Over the weekend, the developers at StudioPress released a new child theme that works off of the Genesis Framework. The new template is called Stretch, and offers a simplistic design that provides website administrators with a large amount of customizable control.
In his November 29th blog post, StudioPress founder Brian Gardner (pictured) stated, “We are happy to announce the release of the Stretch 1.0 child theme. This theme works on the Genesis Framework and can be downloaded by Pro Plus members in the My StudioPress member area.” Non members are able to purchase the new product individually, which also includes the base framework (Genesis) on which StudioPress premium downloads work off of.
“The Stretch theme is the 20th theme released here which has been developed to be mobile responsive in design,” Gardner added.
A Look At The New Theme
At first glance, the Stretch child template is simplistic in nature; giving the feel of a well balanced blog theme with configurable backgrounds, a neat top navigation bar to access its pages, and programmable font colors. There are custom page templates included with the download such as Archives, Blog, Columns and Landing Page, which means you can also use this theme to generate revenue for your website or encourage visitors to subscribe.
When it comes to customizing Stretch, you can choose from 6 unique color styles (Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, and Yellow) while having the ability to insert featured images, custom menus, and more. Its 100% responsive design ensures a smooth browsing experience for those who are reading your site via a mobile device or tablet computers. Responsive themes have caught on in a major way in 2012, and many companies have begun catering to the ever-growing smartphone market by releasing themes that automatically adjust to screen sizes by default.
More About The Genesis Framework
The main framework that StudioPress operates on is called Genesis. All premium downloads released off of its base contain built-in SEO for optimizing searches. Automatic updates mean that your theme will be compatible with the latest versions of WordPress; scaling up to work with the all new WordPress 3.5 that is due out on Wednesday, December 5th.
The framework’s “Turn-Key Designs” allow for an enormous amount of control over the framework by providing frames for your content to work within. StudioPress also guarantees its customers unlimited support, updates, and websites. Due to the unique subscriber package (called “Pro Plus”), there is no separate “Developer License” to buy upon becoming a premium member, as you will be allowed to use the template(s) on as many domains as you need immediately.
Social Media Sharing
With the Stretch child template, you will be able to give your blog readers an easy method for connecting via social media. This task is made possible via the Top Navigation Bar, which offers a separate page for Social Media with a drop-down menu for each site, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. This is a simple yet effective way to gain subscribers, followers, likes, and more.
StudioPress Subscriber Plans
As we alluded to earlier in the article, StudioPress offers a single option for its Pro Plus package with includes unlimited domain usage. The official website boasts that the one-time purchase price of $349.95 grants access to all current and future themes; without the need for a recurring monthly or yearly fee. Considering the total StudioPress templates on the market, the Pro Plus subscription offers members a savings of more than $850 over the regular price of single theme shopping.
The single license plan for the Stretch child theme runs at a price of $79.95, and includes the template and framework, instant access, updates, and detailed tutorials.
For more information on this latest release, check out the Stretch Theme Demo.