Foodie Pro by StudioPress is a responsive Genesis child theme with a clean, minimal design. As the name implies, the theme is developed for food blogs, but should work for any kind of blog with a preference for a magazine styled homepage.
This Genesis theme lets you manage two menus. The default position for the primary and secondary navigation is directly below the header. The menus are centered.
StudioPress Foodie Pro installs with three custom widgets:
- Foordie Pro Featured Posts
- Genesis Featured Page
- Genesis User Profile
The Foodie Pro Featured Posts widget is an extended version of the regular Genesis Featured Posts widget. The Foodie Pro version allows you to select grid columns. You can choose from Full, One Half, One Third, One Fourth, and One Sixth widths.
As you can see in the image above, the theme detected that two of these plugins were installed, but not activated, while Latest Tweets needed to be installed. However, no need to search the WordPress Plugin Directory. Activating and installing these plugins requires only a few clicks. Genesis eNews Extended was already activated.
Foodie Pro comes with a file to import demo content. In the XML folder, you find also a widgets.wie file with the configuration settings of all plugins. To install the file successfully, you need to instal Easy Recipe and the Widget Importer and Exporter.
The Easy Recipe plugin is only required when you actually want to publish recipes. The plugin adds a Chef Icon to the posts editor. Clicking that icon opens a form where you enter the ingredients and directions. Easy Recipe comes with a ton of layout settings – including drag-and-drop, and a print-friendly option for for your visitors.
Foodie Pro serves 13 widget areas:
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
- Before Header
- Home Top
- Home Middle
- Home Bottom
- Post Bottom
- Recipes Top
- Recipes Bottom
- 4 Footer columns
The Before Header area in the demo displays a promotional text and a sign-up form.
The Home Top, Middle, and Bottom areas allow you to create a magazine styles layout with instances of the Foodie Pro Featured Posts widget.
The Post Bottom area shows up after posts – other Genesis themes label this area After Entry.
The Recipes Top and Bottom widget areas are components of the Recipe Index page template. I will get back to this template in a moment.
Foodie Pro offers the following Page Templates:
- Recipe Index
As already mentioned, the Recipe Index facilitates the Recipes Top and Bottom widget areas.
Recipe Top is intended for a Category widget, an Archives widget and a Search widget. Make sure you select ‘Display as dropdown’ with the first two widgets.
Check the Recipe Index of the demo to see this template in action.
The core Genesis panel comprises three pages:
- Theme Settings
- SEO Settings
Did you install all plugins as recommended by Foodie Pro, then the Genesis panel will also include settings pages for the Latest Tweets widget and the Responsive Slider.
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; 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.
You can set the Default Layout to one column (just the content area), two or even three columns. In case of two columns, you can choose between a left and a right sidebar. With a three column layout, you can opt for a sidebar at each side or have both sidebars at the same side of the content area. You have the ability to assign a different page layout to individual posts and pages.
The Navigation options allow you to add 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.
The choices you make at the Blog Page Template determine which posts will be displayed on the blog template. These selections do not affect the posts on the homepage or archive pages.
The drop-down 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.
The Genesis Theme Settings allow you to tweak the content and templates. To customize the styling, you can turn to the WordPress Customizer.
At the Site Identity, for example, you can create a Site Icon (favicon) from images in or uploads to the Media Library.
To customize the default Colors, Foodie Pro offers you about two dozen options including background colors, the color of the container (affects the content area), link colors and the accent color.
And with regard to the Typography, you can customize another nine elements, and choose from several Google Fonts for the body font, accent font, and heading fonts.
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 Foodie 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.