Power Your Band Website with a WordPress Band Theme
A while back I did a roundup of music and band themes for WordPress, there were some good themes in there but two really stood out for me: Dark & Gritty and The Grammy Theme by Foxhound themes. I loved the design of both of these and the features looked great so I contacted them to get copies of their themes for review. In this review I will be taking a look at the set up and options for them.
The Grammy Theme
Dark & Gritty Theme
Installing The Theme
After you purchase the theme you will receive a zip file, unzip this and you will have a main folder which contains the license and another folder. This is the folder you want to upload which contains the actual theme.
Click activate under the theme :
Once the theme is activated you will see 2 new menu items – “Grammy” or “Dark & Gritty” (depending on which theme you choose) and “Slider Images”. The theme options panel is nicely laid out wtih everything contained on one screen – you can upload a logo, enable tool tips, upload header images, add a custom favicon, choose a background image ( 8 to choose from ), enable a range of social media icons and point them to your profiles and you can also set the options for the slider.
The other menu item added by the theme is “Slider Images” and use custom post types to display your slider using the nivo slider plugin which comes bundled with these themes. To add a slider image, you simply click “Add New” and upload the image as a featured image, then add a URL for it to link to. The animation effects, pause etc are all set in the previous theme options page.
In the documentation section, there are a number of recommended plugins to help you make the most of the theme, which is a nice touch – if this was a theme from Themeforest, they would all probably be built-in bloating your theme with features you may not even need. The recommended plugins are as follows :
- Soundcloud Widget
We recommend all the fantastic musicians using our themes should get a Soundcloud account if they haven’t yet. It’s free, looks great, and works great. Click the link above to head over to our forum on how to integrate your songs into a WordPress widget.
- Gig Press
The absolute best WordPress Tour Date plugin for musicians. If it’s good enough for Matthew Good, it’s…probably good enough for you. We just styled this in our latest release so this plugin works better than ever with our themes!
- WP Fancy Zoom
Handy plugin that allows links to images to just zoom on your visitor’s screen. We love this plugin and use it all the time.
- Facebook Like Box
This is a key plugin. Connect your Facebook Page and watch your ‘Likes’ climb.
- Twitter Widget Pro
If you’ll be using Twitter, this plugin has a ton of options and works well.
- My Recent Youtube Widget
If you want to just set your widget and forget about it, this one will automatically update to your most recent upload.
- Mailchimp Newsletter
Mailchimp lets you build up to 1000 subscribers for free. Let them easily subscribe and give them updates about your band straight to their inbox!
As you can see, these are great looking themes Foxhound have really nailed the look – they say on their website “Made by Musicians, For Musicians” and it shows. I like how these themes arent overly bloated with features – you can pick and choose which plugins to add which will suit your band. The theme options are nice and simple to configure and they include one of the bext content sliders – the Nivo slider.