Metro Pro is a premium genesis theme with magazine style layout by StudioPress. It provides maximum freedom to create custom design and layouts as required. On checking the live demo, you will find many featured post sections on homepage. If you check other features then you will see nice background image, impressive color style, custom header, and widget areas.
This genesis child theme can work for any online magazine site that features news one one or multiple topics. Regarding niche support, it is good for politics, entertainment, technology and other topics where information is the key element.
Why Metro Pro WordPress Theme ?
Many people have already used this genesis template to build news, blog and magazine type websites. And they all had great experience in terms of content presentation and website performance. Genesis framework always provides you with lots of features including SEO settings, Layout options, Color skins and more. Apart from that, you will find responsive and very light weight design.
Hence, modern internet users can easily browse stories and different pages. Metro Pro theme was meant to provide you a content rich and stylish look. So that reader would never get bored and keep reading articles. The widgetized areas provides space to display recent posts, categories and other links. So they can always keep browsing more stories header and footer.
Let me tell you that Metro also gets all Genesis widgets that you find with other templates. Hence, it covers everything required to display social links, newsletter box, featured posts/pages and other stuff. If you really want to develop a search engine friendly magazine site then here is best choice.
We have tested this theme on all mobile devices for performance and readability. It’s airy and spacious design creates clutter free experience which is best from reader’s perspective.
Genesis Metro Pro Theme : Homepage Design
Frontpage Area : The main homepage can display featured stories from different categories. So your website will not remain just a simple blog platform that only shows latest posts. Instead it helps you to choose custom category and number of posts using widgets. Before we talk much about this, let me tell you that Metro Pro WordPress theme includes 4 widget areas for homepage.
That means, you can manage these sections to display anything using widgets. If you want to show-off featured like demo then you need to choose “Genesis Featured Posts” widget. The widget consist of options to provide title, select category, off set, number of posts, thumbnail size, excerpt and more. Same way, you can select “Featured Page Widget” to highlight any page from within website.
The homepage consist of top, middle and bottom areas. The top section has 1 widget space so this is good place to display a big headline story. The middle section includes Left and Right widget section. So you need to use two widgets for middle part to display news stories from desired sections. The home bottom section shows 3 stories using one widget in demo.
Widgets are provided with it’s options and you can manage them to display contents in desired style. The demo only highlights the best possibility, but you can alter it as per your need.
Extra Features : StudioPress Magazine Theme
Extra Widgets : Apart from frontpage, Metro Pro WordPress theme has many other widget areas. The footer has 3 columns and there are two sidebars available in optional mode. The theme consist of 6 layouts options so you can select one or two sidebar. Administrator can choose to highlight both sidebar on one side (left or right), or opposite side (one left and one right).
The sidebar is probably the best place to promote top categories, page links, author intro, social profile links and Ad banner. The footer is equally important as it is visible when user reach on the bottom.
Below Post Widget : This is best widget place for internet marketers and bloggers who wants to promote banners and other elements with articles. Once you add widget into “After Entry” widget section then it is shown below all articles. This is best widget block to display banner, newsletter box, social links, calls to action and other stuff.
Custom Background : If you checked the demo then you must have noticed a custom background image. Metro Pro theme has custom background panel which allows you to set any image as website background in full size. So you either choose an image or a solid color shade as background. Display options helps you to position image on left, center and right. You can also choose to repeat image in background or Tile to Horizontally or Vertically.
Header and Customizer :
If you look hover top header then it includes basic elements with multiple menus. The basic stuff includes logo space and search box which is shown on left and right. The menu below header is main menu which shows any custom menu that yo assign as to Primary navigation. Secondary menu is visible just on the top of the header above logo.
The right top space shows second menu links with solid background color. The top left section (secondary menu) can display any custom text or links that you assign to “Subnav left” widget area.
Like all other elements, header also has it’s own background and styling options. To be more specific about customization, you must know that Metro Pro and all genesis themes use customizer to use theme options. So you need to load live theme customizer to edit homepage widgets, navigation, color, fonts, background style, and more.
We would rate this theme as best WordPress magazine theme for news, blog and any journal type websites.
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