Richmond by Themedy is a responsive child theme for business and portfolio sites, featuring a highly customizable homepage.
Themedy Richmond 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 Richmond.
The theme supports two WordPress menus: The Primary Navigation Menu is right aligned in the header, while the Secondary Navigation Menu is located, at the top of the page – above the header.
Themedy Richmond installs with five custom widgets:
- Featured Page
- Featured Posts
- User Profile
This child theme serves two widget areas:
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
The Secondary Sidebar is only displayed in three column page layouts.
Richmond offers the following page templates:
- Landing Page
The theme adds three modules to the Admin Menu for its custom post types Portfolio, Testimonials, and Features. The Portfolio and Testimonial post types come with their own categories.
To create a custom post type, you just enter a text with the WordPress editor and upload an Featured Image. This Featured Image can either be an image (Portfolio), Photograph (Testimonials), or Icon (Features).
The Homepage of Themedy Richmond is composed from:
- Custom Tagline
- Featured Grid Area
- Homepage text (left) & Features (right)
- Subscribe Area
- Footer Contact Area
- Social List
For each page, you have the option to enter a Custom Title and a Custom Tagline. When you check the demo, you will see a text below the page header – above the Featured Grid. This text is the Custom Tagline as entered for the Homepage.
The text at the left hand side beneath the Featured Grid, is the homepage text as created with the editor. The title above this homepage text is the regular Page Title, unless you enter a Custom Title for the homepage.
You can customize the other elements of the front page from the Themedy Settings.
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.
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 panel. Here you customize your settings regarding:
- Subscribe Area
- Footer Contact Area
- General Options
- Featured Grid Area
- Social List
The Footer Contact Area, allows your visitors to get in touch with you through a contact form. Themedy recommends either Gravity Forms or Contact Form 7, which you integrate with the settings of the Footer Contact Area.
With the General Options you can add a Call-to-Action button to the right of the Primary Navigation Menu. 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 Richmond lets you choose from: the default Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Orange and Dark.
The Featured Grid Area offers an easy way to select your Featured Content on the Homepage. You can choose to display a Portfolio Grid, a Blog Posts Grid, or disable the Featured Grid Area altogether.
You can enter the URL to your profiles media profiles in the Social List. Supported are Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Dribbble, Github, Skype, Video, Photos, as well as the RSS URL, and an email address. The icons regarding are displayed below the Footer Contact Area.
Themedy Richmond 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.