A Food Blog Child Theme built for Genesis
What I Really Think of the Foodie Theme
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Here’s the thing: I’ve wanted an excellent WordPress food blog theme for years. Despite keeping watch for new themes that promised to be ideal for food blogs, I hadn’t seen anything worthwhile.
In the meantime, I’ve grown increasingly impressed with Genesis and know it’s the best framework for our current site. But I knew if a theme added food blog functionality on top of the Genesis framework, it would be a match made in internet blobbing heaven. (Yes, blobbing.)
The most important feature I’ve hoped to see in a theme is a great looking recipe page that could be automatically populated. Home page functionality would be a bonus, but a sleek and functional recipe page has always been the “must have” for a food blog theme.
The fact that the Foodie theme has all of these things and is simple makes it a home run. No questions asked.
I can’t even tell you how impressed I am with this theme, but I’ll try.
Features Worth Highlighting:
3 Color Options
Featured Images Options
Custom Header Capability
Super snazzy Recipe Page
Custom Home Page / Featured Images
Foodie is sexy, lean, and simple. Even better, Shay Bocks – the designer – is the real deal.
If the Foodie theme looks close to what you want for your food blog (or you just aren’t sure what to do with your food blog design in general), I can’t recommend it enough.
In this review I’ve included five video/visual tutorials to help you set your foodie theme up. My goal here is to help you get your site set up quickly so you can spend more time making amazing content.
How to Install your Theme and Use Genesis and Foodie
How to Install The Foodie Plugins and Use Widgets
Plugins to Install:
(Update! In FoodiePro, the built-in widget titled“Foodie Pro – Featured Posts.” replaces this widget)
How to Install A Custom Logo
How To Set Up the Home Page
I mentioned this in the video, but play around with the thumbnail size and options for showing content excerpts. Although I show you how I preferred to set these options, you might find your style could be better displayed using one of the other options.
My video actually shows the use of the 450×450 and no content option, but the Foodie demo uses the horizontal-thumbnail (680×453) and shows excerpt options.
Here are the settings used in the above tutorial:
How to Set Up the Recipe Page
Here are the settings used in the above tutorial:
How Much Can I Customize This Theme?
I always suggest trying to find a theme that is as close as possible to what you want for your site. Although it is usually possible to add the functionality you hope to see, the more you have to change, the more time it will take (or the more it will cost to hire someone else to do it for you).
I love recommending Genesis, because your purchase includes two guides tailored to your theme for ease of use: 1) A Genesis Beginner’s Guide, and 2) Specific Child Theme Documentation. Additionally, there are lots of free Genesis plugins available, which can many times give you the functionality you want without diving into the code.
Adding functionality to your site can usually be done through the theme settings and plugins. When you start wanting to make styling changes, you’re probably going to have to get into the code a bit. For example, font colors, background colors, display, etc. usually require altering the code.
Some changes are easier than others, but here are a few examples:
1. Changing the font color will require altering the code, but is relatively easy (reference the Studiopress forum).
2. Changing the way the menu displays will require altering the code. I’d say this is moderately difficult, but depends on how much you want to change.
3. Creating a custom page template is not for the faint of heart. Although this is a relatively difficult task, you can usually find tutorials by other designers that at least point in you the right direction.
Other Foodie Resources
Here are two great resources for finding more tutorials and help with this theme:
1. My Studiopress (Beginner’s Guide, Theme Settings, Code Snippets, and Forum)
2. Shay Bocks, the Foodie designer, has created a set of tutorials and faqs. You can find them here.
If Foodie isn’t your flavor, check out my other guide on Food Blog WordPress Themes.
Ultimately, as I always say, your focus should be on creating content. However, for a new or growing food blogger, I can’t think of a better framework for your site.
Just in case there is any confusion, to use these services, you will need to be on a self-hosted WordPress Site. I recommend Bluehost as a tool we have used and had good experience with (plus, see my 5-minutes to an Awesome WordPress Site Tutorial).
From there, you’ll need to purchase Genesis and Foodie (can be done in a single transaction here: Foodie Theme).
Party on my friends.