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Designer: Bglam
Theme version: 1.0

Classic Theme Review

Setting It Up

The Setting up of the Classic theme is quite simple enough and is done in quite the same way as any other WordPress Theme. All that one has to do is download the file from and extract it to the /oldcar/ folder. Next, the folder has to be simply uploaded to the /wp-content/themes directory of an ftp client (say like Filezilla). All that remains to be done now is to activate the theme through the WordPress admin panel under the Appearance or Presentation Tab.


The Classic is a free theme by WordPress which any motor enthusiast would love to use to set up his or her own blog on Cars. Let us consider the general look of the theme. The background is nothing spectacular, so it does not manage to hold the interest of the reader for quite a long time. Apart from all this, it consists of three columns. The right column acts as a sidebar which is divided into parts for the Archives Section, Categories Section, Links sections and the Meta Section. It comes ready with the support of widgets like reddit, twitter and digg it. It also comes ready with a section for ads, whose space is reserved on the sidebar on the right. The left column has the contents section, which displays the posts. The third column is located at the bottom of the theme, and houses the Recent Articles Section, Most Viewed Section and the Most Commented Articles Section. The topmost section of the theme has tabs which provide quick access to the Categories listed under the Categories Section. The section below that shows posts in the format of a picture along with the name of the post. This section can further be divided into further subsections say for example, The Most Popular and Featured Posts.

With the help of the built in plugins like the digg it and reddit plugin, one can directly submit the post one is reading to reddit or can ‘digg it’ with the help of the reddit and digg it buttons beside the name of the post.

It might seem like a good theme at first, but it does have some flaws which need to be taken into account. Prominent out of these is the lack of a Help and Support Section from the side of the designer, so if the user of this theme runs into any problems, they will have to work it out on their own. The Classic theme also does not support side bar auto adjustment, which may seem like a small issue at first, but becomes a huge headache when the sidebar starts overlapping with the contents of the posts. Another disadvantage is that it does not support link hierarchy in the sidebar that is if there are pages with links that are three levels deep, then they are not displayed properly.

After considering all the points, as well as the fact that it is a free theme, this is one theme that any car enthusiast would simply love to use while setting up their Blog.

General Test of Classic

  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 
11Sidebar - Auto Adjustment1 
12Sidebar - Link Hierarchy1 
  Totals 16 10 6
  Theme Score     63%

SEO Test of Classic

  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 4 3
  Theme Score     58%

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

Tested on: Wordpress ver 2.9
Preview on: Wordpress ver (Strict Test)
Why are there 2 Wordpress vers?

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