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- Modern Studio Pro
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- Ease of useEditor: 80%
- FunctionalityEditor: 90%
- PriceEditor: 80%
- Support & documentationEditor: 95%
As far as WordPress themes go, the Genesis Framework is probably one of the most widely respected parent themes on the market. Boasting hundreds of thousands of happy customers, a loyal following of WordPress designers and developers, as well as some of the cleanest code around, it’s always an exciting time when a new Child Theme is released to the public.
StudioPress – the talented team of creators behind the Genesis Framework – release these Child Themes or ‘skins’ a few times per year. They can be used to complement the base design of the framework and allows users to create stunning designs for their websites, straight out of the box.
Today we’ll look at the popular Modern Studio Pro Child Theme. We’ll explore its functionality, how it looks and feels, as well as the potential for making it even better than it already is.
A theme with your content in mind
One of the first things you’ll notice about Modern Studio Pro, is the amount of white space on the page. This is a deliberate design feature that forces your content to take the centre stage.
No-one likes to read copy that’s crammed into a cluttered frame and the same can be said for images and videos. With a crisp, white background, plenty of space and sharp typography your content sits amidst a cool, calm simplicity that’s pleasing to the eye.
Color is another thing used sparingly in this Child Theme. The default accent color is kept to active links, underlines and button hovers. Black and white dominates throughout, ensuring your own imagery shines in all of its colorful glory.
This isn’t to say that you can’t introduce more color. If you’re savvy with a bit of CSS and the inspect element tool of your regular browser, changing the color of an element here and there, is fairly straight-forward.
Another thing you’ll notice about Modern Studio Pro, is the clean menu layout and blog header. There’s no full-width headers here. Instead your logo nestles comfortably between a left and right navigation menu to keep things neat and proportional.
Key features & functionality
There are a number of features in this Child Theme that are worth inspecting in more detail. One of these features is the ‘Welcome’ widget area. Sitting above your main site content, it’s the ideal place for displaying a welcome note to your readers. However you’re not limited to this by any stretch. It’s just as easy to add an opt-in form, image or even a slider into this space. The only limit really is your creativity.
Similarly Modern Studio Pro includes an announcement area that displays as a sticky bar across the top of your website. As you scroll down the page the bar follows, ensuring readers will always have your announcement or promotion in full view.
Normally you’d have to add this functionality yourself via a plugin such as Hello Bar. With it already built in, there’s one less plugin cluttering up your install.
Further features include:
- Customization options via the native WordPress customizer
- The ability to upload a custom header (including PSD templates in the exact dimensions needed)
- Custom background options
- Compatibility with popular Genesis plugins including; Genesis Enews Extended, Simple Social Icons and Genesis Simple Share
- A sophisticated, minimal design that can be used straight out of the box
- Built using HTML5 and best coding practices
- Includes Landing and Blog page templates
- Classic Genesis custom widgets such as Genesis Featured Posts, Featured Pages and User Profile.
- An after entry widget area, designed to perfectly capture leads with via a subscription form
Of course that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re already familiar with Genesis and can comfortably develop using the framework, then Modern Studio Pro has unlimited potential for the eager eye.
Who is modern studio pro aimed at?
Who this Child Theme is aimed at, really depends on your level of proficiency and the amount of time you have on your hands.
Used as it is, Modern Studio Pro makes for an excellent theme for bloggers of all niches. It has the typical linear layout favoured by many bloggers, as well as a sidebar and footer widgets to display banner ads and social details.
Similarly designers and smaller businesses may find the image-friendly layout of this Child Theme particularly useful for sharing their latest work. Given that there is a full-width layout option included, there’s no reason why with a bit of thought Modern Studio Pro can’t be used in this way.
Developers on the other hand can certainly use the theme as a canvas to build additional functionality upon. It saves the time and hassle of starting from the base Genesis Sample theme, with many of the popular features needed for a website, already built in.
Things you should know
Modern Studio Pro is a Genesis Child theme. This means in order for it to work correctly, you need to purchase the Genesis Framework and upload it to your website before uploading the child theme.
If it’s your first time purchasing from StudioPress, you can buy both Modern Studio Pro plus the Genesis Framework in one go for $99.95. Returning customers are eligible for a percentage discount which is added providing you log in to your StudioPress account.
Should Genesis turn out to be your new favorite framework, StudioPress also provide a Pro Plus Package. Designed as a one-stop grab-pack, the package contains all of the Child themes that have been developed by StudioPress, as well as any new themes released in the future. This doesn’t however, include Third Party Themes promoted by the site.
The pack will set you back $499.95 if you’re a new customer, or $374.96 with the returning customer discount applied. But be quick! There are rumours suggesting that StudioPress are going to be moving to a subscription format soon, so if you want to benefit from all themes for a one-off cost, now’s the time.
Support & documentation
As mentioned earlier, Genesis has a loyal and talented community spread throughout the world. Many of these individuals run their own websites providing advice, code snippets and tutorials for using the framework.
Some sites of note include:
Each Child Theme purchased from StudioPress also comes with detailed setup instructions, explaining in easy, step-by-step instructions for getting your site to look just like the theme demo.
Extra support is available through the community forums, extensive beginner guides, Q&A, code snippets and tutorials. All of these are accessible from your dashboard once logged in to the StudioPress members area.
As a personal user of the Genesis Framework and having worked with Modern Studio Pro on a number of different projects, I can vouch for its ease of use, simplicity and quality.
If you’re after a look that’s clean, image centric, easy on the eye and stylish to boot, Modern Studio Pro is well worth the consideration.
- Clean and sophisticated layout
- Ability to customize extensively
- Suitable for a wide range of blogging niches and websites
- Plenty of helpful tutorials to help you with more advanced customization
- Can be pricey if you don’t already own the framework
- Need a very basic understanding of Genesis
Summary: Modern Studio Pro is a clean, image centric and stylish Genesis Child Theme, that’s a great choice for bloggers of all niches and specialities.