Fabric is the latest addition to the stable of Premium Child Themes for Studiopress’s Genesis Framework. From the day the first Child Theme was released till now, the number of Genesis Child Themes available for download has increased to 38. That number alone do not include Child Themes released by freelance and third party developers which are either given out for free or for sale. Genesis Framework users are really spoiled for choice when it comes to using pre-designed Child Themes.
I did not buy the Fabric Child Theme but took it for a quick spin in their demo site. Thus what I am going to write will be based on my observation just on the surface. I do not know what is going on or what options are available at the back end. However, after having used a couple of other Genesis Child Themes like Prose myself, I think I can make an educated guess on what to expect from the back of the Fabric Child Theme.
Front Page Layout Of The Fabric Child Theme
The first impression I got when I hit the front page of the Fabric Child Theme Demo is a refreshing one. From the days of the Revolution Theme, themes from StudioPress has always maintained a distinct character and style that makes it unique in it’s own way. One look at a Theme created by Brian Gardner and you get that gut feeling that is is his creation and his style.
The Fabric Theme however got me. If I had not seen it as a Demo I would easily mistaken it for a Thesis Theme as it bears some resemblance and hallmarks of the Thesis.
Fabric Theme Is A Modern Looking Child Theme<
The Fabric Child Theme looks very modern. It has a no frills design to coordinate with the great typography which brings out the true beauty of the Theme. The fonts used which I suspect is the Droid Serif Font from Google Webfonts makes the Fabric Theme complete.
The top and bottom border of the content container has a jagged edge look which is the latest look in Theme designs. I have seen this look used in many newly created WordPress Themes.
Nice Display Of Post Images In The Fabric Theme
I really fancy the way the post excerpt images are displayed. It displays the full image rather than a thumbnail which spread right to the edge of the content container. It is a very new and innovative way if displaying post images.
The downside however, is you must always plan your image and post images of the right size. If your image too small and squarish in shape, I feel it will look terrible if displayed this way. PNG images with transparent backgrounds too will not work too well with this format.
3 Layouts And 3 Color Tone For The Fabric Theme
From the drop down navigation Menu I see 3 choices of layouts that the Fabric Theme offers. They are the most common left or right sidebar and the single column no sidebar layout. Seems like the Fabric Theme is limited to 2 columns. If you have not noticed, more and more blogs are using 2 Column Themes nowadays. I am also a 2 column die hard.
There different color tones which can be changed with the click of your mouse. You can either choose Blue, Pink or Tan. Changing colors means changing the color of your background, your sidebar title background and your hyperlink colors. Personally I liked the Tan color. It looks very earthy and cosy.
Fabric Theme Is Simple, Elegant, Practical And Affordable.
The Fabric Theme is made for practicality. It;s simplicity makes it a Theme which you can monetize easily. Adding in Adsense Ads will not corrupt the Theme’s look and if the Ads are blended in nicely, It will over clutter the Theme”s layout too much. It is a very practical Theme that can be used for any kind of Niches.
The Fabric Theme sells at $24.95 if you already own the Genesis Framework needed to run the Theme. For those who do not have the Genesis Installed, you can purchase the bundled Genesis Theme with the Fabric Child Theme at $79.95
The most worthy money for value package of all is perhaps the Genesis Pro Package. You can download all the 38 Child and whatever is added in future with this license. It might looks a bit pricy but of you do your maths right, you will see that worthiness of spending the money.