Once in a while comes a theme so elegant and beautiful it just makes you say “Wow” on the first impression. Julia is one of those themes. Developed by the team at PixelGrade out of Romania, Julia features the hallmark of the PixelGrade team, beautiful typography and color schemes to make a basic blogging set come to live. PixelGrade have proven they are one above the standard among WordPress theme design shops, their previous themes like Listable, a listing and directory theme and Timber a photography theme have gone on to great success mainly because of their striking visuals. Now with Julia they are on a continuation of this excellence in design.
Julia is a blogging theme focus on food bloggers. Out of the bat we can see that posts can be arrange by food types of different varieties. They can arranged seasonally like Christmas or Spring for example. By courses type like breakfast, brunch, or dinner. By occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. Or regionally like Korean or French dishes. Or very importantly for some, by ingredients. Just this method of arranging all recipes and posts categorically in a food blogging sensible manner makes Julia an excellent choice to organize your database of food posts.
The homepage of Julia has a very striking visual of clean pastel coloring with big typography. The menu employ a very simple CSS based visual effect with a cascading effect for multi level menus. Right from the top we are featured with the top posts laid out around a big feature article, in a very clean and simple manner without a cumbersome carousel. This is good, as carousels are out of fashion with readers since they slow down websites adding big scripts to function. Latest posts functionality right below blends in well with the sidebar thanks in part with the spacing and typography used, this lends in well to the visuals as they give the effect of a single uniform site instead of the blocks effect seen on other themes.
But of course when we do want a separation of content Julia handles it very elegantly with background coloring and spacing. A submenu can be added between the homepage widgets to exalt the different food categories. The homepage can be smartly ended with a newsletter widget integrate with the same look of the theme for email buildup list purpose.
Inside the posts Julia is very intelligent, once again the visuals make an impact on the header with a beautiful title design that blends in with the header of the theme and the feature image. Font size and strength were rightly picked and that makes the overall reading of the content easy on the eyes for the readers. What makes out Julia stand out is the built-in recipes features. You can list on a each recipe it’s serving size, the time it take to prepare and difficulty level of preparing the dish. Right below there’s a double column where in one you can list the ingredients used and on the other the step by step instructions for making the dish. This widget data can be inserted in the middle of the post for a very aesthetically looking recipe post. Right down below we can find the usual assortment of author box and similar posts features with the integrated newsletter widget all the while a scroll bar that tells the reader visually the length and title of the article in a sticky header bar context that appears once you start scrolling. To top it off Julia has a search page that can be used as a recipe index for all the posts.
We don’t give ratings on DistroServer but if we did Julia would be right among the top, we would love to host any website that wants to build on top of the Julia theme as is such an aesthetically pleasing and well coded WordPress theme for food bloggers. Checkout our WordPress hosting stack to learn how you can run Julia in a well tuned and optimized manner and checkout the Julia sales page at PixelGrade here for purchasing info and a demo.