Crave theme is aptly named for foodies, because the word itself conjures our most decadent fantasies. If you want to start a food blog, settle down with a cup of coffee because you will want to make note of this lesser known WordPress theme from the Studiopress shop. I recently won an award for my own food blog, so I can safely say I know a thing or two about the topic ;).
Crave is an eye catching Genesis WordPress theme from The Pixelista Jessica Barnard. Foodie theme may be the number 1 selling Studiopress theme for food bloggers, but Crave can hold its own.
After pondering over whether I could afford the Genesis Framework, I finally took the plunge, and I couldn’t be happier. Now I am running five websites on it, and they all look clean and professional. Readers of this blog might remember I chose the Foodie theme for my food blog. The only reason I did not choose Crave was that I had already used the color schemes it comes in in the last two years.
So moving on to why Crave is an excellent choice for food bloggers, and indeed for fashion, mommy or other lady bloggers out there.
Robust Genesis Framework
If you are not familiar with the robust Genesis Framework, and why it is the WordPress framework of choice, let me recap its best features here.
- Mobile Responsive – Must when many of your site’s visitors will be using phones and tablets.
- Unlimited updates and support
- Friendly and active peer support via Forums
- Detailed documentation
- Website security Best practices
- Easily customizable with widget areas
- Lean code and strong architecture
For me, the unlimited updates and support are a winner!
Crave Theme Features
Crave comes in three striking color schemes and can be set up in just a few minutes.
Widgetized Home Page
I can’t stress the importance of widget areas enough. They let you change your design on the fly in just a few clicks. I talked about this while reviewing Daily Dish Pro. Crave also comes with three widget areas on the Home page. You can place ads, sign up boxes, social buttons, or just about anything you want there.
An image slider at the top lets you highlight your best posts, and you can feature different categories of posts below.
Three Color Options
Although theme colors can be customized, you want something that can be used right out of the box. The default turquoise color, the fresh citrus and the berry are all eye catching, fun and high spirited. Rini at Healing Tomato uses the default turquoise scheme while Ashley at My Heart Beets uses the Citrus very well. Both these blogs are well designed with high quality food photos and will give you an idea of how the Crave theme looks in action.
There are three plugins you will need at a minimum, if you want your blog to look like the Crave theme demo. They are the Genesis Responsive Slider, Genesis Featured Posts and Simple Social icons. They are stylized such that they will blend in well with the overall design.
The tutorials on The Pixelista show you how to exactly configure these plugins to have the look and feel you see in the demo.
With the Crave theme, you can either have an Archive page or you can also have the Archive drop down in the sidebar. This is a handy tool for visitors to explore more posts on your site, and keep them there for a longer time.
Simple and Easy
For me, the best feature of the Crave theme seems to be its simplicity. It has a striking color scheme, great typography and not too many options. You can either choose to have your blog page as the Home page, or use the widget areas for a bit of variety. All of these can be done with just a few minutes of your time.
I will admit that there was a bit of a learning curve with the Foodie theme because it had so many options, and needed a lot of things to be configured. Compared to that, Crave theme seems like a breeze.
The One Reason You Should Choose Crave Theme for Your Food Blog
Let’s face it, there are a lot of choices out there and it is hard to just pick one. Especially so when you are spending some $$ on it, right?
All the themes on the Genesis Framework have the same ‘bones’ or architecture, but choose Crave theme if you want to stand out! Yeah, you need to be a ‘shout from the rooftops’ kind of person, and not someone who wants a low profile for your blog.
Make a Big, Bold statement with the Crave theme and let your blog content do the rest!
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