Smooth Post 2 by Themedy is a responsive child theme suitable for bloggers and photo bloggers alike; share your writings, show off your portfolio.
Themedy Smooth Post is available for the Genesis Framework as well as for Thesis 2, you get access to both versions. This review has been executed with the Genesis version of Smooth Post.
The theme supports two WordPress menus. The Primary Navigation Menu is left aligned at the top of the page, above the header. The secondary Navigation Menu is located below the header, but also left aligned.
Themedy Smooth Post installs with five custom widgets:
- Featured Page
- Featured Posts
- Flickr Photos
- 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 child theme serves five widgetized areas:
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
- three Footer columns
The Secondary Sidebars are only displayed in the three column layouts.
Smooth Post offers the following page templates:
- Landing Page
The theme adds a module for the custom post type Portfolio. Besides tags, this post type offers comparable options as the usual WordPress post. Portfolio posts are displayed in a grid view on the Portfolio template.
By default, Smooth Post displays the blog feed on the home page, however by setting the Portfolio page as a static page (WordPress >> Settings >> Reading), you can put your projects from the portfolio on your 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) 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 recommended to enable enable automatic updates of the Genesis Framework. 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.
The Default Layout can be set 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, until the Read More tag.
Another way for limiting the post content, besides the Read More tag, is available by limiting the post content until a certain number of characters. You can enter that number here too.
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 your example Google Analytics code.
Next to the settings regarding the Genesis Framework, the theme adds a page Smooth Post specific options to the Appearance module – the Smooth Posts Settings.
Here you can customize your theme regarding:
- General Options
- Social List
The General Options allow you to include Featured Images in single posts.
Other options let you enable or disable the jQuery mobile menu, the fixed header, and retina-ready images.
At the Appearance section, you can select one of the predefined color schemes. Themedy Smooth Post lets you choose from: Default (Green), Blue, Red, Fuschia, Orange and Dark (Anthracite).
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 your email address.
Smooth Post will display the icons regarding the these networks at the right side of the header, opposite the site title.
In case you prefer to customize the footer text, you can enter your text at the Footer section of the Themedy Settings.
Themedy Smooth Post 2 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.