The theme I am using currently for my food blog is the Foodie Pro Theme. The Foodie Pro Theme is one of the child theme or third party theme of Studiopress’ Genesis Framework. What I like about this Foodie Pro theme is that it was made specifically for food related blogs or websites. If you have a recipe blog, you would be happy to know that this Genesis child theme is a great looking food themed website with amazing and simple to use features like the recipe widget. So if you intend to share your recipes on your food blog, you may do so easily like a pro.
Before I go into detail about this theme, you should know that this theme works only with Studiopress’ Genesis Framework. In other words, you’ll need Genesis Framework in order for this theme to work.
The Genesis Framework allows you to quickly build your website. It has a clean blog-type design and is relatively easy to use even for beginners. You may use Genesis Framework as a theme by itself or with any child theme or third party theme recommended by Studiopress.
If you have no idea what the Genesis Framework is all about and what a child theme is, let me explain. Metaphorically speaking, WordPress is like your bones, the Genesis Framework is like your body and the child theme (or Foodie Pro Theme in this instance) is your clothing.
Your ‘body’ needs your ‘bones’ and your ‘bones’ needs your ‘body’. You don’t need your ‘clothing’ to function but you will look better with ‘clothing’. You wear different ‘clothing’ for different occasion. Likewise, you may purchase any compatible child theme at Studiopress to suit your blog / website at any point in time.
The Genesis Framework and Foodie Pro Theme is priced at $129.95 at the time of writing and may be purchased separately. In Malaysian Ringgit, the framework and the child theme costs me about RM500++ when I purchased them end of 2015. It was quite expensive but it is worth it. There are many free themes out there, but I find this theme easy to use and most importantly it saves me a lot of time. Every customisation can be done at the wordpress administration page.
I’m going to show you how I customise my food blog below. After you’ve purchased the framework and the theme, this is what you are going to see in your account.
How to Install Genesis Framework and Foodie Pro theme
Download the Genesis Framework and Foodie Pro theme and upload it into your hosting, either directly or by going through your wordpress admin page. If you have not set up the ‘bones’ to your website, click here for guidance.
Click Appearance – Themes – Upload Theme and select the relevant files and upload. Once you have uploaded the two files, you’ll see something like this. Activate the Foodie Pro theme.
If you did not purchase the child theme but only the framework, activate the download and upload the Genesis Sample and Genesis Framework files. Do not amend anything in the Genesis Framework file. If you need to change anything, just do it on the Genesis Sample theme.
How to Install the Recommended Plugins to the Foodie Pro Theme
There are 3 additional plugins that you may consider installing.
Genesis Responsive Slider – is great if you want slides at your homepage.
Genesis eNews Extended – is recommended for those who wish to collect a list of subscribers for newsletter subscription.
Simple Social Icons – is also a recommended tool to allow your readers to share your posts / recipes with their friends.
To install these plugins, at your wordpress admin page, click Plugins – Add New – Upload Plugin – select the plugins that you’ve earlier downloaded to your computer. Once you’ve uploaded the plugins, activate them.
How To Setup Your Homepage?
At your wordpress admin page, click Appearance – Widgets. You’ll see something like this. Drag Foodie Pro – Featured Posts to either Home Top / Home Middle / Home Bottom. You may customise the Grid Column to Full Width / One Half / One Third / One Fourth / One Sixth, depending on your preference. Play around with the settings to see which setting suits your site best.
I did not use the slider but only the Foodie Pro – Featured Posts widgets and sidebars – right side and bottom. You may see what I did for the homepage of my blog here.
How To Install The Easy Recipe Plugin
Easy Recipe – is a great plugin for you to quickly share your recipes. Just download and upload this plugin to your website. This is a sample what you can do with this plugin. Since I don’t share any recipe on my blog, I did not install this plugin.
How To Set Up A Recipe Page / An Archieve Page For Your Food Blog
First, create a new Page and name it anything you want. In my food blog, I’ve name this Page “SEARCH”. Make sure you select the “Recipe Index” Template under Page Attributes and Publish the said page.
Go back to the Widgets page and as you can see on the right hand side, you will see the Recipes Top and Recipes Bottom boxes.
At the ‘Recipes Top” box, you may add Categories, Archives and a Search bar.
At the ‘Recipes Bottom’ box, you may add Foodie Pro – Featured Post and customise it according to your own preference.
Below is what my Search page looks like. Alternatively, you may view the live version here.
I hope you find the above useful. If you have not purchase the Genesis Framework and the Foodie Pro Theme, click here to get started.
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