First, Simply Pro is a third party theme from Bloom Blog Shop, design by Kelsey Grauke made for the StudioPress themes and runs on the famous Genesis framework.
This means like all StudioPress Child themes, you’ll need to have the Genesis Framework running on your blog before the installation of Simply Pro theme – That is if you decide to purchase today.
With that said, let’s proceed to see what this minimal style child theme from Bloom Blog Shop consist of that makes it to be chosen as the Theme of the Month – November 2015.
NOTE: I made a short video showing you the demo of this theme, read down to watch or just scroll down.
Aside from its BIG gorgeous home page slider at the top of the page, Simply Pro theme takes after the popular Foodie pro theme in my opinion. At a glance, both themes have the same feel, look and style but with different approaches or purpose/benefits.
The slider is optional, you can choose to disable it if you don’t need it; but if you do want it, the slider images are taking from your posts featured images. The default pixel for the images is 450 x 1000 but you can set this to whatever dimension best fits your needs.
Remember that your posts featured images does not necessarily have to be featured in the post itself, so this gives you the option to set to whatever image you want along with a post as the slider image that gets linked to the actual post on your blog.
For a perfect image size and to convey your whole message to the user, horizontal images are recommended. Vertical image size might not display in full, both sides might get cut off from users view – the middle view might just be what get displayed to your users.
One very thing I see not so good with a premium theme like this one is in the footer credit, that is not allowed to be removed in Simply Pro theme. I believe your purchase of it should give you total control of what to do and not to do with the theme.
You’re not allowed to remove the footer credit in Simply pro theme – I really don’t know or understand why this is so. Unlike many of the StudioPress themes I have used in the past, you’re given permission to edit anything in the footer to your taste.
Simply Pro theme font is not the best I have seen in recent times, in my opinion, the default theme font style and size is not so good for reading. However, there is a workaround to this and it doesn’t cost you arms and leg to change the font to your taste.
The recommended plugin to do this is WP Google Font Plugin, with this plugin you can change to any font styles of your choice. Additionally, the developer offers an option to have the font change by purchasing the Font change on Etsy.
But I think you’re better with the Google font wp plugin – it does have most of the basic things you need.
Simply Pro: A Minimalist Style Theme.
Simply Pro is a theme that lay more emphasis on your content, it pride itself as a theme that presents your information in the best possible way and showcases your images better for maximum user experience.
One of the best advantages of using Simply Pro theme is in SEO – like I said earlier on, the theme is made with the best possible minimum graphics elements during the process of development to enhance page speed loading time and influence search ranking.
You can notice that on the demo page, many bells and whistles found in other themes design are carefully taking away from this theme – more focus and emphasis are put in delivering the best user experience towards your contents and images, which are the most important elements you offer your visitors.
The sidebar boasts a floating social media followers buttons which make it easy for readers to like or follow you on your social media profiles. At the close end of every post, there is a social sharing button across, which also provide an easy way for sharing of your content across different social media sites.
Though I know there are abundant of WordPress plugins meant for this purpose, but when a theme comes ready with such functionality – it help saves the installation of yet, another WordPress plugin.
There is provision to upload your custom logo in the header section or simply type your site name in there through custom theme customization panel, either way, you’re good to go.
You can customize the color to your taste from its customization panel, the links, visited links, header navigation, header navigation hover, footer color, background color, etc.
All in all, Simply Pro theme is best for bloggers and content writer who lay more emphasis on their content and need to showcase their best information in the best way.
Here is a short video to watch Simply Pro live.
Main Features of Simply Pro Theme:
- All features access for Genesis framework (StudioPress)
- HTML5 markups
- Custom styling.
- Custom header Design.
- 3 Page Layout option: Full width content, Sidebar/content, Content/sidebar.
- Theme Options Panel:
- WordPress customizer.
- Threaded comments.
- Logo upload option in the header.
- Floating header and Social icons ready.
- Footer and Sidebar widget ready.
- Responsive slider with smooth slide transition
- Mobile Responsive.
Price/Buy Now Link: $99.95 - Theme plus Genesis Framework.