June 25, 2013 at 5:56 am #47638
Try and make this simple here...
The Prose theme as I understand is designed for a relatively minimalistic site.
IF one wanted to expand on that and add visuals and widgets and so forth to resemble something like the Magazine or Backcountry Theme COULD that create issues in regard to loading times and such?
Is it best to keep a theme like Prose minimalistic?
ThanksJune 25, 2013 at 9:19 am #47657
The simple answer would be "yes". Prose is quite popular, and I've done a few sites for clients with it. I don't particular care for it myself, but many do like it, and it has features other SP themes don't have.
But to get Prose to look like Magazine or Backcountry? Doing that would take excellent CSS and programming knowledge. (Loading times would be your smallest problem.) Instead, if you're a repeat Studiopress customer, take advantage of the repeat customer discount, and buy one of those themes, getting hundreds of hours of programming for 20 bucks or whatever it is now.
There are some big giant themes out there that purport to allow someone to design every part of their site. Studiopress themes are really great, but never purported to do that.
Dave Chu · Custom WordPress Developer – likes collaborating with DesignersJune 26, 2013 at 5:32 am #47758
I just went ahead and bought and installed the Prose theme for now.
Yes, I WILL be grabbing another theme as now it's only like $20! A steal.
Appreciate your thoughts.June 26, 2013 at 7:33 am #47770
Sounds good! Glad it helped.
Dave Chu · Custom WordPress Developer – likes collaborating with DesignersJuly 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm #52467
@chalfant - No need at all to keep a Prose based site "minimalistic".
In actuality it is now very easy to create a site with Prose that looks very much like Magazine or Backcountry just by using David Decker's excellent FREE plugin named Genesis Prose Extras - http://wordpress.org/plugins/genesis-prose-extras/
And it will not "create issues in regard to loading times and such."
"FINALLY: Add a Widgetized Homepage to Your Prose Child Theme
Finally have a homepage template for Prose that's widgetized! Plus, it works with Prose 1.5+ auto update system, that means, you don't lose your home template/ widget stuff when performing these sweet auto updates!
In general, a great helper tool for the Prose Child Themes for Genesis!"
July 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm #52491
Agree. David Decker’s excellent FREE plugin named Genesis Prose Extras makes it super easy to add home page widgets.
I have tested this plugin and you can also use it with the Genesis Layout Extras plugin which is also Developed by David.
July 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm #52493
I have to jump in here... David's plugin is AWESOME! I've used it twice now.
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