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July 3, 2010


Review of Traction theme for wordpress

Traction theme overwiev

Traction is a really flexible and visually attractive theme. It works good for corporate use, for blogging, for product presentation sites and for internetmarketers. There is both a free version and a paid version of Traction. Maybe you could start with the free version, but I strongly recommend that you pick the paid version. Then you have the possibility to chose color schemas, you can easily change the three pictures flashing on the top of the front page, there is more sidebar and ad-options and you get support if you need any. Basically, if you want to, you could do almost the same with the free version, but that requires a lot of coding, propably costing you much more in time then the paid version would cost you in money. Your blog or website gets a fresh and clean appearance with this theme, and the best thing, I think, is the following: If you just have a little content, this theme still makes your website look like a big expensive one. And, if you have a lot of content, with this theme your site will still be very easy to navigate. It has both a meny for categories, and one for pages, it has four widget areas and differenth frontside look than the other pages. The Traction template is very well search engine optimized, with differenth heading one on every page, and not the sitename as heading one on any other page than the front page.  Click here for getting to the site where you can get the Traction theme.

Traction theme overwiev

Traction theme overwiev

Who should go with the Traction theme?

  • Those who are new to WordPress, this theme needs no previous knowledge at all (if you get the paid version).
  • Small companies that wants a very cheap website that still looks professional. A website with the traction theme makes your company look big and fancy.
  • Bloggers that wants a theme that is both search engine optimized and nice-looking. Themes usually just fulfill one of these criterias.
  • The more experienced wordpress users that has got enough of the free themes that promise a lot but does not do anything without you tweaking it and recoding it and wasting a lot of valuable time.
  • Internetmarketers that wants one theme that they can use on sites in many different niches, by changing images in the big picture area on the frontpage, this  theme looks good in almost every niche.

Plugins I like to activate on pages with this theme:

  • Headspace 2: For making your own titles and descriptions for improving the search engine optimization for your page.
  • Wp title 2: For people that uses the theme on a website, not just for blogging. This lets you have different meny-links and page headings for every page on your site. Actually, it works for posts also.
  • Google XML sitemap. I always install this one. It fastens the site’s indexation in Google. In addition to this one, you should also make an own sitemap fro your wordpress blog.

You can of course activate all the plugins you want for your wordpress installation, or just go without plugins. The Traction theme works for almost every purpose that you can use wordpress. (that’s a lot). For example, this site, professionalwpthemes is built on the traction theme. The customization of the theme just took me a few minutes from the built-in controlpanel that comes with Traction. Traction Theme is built by The Theme Foundry.  Click here for getting to the site where you can buy the Traction theme.

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  • eat_veg

    it was very interesting to read.
    I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
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  • taufiq@seopluginsoftware

    Hi, i using free version of traction. then hoe to create the read more on this theme because my blog can’t show readmore on the index page

    • Jonathan

      Hi! You have to activate the “featured slider” from the theme options, then it will show the standard slider on top of the first page. For changing the text and pictures in it, you have to go into the file “featured.php” and manually change the texts and pictures and links. Or then you just buy the traction theme, and can du everything from the user interface in theme options..:)

  • Matias

    hello, i activate the featured slider, but, every post i create is in there. Is there any way to set only a specific category for the featured slider? Sorry bad english

    • Jonathan

      That should be possible, I’ll see if I find it and then reply.

  • Alyce

    What plugin do you recommend to enable me to change the background on my traction theme?

    Thank you for your informative review!

    • Jonathan

      I recommend to search for the backround image in the theme folder and edit that one in photoshop.. :) I haven’t found any plugin that does the trick.

  • .AsS4Ss1n95.

    I am using this theme for free in my new wordpress blog but in future I am going to buy the premium version. I just need an info:

    Can I use photoshop to edit the template when I buy the theme? And, can I remove the copyright link in the footer?

    • Jonathan

      The copyright link is easy to remove, just go into footer.php and remove it from there. You can use photoshop to edit all the background pictures, that can give the theme a quite different look.

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  • HH

    Is it possible to change the dark background on the traction theme? I love the theme but would like a lighter color instead of the grey.


    • Jonathan björkskog

      It has no built in feature for changing background, but you can search in the template folder for the background picture and change it to a light one.

  • Jason

    I want to change the background color and the nav bar color.  I don’t like the colors but do like the layout.  Where do I find the template?  I made the normal CSS change in CSS Styles but nothing happened.  Is the background an image and not a color?

    • Jonathan björkskog

      The backgrounds are all images that is repeated in this template, so it is a little harder to change colords. If you buy the premium traction theme you can chose between three color schemes. An another alternative is that you search for all the background images in the template folder, and change the colors in photoshop. I did like this once, and made the background white. So it is possible. Good luck! // Jonathan

  • Edogawaone

    In,you can get this theme for free….Im not lying….I found this theme in newest theme categories…..(Sorry if you not understand)….

  • Luke

    How do you place pictures in the ad-spaces? I cant seem to find the interface that allows you to do this!

  • Tine

    Hi, I’m using the (paid) Traction theme but I can’t find the plug-in option/function anywhere… How/where can i activate them?