Reader is a stylish and fully responsive magazine WordPress theme that can be used for any type of website.


This theme comes bundled with the Visual Composer plugin worth $25. The plugin offers a ton of shortcodes (text boxes, buttons, columns, accordions etc.) and allows you to create complex layouts in minutes.


This theme uses shortcodes to create the homepage. The shortcodes come with a ton of options and can be moved around the page meaning there is unlimited possibly for homepage layouts. The default homepage set up comes preinstalled with theme, but here’s a few other set ups to show you what is possible with this theme: Homepage Example 1, Homepage Example 2.


The theme comes with an easy to use review system. Both the post author and visitor can rate posts. Choose to display the ratings at the top or bottom of the page. You can also display and order your ratings on any category page or posts shortcodes. The review system uses rich snippets ( that Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! recognise so ratings can be displayed in search results.


Easily choose from a boxed or wide layout with the ability to have the background be a custom image, pattern or solid color.


Once the theme is activated it automatically installs the necessary pages so you can get the theme set up in under a minute. Additionally you can install the demo content to get the theme looking exactly like the live preview site.


The theme is completely responsive meaning the theme adapts to any screen size from a large computer all the way down to a mobile device. Try it for yourself, resize your browser window and see how the theme changes to fit the window.


All the latest Apple products display things at a higher resolution, meaning your existing website images look a little pixelated or blurry on these devices. Retina displays will become more common place in the future so consider this when purchasing a theme. This theme offers total retina support by using font icons instead of image icons and doubling the image resolution on retina displays to ensure your website looks crystal clear.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

SEO is top priority with this theme and is vital for a top Google ranking. Important content is placed before the sidebar regardless of the sidebar position so it is crawled first by search engines. Headings are wrapped in heading tags (h1, h2, h3 etc) to tell the search engine they are important. The theme also uses heavy internal linking through related posts, primary navigation menus, sidebar and footer navigation.


This theme comes with an extensive help file that explains how to set up every aspect of the theme. If you encounter any problems or just have a question after purchasing the theme head over to the dedicated support site at


Here’s a list of some of the other theme features that were not mentioned above:

  • Mega menus (separate menu items into columns, add text etc)
  • Lots of style settings to change the theme appearance (colours, text, backgrounds)
  • Custom post/page/category options
  • Fully localised (translation files)
  • Image resizing
  • Unlimited Sidebars
  • Degrades gracefully if javascript is disabled
  • Compatible in all major browsers
  • BuddyPress/bbPress compatible (requires BuddyPress Template Pack plugin)
  • WooCommerce ready