One Theme Expands with One Panel Interface


It seems that Lee Cooper really enjoys the reviews that I do on John Chow dot Com, because this isn’t the first time that he has ordered a review here.

It was almost one year ago that we were first introduced to One Theme. A few months later, we took a look at some of the new features that were added. Well, as you may be able to guess, One Theme is back with more upgrades. Again.

More Than One Theme from One Theme

If this is your first time reading about One Theme from Lee Cooper, then I suggest that you take a look at my two earlier reviews (linked above), since I’m only going to cover the new stuff this time around.

Whereas One Theme used to consist of only one theme (but three “layouts”), it has since expanded to four themes: Default, Fun (shown below), Modern, and Professional.


The four themes from One Theme share a lot of similarities, but each has been designed for a slightly different purpose. One Theme Professional, for instance, may be better suited to an online news magazine. They all come with the same kinds of features and the exact same price point.

One Panel Operates Inside the Dashboard

The single greatest change to come to One Theme since the last time we discussed it is the introduction of One Panel. This is “the revolutionary plugin that manages all the premium themes at One Theme.”


One Panel operates from within the default WordPress dashboard, so you don’t lose any of your existing control panel features or configurations. Instead, One Panel is meant to expand on this existing functionality, making it easier for you to manage the various One Theme features. You access One Panel through the button in the WP Dashboard sidebar.

Using One Panel, you gain access to a thumbnail generator, ad manager, localization tool, image uploads, post gravatars, and more. The thumbnail generator is quite useful, because it will automatically crop your image to the right size and place it on your blog’s front page. This is absolutely crucial to a magazine-style layout like that offered by One Theme.

You can also use One Panel to deal with things like FeedBurner, backup files, post footers, featured videos, and so on. The interface is quite visual, so you should have no trouble clicking your way through the various functions. Nine recently used functions are highlighted on the main page of One Theme, giving you one-click access.

Feature Walkthrough Video

There’s just so much going on with One Theme, so Lee Cooper has put together a fairly comprehensive walkthrough video that not only outlines the theme’s features, but also the features of One Panel. The video is a little long at about 22 minutes, but it covers just about everything.

Buy Once, Free Upgrades for Life

As before, as always, you only have to pay for One Theme once and you will be offered free upgrades for however long Lee Cooper and his team continue to produce updates for One Theme. This comes with a small caveat. You need to have a unique and valid license and it seems that you need to purchase each of the themes separately. Buying One Theme Default does not give you One Theme Fun for free.

Each of the themes sells for $39.00 and there are a variety of license options. A single license for a single installation is $60. The respective prices for two, three, four, and five licenses are $110, $160, $210, and $260.


21 thoughts on “One Theme Expands with One Panel Interface”

  1. looks like a really cool theme! Nice creation Lee!

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  2. I’ve been using One Theme for a while now and I have to say it’s pretty darned good. The new interface is a godsend as it features a thumbnail generator that saves loads of time generating the various sized thumbnails.
    It might not be the cheapest WordPress theme but I think it is one of the best.

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    1. internet says:

      Chris–your site looks different in IE. Seems like compatible with firefox.
      Pls remember there are still IE users–infact majority…You need to get something that is compatible across major browsers.

      1. I think it’s great theme, i already use thesis, hybrid theme, and one theme will be my next theme to use, thanks for information.

  3. Nice looking theme although I wonder why there isn’t a developers license available to buy with the availability to use the theme on an unlimited amount of sites.

    I have a lot of developers licenses already at Woo Themes, Studio Press, etc etc and I would probably buy One Theme right away if there was some kind of option for an unlimited site developers license.

    Seems kind of strange to not have this option when so many competitors have this option. Might be worth adding this as an option otherwise could be leaving money on the table if there are others like me.

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    1. Jay says:

      Same here. I wanted to buy but there is no unlimited domains license.

      Most people and business online have multiple domains.

      As a large domain portfolio owner, I paid for a lot of unlimited domains license with other themes’ and scripts’ companies.

      Not because I am going to use their theme and script everywhere. It’s because I don’t want the restriction and need the flexibility and freedom to deploy the theme or script on any domain I am developing.

      For example, with Semiologic and Revolution, I can use their themes on any of my domains. There is also the recent Affiliate Theme.

      I know of One Theme since early last year and have been checking out their site for unlimited license.

  4. Melody says:

    I like the cleanliness of the themes. A lot of themes that are currently selling are really mediocre–and then having to deal with code configuration all by your lonesome is an added pain..

    But this seems more of a site description than a review.. what exactly is your opinion about it?

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  5. I was a little bit disappointed with this new release. When the theme originally came out it was touted as having free upgrades for life, many people as a result bought based on this promise. With the new release however, they have created new layouts that previous buyers who believed they would be given free upgrades, now have to pay for, it is definitely a case of it was to good to be true.

    One Theme thinks that by calling these new layouts “themes” instead of layouts, it gives them the right to charge for them in contradiction to their free upgrades for life promise. This will become a slippery slope, as every time they upgrade from here on out, they would be able to create a new function or layout that is chargeable. They are basically saying that because a function or look didn’t come with the original theme, it is not considered part of the upgrade, even though it is packaged as such.

    The theme has worked great for me, and while I can see why they would want to set up a means of monetizing those already subscribed, my opinion is this is a blatant case of bait and switch. It really is quite disappointing to see a company that has made such a good product, and set such high expectations for themselves fall short on their promises.

    I would hope that at some point they realize that these new “themes” are just variations on layout and deliver what they originally promised, which is free upgrades for their entire platform, not just selected bits and pieces. I am not holding my breath, and will likely pay for the new themes as they really are quite well done, but I will do so with a bitter taste in my mouth as a result. I would also be inclined to jump ship just on principle if a comparable competitor product became available.

  6. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    The themes look cool! It’s worth buying with that prices..


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  7. Paul U says:

    Looks cool but I still preferred elegant theme.

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  8. Really good theme that I think we will see popping up all over the place.

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  9. It continues to get better. More options always help.

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  10. Tinh says:

    Excellent theme as it also support SEO friendly urls then many bloggers wish to have one now

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  11. This site is currently for sale at SP. $80k + WOW!

  12. Although it will look impractical with some bloggers to purchase a theme when you can make one, all i can say is wow. Their themes are so cool!

    Very attractive and unique. I think it is worth the money.

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  13. I have no use for it, but it is a pretty cool theme.

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  14. Wow, interesting theme. Thanks for sharing John.

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  15. Michael Zhao says:

    Nice…Very NICE! I will bookmark this!

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