Prose by StudioPress is a responsive Genesis child theme for all kinds of blogs. It is the first Genesis child theme to include a page with Design Settings allowing you to personalize the theme styling simply by pointing-and-clicking.
A theme with a responsive design will adapt the presentation of the web page to the screen of the device used by the visitor; be it a desktop, a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone. Hence, such a theme responds to the size and orientation of the screen.
This theme supports natively two WordPress 3 menus – one at the top of the page, the other one just below the header.
StudioPress Prose installs with seven custom widgets:
- Category Menu
- eNews and Updates
- Featured Page
- Featured Posts
- Latest Tweets
- Page Menu
- User Profile
This Genesis child theme serves seven widgetized areas:
- Header Right
- Primary Sidebar
- Secondary Sidebar
- After Post
- three Footer areas
The Secondary Sidebar is only displayed in the three column layout.
The Genesis panel comprehends five pages:
- Theme Settings
- SEO Settings
- Design Settings
- Custom Code
The Theme Settings page serves dialogue boxes to help you personalize the theme:
- Information (General)
- Custom Feeds
- Default Layout
- Header Settings
- Navigation Settings
- Comments and Trackbacks
- Content Archives
- Blog Page
- Header and Footer Scripts
You can set the Default Layout to one column (just the content area), two or even three columns. In the latter case, you can opt for a sidebar at each side, or have two sidebars at the same side of the content area. You have the ability to assign a different page layout, to individual posts and pages.
At the Content Archives you can set your preferences for the blog pages. You can select to display the post content – until the Read More tag – when applied – or the post excerpts. When you opt for the post content, you can limit the content to a certain number of characters.
Although the Featured Image is supported, it is not displayed by default. Enabling the Featured Image on index pages is a matter of checking one box. In addition, you can set your desired dimensions for the Featured Image.
If you would like to display the Featured Image also as the first image in a single post, you will have to push the Insert into Post button, right next to the Use as a featured image link.
Last but not least, you can set your preferred page navigation within the Content Archives box. You are offered three choices: Older/Newer, Previous/Next, or Numeric.
Prose is the first Genesis child theme incorporating point-and-click design controls, gathered on the Design Settings page of the theme panel. Here you can set colors, fonts, dimensions, and paddings for the following elements:
- Global Styles
- Global Links
- Wrap (content area)
- Header Title
- Header Tagline
- Primary Navigation
- Secondary Navigation
- Breadcrumb Navigation
- Post Info (before post)
- Post Meta (after post)
- Notice Box
- Post Title Links
- Sidebar Widget Headline
- Sidebar Text
- Footer Widget Area
- Footer Widget Headline
- Footer Widget Links
- Input Box
- Submit Buttons
- General Settings
The bottom line of this extensive list is that you can personalize the theme effortless and without the need to dive into CSS style sheets and PHP templates – without the need to code.
In case you want to add some code of your own, the Custom Code page offers you two text areas. The first gives you the ability to enter your custom CSS code. The second – the Custom Functions field – is where you can add your own PHP functions.
Please note that you need the Genesis Framework in order to activate and use a Genesis child theme. Purchased separately the Genesis Framework is $59.95.
When you already have a license for the Genesis Framework, you only need StudioPress Prose. Otherwise, you get both for a reduced price.
If you are an existing customer of StudioPress, just make sure your are logged in prior to placing your order and you will get the best possible price – returning StudioPress customers get a 25% discount!
Another option is obtaining the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package for $399. The StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package includes the Genesis Framework as well as all current and future Genesis child themes created by StudioPress.
And at the moment, you still get lifetime updates and support with StudioPress. However this will change shortly.
September 1st, the price of the Pro Plus Package will increase to $499. And before the end of the year, StudioPress will introduce recurring plans for the Genesis Framework, child themes and the Pro Plus Package.
When you have ever considered purchasing the Genesis Framework, or a StudioPress child theme, please do it before StudioPress introduces the recurring plans and take advantage of life time usage and support.