Ambiance Pro by StudioPress is a responsive Genesis child theme for blogs, with strong visual index pages emphasizing the Featured Image and distraction free pages serving content.
The theme supports two WordPress 3 menus:
- Primary Navigation Menu – right aligned in the header
- Secondary Navigation Menu – centered in the footer
The Primary Navigation Menu is toggleable with the menu icon, meaning the visitor has the option to display or hide the menu. Next to that, the menu is fixed so that it remains visible when scrolling down the page.
StudioPress Ambiance Pro installs with three custom widgets:
- Featured Page
- Featured Posts
- User Profile
With the arrival of version 2.0 of the Genesis Framework, the Genesis eNews and Updates, and Genesis Latest Tweets widgets have been recreated as plugins. These, and other plugins optimized for the Genesis Framework, are available from the WordPress Plugin Directory.
This Genesis child theme incorporates 2 widgetized areas:
- Welcome Message
- After Entry
The Welcome Message is displayed on the homepage, on top of the blog feed, while the After Entry is displayed between the posts and the comments.
Because of the nature of the theme, Ambiance Pro does not have a sidebar. However it does come with post navigation.
Ambiance Pro offers the following page templates:
The Genesis panel comprehends three pages:
- Theme Settings
- SEO Settings
When you do not see the Genesis SEO page, you most likely have activated a plugin to handle your SEO.
The Genesis SEO Settings allow you to tweak the default SEO options concerning the Document Title, Homepage Settings, Document Head Settings, Robots Meta Settings and Archive Settings. Furthermore, every post, page and term has its own SEO Settings. When you are just starting out with SEO, just leave the settings in their default state.
The Import/Export page lets you create a file in JSON format for backup and transfer purposes. You can export just the Theme Settings and/or the SEO Settings. Of course, you can also upload a JSON file.
- Custom Feeds
- Default Layout
- Comments and Trackbacks
- Content Archives
- Blog Page Template
- Header and Footer Scripts
The Information box displays the version number of the Genesis Framework. Here you can also subscribe to e-mail notifications when updates becomes available.
When you use Feedburner for your feeds, you can enter the custom feed URLs for new posts and comments here at the Custom Feeds.
By design, Ambiance Pro offers only one layout, which also happens to be the Default Layout; full width, without sidebars.
The check boxes at the Comments and Trackbacks give you an easy way to customize the visibility of comments and trackbacks on posts and pages.
At the Content Archives you can set your preferences for the blog page listings. You can choose to display the post excerpts or the post content – when applied, until the Read More tag. When you opt for the post content, you can limit the content to a certain number of characters.
Enabling the Featured Image on index pages is a matter of checking the box in front of “Include the Featured Image?”. In addition, you can select your desired dimensions for the Featured Image. The recommended setting here is ‘entry-image (800×450)’.
Last but not least, you can set your preferred page navigation within the Content Archives box. You are offered two choices: Previous/Next, and Numeric.
The Blog Page Template section lets you configure what categories will be displayed on the blog. You can select a specific category from the drop-down menu, exclude category IDs, and set the number of posts per page.
The Header and Footer Scripts section serves two text boxes where you can enter your custom scripts for the page headers and footers, like for example Google Analytics.
Please note that you need the Genesis Framework in order to activate and use a Genesis child theme. Purchased separately the Genesis Framework is $59.95.
When you already have the Genesis Framework, you only need StudioPress Ambiance Pro. Otherwise, you get both for a reduced price.
If you are an existing customer of StudioPress, just make sure your are logged in prior to placing your order and you will get the best possible price – returning StudioPress customers get a 25% discount!
Another option is obtaining the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package for $499.95. The StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package includes the Genesis Framework as well as all current and future Genesis child themes created by StudioPress.