Patron by Themedy is a responsive child theme for WooCommerce powered shops, featuring a full screen slider and a highly customizable homepage.
Themedy Patron is available for the Genesis Framework as well as for Thesis 2 – you get both versions. This review has been executed with the Genesis version of Patron.
The theme supports two WordPress menus:
- Primary Navigation Menu – left aligned below the header
- Secondary Navigation Menu – directly below the primary menu
Themedy Patron installs with five 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.
Enabling the WooCommerce plugin adds even more widgets to facilitate your online store.
This child theme serves ten widgetized areas:
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
- Primary Product Sidebar
- Secondary Product Sidebar
- Front Page – Introduction
- Front Page – Bottom
- four Footer columns
The Secondary Sidebars are only displayed in the three column layouts.
Patron offers the following page templates:
- Landing Page
The theme adds a module for the custom post type Slides. For each slide, you create a heading and a text, and attach a Featured Image. Optionally, you can add a button to each slide by entering a button text and a URL for that button.
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) a JSON file.
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 advised to enable 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.
You can set the Default Layout to one column (just the content area), two columns, or even three columns. In the latter case, you can opt for a sidebar at each side of the content area or two sidebars at the left or at the right side. For each individual post and page, you have the ability to select a different page layout.
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.
Besides the Genesis Theme Settings, the theme adds a page with Themedy Settings to the Appearance module. Here you can customize your settings regarding:
- Featured Slider
- Frontpage Feature One
- Frontpage Feature Two
- General Options
- Front Page Options
- Social List
The Featured Slider settings offer four options:
- use your custom slides as created with the custom post type Slides
- let the slider display Featured Images from blog posts
- present a video by entering the embed code
- disable the slider altogether
In addition, you can select your preferred transition effect (slide or fade), the transition speed and the number of slides.
The Frontpage Feature One and Frontpage Feature Two allow you to display two banners just below the slider – just like in the demo. You can upload an image, add a hyperlink and enter a title as well as a subtitle.
Your first option at the General Options is creating a custom header tagline that is displayed in the header, at the right side of the logo.
In addition, you can enable the My Account button of the WooCommerce plugin, which will appear in the header, next to the cart button.
Other options include enabling the jQuery mobile menu and retina-ready images.
At the Appearance section, you can select one of the predefined color schemes. Themedy Patron lets you choose from: Default, Summer, Midnight, Sunrise, Autumn, Rose Garden en Gray Scale.
The Front Page Options is where you select what the three mid sections on the home page should display. You options for each of these sections are:
- Latest WooCommerce Products
- Featured WooCommerce Products
- On Sale WooCommerce Products
- Best Selling WooCommerce Products
- Latest WooCommerce Categories
- Hide Section
When you choose to activate all content options concerning the front-page, your Home Page will include:
- Featured Slider or Video
- Front Page Feature One & Front Page Feature Two
- Front Page – Introduction (widget)
- Front Page Section One
- Front Page Section Two
- Front Page Section Three
- Front Page Section One
- Front Page – Bottom (widget)
At the Social List you can enter the URL to your profiles with Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Dribbble, Github, Skype, Video, Photos, as well as the RSS URL, and the email address. Patron will display the icon regarding in the primary navigation menu, at the left side of the primary extra – when enabled within the Genesis Theme Settings.
Themedy Patron is available as part of the Themedy membership plans.
Your first option is one of the Bacics Bundles; the Creative Bundle, the Marketing Bundle, or the Business Bundle.
Each combination of themes, gives you lifetime access to theme downloads and maintenance updates, as well as one year of support. A Basic Bundle comes at $79.
With the Thrifty Bundle, you obtain the themes included with all three Basic Bundles. For only $159 – three for the price of two. And of course, you are also entitled to lifetime maintenance updates, and one year of support.
The yearly Themedy membership plans do not auto renew, and purchased themes will not deactivate upon expiration of your membership. Extended support is available for about 50% of the Bundle price.
In exchange for a one-time payment of $299, you get the Lifetime Gold Bundle – lifetime access to all current and future themes from Themedy, as well as lifetime access to maintenance updates and support.
More details about these plans is available on the Themedy Pricing page.