Devlin is a classy template that is equally suited for blogs and small businesses. The bold header and footer in Devlin help hold simple content in a clean, solid frame.
However, Devlin reminds me of the Five and Dovetail templates which are considered business themes. I’ll break down the unique elements of the Devlin theme below. If you discover something else that makes Devlin special, please let us know in the comments!
- Demo: Devlin Demo Site
- Readme: Devlin Readme Page
- Template Category:
- Sidebars: Global, Per Page Option- Right, Left, None
- Banners: Default and Per-page Banner Option
- Footer: Full-width, global
- Page Options: Folder, Link, Page, Blog
- Promoted Blog Posts: No (tested image and gallery)
Pages included within a Folder are displayed in a horizontal sub-navigation menu. With the style editor, you can choose unique colors for the subnavigation menu, but the typography, sizes, and spacing are the same as the main navigation.
Devlin includes per page sidebar options, right or left (or none). It’s a single, global sidebar (whether right or left, it’s the same sidebar. There is not a unique left and right version) so unless you have some serious css chops to selectively display sections of the sidebar, your sidebar will be the same on all pages you choose to have one. Of course, if you need the appearance of unique sidebars, you can easily do this by having a fullwidth page and add content blocks stacked in a column.
For now, it seems that blog pages do not support promoted posts. I tested an image and gallery block and both appeared below the post’s title.
FooterDevlin has a couple more options than most templates when it comes to color choices. Looking at the demo, you will see these options used to the fullest with a dark background and unique text, link, and hover style options in the color editor. The footer is global and will appear throughout the entire site.
At least for now, there are only two settings included in the “Options” menu within the Style Editor:
- Social Icon Styles (round, square, normal)
- Hide Blog Post Author
I’m hopeful that more will be added. I find templates that offer more choices in this specific section of the Style editor make it easier to create a unique website, especially for those not wanting to mess with customizing CSS on their own.
Style Editor Menus