Metro Pro by StudioPress is a responsive Genesis child theme for online magazines and blogs, featuring a fully widgetized homepage, six page layouts, and five color styles.
This theme supports natively two WordPress 3 menus:
- Primary Navigation Menu – left aligned below the header
- Secondary Navigation Menu – right aligned at the top of the page
Another option, is adding a custom menu to the Header Right area which will display the navigation of your choice in the header.
StudioPress Metro 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 removed and made available as plugins. A complete listing of all Genesis plugins is available here.
This Genesis child theme serves eleven widgetized areas:
- Header Right
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
- Home Top
- Home Middle Left
- Home Middle Right
- Home Bottom
- After Entry
- three Footer areas
The Secondary Sidebar is only displayed in three column page layouts. The contents added to the After Entry widget area is displayed on single post pages between the post entry and the comments section.
The content area on the homepage is fully widgetized, and can be composed from:
- Home Top
- Home Middle Left and Right
- Home Bottom
You can use the Featured Page and Featured Posts widgets, or even the Genesis Responsive Slider to pull content into these widget areas.
When you prefer a frontpage with a traditional blog style, just leave the widget areas on the home page empty and your homepage will show the blog feed. In other words, the Metro Pro theme lets you choose between a magazine-styled and a blog-styled homepage.
Metro Pro offers the following page templates:
The Genesis panel comprehends pages for:
- 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.
A fourth page will be available when you have installed the Genesis Responsive Slider plugin.
The Theme Settings page serves dialogue boxes to help you personalize the theme:
- Color Style
- 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.
Metro Pro comes with five predefined color styles. You can choose from: Blue, Green, Pink, Red, and the default Orange.
When you use Google 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 the former situation, you can choose between a left and a right sidebar. In the latter case, 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 every single page and post.
The Navigation options allow you to enable an Extra element at the right side of the Primary Navigation; Today’s Date, RSS Feed Links, Search Form and Twitter Link.
When you like to have Breadcrumbs at the top of the content, you can check here on which pages these crumbs should be displayed.
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 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.
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 which categories will be displayed on the blog;. You can select a specific category, exclude category IDs, and set the number of posts to be shown.
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 Metro 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.