Tech A1 has not being going for long, but as we mature you will find out that I am a firm believer in the Genesis Framework for WordPress. For the past 6 months or so, I have been developing websites exclusively using Genesis as the backbone to building sites that work well, and work fast. In case you are wondering, this site is powered by the Genesis 2.0 Framework.
Well today StudioPress has released a new child theme for us to take advantage of. The Outreach Pro theme is the one to look out for and, as expected, it comes with all the features that we are accustomed to with the latest child themes.
The theme is designed to be fully HTML5 compliant and mobile responsive. Mobile device compatibility is incredibly important these days and will only become more of a factor as time goes on. Smartphone and other smart device sales are rising quick and fast, people are even foregoing the need to purchase a desktop pc or laptop for home use. Mashable reported in August that 17.4% of all internet traffic is coming from mobile devices. My own experience tells me that that number can be considerably higher for some websites. If you are not mobile ready, you are not ready!
Other features offered by the Outreach theme are multiple colour style options (currently the StudioPress site says 4 colours, but I count 5?), 6 layout options allowing you to choose your ideal sidebar/content configuration, widgetised homepage and footer areas, custom header image capabilities and a very nice featured image slider that really has a great effect when used with powerful images.
As the name suggests, Outreach Pro is focused towards religious groups, non-profit and charity organisations. What I really like about the Genesis themes of late is their ability to deliver a clean user experience with minimalistic design. The majority of websites and blogs running today have no need to be over complicated with cluttered design. Let your readers absorb your message without being distracted by flashy gimmicks.
If you haven’t seen it already, pop round to StudioPress and see for yourself.