Brixton is a WordPress theme designed specially for blogs. It is ideal for hosting a personal blog and is also the Third Best Selling WordPress Blog Theme on ThemeForest for 2015. It is a perfect platform for sharing stories, experiences and news, and a reader can spend many pleasant hours on the blog.
The theme is clean, elegant and trendy. The design is creative, almost hipster like and commonly appearing with a broad header that carries a logo or avatar, or both. The logo from the template can be used anywhere on your website. The theme comes with a one click demo importer and can be customized a great deal.
A visitor to a blog is usually the kind who will spend some time reading the content there. So, a lot of importance is to be given to the written word. The text takes center stage with this theme, keeping all other elements minimal. The focus is more on the text content and there is little to distract from it. The theme has been framed with readability in mind and typography is clean. Google Fonts can be used on the theme.
The theme is also completely responsive, scaling down well to hand held devices. Readers will like this feature a lot as it means they can read your blog while commuting or sitting on a park bench or cafe or even while on the beach. Brixton is also retina ready.
The layout can be full width or boxed and 7 post templates are possible – standard, video, gallery, audio, quote and link. A color picker is included, which means you can change the color as you wish. Proper title tag can be inserted.
A slideshow is included in the gallery post format and a search box (which can be turned off) is available. Audio post is possible with SoundCloud.
The reading community in general likes to share what it reads. Anything interesting that they stumble upon is shared with friends and other readers. They will find it easy to do so with Brixton, as it incorporates Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Widgets. Font Awesome icons for social icons are included. Instagram feed, Facebook widget and social share icons can all be placed in the sidebar.
Brixton is built on CSS3 and Bootstrap 3 Framework. It is SEO friendly and fast loading. Blogs do like to be translated for wider readership and so the the theme is WPML ready.
You can purchase Brixton from ThemeForest for $39 and be entitled to future updates and 6 month support. You can extend support to 12 months by adding $11.70 to the cost.
The developers of the theme are open to suggestions and if you want a feature included, they will be glad to do so.
Now that we have a fair idea of the features of Brixton, let us look at some websites and blogs to see how the theme has been used.
Endulge El Dorado
Endulge El Dorado is not really the blog of one person. Three individuals of varying age and perspectives write about the good, the bad, the ugly and the tasty. Their varying personalities – the twenty year old who is stepping out into the world, a seen – it – all CEO who enjoys life and the average middle aged family man – contribute to keep the blog interesting.
The blog uses the dark header, which turns white and sticky as you scroll down. The posts are placed in a boxed format and the sidebar devotes a fair amount of space to social buttons and Instagram feed.
Nerd or Die
Nerd or Die is a website that keeps you upto date with all nerdy stuff. You will find streaming tutorials, design and gaming related content here.
It is started by Derek, who runs a YouTube channel, Twitch Channel and the website. His goal is to create gaming related content about streaming, graphic design and web design in a way that is simple to understand. A helpful search box has been placed at the top in the sidebar and recent posts are carried in the sidebar. A handy list of popular tags can assist you in your search.
The Second Row
If pop culture is the fix you need, you can consider subscribing to The Second Row. The original avatar of this blog is the Alphabet Pony and you can access the back issues of that online magazine on this blog.
The blog posts are laid out in a boxed format and the borders have been shaded in a grey pattern. Twitter and Instagram Feed fill up the sidebar along with Popular Posts. The blog covers a wide range of topics such as fashion, travel, film, television, pop and movie stars and more.
Born to DIY
Born to DIY is the personal blog of Deyania Munoz, a Peruvian finance student, who is also keen on DIY fashion. She can teach you to make stuff that looks as if it costs a bomb for much less.
Fashion, home decor or beauty, she dabbles in all three and shares it with you on her blog. Whether it is learning to shape your eyebrows, or sewing a button or ripping your jeans, learn it from Deya on her blog.
Get up & Gallop
Anita means it when she says Get Up & Gallop – both literally and figuratively. She started her own riding school which failed miserably the first time. It flourished beyond imagination the second time round. She managed to build her business, even while living life the way she wanted and sold it all for her asking price.
To know how she managed to accomplish this, you are invited to subscribe to her blog and get a free 30 minute consult. She is on a mission to help high achievers go about achieving their goal. There is a subscription form in the sidebar and you can fill it up to receive content, tips and offers.
Charlie King is the personal blog of the television personality Charlie King. He has kept it downright simple in his blog and it appears to have been started quite recently.
Social media buttons, Instagram and recent tweets occupy the sidebar, along with a small window to his personality in an About Me box. The brick lined vertical borders all along the blog provides a nice relief to the blog content.
My Jordan Release Dates
My Jordan Release Dates is an online store for Nike shoes and clothing. The homepage has a full width image below the header and the rest of the page is packed with posts in multi columns without sidebar. Each post carries the image of a product and a detailed description of the product.
The other pages in the website display shoes, clothing and a calendar showing dates of release of future products. The credit cards accepted for payment at the store are displayed in the footer.
Big Yellow Canoe
Big Yellow Canoe is the blog of Jens and Anita who want to bring alive their love for the outdoors in the blog. They use the blog to keep you posted about their trips and other happenings in their life.
