It’s been a little while since I was able to sit down and write an update, but I have good reason! For the past month I’ve been hard at work on a premium WordPress theme, Vogue Pro, built on the Genesis Framework (aff).
In collaboration with the smart folks at Design by Bloom, I’m excited to share some previews of my newest premium theme, Vogue Pro. Now, just a disclaimer: this theme is still in active development and certain design elements may change before official release.
The goal of this theme is ease of use, along with beautifully modern design. Like I said, some of the design elements are still in progress — but I’m comfortable to share some cool aspects that you’ll be able to enjoy:
Next-Level Customizer Experience
With Vogue Pro, I wanted to take the editing experience (particularly on the front page) to the Customizer.
Typically, Genesis Framework themes are a hassle to setup. True, widgets have been very powerful and as close to a page builder as some people are willing to get. But in the end, using widgets to build a page can be clunky, hard-to-use, and slow.
With Vogue Pro, you’ll be able to edit the entire homepage from the Customizer. This allows quick iteration over a homepage design.
But let’s say you really like using widgets and the flexibility they provide? Don’t worry, you can switch the Layout Type to be widget-based, and everything will default back to a Front Page 1 widget area — just like you’re used to!
Oh, one last thing: all the front page sections use Partial Refreshing for updating the preview. This is a technical way of saying your changes will only refresh the relevant parts on the page (instead of everything), and thus feedback will be much faster.
Flexible Design Components (Technical)
For the developers on my newsletter, this one is for you. Vogue Pro is going to utilize a modular approach to how it’s built. All the main design components of Vogue Pro can be re-used elsewhere in the site in 2 different ways:
Design Components as Widgets
Want to use the hero component (pictured above in the Customizer) somewhere other than the first section on the front page? Cool, just use or create a new widget area, and utilize the built-in widget instance of the Hero component, complete with all the same options:
Design Components as PHP Functions
Lastly, if you’re a developer building custom sites for clients, you can utilize the Hero component on the theme level, building custom page templates with ease. Here’s the same Hero component in the code. It uses an array of arguments to output the correct markup and styling:
Full documentation on the developer tools for Vogue Pro will be available after launch, so you’ll have all the information you need to take Vogue Pro to the next level! Speaking of launch…
Release Date Scheduled
The release date for Vogue Pro is scheduled for mid-June, so mark your calendars! Purchase of the theme will first be available on the StudioPress (aff) marketplace.
If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them! Otherwise, thanks for sticking with me this far. I’m excited about this theme and am hoping the experience will be better than anything you’ve used thus-far.