Blogly: A Free Personal Blogging Theme For WordPress

Blogly is a new flat style, responsive WordPress theme designed for personal blogging. The design sports bright colors and a traditional blog layout with a left sidebar. Blogly responds nicely on mobile devices and also includes support for post formats.

blogly-lite

If your new year’s resolution includes firing up your personal blog again, then Blogly might be a strong option for you. Customization options and feature include:

  • FontAwesome Icons
  • Widgetized Areas
  • Upload Custom Background Images
  • Theme Customizer
  • Change Site Colors
  • Upload Custom Header Logo
  • Upload Custom Footer Logo
  • Easily Change Footer Text
  • Built-In Pagination
  • Fully Localized Theme for Translation

Blogly-Lite is the free version on WordPress.org and a commercial version is available from ThemeFurnace. For $49 customers will receive additional options such as Google fonts, custom widgets for Dribbble, Social Media, Flickr, Advertising as well as support.

The theme’s author, Oli Dale, says that Blogly is the first of many themes that will be built in the same way:

Blogly is our first in our new generation of WordPress themes which have been re-built from the ground up to be extremely lightweight and easy to use.

One by one, WordPress theme authors are starting to apply the art of minimalism to the administration of their themes in the admin panel, creating fewer options that are easier to use.

All Theme Options Built Into the Customizer

All the options for the theme can be found in the native WordPress theme customizer. Putting everything in the customizer is a growing trend among WordPress theme developers, although many just provide a handful of basic options. That’s why I appreciate the fact that Blogly also adds the ability to upload a site logo.

logo

So far Blogly is one of the most comprehensive themes when it comes to building options into WordPress’ customizer. Dale says he’s committed to building themes like this in the future:

I like the change in approach away from a dedicated options panel, the theme should be a lot easier to customize visually with the theme customizer and I will be doing all my themes this way in future.

Check out a live demo to see Blogly in action or take it for a spin on your own site. You can download Blogly Lite for free from WordPress.org via your WordPress admin themes panel.

11 Comments


  1. This theme is absolutely gorgeous. If I hadn’t just re-themed my personal site, I would be all over this.

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  2. I didn’t like it because it doesn’t support excerpts very well. It changed my one quotation which was looking so ugly on page that I didn’t even activate on my blog.

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  3. Great looking theme and I love…

    “All the options for the theme can be found in the native WordPress theme customizer. Putting everything in the customizer is a growing trend among WordPress theme developers,”

    Using the WordPress native customiser has to be the way to go.

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  4. I like it how Responsive design support has become a de-facto thing for themes these days given the Tablet and mobile world we are living in. Great theme nonetheless.

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  5. The theme looks great. Love the colour contrast. Bummer that it’s not responsive – possibly fixable in a child theme. I do like that it’s using the built-in customizer – so many commercial themes shops seem to be fixed on using their own custom theme options panels.

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      1. Perhaps I should have been more specific: it’s not responsive the way *I* would like it :) There’s fixed content sizes, rather than fluidity. And at a small width, the content jumps below the long sidebar, requiring scrolling for mobile users.

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  6. Thanks for the comments and feedback, I will be releasing an update soon with a few small fixes for this theme.

    Im also currently redoing our current themes to all use the Theme Customizer – its a good powerful tool we have to use now so I see no need for bloated options panels any longer.

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  7. Please include a way to easily change the theme width so as to make the content area wider w/o messing up the appearance of the theme

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