Genesis Academy Pro Theme Review by StudioPress – Built for Courses

Genesis Academy Pro Lowdown

Genesis Academy Pro is a relatively new and trusted business training theme as of December 2017; it was developed by minimalist designer and StudioPress founder Brian Gardner. When I first set my eyes on this gorgeous theme, it was an instant love affair...I decided it was a must have theme for one of my sites.

It's big and it's a likeable theme with a fresh design, it gives scope for your big ideas and offers authority. For me my wait was finally over...I've now got the design to easily capture and demonstrate my grand ideas and expertly accentuate my most important information. View Academy theme in action!

I think Academy displays my work clearly and intuitively. As yet, I haven't created an online course or a shop, however the option is there if I want to use those features. I think this theme gives lasting trust to visitors. It offers all the bells and whistles to attract readers with optional features and it looks super good on mobile devices.

Genesis Academy is unquestionably the most talented theme built for training, online courses and all academic ideas to promote small or will deliver trust to your visitors!

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Academy offers a visually strong online presence, you won’t be able to resist its built-in area to capture leads, single post, icons to boost your content, fancy blog and categories, unlimited color options for links and buttons, announcement bar, video options for your frontpage and easily integrated pricing table page.

Academy is actually a child theme built on the amazing Genesis framework by StudioPress. Check out Why Genesis is the Foundation of Any Smart WordPress Design?

The frontpage is very warm and welcoming, what I imediately saw was its true value for course creators. The first thing you'll notice is the fabulous video and call-to-cation. From thereon your vistors will be presented with work you've been involved with and what your training or courses offer. If you don't have a trainining courses, you can skip this optional widget or use it for something else.

Next your vistors will be tempted to check out your call-to-action link and view you influences ie testimonials. Other widgets include Author ie what you're about, and some course links that easily display your topics and lessons in a professional style with fold-out FAQ sections - see image below.

What More Does Academy Offer?

This gorgeous looking theme is a win-win-win for any business with training options whatever niche. Academy will definitely give your site some zing...leaving your customers with a lasting impression. It's fast-loading with a super flexible design, is creative with super clean typography, offers many theme options, and has HTML5 markup.

It is responsive on any device, offers powerful coding, compatible browser support with the most recent versions, can translate into any language you prefer, GPL license with Pro Plus, Customizer, unlimited domain usage and more. 

What More Is On Offer?

As with all Genesis themes, you’re free to omit or even change whatever you’d like, that’s the beauty of owning Genesis! Should you not want to use some widgets then that’s up to you, should you prefer just your blogroll then that’s also okay, should you want to add a slider or social media then your free to do so, you can add extra widgets and code snippets if you feel the need –  it’s all up to you!

Want to know how easily I designed this page, then check out my review: Thrive Architect – Everything Has A Beauty But Not Everyone Sees It!

Genesis themes have the potential to be customized how you like, just follow the support guidelines. Trust me, it’s easier than you think to add and take away CSS coding in their functions.php and style.css, they designed it this way to make it easy for you.

Setting up this theme is easy, but if you need a step-by-step tutorial, then StudioPress have it all laid out in simple steps to help you get up and running in no time. Check out my Free Tutorials For Genesis Themes for more help.

Genesis Academy Pro Features Recap

​Custom Header Logo

Custom Menu

Custom Background

Full Width

Announcement Bar

Navigation Options

Hero Settings (text, video, button & logo)

Sticky Post

Pricing Tables

Single Post (One-Pager)

Unlimited Color Options

Layout Options x3

Schema Ready

Feature Images

Accessibility Ready

WooCommerce Ready

​Developer License

Mobile Responsive

SEO Settings

​Google Fonts

​Threaded Comments

​Theme Customizer

Translation Ready

Printer Ready

Genesis Academy Pro is designed to be easily customized. You can choose any logo, menu, sub menu, link, button, background images, etc. You can utilize any and all homepage widget areas for your business needs. 

More great features include:

  • Sidebar is 360px and content area is 635px.
  • Logo upload size is 600×160 pixels, the image will be displayed half-size at 300×80 pixels.
  • Font family are PT-Sans, Sans-Serif; and font size is 18px.
  • The Genesis Academy Pro offers various widgets such as: Primary Sidebar, Frontpage 1-6, Footer CTA  & After Entry.
  • Hero Settings can be found in the Customizer under Academy Pro Settings. Inclusive are Hero Text, Hero Video, Hero Button, Hero Logo, Announcement bar/Top Banner, and Basic Settings.
  • Here are some plugin options to consider installing: Simple Social Icon, Genesis Simple Share, Genesis – eNews Extended, Genesis Simple Edits, Genesis Latest Tweets, WP Forms, Genesis Title Toggle, WooCommerce, Genesis Connect for WooCommerce.
  • There are 3 layouts which include Full-Width, Sidebar/Content & Content/Sidebar.
  • Academy offers various templates such as: Author Page, Blog Page, Contact Page, Landing Page, Category Page, Archive Page.

For more Genesis plugins check out Top Genesis Plugins That Provide Easy Customization’s & Extensions, and for a better blogging experience check out my Blogging Tools.

And, What Else Might You Like?

A few years ago I splurged on the StudioPress Pro-Plus All Theme Package. That was the best decision I ever made because I now get access to every theme they've developed and all their new releases. It’s the best deal, especially if you like to update your theme from time to time like I do or own more than one website.

Is The Genesis Academy Pro Worth It?

Absolutely...It is an awesome theme, was professionally developed for training, memberships, educational and academic, and online courses. It offers invaluable features, a distinct frontpage and a stylish WooCommerce, is distinctly modern and classy, is easy to set up and was designed to attract a lot of visitors and attention. 

It offers scope to promote as small as you want or as big as you want. It will deliver trust to visitors within seconds of them visiting your site.

Your Next Step

Is to get your Academy theme up and running today with a one-time purchase fee, and unlimited updates and fantastic StudioPress support. It's a steal deal for Pro Plus members ie FREE to download. But, if you are new to the StudioPress community, you can buy Academy Pro including it's Genesis Framework for $129.95.


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