Author Pro by StudioPress is a responsive Genesis child theme that comes with a fully widgetized homepage. So, you can use the theme to style a business website as well as a blog.
As the name implies, Author Pro is specifically designed to showcase books and other publications.
In order to curate and display books efficiently, you can download the Genesis Author Pro plugin from the WordPress plugin directory. A brief introduction of the plugin is available here on ThemingWP.
This Genesis theme lets you manage two menus. One in the header, the other one just below the header.
StudioPress Author Pro installs with three custom widgets:
- Featured Page
- Featured Posts
- User Profile
This Genesis child theme serves ten widget areas:
- Primary Sidebar
- five Front Page areas
- After Entry
- three Footer columns
You do not need to use all Front Page areas. Please note that Front Page 1 appears above the secondary navigation.
The After Entry widget area displays its content on Single Post pages, between the Post Content and the Comments.
Author Pro offers the following Page Templates:
The Genesis panel comprises three pages:
- Theme Settings
- SEO Settings
When you do not see the Genesis SEO page, you have most likely activated a plugin to handle your Search Engine Optimization.
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. You can even enter your Google+ URL on the SEO page.
Furthermore, every post, page and term has its own meta box for SEO Settings. When you are just starting out with SEO, you can keep these 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 the Theme Settings and/or the SEO Settings. Of course, you can also import (upload) the JSON file at the receiving end.
The Genesis Theme Settings page serves dialogue boxes to help you configure the theme:
- 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. It is recommended to enable automatic updates. You can also choose to be notified by e-mail when an update 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.
The Default Layout can be set to one column (just the content area), or two columns. In the latter case, you can opt for a left or a right sidebar. For each individual post and page, you have the ability to select another page layout.
The Navigation options allow you to enable an extra to the Primary Navigation Menu. You can choose from None, Today’s Date, RSS Feed Links, Search form and the Twitter Link. These Extras are right aligned in the navigation menu. Please note that Author Pro does not use the Primary Navigation, but only a Left and Right Navigation Menu.
When you prefer to display Breadcrumbs under the primary menu, you can check here on what pages these crumbs should appear.
The check boxes at the Comments and Trackbacks give you an easy way to customize the visibility of comments and trackbacks on singular pages and posts.
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 have applied the Read More tag in your posts, then the option post content will only display the content until that tag. When you opt for the post content, you can also limit the number of characters.
Enabling the Featured Image on index pages is a matter of checking the box in front of “Include the Featured Image?”. Additionally, you can select the desired dimensions and alignment for the Featured Images on the archive pages.
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.
Your choices at the Blog Page Template determine which posts are displayed on the blog template. These selections do not affect the posts on the homepage or archive pages.
The dropdown menu let you select either “All Categories”, or just one specific category of blog posts. Next you can decide to exclude one or more categories from the blog template. And finally, you can set the maximum number of posts to display on a blog 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.
You can easily change the color scheme of the theme through the customizer; background color, header background color, light color, dark color and accent color.
Other Theme Settings that you can alter through the Customizer, are the Header and Background Image, Navigation, Default Layout, Breadcrumbs, Comments and Trackbacks, and Content Archives.
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 Author 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.