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Designer: Darrenhoyt
Theme version: 3.0

Mimbo theme Review

Mimbo is a theme available for download on the website For a blogger, a well designed page is very important as it can determine the blogger’s page rank. A good theme ensures that the page is attractive. A well designed theme also makes it more convenient for the blogger as well as the reader. The Mimbo theme is part of the WordPress application, which is used for managing the content of the page. It is mainly used in the blogging circles. Mimbo has been amongst the most downloaded and most popular WordPress themes since it was introduced in the year 2008.

Mimbo has been designed by Darren Hoyt. The Mimbo theme was released first as a 2.0 version, but has been upgraded to the 3.0 version. The Mimbo theme requires a WordPress version of at least 2.3, but users of earlier editions will encounter problems while installing the Mimbo theme.

The Mimbo theme has gone through extensive testing at It has been tested on the WordPress version of 2.8.6. The Mimbo theme has been tested on the basis of its SEO (Search Engine Compatibility) and a standard general test. The Mimbo theme has scored well in both the areas. It scores a 69% in the general test and a 72% in the SEO test with an overall score of 71%. This means it qualifies for a bronze medal rating.

The general test takes into account many qualifiers. One of the most important aspects of this test is the browser compatibility test. Mimbo passes with flying colors here. Mimbo is compatible with the top browsers operating today like the IE7 and Firefox. The Mimbo scores well with most of the standard content a theme incorporates like nested and threaded comments and image alignment. A drawback for the Mimbo theme is that it is not CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) compliant, but works well within XHTML (a hypertext language). Another major drawback is that there is no support from the designer. But as this is a completely free theme, this detail can well be ignored.

One of the most major drawbacks of the Mimbo theme is that it is not newbie friendly. People without a WordPress or HTML language background will have a hard time with the theme. This is mainly because before installation the user has to tinker around with the codes and files. But the Mimbo theme can work great with a little help from someone well versed in these matters. Customization on Mimbo will be of no hassle to beginners and pros alike.

On the looks front, Mimbo is very well designed. It is easy to use, well spaced out and is perfect for magazines or newspapers. Blog pages will look good with the Mimbo. The layout is grid based, and consists of minimum images. Mimbo is also widget ready as of now, which is a great advantage in its favor.

Mimbo is a very good free wordpress application. It receives top marks in almost all the areas a good theme is known by. Mimbo is a great choice for bloggers and readers will be attracted to the great design and layout provided by Mimbo.

General Test of Mimbo

  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 
13 Special Effect: Drop Down Menu, Magazine Style, Grid Style 3  
  Totals 19 13 6
  Theme Score     69%

SEO Test of Mimbo

  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 2.8.6
Preview on: Wordpress ver (Strict Test)
Why are there 2 Wordpress vers?

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