Most of the News & Magazine Blogger templates have gone old. People were desperately waiting for new News & Magazine Blogger templates that could meet the requirements of a modern News & Magazine website.
Recently iWstudios and TemplatesZoo have developed three state-of-the-art News & Magazine Blogger templates. The iWstudios has developed Glass News & Magazine & Crypto Mag News & Magazine templates whereas the TemplatesZoo has developed Story Mag News & Magazine template. In this post we are only reviewing Story Mag.
The Story Mag is the latest News & Magazine Blogger template. It is super gorgeous, clean, modern, fast-performance, advanced, responsive, ads-ready and fully-customizable. All its colors, fonts, background, icons can be easily changed from the theme designer.
Story Mag has two beautifully designed homepage layouts i.e Story Mag and Wire. Story Mag layout has three versions (1) Main Full Width (2) Main Boxed (3) Main RTL. Wire layout has two versions (1) Main Full Width (2) Wire RTL.
Main Full Width is the default version of both layouts. In Main Boxed versions the template is shrunk into the box and white background is replaced with image background. RTL stands for Right to Left. Only few languages start from right-to-left such as Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu, etc. In order to support these languages both layouts support RTL versions as well.
- Salient Features Of Story Mag
- Google PageSpeed Insights Test Results
- Design Features Of Story Mag and Wire
- Story Mag Prices
Salient Features Of Story Mag
- Ajax-based Mega Menu, Unlimited Colors, 100+ Fonts, Translation Ready
- Fully Customizable, Responsive, Infinite Scroll, Powerful Admin Panel
- Google AdSense Ready. There are special spots for ads in homepage and item pages
- First Blogger theme which supports unlimited Next/Previous options for categories section
- Tabbed posts filtered by week, month and year.
- Tabbed posts filtered by categories load in the slider with Next/Prev option. It supports “Spot Loading of Categories”. When you change the tab it loads the posts of a category without refreshing the whole page, as we have explained in the “Design Features” section below. You can also change the order of tabs by Drag & Drop feature.
- YouTube Thumbnail Support, Sticky Sidebar Section, 4 Column Footer Section
- Related Posts with video thumbnail support
- No coding skills or knowledge required at all
Google PageSpeed Insights Test Results
Recently Google has made a big change in search ranking factors by adding weightage to website page experience and page speed. It means that page speed and page experience are counted when websites and pages are ranked.
As you know that News and Magazine templates are loaded with plenty of features and content, so to make fast-performance templates has always been a challenge for theme developers. Story Mag has been designed and developed with advanced technologies such as Ajax, to make it a high-performance template.
We have tested its performance on Google PageSpeed Insight for both Mobile and Desktop devices. Let’s see how much score it achieves.
The test score of Story Mag for Desktop Devices is 95. The score between 90 and 100 is considered best.
The test score of Story Mag for Mobile Devices is 66. The score between 50 and 89 is considered normal and it needs improvement. Websites take more time to load on mobile devices because mobile devices are not as fast and powerful as computers. It is almost impossible for News and Magazine websites to score above 90 on mobile devices.
Most of the News and Magazine websites score 5 to 45 on mobile devices. If Story Mag scores 66 it means that it is performing well on mobile devices as well.
Design Features of Story Mag & Wire Layouts
Now let’s go through the design features of the Story Mag. Do remember that everything in the template is for demo purpose. Every Section, Title, Content, Category is customizable.
First we will discuss Story Mag layout.
In top portion of the header there is a special position for displaying ad. Menu is followed by a Trending bar which displays the latest blog posts. There is no automatic carousel for sliding posts in the lower-header section instead there is a big container which contains four posts with titles and large thumbnails.
Below the Header section there is a World module which contains tabbed posts loaded in the slider. Each tab contains a category. When you click a category(tab) it loads posts of that category without refreshing the whole website. Using the Next and Previous arrows you can move the posts left and right.
The tabs feature saves plenty of space on your website. On a single section you can load posts of different categories. Imagine, if it wasn’t supported by tabs there would have been separate sections for each category on the homepage.
The images in”Photos” section are filtered by Models and Actress. You can expand the options by clicking the MODELS dropdown list. You can move the photos left and right using the Next and Previous Arrows.
The posts of Lifestyle module are also tabbed. The posts design is different from the “World”, “Popular”, “Trends” and “Sports” posts.
The last section before the Footer is “Latest” which contains the latest posts. It supports two layouts (1) Single Column (2) Double Column. You can change them by black icons located in front of the module title “LATEST”. At the end of this section there is a Load More link to expand more posts.
There is a sticky sidebar alongside “Latest” section which contains “Ad”, “Likes and Followers on Popular Social Media Platforms”, “Subscription Widget” and “Must Read widget in a slider Filtered by Categories. It displays single posts at a time”.
Now let’s discuss the design features of Wire Layout of Story Mag. We have skipped those sections which were already present in the Story Mag layout.
The Wire Layout is even more gorgeous and attractive than Story Mag layout. Mega Menu is same for both the layouts. The Trending Bar is not enabled in this layout. The lower header section consists of 4-column-layout in the slider for displaying post titles and thumbnails in large size.
The Header section is followed by beautifully-designed thumbnails in a row for categories. The Category Thumbnails are followed by World module whose posts are tabbed and loaded in the slider.
All the other sections are same as Story Mag layout’s sections.
Item-Page’s design is same for both the layouts. Its design is simple, clean and elegant. Most of the traffic to a website comes from search engines(Google, Bing) through individual pages. Some people leave website from the item page without visiting the homepage.
By considering this point they have enabled the Menu on item page so that people can navigate to other content without visiting the homepage. It also helps to reduce the bounce rate of a website.
Besides Menu, posts with thumbnails and title are shown as a gallery in the slider. These posts can be relevant and helpful for the readers.
The Latest Posts widget is displayed in the sidebar. Sidebar is a space ideal for displaying ad banners. You can display plenty of ad banners there.
At the bottom of the item page there are Post Labels, Next Story(Link to the next article), Author Profile(Thumbnail + Bio), Related Posts Widget and Comments Section.
The Related Posts widget displays the relevant posts to the current post with thumbnails. It also helps to reduce the bounce rate of a website. Do remember that by default Blogger does not provide this feature.
Story Mag Prices
The Story Mag is an affordable Blogger template. There are two licenses (1) Regular License (2) Extended License. Story Mag is so feature-rich that it justifies its price.
The cost of Story Mag with Regular License is only $24 whereas the cost with Extended License is $950.
So it was all about Story Mag – The premium News and Magazine Blogger template. Hope you would have a good insight about this magnificent template. If you like this post then don’t forget to share with other people. Share your feedback in the comments section below.
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