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BlackStone is a theme available for download at, which is a popular website for download of popular themes. The theme has been developed by DynamicWP, which goes by the motto ‘designing beautiful wordpress themes’. The theme is currently available only at the starting 1.0 edition.

At, themes are tested on the basis of their SEO (Search Engine Optimization) compliance and a general test which determines its usefulness and attractiveness.

In the general test, the Blackstone theme has scored a total of nine points out of a possible sixteen. So, it has received a score of 57%. The theme is not W3C compliant in the XHTML area and loses out because of this. But it is W3C compliant with CSS. Programming this BlackStone theme will be harder for people with no prior programming experience. The BlackStone theme scores top marks under the Browser Compatibility category and can be opened with the most popular browsers of today, which are the Internet Explorer 7, Firefox and Google Chrome. The developer of DynamicWP does not provide any support after installation, but that is expected of a free theme. The theme does not support nested/threaded comments. It does not support auto adjustment or proper image alignment. The BlackStone theme does score top marks on a unique feature it has in place which is a twitter plug-in.

The BlackStone theme features a fixed width. It has a 2 column layout. It is widget ready and has an advertisement block ready. Some of the other unique features supported by this theme are the Featured Latest Post service, the 4 Widget Position and a Theme Option Panel.

The theme has scored a good 5 points out of a possible total of 7. It gets 72% marks in the SEO test. As the theme does not support XHTML, it does not figure on the W3C-XHTML compliance. It also does not feature on the post and page heading SEO. It gets good marks because it supports all the other features that matter like the Content Code Position, Post and Page title tags, and the Home Page heading SEO.

The BlackStone theme is compatible with the latest WordPress version of 2.9x and also works on the slightly older 2.8x. The theme looks refreshing and is attractive with its bold and easy to use layout, specially suited for a magazine style.

The general score of 57% and the SEO score of 72% combine into a total percentage of 63%. It qualifies for a bronze medal at and comes highly recommended for all users.

General Test of BlackStone

  General Test Item Pts Pass Fail
1W3C Compliant - HTML2 
2W3C Compliant - CSS2 
3Browser Compatibility - IE71 
4Browser Compatibility - Firefox2 
5Browser Compatibility - Chrome1 
6Support from Designer2 
7Post area - Proper Image Alignment1 
8Post area - Floating Content1 
9Post area - Auto Adjustment1 
10Post area - Nested/Threaded Comments1 
11 Special Effect: Magazine Style, Twitter Feed 2  
  Totals 16 9 7
  Theme Score     57%

SEO Test of BlackStone

  SEO Test Item Pts Pass Fail
1W3C Compliant - HTML1 
2W3C Compliant - CSS1 
3Home page Heading SEO1 
4Post & Page Heading SEO1 
5Post & Page Title Tag (Title as seen in SERPs)1 
6Content Code Position2 
  Totals 7 5 2
  Theme Score     72%

For the details of each of the tested criteria above, click here

Tested on: Wordpress ver 2.9.1
Preview on: Wordpress ver (Strict Test)
Why are there 2 Wordpress vers?

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