Grandstand Review: A Free Blogging Theme from TeslaThemes
Grandstand is a single-purpose theme developed by TeslaThemes as a personal blogging theme for creative bloggers. It can also be a perfect choice for niche blogging. The design is modern, clean and not visually overwhelming to make your beautifully crafted content stand out. It comes with any essential features that any creative blogger may need to achieve the desired goals.
Grandstand Review: Theme Features
- Responsiveness – It is fully responsive, making your blog optimized for mobile devices.
- Cross-browser compatibility – The theme is built on the famous bootstrap 3 framework which ensures responsiveness and compatibility over different browsers.
- It has a clean, simple, modern and retina ready design.
- High customizability options. Basically every essential design related element is customizable.
- It supports Visual Composer plugin that helps build beautiful pages, grid system, loaded with useful shortcodes and support google fonts without the need for any design skills.
The theme installation process is so easy and straightforward. It won’t take more than a few minutes to install and setup the theme and be ready to add your content.
This theme is easy to install. All you need to do is upload and install its ZIP folder through the WordPress admin just as you would with any other theme. You can also upload the extracted version through a file manager if you prefer to install themes that way.
- Download the theme archive file, Grandstand.zip
- Unzip the theme archive file.
- Find the installation file, grandstand.installation.zip
- Login to your WP admin – Appearance – Themes – Install themes – Upload – Choose file.
- Upload the installation file.
Note: Sometimes web hosting providers set a size limit for file uploads which will result in “Are you sure you want to do this?” WordPress error. Don’t panic, the solution is so simple. All what you need to do is to upload the same zip file by the cPanel file manager or over FTP to wp-content/themes folder, then unzip it and you are good to go. After the installation, just open Appearance – Themes in your WP admin panel and click the Grandstone theme activate button.
Right after activation, a notification box will tell you the theme requires two free plugins to be installed to enhance the theme capabilities. The two plugins are Tesla Framework and WPBakery Visual Composer. Tesla Framework is an additional plugin that any theme developed by Tesla Themes needs while Visual Composer is a great plugin for building pages through an easy to use interface.
It is a good practice to install the demo content after installing the theme to have an example of everything you can do by using Grandstand theme.
You can install the demo content by going to Grandstand – Import Demo and click “Import Demo Content” button.
Grandstand is well documented in a very simple and informative way. It just took me less than 10 minutes to be familiar with all the theme features, and I was ready to use it to build a professional blog with a clean and modern design. The documentation is included in the theme folder. After unzipping the theme file, open GrandStand Documentation folder, click the index.html and it will open in the browser as a web page.
The theme is built on Tesla Framework which adds powerful customization features to Grandstand theme to enable the blog owner to customize it the way that reflects the feel and identity of the blog and its content.
After theme theme setup, visiting this page will make it easy to setup the blog layout and connectivity option by setting the layout content width, adding social media accounts, managing the sidebar and customizing the 404 page.
Whether you have a personal or commercial blog, the typography is an important element to reflect your brand identity. Grandstand has the options to set the global settings of the fonts and style for paragraphs, links, and headings.
The default text colors can be overridden from this menu page.
Through this page, it easy to setup the blog identity by changing the logo, logo position and the header text.
The footer background and footer bottom text can be customized here.
Including a location map is a necessity to establish trust in case of using the theme to build a commercial blog or a company blog. It can be easily done from the “Contact Info” page.
Custom css & js
Four sidebar widgets are introduced by Tesla Themes for Grandstand. The for widgets are About widget, Popular/Latest posts widget, Twitter feed widget & Instagram feed widget.
Grandstand Review: How it Looks
The theme wasn’t intended to have a sophisticated design. Since it is a single purpose theme created for blogger, its power lies within the simple and clean design it has. The design has enough white spaces to make readers love viewing the content without any distractions.
Example: About page
Example: Advertise page
Grandstand Review: Final Thoughts
It is a simple yet powerful theme that can easily be the first choice for any blogger. The high customizability is one of the main reasons to make it a great candidate for bloggers with no technical or design experience.