All WordPress themes are not created equal, so also the purpose/projects at which blog owners will want a theme will varies. When it comes to unique niches like that of finance, gambling, betting, education, real-estate, e-Commerce etc, you can’t just tweak a theme not design for such purpose to accommodate your needs and to give the best user experience.
It won’t work out the best.
If you’re a food blogger searching for the best WordPress themes for food blogs, search no further because there is a theme created specifically for you, yes I mean “YOU” – the food blogger.
This theme is designed by Shay Bocks for StudioPress themes and it runs on the popular Genesis framework too, cost $129.95 (Genesis Framework Included). As you can see from the price tag, this is not your regular $30 WordPress themes, right?
The food blog WordPress theme I’m talking about is named – Foodie pro theme – a third party child theme for the StudioPress WordPress themes collections. What makes a third party theme for the StudioPress child theme sold at such price?
Let’s see why in our today’s Foodie Pro theme review………
NOTE – “If after reading through, you decide to purchase Foodie Pro Theme …here are some things to keep in mind:
- If you have the Genesis Framework installed on your website already, make sure is up-to-date.
- While you don’t need to “activate” Genesis before installing the theme, Foodie is a child theme which needs a parent theme to function properly.
- So Genesis activation is required before Foodie WordPress theme will function properly.
Foodie Pro Theme – The Best WordPress Themes for Food Blogs.
Foodie Pro theme comes with a new functionality not seen in most StudioPress themes, the ability to import all widget you see on the demo page into your WordPress blog so you don’t have to start configuring the widget area one after the other and or needing to do so with plugins. This features alone saves you time you would have spent on arranging and configuring each widget area.
If you would like to import the demo widget into your WordPress blog, here are the steps to follow:
- The first step is to make sure that you have all the necessary plugins available. The following plugins are recommended:
- Easy Recipe, Genesis eNews Extended, Genesis Latest Tweets, Genesis Responsive Slider, Simple Social Icons, Widget Importer and Exporter.
- Now from your dashboard navigate to Tools > Widget Importer and Exporter
- Click “Choose File” and then from your UNZIPPED Foodie Pro file open the XML folder and then select the widgets.wie file.
- Click “Import Widgets”
- Navigate to Appearance > Widgets and update all of the widgets with your own information.
Now all demo widget have been successfully installed onto your site. There is another new feature that comes with Foodie theme, the ability to import demo page contents – but in my opinion, you definitely don’t need that.
If during this widget importation you run into hiccups of any kind, please refer back to the tutorial to see where you have gone wrong. Note – some of the above-mentioned plugins might not be useful for you, so ignore the one you find not necessary like “Genesis Latest Tweet, Genesis Responsive Slider, Simple Social Icon.
But Easy Recipe, Genesis eNews Extended and Widget Importer and Exporter are consider essentials.
Foodie Pro Theme Home Page:
The home page of Foodie is fully widget size – you have typically 5 widget size areas to display your food recipes. The home page is good to have those different types of food menus to showcase. Your first-time visitors, those who comes to your website via direct traffic will see what food menu you have on the blog.
It gives you that awesome magazine style home page design to display many blog contents with BIG images on the home page. Food blogging is much about displaying images of food items, recipes, etc. Foodie pro theme is designed will all these benefits in mind.
With the help of Featured Posts widget that is now included in Foodie pro Theme, it helps in customizing your home page with relevant contents categories on different sections on the homepage.
Like you can have “Featured Post” display on the home page top, latest post push down a bit, and popular posts below that and another category of posts can then come below.
Foodie Pro Theme: The Footer Section.
The footer area comes along with many possibilities depending on how creatives you’re. It gives you options of four widget ready areas. With the option for adverts space too, each widget can be expanded to fit the width area, so this makes it possible not to utilize all four widget areas but still have a full-width image in the footer.
Your profile picture can go right here but not necessary, everything here is drag and drop, so you have whatever you wish to drag in.
In the previous version of Foodie theme, after the post entry widget area not possible, something that has been missing out a long time. But with the latest upgrade, is now possible to achieve that. You most have been seeing this feature on other Child themes from StudioPress – just right after the post content.
You have that feature included in Foodie theme upgrade. Most website owners use the after post entry widget for newsletter subscription box – you can follow suite too, or have your own say. I use mine on the News Pro theme for newsletter subscription box you can see it down this blog – after the content.
Foodie Pro Theme: The Header Logo Section.
Unlike most StudioPress themes header logo that sit on the left side of the header, Foodie header logo is positioned to sit at the center of the header section. This gives it a unique header styling different from what is seen around on most WordPress themes.
Though there is one downside to this position if you’re the type that makes use of the head section for leaderboard ads (728 x 90 ad size). The banner ads will push down the header logo because it will sit right on top of it, making your content area move a bit too downward. It doesn’t look nice.
However, there is a workaround to get this fix but I would recommend you get the help of a WordPress themes developer to edit the necessary files so you get your desired header style. Not something you can handle if you’re not a code geek.
Theme comes with a newsletter subscription box bar at the top apex of the header, this shows across site wide header areas, customize with your theme color and style.
Using the newsletter subscription bar at the top of the page will cause the use of leader-board banner ads almost impossible, because the subscription box make use of the “top ads widget area” and anything more than one content in there will cause the header area too bogus and take more of the above the fold content area.
You can make use of only the leaderboard option and use other plugins option to handle your top of the page newsletter subscription box if you must use that function.
A plugin like Hellobar or WPfront will make that possible.
Using Foodie as an e-Commerce Theme.
Although Foodie pro theme is not intended as an eCommerce theme, but with a small tweak in the function.php file, you can have it ready for your online shop.
Displaying your products post in widget size area seems not possible at the moments, but with help of Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget, you can have that function enable in your theme. So if you’re planning on using Foodie as an eCommerce theme, you can do that with a small adjustment or by getting a developer involved.
If you’re so keen on creating a grid like recipe images for your audience, there is a functionality for that called visual Recipe Index. This let you have a grid-like images on a separate page on your website. Note this feature doesn’t extend to the home page or posts page, but only a single page can be created with this feature.
WordPress page not posts pages. You can have such images like this created on that page from all categories you cover on your website with a read more link to the rest of the entries in that category.
Foodie is the theme consciously made with the food bloggers in mind, you have unlimited options when it comes to customizing the feel and look of this theme, as a matter of fact…you’re only limited by your own imaginations.
Shay Bocks, the brain behind Foodie Pro Theme offers lots of useful tutorials on how to make this theme completely your own and it worth mentioning here that I haven’t come across too many developers offering such support for their work.
As a matter of fact and for the record, Foodie Pro theme is at the moment the best WordPress themes for food blogs.
Foodie Pro Theme Other Features:
- 6 Layout Options – Content/Sidebar, Sidebar/Content, Content/Sidebar/Sidebar, Sidebar/Content/Sidebar, Sidebar/Sidebar/Content and Full-width content.
- Customizable Header Section.
- Featured Images Ready
- HTML5 Markup
- Fully Mobile Responsive
- Theme Option Panel
- Translation Ready