This is Tabor, an ultra simple, fast loading, classically minimalist WordPress blog theme from ThemeBeans. First glance shows you this is a theme that isn’t interested in a bunch of extra junk on the page, it’s about as stripped down as you can get. It supports a lot of plugins and addons that people really love. Stuff like Yoast SEO, Optin Monster, Medium, MailChimp, MonsterInsights and more. That helps keep this theme from falling into the territory of ‘too bare bones to use’.
I’ll let the theme’s creator do the next part of the intro.
Tabor was built out of a real need. I needed a super-fast, highly-optimized, professional WordPress theme to help share my words and grow my audience. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.
That’s Rich Tabor of Theme Beans. He needed a new website, so he went and created this particular theme for his WordPress blog. Now, you can have a straight up clone of it if you want to. Pretty generous. Or crazy, I’m not sure which.
Well, let’s see if he got what he wanted, is this theme really as fast as he claims?
Well, yeah, that’s really fast. A tidy 30 requests, loads in around 2 seconds with a relatively small 1.5mb size. Of course, all that depends on how you set your site up and what images you choose, but it does at least have the potential to be really, really fast. Some themes can’t say that.
Here’s the front page. So clickably flat, it’s ridiculous.
Here’s another good look at a sample post. So damned simple, why didn’t I think of that! Man, that’s a minimalist theme to be sure. For more minimalist themes, check out our collection.
So, it’s a very simple, fast loading blog. They say this blog is strictly meant for writers, so it’s a blogger’s blog, basically. What’s the catch? Well, if you actually want more than one post style, you’re going to have to code that yourself. Sure, they offer video post types. Widgets? Well, they’re handled a little differently in this theme. I’ll let Rich Tabor explain again.
I don’t bundle widgets in the theme files. What if you decide to switch themes? Your widget data is gone. Poof. I have added custom styling for OptinMonster and MailChimp for WordPress. All default widgets look great. Add widgets to the single post sidebar widget area, and you’ll find a sidebar added to the page. The sidebar layout is not option-based, it’s contextual.
So maybe that’s not so bad. But another issue, this bad boy is going to run you $69, at least at the time of this writing. That’s an awful lot of money. Then again, there’s zero bloat in this theme. It really does load fast. It does look good, as long as it suits your taste that is.
I guess I’m asking, is it too simple for some people? I’d say the answer to that is, absolutely.
It’s not a theme that’s for everybody but for those who need the simplest, functional and fast loading theme they can find, this could be it. A little bragging time here, our Silverbow theme loads damn fast too. Check it out if you want another free option with a fast load time and minimal style.
- SEO Optimized
- Schema Markup Ready
- OptinMonster Support
- MailChimp for WordPress Support
- MonsterInsights Support
- High Readability
- Fine-tuned WYSIWYG WordPress writing experience
- Showcase videos using the Video Post Format
- Localization Support
- Safe & Secure
- Super Fast
- Bloat Free
- Built-in social sharing components
- Built-in inline OptinMonster opt-in styling
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more great WordPress themes.