Fabulist is a WordPress blog theme from Shark Themes. It gives you a platform for many kinds of the blog: travel, magazine-styled blog, beauty or nature…The design is decent and carefully-crafted.
It has Gutenberg support, SEO compatibility in mine and high speed. The list of the custom feature includes layout, color, widget sections, … and more.
This WordPress theme has a classic design and simple, minimalistic style. All the elements of this theme are built from straight lines, looking very straightforward. The masonry structure does a good job of gathering all the posts in a neat and organized way. Looking closely at the style of every single post on the homepage, I like the way the author puts the title and the post's information like this. This is aimed at making the design less boring.
To follow the classic style of this theme. the author uses grey, black and white colors. Sometimes, the orange parts like button and the hyperlink are added to make the highlight. In general, all the colors get well with each other, and they are really comfortable to my eyes.
The Play-fair Display and Oxygen are the 2 font types used here. The large and bold Play-fair Display emphasizes the heading while the Oxygen helps the body content legible. They are also the safe choice for a website that oriented to the classic and elegant style.
To make up for the simple header, the full-screen slider and header play an important role to attract people. In the demo, the author just uses 1 slide on the homepage so you will see a static image. The title is put on a box with a read more button to encourage people to explore this post.
Under the slider is the hero content. Only the page title and the whole content of this page are shown, no featured image of the page here. I think that it's a disadvantage as people are likely to find a post with a featured image more interesting.
On the single post page, the featured image replaces the position of the slider. This large, full-screen image is again, acts as a dramatic attraction of the page.
Other factors like sidebar and footer columns look nice. All the widgets are well-organized and tidy. Lastly, there is a scroll up button on the right of the website. The existence of this button is necessary to help people quickly scroll up to the top.
This theme is almost friendly to all devices. I mean that the design in different devices is good and reasonable except for one small mistake: When I use this WordPress theme in my smartphone with 316x570 pixels, the orange box on the header image is partially covered. You can see the responsive design here, using ami.responsivedesign.is.
One advantage of this WordPress theme is the 1-click demo import that helps you import all the demo content to your website. The One Click Demo Import plugin is recommended in the Plugin tag by the author, you just need to install it and wait about 30 seconds to finish the importing process. Now your WordPress website is as beautiful as the demo.
If you don't want to use the demo content, you can set up your website in a traditional way. After installing Fabulist, the body layout and color are already like the demo. Now you just need to set up the footer, header, and sidebar. All the actions can be done easily in the Customize.
- Gutenberg editor
- Post format
- Featured post slider
- Page builder
- Affiliate system for post
- Instagram Carousel
- Video background
- Related post
- Social sharing
- Social linking
- Like button
- Sticky sidebar
- Sticky menu
To have more features, you can buy the Pro version.
Every custom features can be changed easily in the Customize. Let's explore the theme with me in this WordPress theme review.
The first changeable section is the color, yet you have only 2 kinds of color to change here. I think the author should be more generous as I need to personalize and make my blog more colorful. Besides the background color, we also have a background image section. The background image can be set up to make a good fit with the background.
There are 3 sections to change in the homepage sections: the post slider, the hero content and the masonry layout.
Here are all the things could be done to the slider. I think 5 post is enough to show here yet I wish that I could choose pages for this area instead of post only. Similarly, if I want to show my most prominent posts in the hero content, it's impossible. Just one page is allowed there and you can search for your page in this section, such a convenient way to save my time.
The masonry is the only structure for the body content. It doesn't look much different with 2 or 3 columns at all.
There are many options for the archive page, single page, and search page. That is a good point to let you control almost everything on your pages.
The sidebar position can be changed on different pages. But there are still 2 styles: no sidebar and right sidebar. I have one note from my experiment: the homepage is fixed with no sidebar. As for me, I'm so familiar with a sidebar on the homepage, so it will be a con with me.
If you think the default layout of your site is boring and want something different, here we have another layout with a white frame surrounding like this. But in my opinion, the new layout has nothing special compared to the default one. Additionally, you can enable and change the loading icon to make your WordPress blog more interesting.
Finally, there are 2 positions for widget areas: footer column and sidebar. You have up to 4 footer columns to freely add your favorite widgets. Under the footer columns, the copyright text can also be replaced by your own text. The author doesn't limit the word length in this area, but you have to include the line "Fabulist by Shark Themes".
On daily using, I'm sure that you can easily edit and create a post with every necessary post formats.
I choose the gallery block and upload the images with different sizes. Luckily, my images are cropped to fit well with the whole gallery. And I can even write captions for each image.
I really like the way the author display blockquote. There are 2 styles for it, and both styles are unique and look so stunning. But I find the red frame of the second style lacks the vertical line on the left. From my point, it looks a bit unbalanced.
As for the video, it has a large screen so I don't need to zoom in to watch clearly.
I used some tools to check the SEO configuration and see that it has a good SEO practice in mind.
I checked the speed by PageSpeed Insight. The result is that this is a remarkably light and fast theme. With the score nearly perfect on computers and the relatively high score on mobiles, it deserves a compliment.
I find 1 topic in the support forum of this theme, which is also where the documentation link to. However, they just give you the instruction for installation. They haven't had guides for setting up other elements now so I hope they will update it later.
The user can receive support from the author in the support forum. Select the right forum for Fabulits (not Fabulist Pro), and you can see the topic with the author's response. To create and answer one topic, they require you to login. It's totally free and all the steps to signup and login are simple.
In brief, it's a good theme to use for a beginner with an adequate number of custom features. It's not complicated to change all the sections in the customizer at all. Moreover, the 1-click demo import is a benefit. It helps you to quickly create a website like a demo to take it as a foundation for your WordPress blog.
Fabulist has a cool, clean and classic design that suits to minimalists. The number of features is still limited and The Pro version will give you more.