*.Essence Pro was created by StudioPress and designed by Rafal Tomal, a marketing expert. It is currently one of the most popular StudioPress themes. Essence Pro’s eye-catching design makes it ideal for niche blogs in health, business and marketing. There might the 100s of premium WordPress templates for these 4 niches, but this theme is the best among the lot. You don’t believe me? You won’t believe me? Read the following review to learn why Essence Pro is the best premium theme in its niche.

Review

Header

Essence Pro

The Essence Pro theme displays the site logo at the top center section of the header. The search button is located at the left-most portion of the logo. A menu icon is located at the right-most part. Essence Pro supports both drop-down and overlay menus. Users must navigate to the menu page in order to create a menu. This page can be found in the WordPress dashboard (Appearance > Menus).

. Below the logo, EP displays the primary menu. The theme will display all menu items in a semi-transparent overlay when you click on the menu icon. This overlay will be displayed above the featured image and the header section. StudioPress ensures that overlays are only displayed on desktops because they might not display on phones of users who use data savers or ad blockers. EP will display a minimalistic but elegant menu to the user when they visit your site via mobile.

See the demo of the theme here

Layouts

Essence Pro supports the following 3 page layouts:

Full-width content: If you select this layout, EP won’t display the sidebar.

Content/Sidebar and Sidebar/content: These two layouts allow users to monetize the archive pages of the site with ads, display a list of posts that are not displayed on the page, and show social media icons. The sidebar can be displayed to either the right or left of the posts by EP.

WooCommerce

Essence Pro is a perfect WordPress theme for setting up a WooCommerce powered online store. It is highly interactive thanks to the theme’s brilliant design and clever use of colors. This increases your chances of obtaining new leads.

Threaded Comments

When a visitor posts a comment on your page or post, other visitors can reply to him/her in Essence Pro as the theme supports the threaded comments feature.

Responsive Design

Like other StudioPress themes, EP is based on responsive design. Mobile devices don’t require you to modify theme settings. The theme will adjust margins, paddings and font sizes automatically when the user browses on a mobile device (i.e. Smartphone or tablet. It is responsive and does away with the need to use WordPress mobile theme plugins, which can cause SEO problems.

Footer

Essence Pro

The Essence Pro theme has a killer footer design. You can display the newsletter subscription form in the footer. You can set the theme to display social media icons, copyright notices, or a horizontal navigation below this form.

Speed and SEO

A WordPress theme is SEO friendly if it is fast, has a single h1 element on pages/posts, valid HTML code, and doesn’t push content below the fold. These are the four criteria that Essence Pro meets. It is therefore SEO-friendly. Schema Markup is also used in the template. For proof of speed, you can test the theme’s demo with the page speed insights tool.

See full features of the theme here

Other features

Essence Pro allows you to build pricing tables without using a third-party plugin. You can also create landing pages with it. Translation is supported by the template. The template can be customized with WordPress’ live customizer.

Pricing

StudioPress used to sell Essence Pro at $129.9. Now, to get access to this template, you will have to purchase the Genesis Pro package that costs $360/year. You’ll get unlimited updates and premium support for one year after you purchase the package. Access to premium StudioPress plugins/themes, documentation and tutorials are all included. You can also join a forum for StudioPress theme users, where they can share problems, tips and suggestions.

Alternatives to Essence Pro:

Essence Pro is a nice theme. This template’s great design will help increase your chances of attracting more subscribers and leads. If you don’t want to purchase Genesis Pro because of its price or for some other reason, you can buy one of the following two themes:

Astra: Astra Pro lets you control the layout of the site and the design of the header. It supports post paginations, infinite scrolling, mega menus, sticky navigation bar, Elementor/Beaver page builders, and has tons of options for creating a beautiful marketing/business/health niche blog/site. Astra is priced at $59.

Divi: Divi WordPress theme is the highest-grossing WP template. The Divi builder allows you to create pages that are perfect for niche websites/blogs, marketing, and other purposes. Its price is $89.

Final thoughts

StudioPess Essence Pro is a conversion focussed premium WordPress theme. It is SEO-friendly, quick to set up, responsive, and features a unique design.