Modern Blogger Pro by Pretty Darn Cute is a responsive Genesis child theme for blogs and online portfolios that comes with a several fun color schemes and a custom portfolio post type.
The theme supports two WordPress 3 menus. By default, both navigation menus are centered below the header. Another option is adding a custom menu to the Header Right widget area, allowing you to display a navigation menu – or any horizontal list – in the header.
StudioPress Modern Blogger 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 serves five widget areas:
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
- Portfolio Blurb
- Homepage Slider
- three Footer columns
Basically, you can add any widget to the Slider and Portfolio Blurb area. The contents of the Portfolio Blurb is displayed at the top of the portfolio page – above the portfolio items.
In order to add and maintain your portfolio items, Modern Blogger Pro activates with the custom post type Portfolio. You create a Portfolio Post by entering a text and attaching a Featured Image.
The Genesis Responsive Slider is a great – and free – option for the Homepage Slider area.
Modern Blogger Pro offers the following page templates:
The Genesis panel comprehends three pages:
- Theme Settings
- SEO Settings
When you have installed the previously mentioned Genesis Responsive Slider, this plugin will ad a page Slider Settings that allows you to configure this slider.
The Genesis 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.
Modern Blogger Pro offers six predefined Color Styles; Default, Bold & Fun, Black & Pink, Teal & Pink, Gold & Black, and Bright & Happy.
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 Header option offers an easy way to select either Dynamic Text for the Site Title or an Image Logo.
The Navigation options allow you to enable an Extra element at the right side of the Primary Navigation. You can choose from Today’s Date, RSS Feed Links, Search Form and a Twitter Link.
When you like to have Breadcrumbs at the top of the content area, you can check here on what 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 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.
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 a license for the Genesis Framework, you only need StudioPress Modern Blogger 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.
And at the moment, you still get lifetime updates and support with StudioPress. However this will change shortly.
Since September 1st, the price of the Pro Plus Package is increased to $499.95. And before the end of the year, StudioPress will introduce recurring plans for the Genesis Framework, child themes and the Pro Plus Package.
And with StudioPress, you get lifetime updates and support.