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Artisan, alluring,  elegant, dazzling, charming, delightful – all highly descriptive adjectives which distinctly characterize Essay. Essay WordPress is a handsome theme built for writers and blogging enthusiasts who are looking for a clever, elegant and bold platform to build their web presence. With its clean lines, purposeful design and headlining layout engine, Essay is the all-around perfect WordPress theme for your blog.

“So that’s legit – but how can I customize it?

There are many configuration options and layout modules available in the customizer. Essay will make your WordPress blog look fantastic everywhere, on any screen – at any resolution. We know you’re going to love it.

Essay is a handsome theme built for writers and blogging enthusiasts who are looking for a clever, elegant and bold platform to build their web presence.

Let’s go into detail.

From the home view, which is set as the Posts for Page option in the Theme Customizer, we have built in 5 pre-defined layout options. Really. The best part of the whole layout engine is that you can pick the layout of your choice with literally one single click. Yes, that’s right. One click.

“Ok, so that sounds cool – but how’d you do it?

Sure thing. I, @richard_tabor,  was tasked to build out a new Image Radio custom control – for which was quite a trying undertaking. After fiddling around, I finally found a solution to display the layout engine with a visual image-driven UI within the default Customizer.


So after working that magic, I added a data-layout attribute to Essay’s header.php file, and worked in the standard code to pull in a Customizer value. Then connected the new data-layout attribute to the style.css stylesheet for the various layouts.

Here’s how I did it:

[data-layout="blog-1"] .article:nth-of-type(5n+1),
[data-layout="blog-1"] .article:nth-of-type(5n+2) {
     width: 50%;
     width: 50vw;

[data-layout="blog-1"] .article:nth-of-type(5n+1) > .inner .inner,
[data-layout="blog-1"] .article:nth-of-type(5n+2) > .inner .inner {
     max-width: 500px;

All in all, it’s definitely the most effective and proficient technique that I’ve found to include multiple layout options within a theme, but not fill the stylesheet up with hundreds of lines of unused code.

Wanna see more?

This whole post is basically an example of a nearly real-life blog post, for which you can easily create and publish. The post editor reflects the publishable content one-for-one and is entirely configured for publishing.

It’s also super easy to embed videos, images, tweets, audio, and other content into your WordPress site. As you’ve just seen seen the example of the Twitter embed above, but you can add any of the standard WP supported embeds.

There’s also support for video background hero areas. Cool ‘eh? Now we have an example of the ordered list styles coming up next. Here’s a quick-tip, “how-to” guide for installing Essay.

  1. Go to Appearance > Themes and click the ‘Add New‘ button.
  2. Search for the Essay theme in your theme collection.
  3. Click on the ‘Activate‘ button to use Essay right away.
  4. Navigate to Appearance > Customize and customize to taste.
  5. All done. Have fun!

Now that you’re nearly sold, let’s dive a bit into the developers world and let you know a bit more about the team at ThemeBeans, the responsible ones for creating this brilliant WordPress theme, Essay.

But wait, there’s more! Have you heard enough? Go ahead and buy the Essay WordPress theme on ThemeForest.

Our Philosophy.

From the themes we design and develop, to the ThemeBeans support experience, to the methodically-authored code that runs your website, we strive to build the most genuine and dependable products imaginable.

They put a strong emphasis not only on design, but also user functionality. And their customer service is simply the best! Awesome!-Acevvvedo (verified customer)

We may be a small team – but we have your back…we’ve delivered over 20,000 themes and nearly 50,000 plugins in all since 2012! Now that’s crazy! If you need any help what-so-ever, our support staff is nearly always on hand to sort things out as soon as humanly possible. What are you waiting for? Purchase Essay right now and give your blog some life!

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