The default layout displays post excerpts with a featured image to the left. The layout is appealing and I like the styling of the post meta information; the categories are in boxes and the author, date and comments feature icons.
Note the page navigation – red and dark gray boxes which are eye-catching and a welcome replacement to WordPress’ standard navigation.
Theme Customization and Options
RedWaves’ theme options are simple to use, but a little simplistic. You can upload your icon and a favicon and have the option to make the top navigation bar “sticky”. A sticky nav bar will stay at the top of the page when the user scrolls down. Although I like the default display with the smaller image to the left and the excerpt, you can change it to display a full-width image:
Setting for the articles include a box to display related posts by category or tags, toggling the next/previous navigation, adding an author box and toggle post meta information on single post displays.
RedWaves comes with right sidebar, left sidebar and full width (no sidebar) layouts that you can assign overall to your site, and an option for a full width template for pages. Don’t like the red? Themient makes it easy to change that color.
Unfortunately there is only one widget area for this theme – the sidebar. RedWaves does include four custom widgets: Facebook Like Box, Popular Posts, Recent Posts and Social Icons which you can add to your sidebar. The Recent Posts widget is nice – adding a thumbnail and meta info to the list which could attract more eyes to your posts.
Optimized for Mobile
RedWaves looks great on mobile, displaying a fill-width image above the excerpt and a drop-down menu.
Overall, I like this WordPress theme. It would be perfect for a blogger who uses featured images or as a base for use by a WordPress professional as a parent theme with a child theme adding more functionality and layout options.