Not all themes are the same. That goes for Genesis child themes as well. But a majority of them are built on widgetized homepages. And by that I mean that the homepage is a collection of widgets. It’s not your normal WordPress “page” that you create and edit.
So when you are looking at the demos, it’s sometimes hard to understand exactly what you are seeing and how much flexibility you have to adjust and adapt your layout. And when it comes to Genesis child themes, you have some pretty good flexibility.
In this video, I will walk through how the Metro Pro child theme homepage is built— and what you can and cannot do easily with the layout without having to know code.
In the video I talked about two major points.
First, when you look at the demo, you need to imagine your content in those widget areas. It doesn’t always have to look like the demo. For example, if the top widget area has a photo, text and a link to a post, you could just as easy have a video there. It’s a widget area. You can add any widget you want.
Secondly, the layout. If you have two columns across, you must use both or neither. If you use only one, the second one will be blank. If you don’t use either one, that area will not show up and everything below it will move up.
Metro Homepage and Widgets
Here is a screenshot of the demo homepage followed by a screenshot of the widgets that relate to each area.
And the corresponding widgets.
All Widgets Aren’t a Perfect Fit
Even though you can add any widget to one of these areas, be careful. It may not look as good as you thought it would or, even worse, it may be more of a distraction than a complement to your homepage.