They also share a number of recipes on the blog. You can join them on an adventure by booking a canoe trip with them. A big sized round logo occupies the central part of the header and delicious recipes are featured in the posts below.
Airbrush Fachverband is the website of the airbrush painting association. It is a kind of spray painting and artists use it to paint on canvas or on any other object, for body tattoos and nail art.
The website has a broad header, with a fairly big sized logo in it. Equipment and materials used for airbrushing makes up the bulk of the imagery on this site. The events related to the Association is also carried on the site. Muted colors have been used.
Productividad is the place where Marco Acero blogs on topics related to productivity and lifestyle. He draws from the ideas of experts in the field and combines it with his own experiences.
You can subscribe to the blog in the sidebar and search for any topic with the help of the tags provided. The website shares useful tips on how to be more productive. It uses very little color and presents a black and white appearance.
Glamourously Stumbling to 50
The name of the blog Glamourously Stumbling to 50 is displayed with stylized fonts about the silhouette of a woman. This is positioned in the the center of the header, giving a distinctive look to the blog. The tags and subscription option are carried in the footer, while the About Me box is carried in the sidebar.
This is the blog of Rae, a 46 year old mother of two, who is trying to get past 50 unscathed and preparing for life after that.
Luke Aikman dons multiple roles of CEO, non executive director, inventor and advisor. He has advised big names like the Home Office and is making himself available in his blog for digital leadership, innovation and speaking. His interest lies in advising high growth startups.
He is active on his blog and it is filled with interesting business stories. You can search for a post by browsing through the archives and categories in the sidebar.
Jawel.nl is the blog of a nerdy father and he writes of his parenting experiences. Prospective parents will find his well categorized posts helpful.
The blogs are detailed and a lot of plain speaking and common sense wisdom can be found in them.
DesMoines Real Estate
Full width image with the dark header at the bottom of the image is what you will find when you land on the DesMoines Real Estate blog. As you scroll down, header moves to the top of the screen and turns sticky and white.
The blog was started by real estate enthusiasts to cover all real estate related information in the Des Moines and adjoining areas.
Social media buttons appear in a small sticky sidebar at the bottom left corner of the screen in the About Us and Featured Listings Page.
Educated Quest is a blog to help you find the college of your choice. It serves as a helpful guide to students and parents to pick the suitable college. Maintained by Stuart Nachbar, it helps them make informed decisions.
From the sidebar, you can subscribe to updates, pick a keyword search from the tag cloud, share on social media, use Skype or pick a post to read.
Through My Eyes
Marija Ristic pens down her musings in this blog. She can accept that people are different and believes that being different is good and beautiful. On her blog, Through My Eyes, she displays her photographs and writes about motivational stuff.
Her sidebar is crowded – About Me, Search Box, social buttons, popular posts with images, subscription option, tweets and Google Plus – are all placed in neat boxes here.
Tobi Adegbemi is a Nigerian blogger who shares photos and stuff related to fashion. She is a geology student who spends most of her time looking at, or reading about rocks.
She loves to talk, share ideas and learn. She uses the blog as a place to express herself, her opinions, fitness, diet, self education and some DIY.
Chef & Song
Chef & Song consider it an honor to be custodians of favorite foods and favorite music. They aim to bring these two together to help conversation flow in fine restaurants in North Texas.
A number of photographs of patrons having a good time is placed in the revolution slider in the About Us page. You can also see the photographs on Instagram.
Krzysztof Stronzik has big sized passions – he wants to inspire people to follow their dreams and live to the fullest of their abilities and to be an inspiration to others.
His post covers a number of categories like art, media and time management.
March of Reason
March of Reason offers a rational perspective on a variety of issues. They are placed under different pages relating to technology, startups, data science and philosophy.
The social media buttons are placed prominently in the sidebar and you can follow the blog on Feedly simply by clicking on the button at the bottom left of the screen.
This website is aimed at helping people to use the power of the internet to build a business for themselves that is not dependent on where you are located. So, you get to live your life on your own terms.
You can move about where you want, but stay connected to your business. Honest Nomads will show you how.
Metro Man is the blog of Christian who is a student and is holding a sales job as well. He uses the blog to write about his interests – clothes, style and fashion. He has written an ebook, a style guide for men.
Through the blog Christian hopes to equip men with style and shares tips on fashion. This blog has many sections – lifestyle, free style guides, inspiration, blog posts and good styles on offer where you can find some good deals.
The Treasure Map
The Treasure Map is the blog of Dario who loves to dance. He also likes music, TV shows, movies. He works on photography projects.
His one goal is to open his mind, to broaden his vision which he feels can be achieved by travelling. He can be found on Facebook and Instagram.
Blogging is a very personal way of communicating with your readers and your WordPress theme must be able to help you to get your message across to your readers effectively. The layout and the minimalistic nature of Brixton theme will surely help bloggers here. This does not mean that only bloggers can use Brixton. It can be used for any purpose, and you may have noticed that it is used by an online store as well as a real estate agency in the examples above.
Do try it out and let us know of your experience with Brixton.