Stage 2 by Themedy is a responsive child theme for photo blogs and online portfolios that comes with custom post types, a photo collage, and slider.
Themedy supplies its child themes with two versions – one for the Genesis Framework and one version for Thesis. This review has been executed with the version for Genesis.
This theme supports natively one WordPress 3 menu; right aligned in the header, next to the icons of your social networks.
Themedy Stage 2 installs with five custom widgets:
- Featured Page
- Featured Posts
- Flickr Photos
- User Profile
This child theme serves eight widget areas:
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
- Home Introduction
- Home Map Widget Overlay
- four Footer columns
The Secondary Sidebar is only displayed in the three column layouts.
Stage 2 offers the following collection of page templates:
- Landing Page
Themedy Stage 2 adds three modules to the WordPress menu for its custom post types: Portfolio, Galleries, and Slides. The first two have their own categories.
Portfolio Posts and Slides are basically created in the very same way; by entering a text and attaching a Featured Image. However, Portfolio Posts are showcased on the three column portfolio template and Slides with the Content Slider.
Gallery Posts are created like regular WordPress galleries but incorporate slider as well as lightbox functionality.
The Genesis panel comprehends three pages:
- Theme Settings
- SEO Settings
When you do not see the Genesis SEO page, you will most likely have activated a third-party plugin to handle your SEO. 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. Furthermore, every post, page and term has its own SEO Settings. When you are just starting out with SEO, just leave the 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 just the Theme Settings and/or the SEO Settings. Of course, you can also upload a JSON file.
The Genesis Theme Settings page serves dialogue boxes with theme options 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. Here you can also subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when updates becomes available.
When you use Google 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 or even three columns. In case of two columns, you can choose between a left and a right sidebar. In the latter case, you can opt for a sidebar at each side or have both sidebars at the same side of the content area. You have the ability to assign a different page layout to individual pages and posts.
The Navigation options allow you to enable an Extra element at the right-hand side of the Primary Navigation. You can choose from Today’s Date, RSS Feed Links, Search Form and Twitter Link.
When you like to have Breadcrumbs at the top of the content, you can check here on which pages these crumbs should be displayed.
The check boxes at the Comments and Trackbacks give you an easy way to customize the visibility of comments and trackbacks on posts and pages.
At the Content Archives box 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. When you opt for the post content, you can limit the content to a certain number of characters.
Enabling the Featured Image is a matter of checking the box in front of “Include the Featured Image?”. In addition, you can select your desired dimensions for the Featured Image.
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 configure which categories will be displayed on the blog;. You can select a specific category, exclude category IDs, and set the number of posts to be shown.
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.
urther configuration options are available on the Themedy Settings page within the WordPress Appearance module. Here you can customize settings regarding the:
- Featured Grid Area
- Content Slider
- General Options
- Social List
When it comes to populating the Featured Grid, you have a choice out of a Galleries Grid, a Single Gallery Grid, a Portfolio Grid, and a Blog Posts Grid – or no grid at all. Furthermore, you can limit the contents of these grids by entering one or more category IDs or in case of the Single Gallery Grid the ID of a specific gallery.
When enabled, the Content Slider displays Slides posts types on the homepage, just beneath the Home Introduction. The settings regarding allow you to set the transition effect, speeds and number of slides.
The Appearance section is where you select your preferred contrast color for hyperlinks and buttons.
The General Options include check boxes to enable the jQuery Mobile Menu and jQuery Retina-ready images. Here you can also enable the blog section, directly above the Home Map Widget Overlay on the homepage.
Last but not least, you have the ability to enter the Google Maps URL regarding the map on the frontpage. When you check the demo you will see that Themedy has added a subscribe widget to the Home Map Widget Overlay.
Adding the URLs to your social profiles to the Social List activates the icons of these networks in the header; Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Dribble, Github, Skype, YouTube, Photos, Videos, RSS and Email.
The Footer section offers you an easy way to customize the footer text.
When you decide to enable all options, the homepage displays a layer cake build from::
- Featured Grid
- Home Introduction
- Content Slider
- Blog Posts
- Home Map Widget Overlay
- Footer Columns
Themedy Stage 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.