Many people out there like frogs, so why not buy your WordPress theme from one? Seriously, though, eFrog Themes has a froggy name and a brand that goes with it. The logo includes a leggy frog character who is the mascot of the website. He adds a personal touch to a very well-designed CSS website. Watch him closely; he is doing something different and has a new caption on every page of the website.
Website Reviewed: eFrog Templates (efrogthemes.com)
The background of the site is a mottled green, reminiscent of frogs. These dark colors make it a little difficult to find the navigation bar at the top, which is in similarly dark colors and also has somewhat dark lettering. On the landing page, there is brighter colored wording advertising both free and premium WordPress themes, while a small box to the right showcases the latest theme. If you scroll down the landing page, there is also a small sampling of the themes for sale. You can sort them by price and category to find the one you need.
When you scroll over links on the navigation bar, they are enclosed in a bright orange square. This makes them readable, although it would be nicer if they were brighter to begin with. There are several elements of this blog that are difficult to see simply because of a lack of contrast, which can be a major disadvantage in an otherwise great website.
In short: this a very nice CSS website with just a few small problems and a few places where there is room for improvement. Here is how we break it down:
Creativity: 5 stars. This is a very creative site; we don’t often see amphibians tied into the field of blogging. We especially like the way George the Frog is doing something different on each page—reading a newspaper on the News page, for example, and holding an arm-full of icons on the Icons page. Elements such as this make a site feel more friendly and also build viewer recognition.
Ease of use: 3 stars. This site is a little difficult to use simply due to a lack of contrast in some parts. For example, it takes a moment to identify the navigation bar. A customer may leave rather than poke around for things. Also, the themes don’t have pop-outs or any of the fun functions that CSS has to offer.
Functionality: 4 stars. There are links to social networking sites as well as a blog, but they are somewhat difficult to find. For example, you have to look under ‘News’ to find the blog.
Content: 4 stars. The content is well-written and fun, tying into the frog theme wherever possible. There are a few minor spelling errors, but nothing too glaring.
Appropriateness: 5 stars. This website is appropriate for its audience and manages to combine a rather childish mascot with a professional, adult brand. George is a character that adults will enjoy interacting with.
Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars