Features you’re used to from Feast
- Clean and simple widgetized home page for a flexible layout
- Make it your own with the typography and color Customizer options
- Header image will display at whatever size you upload it at
- Flexible grid archive options in Customizer
- Strategic areas for ads and opt-ins: before header, inside header, primary sidebar, secondary sidebar, after entry widget, footer widgets
- Built-in Featured Posts widget with flexible options
- Clean color scheme to highlight your branding & photos
- HTML5 Markup + Mobile Responsive
- Built in “read more” button
- Landing page template (full-width template)
- Styled social icons, subscribe widget, contact form, and comment form
- Easily integrates with your email subscription service
New in Seasoned Pro (2018)
- WooCommerce ready so you can add your own products and/or affiliate links! (expanded styling)
- Updated Recipe Index with flexible widgets for categories drop-down, search, Visual Category Index, and featured posts by category
- Condensed header and floating styled responsive drop down menu
- Engineered with performance in mind. Your SEO auditor is going to LOVE this theme!
- Pre-styled for AdThrive publishers.
- One-click plugin install: we love you enough to save you half an hour of messing with plugins!
We know pagespeed is critical for users and search engines, which is why we’re always updating Seasoned Pro to be as fast as possible.
What else will I need to make this theme work?
This child theme requires the Genesis Framework, which must be purchased separately. Need managed hosting? We’re big fans of WPEngine! While not required to make the theme work at its basic level, we recommend the following plugins for full functionality:
What size should my logo be?
We recommend a header size of 360 x 100 pixels and you can upload your logo in the Customizer. This was updated in 2018 as we moved from a focus on retina images for desktop-first design, to a focus pagespeed and user experience for mobile devices.
As of 2018, roughly 80% of all traffic to food blogs are on mobile devices. This means that you should avoid loading oversized images, which not only slow page loading speed but also consume unnecessary bandwidth. Another compelling reason for smaller header images is that search engines prefer to have your actual page content display above the fold, for a better user experience.
How big should my post images be?
To make full use of the theme’s built-in retina featured image thumbnail sizes, you’ll need to make sure that your featured image is at least:
- 970 x 978 for featured images in the large Home Top hero section
- 720 x 991 pixels for vertical images
- 720 x 722 pixels for square featured images
If retina-quality is not important to you or if you’re optimizing your site for Google’s PageSpeed Insights, you can use the minimum featured image sizes, which are:
- 645 x 650 for featured images in the large Home Top hero section
- 360 x 495 pixels for vertical images
- 360 x 361 pixels for square featured images
All other images can be flexible in width, but to fill the full width of the post area, try to shoot for photos that are at least 720 pixels wide.
On the flip side, you don’t want to upload images that are too big. If this is a concern for you, check out the ShortPixel to compress images on upload.
How does the “Read More” button work?
If you are using excerpts on the archive pages, blog page, or in the Featured Posts widget, a “Read More” button will automatically appear for you. You can also use the MORE tag to insert the button when displaying full content.
What recipe plugin do you recommend?
I’m glad you asked! Sure, you need a plugin that will make your recipes look great and get attention from Google, but we think you also need a simple, streamlined solution. We recommend WP Recipe Maker! Check it out and thank us later!
What if I have more questions? How can I get support?
Can you install and customize it for me?
Absolutely! Check out our Done For You services for more details.
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Start Your Food Blog Checklist
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