The Universal WordPress theme doesn’t overload you with options, but it still comes with a healthy selection of great features to help you build a great site without diving into a child theme.
Milky Way is responsive, unsurprisingly. This gives broad representation for small screen mobile devices, tablets, and up to large-screen desktop computers.
Milky Way sets up seven widget regions, divided not so much by location as by the selection of pages they’ll show up on. There are three targeted widgets: for posts, Pages, and your front page, plus two global widget regions that will show up in your sidebar anywhere in the site. Finally, when you’re using a Page for the Front Page, you have to side-by-side widgets available right at the bottom of the content.
When you’re using a Page as your front page, the sidebar also automatically flows to the bottom of the page, and can support up to 5 widgets divided equally across the page.
Custom Background Colors
Universal features five user-definable regions for custom background colors. You get to set the background color, but Universal will automatically choose a contrasting foreground color for text and links, to ensure that your site stays accessible.
You’ve got four custom menus to work with: the main navigation, footer navigation, a site map menu, and your social networks toolbar. The Social networks menu automatically sets up icons for your social networks.
Social networks currently supported include Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, WordPress.org, WordPress.com, Instagram, Lanyrd, Flickr, Picasa, Dribbble, GitHub, Tumblr, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, and Paypal.
Yeah, Paypal isn’t really a social network, I know.
Universal comes with a built-in set of breadcrumbs. These breadcrumbs are basic, and don’t necessarily support every edge case, but if you set up breadcrumbs in Yoast’s SEO plug-in or John Havlik’s Breadcrumbs Nav XT they’ll automatically replace Universal’s basic breadcrumbs.
Lots of native WordPress feature support
WordPress has a ton of great native features for themes, supported by Universal: featured images, custom header image, support for post formats, and support for languages with right-to-left reading order, to name a few. Universal is ready for translation, and just waiting for your help!
Upload your logo. It’ll appear to the left of the main heading text on large screens, and centered above it on smaller screens.
Accessible AJAX Comments
The native commenting experience, while accessible, isn’t fun to use if you’re dependent on a screen reader. The AJAX commenting available in Milky Way is vastly easier!