Rare Radio is WordPress based theme offered by AncoraThemes specially dedicated to Radio stations, Musicians and DJs. The theme has only paid version and available be purchased on themeforest for $59. You can visit the purchase page there may have offers available now a days.
As this is a premium theme, contains almost options that a pro level themes has. Due to security reasons the first install theme asks for the purchase key that can be found by theme provider after making a purchase. After that they theme has around 12 recommended plugins/add-ons that you can install as per your needs as there are few slider, SEO, page builder, custom fields, images compressor, WooCommerce and more plugins. You can also install external radio plugins depends on your needs. After that you can import the demo data from dedicated demo importer and customize each part in theme admin settings.
The theme can be used for multi purpose and I’m gonna try it with blogging website. Let’s see what options we see into the theme and how it works. Theme is perfect to be used with radio station websites.
- Professional design
- One-Click demo install
- Modern, Flexible, Customizable
- WordPress 4.0+ Tested and Approved
- Built with HTML5 and CSS3 code
- Cross-Browser Compatibility: FireFox, Safari, Chrome, IE11+
- Slider Revolution & Swiper Slider included
- Retina Images Support
- User menu and Main menu support
- Interactive Ajax Search
- Flexible Colors & Typography
- 100% Responsive & Mobile-friendly
- Boxed and Fullwidth page layouts
- Elementor Builder support – modify any page content easily
- Customize Header and Footer Layouts in Elementor Page Builder
Advanced Blog Settings:
- Multiple Blog Styles
- Flexible Layout Options
- 20+ Post Animations
- Customizable Blog Feed (choose from post types or categories)
- Post views, likes and sharing buttons
- Related Posts Section
Powerful Theme Framework:
- Setting Inheritance and Override System
- 750+ Customizer Options
- Custom Post Types
- Custom Widget Sets
- Custom Shortcodes
- Custom Theme Options Panel
- Optimized for best performance
- Contact Form 7
- Essential Addons for Elementor
- Essential Grid
- Image Hotspot by DevVN
- Instagram Feed
- MailChimp for WordPress
- The Events Calendar
- ThemeREX Addons
- Timetable and Event Schedule
- Give – Donation Plugin
- Ditty News Ticker
- Slider Revolution
- WP GDPR Compliance
- Fontello & Image Icons
- Google Fonts
- Professional Support
- Detailed Documentation
- Regular Updates
Download / Install / DemoDownload/View | Demo | Purchase
Go to your theme providers website and download installable files of the theme only + download license code text file. Install > activate and register it with the license key provided by themeforest. After successfully doing this now we’ll customize it. If you’re getting any error or don’t know how to install a theme into proper way, read this guide.
1. Theme Activation/Registration:
Upon the install and activation, theme options will be only unlocked if you’ll verify your purchase with them. On themeforest, go to downloads > License Key TXT > Open and Copy License Key > add to theme and verify it. After this you’re gonna see these options:
2. Install Addons:
The theme works perfectly with some best premium plugins comes free with the theme. You can install these plugins by downloading all files from WordPress and there you’ll see an option of addons ZIP files, install these plugins and activate them. These pro plugins are auto verified and registered with the theme. Otherwise installing plugin from WP directory may ask you to buy them. Activate all necessary plugins.
3. Import Demo Content:
When you see a theme demo page, the perfection, the articles, images, layouts and other setup can be imported now with 1 click. You need to go to Demo Import in theme navigation menu and there you’ll see available demos by provider.
Hover on image will popup an option to preview the demo, preview each you like and click on that image. It will show you an option to import specific data like All content, Posts, Pages, Grind Layouts, Page Blocks and Theme Options. For better experience, we’ll go for all content.
4. Grid Layouts:
With the demo import, you may get 3 or more pre-made grind layouts, used into different pages like categories, author pages or others. There previews can also be seen by clicking on the anchor text in next Used in row. You can keep using them, customize or delete them depends on your needs.
5. Page Blocks:
On Blog demo import, you may get around 6 pre-made page blocks used within different pages and also have customize options into theme settings. This is mainly used in footers, like recent posts for all or a specific category, tags and comments.
6. Theme Options:
Theme options contains the options to customize your theme according to your needs, the thing contains options from General, Site Layout, Header, Pages Layout, Archives Layout, Colors, Typography, Buttons, Image Sizes, Advanced, Custom Code and Manage Options.
This section controls around 12 features of the theme. Let’s get into important ones, one by one.
Enabling this feature will ask you to choose a published page that shows a visitor a special message like the site is under development etc. It will keep showing logged out users this page but not to the logged in one.
Search Results Page, 404 Page and Posts Page:
With the demo import, these all pages are imported and also by default correctly setup. If you want to make changes to this page, you can go to pages > Search Results Page and customize as you want. Same method used to 404, and Posts pages. It Will be better to take a backup first.
The icon or small logo is shown before the webpage title in browser’s tab. The theme requires it to be squrare and at least 512pixels.
Pre Loader Screen:
This is the loader icon like when logging into skype or on play store we show a circle animates that’s called Pre loader. This is used when there is big data on website like images or long pages, this keeps user showing we’re loading and at the back-end when it completes the page load, is hidden automatically.
“Back to top” Button:
Back to top button is now used to every almost every theme now a days, even AMP is also using it. You can now customize this button with this theme like change when the icon shown be shown, change color and button position. Position has left and right side option and when clicking on color, it will show you color picker, pick on and it will save the color code. About the position, by default its used 100vh , 1vh equals 1% of the screen height.
Smooth Scroll Duration:
Google Maps API Key:
The theme contains 6+ controls for you to customize upon your needs. Let’s checkout important ones.
Site Canvas Layout:
Site has 2 layout options 1 is full screen and second is adding an extra layer of colors from slide bars. When choosing the second option, you can also select the color you want to use there.
The default width is used into themes and other websites is 1200px and it is perfect for bigger screenshots otherwise theme will make it auto responsive for short screens.
This option contains Portfolio, Testimonials, Media Categories, Open Graph meta tags, Schema.org markup, Titlebars & Sidebars. You can enable these features or keep disabled.
Theme itself allow us to optimize speed for better and fast performance like azy Load, Defer Google Fonts loading, Disable jQuery migrate script, Move jQuery scripts to the footer, Dynamically load theme JS components, Disable extra features of WPBakery Page Builder, Remove “http/https” from paths to files, Optimize JS and CSS size. After using these features you don’t need to have any cache plugin anymore.
The theme also allows you to import and export the data/settings to your other websites. You can backup, reset and import the data onto any other website using same theme.