After six months in the theme review queue, Silk Lite was approved for the WordPress.org directory and also passed the extra requirements to be counted among the accessibility-ready themes. This magazine theme was designed with fashion bloggers in mind and features a masonry style grid of posts on the homepage.
The basic color scheme for the design is black, peach and marsala (the Pantone color of the year in 2015). Marsala, according to Pantone’s color experts, “translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”
Silk’s typography selections combine Google Fonts “Playfair Display” for headings and Merriweather for paragraph to create elegant, readable posts. The theme also has built-in styles for intro text, highlighted text, drop caps, and a two-column text layout.
You will need to install Jetpack to take advantage of the theme’s custom logo feature, although this will need to be updated when site logos are introduced in WordPress 4.5. The theme also has support for Jetpack’s Infinite scroll module to load more posts on the homepage and archive pages via the “View More Articles” button. The unique sharing button design on single posts are powered by Jetpack’s sharing module.
Silk offers a menu location at the top of the header for adding links to your social network profiles. It also includes a custom sidebar widget for adding an “About Me” section with an image background. With Jetpack’s Subscription module active, the widget that allows visitors to subscribe to your newsletter will have a custom design to match the theme.
Silk includes support for four post formats: Standard, Quote, Image, Gallery, Image. It also supports Jetpack’s tiled and slideshow galleries.
The customizer offers a limited number of controls, with checkboxes to enable/disable the following:
- Display single column posts on front page and archives
- Display the featured image on single posts
- Hide search button in top header bar
The theme is translation-ready and is also compatible with WPML. Translations for the following languages are already available: German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Norwegian, Turkish, Hebrew, Persian and Japanese.
Silk Lite was created by PixelGrade, a Romania-based theme shop. The team specializes in magazine themes – in fact, the PixelGrade product portfolio has more magazine themes than any other type. Full documentation for all the theme’s features is available on the PixelGrade website. You can download Silk Lite from WordPress.org or via your admin themes browser.