The Asteroid responsive WordPress theme is a responsive WordPress theme incorporated with various widget areas that make management of banners and ads a lot easier, especially for ad-supported sites. The WordPress theme is ideal for use on a blog, a static website or both. It has an intuitively designed options panel to help customize your site. Asteroid WordPress theme development focuses on user customization and minimizing HTTP requests to help conserve server resource.
The WP theme supports custom header images, backgrounds, menus, full-width page templates, RTL Language Support and more. Asteroid responsive WordPress theme is simple and minimal yet customizable. If you want to customize its design further, you must use a child theme. To really enjoy the best functionality of the Asteroid responsive WordPress theme, you will need to install the child theme.
Asteroid Responsive WordPress Theme Features
– Simple and Clean design.
– Two-column layout. Full Page.
– Numerous Widgetized areas.
– Responsive; mobile-ready.
– Custom CSS Option.
– Threaded comments.
– Validates as HTML5 compliant.
– Small file size.
– RTL Language Support.
– Translation ready.
– bbPress forum support.
Essential WordPress Plugin to be Installed to have a perfect function of the Asteroid Responsive WordPress Theme
W3 Total Cache: This caching plugin is a must for every WP site big or small. It can save you a lot of both processing and bandwidth resources. This plugin is very effective. Though the plugin normally doesn’t require any configuring upon the first install, if you go to the plugin’s options page it might look intimidating and complicated. This part of W3 Total Cache could use a little makeover. Download
Widget Logic: This plugin will add extra control over your website. With widget logic, you can specify where your widgets will show up. If you want certain widgets to only appear on the homepage then no problem just add is_home() on the widget logic area below each widget. Or you might want specific widgets to show only on some specific pages or posts. You only need to know some basic PHP arguments to accomplish these. As an example, observe that on my right sidebar the “Most Recent Post” widget only appears on posts and pages and not on the homepage. Download
PHP Code Widget: This plugin is in the same vein as Widget Logic. It enables you to execute your own custom PHP code. You just add your code to a PHP widget just like you add text on a text widget. You can use this widget to accomplish custom functions. For example, some type of plugins like slider plugins may need you to add their shortcode on the theme files. If your theme supports many widget areas and you chose one of those areas for your slider to appear on then you can just add the shortcode on the php widget. You can even wrap the shortcode on some PHP arguments to have more control on where the slider would appear. Download
Lightbox Plus Colorbox: This used to be named “Lightbox Plus”. I hate the fact that it was renamed to a longer “Lightbox Plus Colorbox” but I guess the author has his reasons. Anyway, this is a good plugin to handle images. This will allow a smaller thumbnail of an image to display in its original size when clicked. This could save you bandwidth by not directly calling the file in its original size. You can use this on single images or on galleries. Download
WordPress SEO By Yoast: I mainly use this plugin for a few of its functionality and not necessarily because of it’s supposed SEO magic. I use Yoast to generate XML sitemaps that are recommended to be used on Google Webmaster’s Tool. I also use this plugin to modify the titles of posts and pages. Download
WP-PageNavi: This plugin transforms the navigational links on blogs into numbers instead of “Older Posts & Newer Posts”. It makes the blog a little more navigable and accessible. It’s also visually appealing to have those numbered buttons on your blogs. Some WordPress themes like “Easel” have even made this plugin part of the theme’s function. Check my homepage to see this plugin in action. I styled it to appear with a dark gradient background. Download
WP-SpamShield: This is an exceptionally powerful and user-friendly WordPress anti-spam plugin that eliminates comment spam, contact form spam, registration spam, trackback spam, pingback spam, and every other type of WordPress spam. Is a leading edge WordPress spam protection, with NO CAPTCHAs, challenge questions or other inconvenience to site visitors. This plugin works silently in the background, and simply makes WordPress spam disappear.
A child theme of any WordPress theme is a new theme that relies on the parent theme. It is installed just like any regular theme and placed in the /wp-content/themes/ directory. A child theme is used when a user wants to customize the parent theme’s design and functionality without fear of losing the customizations whenever the parent theme is updated. After you install and activate the child theme you will find an empty style.css and functions.php in the WordPress theme editor Dashboard -> Appearance -> Editor You can safely customize these files and your changes will persist even after a theme update.