Stack by Themify is a portfolio theme with a design inspired by Windows 8.1, just like the Metro theme was inspired by Windows 8. The theme features a vertical header, several custom post types and the powerful Themify Builder, a drag-and-drop page builder.
The theme supports one WordPress menu, which is displayed in the vertical header at the left side of the screen.
Themify Stack installs with nine custom widgets:
- Banners & Links
- Feature Posts
- List Categories
- List Pages
- Most Commented
- Recent Comments
- Social Links
The Stack theme incorporates six widget areas:
- three Footer columns
The theme adds several modules to the WordPress menu for its custom post types: Portfolios, Highlights, and Slides, and Testimonials. All custom post types come with their own categories.
Portfolios posts are intended to showcase your projects. These posts allow you to select a sidebar position and content width, choose a Masonry Layout, upload a Featured Image, set its dimensions, insert a Gallery, and hide the post info – entirely or only partially. Furthermore, you are able to attach an external link as well as a lightbox link. Last but not least, you are able to include project details like date and client, and add a custom background.
Highlights let you display specialties, key services, and (product) features. A Highlight post adds custom fields for an image or icon. You can also add an external links and a lightbox link.
The Slides post type extends the usual post screen with fields that let you upload an image and set the image dimensions. Furthermore, you have the ability to enter an external and a Lightbox link, as well as a Video URL.
The Testimonial post type includes custom fields for the author name, title, and website. In addition, you get the chance to upload a Featured Image, and set the preferred width and height.
Another option for all custom post types is creating a custom page with the Themify Builder, just as with regular posts and pages.
The Themify Builder is available as a separate product, but comes packed with all Themify themes, including Stack. The Themify Builder is a visual editor that allows you to create custom pages by dragging modules to the page canvas.
The Themify Builder offers the following modules: Accordion, Box, Callout, Divider, Feature, Gallery, Highlight, Image, Layout Parts, Map, Menu, Portfolio, Post, Slider, Tab, Testimonial, Text, Video, Widget, and Widgetized.
Several pre-made layouts are available through the Builder Layouts of the Stack Theme Options panel giving you a head start: News, Portfolio, Product Single, Agency, Magazine, Photo Page, Product Landing, and Product Landing 2.
Although you can not modify these default layouts directly, you can use a default layouts as a templates; just duplicate the layout concerned and edit the duplicate where desired.
The Builder Layout Parts is basically a library of reusable page elements that you create yourself.
The Themify Builder is available for pages and posts – including every custom post type. The article Drag & Drop Web Pages with the Themify Builder describes this visual content builder in more detail.
The Stack Theme Settings comprehend five tabs:
- Demo Import
The Skins tab is the place where you select you desired color scheme. You can choose from ten predefined skins.
The Transfer tab facilitates the import and export of your theme settings, which you can deploy for back-up purposes or when you want to transfer the theme settings to another web site.
To get familiar with Stack, you have the opportunity to start out with a Demo Import. This demo includes initial settings for the theme as well as widgets and adds some sample content to your WordPress install.
When you no longer have a need for the demo content, you can simply remove it by clicking the [Erase Demo] button.
The Update tab offers two options: Check for Updates, and Re-Install Theme.
The options of the Settings tab are grouped in several sections:
- Default Layouts
- Portfolio Layouts
- Theme Settings
- Image Script
- Social Links
- Themify Builder
- Twitter Settings
- Hook Content
The General section allows you to upload your favicon, enter custom Header and Footer code, customize the Search query, a custom RSS Feed, as well import a Google Webfonts Subset.
With Default Layouts you have the ability to select your default page layout – which can be either one, two, three or even four columns – and set your preferred sidebar position, or have no sidebar at all.
In addition, you can enter the dimensions for the thumbnails as displayed on index pages and within single post pages, and hide post details as well as the Featured Image.
The Portfolio Layouts settings let you tweak the page layouts for these custom post types in a comparable manner as the Default Layouts. However, fpr the Portfolio layouts you can also opt for a Masonry page layout.
The Theme Settings let you select your desired Gallery Lightbox, and choose between a numbered pagination and previous/next post links.
Here you can also exclude the RSS Link and Search Form from the page headers, customize the footer text, and set the number of Footer columns. For the latter you can opt from zero to four widget areas.
Themify generates Featured Images dynamically in any dimension. At the Image Script tab you can have the opportunity to disable this feature.
The Social Links allow you to add and modify the title, link, and image of your social network profiles. You can add as many social profiles as you like and display these in the Social widget area – or one of the other widget areas – with the Social Links widget.
The Themify Builder options let you disable the visual content editor completely or only specific modules of this drag & drop page builder. In addition, you can disable animation and parallax effects.
At the Twitter Settings you get the chance to enter the Consumer Key and Consumer Secret from your Twitter Account for the Twitter widget.
With Hook Content you get the power to add your own widget areas, without the need to code. Simply select the Action Hook, check your conditions from the dialog wizard, enter your content, and your are done!
With Themify, you have several options to obtain Themify Stack.
For $49 you get a Standard Package. Next to the purchased theme, you are entitled to pick a bonus theme for free -- so will get two themes for the price of one.
You can also opt for a $69 Developer Package, which adds the layered Photoshop (PSD) files to your theme and the free bonus theme.
Both Theme Packages include access to support and theme updates for one year.
Alternatively, you can become a Themify Club Member, in which case you have four options:
- $89 Master Club – all themes + Photoshop files, addons and plugins
- $249 Lifetime Club – as the Master Club, but without recurring fees
So besides the themes, a Club Membership gives you access to all plugins, which includes the Themify Builder plugin that works with all WordPress themes!
The Master Club membership give you access to all themes, support and updates as long as you decide to remain a Themify Member.
The Lifetime Master Membership offers the same as the Master Club Membership, except that you pay only once, and enjoy all the benefits for live – without an annual club contribution.