- Post Types META
- Taxonomies META
- XML Sitemaps
The Newsletter page of Writer version 2.0 offers you a pull-down menu with three options; disabled, MailChimp or CampaignMonitor, depending on how you prefer to handle your e-mail subscriptions.
The Themefuse Writer theme supports the following post formats:
WordPress’ Featured Image is not supported. Themefuse prefers to handle media by its own custom fields. However, the Featured Image function can be activated by adding one line of code.
Outside the panel, the theme adds the modules Testimonials and Portfolio. Both are custom post types. The latter includes categories. The Add New Portfolio screen is – except for the post formats and SEO options – comparable to the Add New Post screen. The Testimonials are stripped down to the essentials.
The price stated of $45 is regarding the Standard Pack of Themefuse Writer. This includes the theme files, life-time support and updates. And you are allowed to use the theme on an unlimited number of domains. All for a one-time fee.
For $85 you can also obtain the Developer Pack of the theme. The Developer pack includes everything the Standard Pack does, plus the Photoshop layered document (PSD) files of the theme, and a bonus theme (Standard version) for free.
So, with the Developer Pack you get two themes. One with the PSD files, and one without. When desired, you can upgrade a Standard version of a theme to the Developer version by paying the difference.
Another option with ThemeFuse is the Club Membership. For a yearly fee of $195, you get access to all themes, the PSD files of these themes, theme updates and support. And you are allowed to use the themes on an unlimited number of websites.