Whitespace Pro by StudioPress is a responsive child theme for the Genesis Framework. The theme features a bold typography, and displays posts on index pages in a grid view style.
Whitespace is StudioPress first Mobile First theme. Currently, most responsive themes are first developed for the desktop, and in second stage adapted for the smaller screens on smartphones and tablets. A Mobile First approach works the other way around.
The theme supports two WordPress menus. The Primary Navigation Menu is right aligned in the header, while the Secondary Navigation Menu is left aligned below the header.
Both navigation menus become toggleable with a menu icon, when the the viewable part of the screen (the viewport) drops below 800 pixels.
StudioPress Whitespace 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 incorporates three widgetized areas:
- After Entry
Because of the nature of the theme, Whitespace Pro does comes with a sidebar.
The Welcome area allows you to project a welcome message over the header image. You can either use a text widget or a featured page for this purpose – or even a featured post.
By installing the Simple Social Icons you can present the icons to your profiles with the social networks just above the footer.
Whitespace Pro offers the following page templates:
Although the demo of Studio Whitespace Pro does not show the Featured Images, it is possible to include these on the blog index – and therefor on the homepage.
The Genesis panel comprehends 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+ profile 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 upload (import) such a JSON file at the receiving end.
- 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 here. 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.
Since Whitespace Pro comes without sidebars, the only available page layout is full width.
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.
When you prefer to display Breadcrumbs just below the navigation, 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 applied in your posts, 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?”. 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 Blog Page Template section lets you enter the categories that you want to exclude from the blog. You can select a specific category from the drop-down menu, enter the category IDs to exclude, 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.
Last but not least, besides being StudioPress first First Mobile theme, Whitespace is also the first theme that allows you to set your preferred Accent Colors and highlight color with the color wheel of the WordPress customizer.
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 Whitespace 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.