StudioPress is well known for its clean and functional Premium WordPress Themes.
Their coding is top notch, their service is highly professional and their themes are always of the highest quality.
One thing I’ve found as a regular user of their Child Themes however, is that there’s not a lot on offer when it comes to layouts that have a quaint charm to them. Browse their themes page and you’ll see plenty of bold, stand-out-from-the-crowd examples. But what if you’re after something more toned down, yet just as functional?
Step in the Foodie Theme by Shay Bocks, a delicious, versatile theme with huge potential.
What’s so tasty about Foodie Pro?
Perhaps I should rephrase this heading to “What’s Not To Love About Foodie”, because from my own personal experience, I can’t really fault it. This third-party theme comes packed full of features that will seriously make you drool at the mouth.
The homepage has multiple widget areas, allowing you to display your creations in a variety of ways. Feature your posts in a responsive slider, display certain categories in your sidebar, or if you’re after a more minimal look, set your homepage with the Blog Page Template and have a standard list-view of your most recent posts – the choice is yours!
The typography of Foodie is clean and easy on the eye. Using a combination of Pontano Sans, Helvetica and Arial Sans-Serif it allows the text to sit prominently on the page while still blending beautifully with the themes style.
Furthermore Foodie features additional widget areas above the header and within the themes footer. This provides the perfect area for placing your banner ads or call to actions.
Special features of the Foodie Pro theme
Where you’ll really benefit from getting the most out of this theme is by using Foodie’s built in, widgetized Recipe pages. This is a huge boon for food bloggers out there who want a great way to showcase their creations, yet it isn’t just limited to the tasty types.
It also integrates well with the Easy Recipe Pro plugin:
Because Foodie is so flexible, the recipe template can easily be used as a portfolio or a showcase for another type of content with just a few small tweaks. You just need to use the power of your limitless imagination to see the possibilities.
Other great features include:
- Big, beautiful featured images to woo your readers with
- Easy to navigate archives, laid out in a clean grid format
- Brand spanking new HTML5 markup
- View it anywhere with it’s responsive design
- Customizable header and background to truly make it your own
As well as this, Foodie comes fully styled for a range of popular plugins such as Genesis Enews Extended, Simple Social Icons, Genesis Responsive Slider and many more.
So what’s the driving force behind Foodie Pro?
That my friends would be the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. Lightweight, easy to setup, even easier to use, Genesis is probably one of the best WordPress Frameworks on the market.
It doesn’t clog your blog up with heaps of bells and whistles that you don’t need (and probably won’t ever use), it’s relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things and you only need to buy it once! Even better is the fact that if you buy the StudioPress Pro Plus Package, you’ll get the Genesis Framework along with all of the child themes StudioPress has released and will release in the future. Win!
Want to get all StudioPress themes? Check out the Pro Plus package. Foodie Pro was created by a third-party developer, but it’s included in the bundle, as well as a bunch of other beautiful themes.
If you already have the Genesis Framework, you’ll be able to get a discounted price for being a returning customer, this works out at around $56. Which is awesome!
What support and documentation does Foodie Pro offer?
This is an area that many people overlook when considering a new theme. However it could be the difference between rocking a great-looking website or burying your head in the sand.
Thankfully the support for Foodie is sound, making it easy for you to get hold of some help if you need it.
Over on her website Shay Bocks, the mastermind behind Foodie, has some great step-by-step tutorials that show you how to get your theme looking the way you want it. If that’s not enough, you can submit a ticket on the same page, to get detailed help on just what you’re struggling with.
Foodie Pro pro’s and con’s
- Clean, minimal layout that’s easy on the eye
- Plenty of customisation options to get the look you want
- Great support with helpful setup tutorials
- So many features, may mean not all will get used
- Not as customisable as some themes on the market
Great value, great theme, great framework
That’s what I’d have to write if asked what my overall opinion of the Foodie WordPress Theme was.
The potential for customizing every inch of Foodie, along with a solid, robust framework and an awesome design, really puts this theme among some of the best out there. And plugins like Design Palette Pro make customizing Genesis Child Themes extremely easy.
Whether you’re a food blogger, business blogger, hobby blogger or any other type of blogger – this theme needs to be part of your design toolkit.