Standard Theme Review

Review of: Standard Theme
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On September 29, 2012
Last modified:September 25, 2013


Standard is a very affordable premium theme from 8bit that comes packed with a solid design and some awesome functionality. Highly recommended theme.

You likely know that the love I have for Thesis and Genesis runs deep. Both of these themes are extremely flexible and allow you to quickly create amazing websites.

But lately, I’ve been playing with the Standard theme on my personal website, and I am quickly falling in love with it. Standard does not try to be an all-purpose theme. But it sure comes packed with some great features.

Just Enough Awesomeness

Out of the box, Standard provides you with some pretty awesome features including:

  • Custom ad widgets that simplify the process of adding advertisements
  • Custom Google search widget
  • Custom personal image widget
  • Custom social influence widget
  • Responsiveness
  • Social icons built in
  • Custom post types
  • Built in maintenance mode (hide website while doing maintenance)
  • AND Privacy Policy and Comment Policy generators

These are just a few features that stood out to me. Standard also made it super easy to add a header image and favicon to my site within a few minutes!

Below is a screenshot from my personal website with all of the custom widgets. The black widgets are made by standard and included in the theme.

Standard Theme Widgets

From this screenshot, you can also notice the different widgetized areas. Standard has widgetized areas for both a fat footer and for placing advertisements throughout your theme. I am currently not using these on my website, but I have tried them out. Having this functionality baked into the Standard theme is a big timesaver!

Below are screenshots of the rest of the options.

Standard Global OptionsStandard Presentation OptionsStandard Social OptionsStandard Publishing Options

My Overall Thoughts

Standard theme can most likely be adapted to fit most website needs. But, I think it is a match made in heaven for people that are looking for a solid personal theme. Widgets such as Social Influence and Personal Image really add a nice touch to the theme that you can’t find in other themes.

When I first started playing with Standard I was able to get a solid design up and going in less than an hour! Sure, Thesis and Genesis are great. But, I find that I usually have to add a lot more custom code or spend quite a bit of time overriding styles. Standard came ready baked with a solid design and features for my personal tastes.

Most awesome about this theme is the Privacy Policy and Comment Policy generator. I hate having to fret about creating a privacy policy (which usually meant swiping one from another website in the past). Standard creates separate privacy policy and comment policy pages that will walk you through setting up these policies for your websites.

With all of that being said, I found Standard a bit difficult to customize. But, in all fairness this is likely due to the fact that I have become so accustomed to working with Thesis that I haven’t had to work with child themes. So, if you’re used to working with child themes (Genesis users), then this can be an excellent theme for you. 8bit even provides a Standard child theme starter kit.

Standard only costs $49 for a license that allows you to use it on multiple websites. For $99 you also get lifetime upgrades and technical support. I don’t know about you, but that pricing is very attractive to me for everything standard provides!

For the solid design, great features, and price I highly recommend Standard as a premium theme.

Get Involved

After reading this article, and maybe even using Standard, what do you think about this theme? What do you look for in a premium theme?

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

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Written by Eric Binnion

Eric Binnion is a computer science student at Midwestern State University. When Eric is not online, he is usually volunteering in his community or enjoying time with his family. You can find Eric on Twitter.



  • Tom McFarlin says:

    Man, thanks for the killer review – you nailed exactly what we were aiming for with this product :).

  • Chris Langille says:

    Standard rocks for sure! I’ve been using them for two years now, and their community over there is exploding at the seams, and for good reason–these guys (8Bit) have a great product, but maybe more importantly, they seem to genuinely care about their customers and community.

    One thing that really sold me (and I’m sure other people too) is that Standard’s code base was audited by Automattic as well as Yoast de Valk, so you know the product has been tried and tested by the best.

    Keep up the good work over here Eric!

    • Eric Binnion says:

      Hey Chris,

      I agree with all of the points you made. Another one I wanted to point ot was how Standard allows the unlimited sites, even for their lowest price point! That means this theme is not only powerful, but affordable :)

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Chris Langille says:

        Yeah, that’s amazing considering that I just bought Thesis 2.0 about 10 minutes ago and realized I have to pay an additional fee if I want to use it on more than one site.

        I hope it’s worth the hype!

  • Elijah says:

    I’ve been a thesis user for the last few years but haven’t really taken the time to “optimize” anything really. (I’m unfortunately tired from working at the end of the day and a newborn is keeping me occupied) I’m looking at switching to Standard as it might benefit me especially with the latest updated and the Black Friday 30% coupon. Just wondering what to do really. Any advice besides the “blog” more. I’m trying to really get more into and find a dedicated time slot in my day to just really GOT ON IT and I’m hoping that 2013 (starting with dev in 2012) will get me there!

    • Eric Binnion says:

      Hey Elijah,

      I saw on Twitter that you went ahead and bought Standard. We could have a discussion on some things to make your blog better, but I think the first place to start is on defining the purpose of your website.

  • zimbrul says:

    I definitely won’t pay $49 for a theme that don’t offers upgrades. Thesis did not charge a penny to upgrade my subscription from 1.8 to 2.0 and I don’t know any theme that say: you pay this only for this version, if you want to update your theme you need to pay again.

    • Eric Binnion says:

      Hey Zimbrul,

      For the $99 option, you get lifetime updates as well as support. I think you’ll find that this still comes under many other premium WordPress themes.