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Watercolor Theme review

Setting It Up

The Setting up of the Watercolour theme is done in quite the same way as any other WordPress Theme. All you have to do is download the file and extract it to the /watercolour/ folder. Next, simply upload the folder to the /wp-content/themes directory of an ftp client (like Filezilla). All that remains to be done now is to activate the theme through your WordPress admin panel under the Appearance or Presentation Tab.


This theme is easily one of the most visually pleasing themes available on the Internet for WordPress. The default background image is extremely catchy, and anyone viewing it will surely become a fan. The color combination of the background is also pleasing to the eye. The colors are not so bright that they hurt the eyes. In fact they are just perfect. The contents section itself is also quite well designed graphically. Using the image of a page from a diary gives the blogger a feel of actually putting in entries, like when one is writing in a journal or a diary. The sidebar holding the categories section, pages section, archives section, blogroll section and tag cloud is also quite properly integrated into the diary page look. The theme comes ready with an RSS feed generator, which is located on the top right of the theme, on the left of the Search bar. The RSS link generator is designed as a carving on the wood on which the search bar is located. Bookmarks are used as page indicators, and one can move from one page to another either through the page section on the right or by clicking on the appropriate page number on the bookmark. In order to enjoy the full visual pleasure of this theme, it is suggested that one view it at a resolution of 1280 pixels by 1024 pixels.

Apart from its looks, the other useful features of this theme are that it has a Free Support Forum. It is also cross browser compatible and functions on Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer 7 as well as Internet Explorer 8. It has a Flickr gallery enabled by default and it also comes with the support for Global Avatars which are more popularly known as gravatars. Apart from the RSS feed plugin, it also comes with a Flickr RSS plugin, which can display up to a maximum of not more than 5 pictures in the footer of the theme. If in case this plugin is not installed, then it will not give any error, instead, one will only see a blank photograph frame in its place.

The default font used to write the title and description is the Arial Font. One can change it though, but it requires a bit of knowledge on php as well as html. The best part about the theme is that it can easily be customized, and the background can be changed to any other picture. But as the default background is itself so good, one need not change the background at all.

General Test of Watercolor

  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 16 0
  Theme Score     100%

SEO Test of Watercolor

  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 2.8.4
Preview on: Wordpress ver (Strict Test)
Why are there 2 Wordpress vers?

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