No Sidebar Pro by StudioPress is a responsive Genesis child theme with a clean, minimal design – and no sidebar.
This minimal design, in combination with the beautiful typography, ensures that all attention is drawn to the content – your writings and a prominent featured image.
This Genesis theme lets you manage two menu locations. The Header Menu is centered at the top of the page, and the Footer Menu is centered directly below the footer credits.
StudioPress No Sidebar Pro not only installs without sidebars, but also without footer widget areas. Because of that, the default custom widgets – Featured Posts, Featured Page, and the Genesis User Profile – have no use and are disabled.
However, No Sidebar does serve three widget areas:
- Welcome Message
- Newsletter Signup
- After Entry
The Welcome Message is a full screen widget area, displayed at the top of the homepage.
To offer your visitors the chance to sign-up for your newsletter, No Sidebar allows you to add a subscribe box to the Newsletter Signup area. The Newsletter Signup is displayed on the Newsletter page template.
Content added to the After Entry area shows up between the blog post and the comments area.
No Sidebar Pro offers the following page templates:
When you add a widget to the Welcome Message widgets area, the homepage shows the content of that widget on top of a mosaic of featured images. The demo displays just the mosaic – after all, a widget area is basically a sidebar.
The Genesis panel comprises 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 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.
No Sidebar offers only one layout – one column, just the content area.
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 an image uploaded to the Media Library.
To customize the default Colors, No Sidebar Pro offers you can replace the default background color, link color, and accent color.
Adding a Header Image is another possibility. The recommended dimensions are 600 x 140 pixels.
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 No Sidebar 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.