FunGames Theme Review

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Fun Games Theme

FunGames is a free theme that is included with MyArcadePlugin, and it is updated by the same people behind that very plugin. I am also contributing to the theme to improve its load time and improve the markup of the theme. The theme is fully integrated with MyArcadePlugin and it comes with some basic features such as basic BuddyPress and BBPress integration.

Some great features that you will find with the theme is that it supports all MyArcadePlugin extensions (Game List Creator, Score Presenter, Tournament and more) and as more come out it is typically the first template to add support for it.

However, it does not go around some of the apparent design flaws with theme such as the fact that it still uses Timthumb on the Nivo Slider which is ruled as outdated and is no longer being supported. However, I am currently working on removing Timthumb from the theme as well as some other updates that are going to improve the theme for everyone.

This doesn’t mean that it is a bad theme there have been a few changes recently that are meant to improve the load time of the theme, and general usability has been improved for the users. Now that both I as well as the MyArcadePlugin team are working on the theme, there are going to be quite a few changes to the theme in the coming releases, and there are going to be more stable releases. Some of the things that I am planning on changing.

  • Removing Timthumb
  • Improve load time
  • Adding Schema Markup to the theme to improve the crawlability of the pages.
  • Improving the overall look of the theme and do some restyling
  • Make it responsive

Now while many of these ideas are not even in the works yet they are a good outline for the changes that I am planning to make to the theme. The support for the theme is astounding as I am consistently helping everyone through the support forum. So while FunGames is functional and covers all the basic features that are needed in an arcade theme it falls short in the areas that matter such as the appearance and the speed of the theme.

Speed Test Results Of DEMO Site

Keep in mind that these results don’t necessarily reflect the performance of the theme but also that of the site in which case caching plugins and other optimizations are not taking place. Therefore this metric may not be the best to truly show how the theme performs. A smart webmaster can get this theme to load in less than 3 seconds if he configures it properly.

GTMetrix Score has been calculated by taking the average of the YSlow and Page Speed score.

[graphs height=”50″ strips=”false”][graph title=”Pingdom” score=”66″ color=”#000″ text_color=”#fff”] [graph title=”GTmetrix” score=”61″ color=”#000″ text_color=”#fff”] [graph title=”Page Speed Desktop” score=”39″ color=”#000″ text_color=”#fff”] [graph title=”Page Speed Mobile” score=”28″ color=”#000″ text_color=”#fff”][/graphs]

 

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