Skin The Best Free WordPress Magazine Theme For Bloggers And News Website

There is whole bunch of free WordPress blogging out there and some have basic layout while others have magazine type of layout for showing so much information in a single page. So this time we are going to review a free WordPress theme like no other called Skin created by the developers behind Magazine3 theme shop.

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Skin free WordPress theme review

image for skin wpSo your first question will be like, does this one an extended pro version?

  • No you don’t have to buy a pro version for you to get all the features. In all options are available in the free build.

Like always what makes theme pretty unique?

  • It’s the speed my friend, when ran a test on all the pages in the demo and average speed score is 90 in desktop and 72 in mobile which is great! As speed is one of ranking by major search engine like Google. Also visitors will like to stick with your website as pages are opening quickly. So if you add a plugin named Async JS you can really improve speed to a great extend, but make sure that your hosting provider knows WP.
result

Pagespeed Test Pic

pingdom

Pingdom result

Support

  • They offer free premium support for this freebie like the developers behind MyThemeShop do. All you have to do is submit your query in the Skin community forum and the guys behind/developer will assist with you.

Responsive

  • All the skin layouts make sure that your website is properly displayed in all the devices ranging from mobile phones to a wide desktop monitor. Here is a screenshot from our android device
fully responsive

Responsive test on our android device

SEO

  • Skin has got everything that no other free themes offered like rich schema markup and star ratings that can go with your page in SERP.

Other notable options available in Skin

  • Supports woo-commerce
  • Mega menu type navigation is available that’s not seen in other packages available in repository
  • Retina ready
  • Social buttons under each post and on the header
  • Related posts to keep visitors glued to your blog
  • Custom css editor to do some small design changes
  • A navigate to top button as an alternative to home button on your keyboard
  • Featured slider to stick important posts to your home page
  • 9 predefined layouts with 3 types of content layout
  • Since logo PSD file is is available, you can quickly create logo for your blog or website

Something that I didn’t like

  1. Their documentation was completely blank when we visited on 07/02/2016. Hope the developers will make video tutorials soon.
  2. Not available for download from the repository
  3. Misses popular post (by views/comments) widget

Final thought

Skin seems to be the best all in one WordPress theme that’s currently available now.

Skin
  • Overall
4.9

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