*.Refined Pro is an Genesis child theme that’s designed for niche websites and business websites. It is mobile-friendly and supports widgets in the header/footer sections. It supports multiple blog layouts. The theme supports live customization as well as the Gutenberg editor.

.Refined Pro has 6 widget areas in which you can place widgets/ads and HTML code of your choosing. You can also create a blog template with Refined Pro.

Review

Header

The Refined Pro theme has 6 areas. In the demo, you can see that the logo is aligned at the center. The theme has a secondary navigation bar to the left and right of the logo. Refined Pro’s logo features a menubar. At the top of this secondary menu is a topbar with links to social media profiles/categories and a search box. The search box is on the right, while the links to categories and user/business social media profiles can be found on the left. Ajax technology is not used to power the search box. It is also not supported by a button. After entering a word or few characters into the search box, press the keyboard’s Enter button to view the search results.

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Hello Bar like announcement widget

One of the 1st things you’ll discover after opening the demo is the “Hello Bar”. The Hello Bar is a horizontal bar that appears just above the website’s header area. This module can be found in its own section/widget. This section includes a menu bar, buttons, and logo. Scroll down to see it remain at the top. This bar can increase your list subscription rate and conversion rate. The announcement widget can be found above the header.

Home page

The homepage has been designed with the Gutenberg editor. After activating the template, you will be able to edit the homepage with the WP Gutenberg editor.

Blog section and post layouts

StudioPress Refined Pro can not only be used to showcase your photography skills, but you can also use it to launch a blog. With a single click, you can enable the right/left sidebar or full-width layout. It supports thumbnail and featured images. The width of the sidebar on the blog posts is 360px and the width of the post area/content section is 820px on the desktop. The responsive design of the theme means that the site’s width will automatically decrease when you visit it on a tablet or mobile device.

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Author box and widget below it

The theme’s author box flaunts a margin at the top/left/right/bottom side. The gravatar/photo thumbnail of the user has a squared design. Text appears to the right of the image/gravatar.

Below the author widget section

This is yet another highly converting area. To increase page views and revenue, you can place an in-article advertisement, amazon native ads or related posts here.

Footer

The Footer section of the Refined Pro template is simple. It can be used with a widget and navbar.

Above widget footer menu

This is an interesting feature of the StudioPress Refined Pro WordPress theme. Many themes allow widgets to be placed above the footer. Refined Pro allows you to place a widget under the footer menu. You’ll find the copyright notice text below the widget.

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Plugins used in the demo

The Refined Pro theme’s demo is beautifully set up. To make the theme look like the demo or to use the features you find in the demo, you must install the theme and then activate the following plugins:

  • Genesis News Extended, Soliloquy, Ninja Forms.
  • Testimonial Rotator, Widget Importer/Exporter, and Simple Social icons.

The template ships seven plugins mentioned above.

Can you use this theme on a food blog or for selling things online?

Yes, if you want to publish recipes on your blog/site, you will have to install the WP Recipe Maker plugin and for setting up an online store, you’ll need the WooCommerce plugin.

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Colors

The StudioPress Refined Pro theme enables you to change the color of links, background, borders, buttons (on hover and mouse, and when the mouse is moved away), etc. Color customizations can be changed in real time.

WooCommerce

If you want to sell a license for your pictures online, you can use the free WooCommerce plugin to launch your online image store. WooCommerce is simple and free. Your shop will look amazing with the theme’s classic design.

Support & Pricing

StudioPress is one of the few companies that practice unlimited support and unlimited updates policy. The Refined Pro theme and the Genesis Framework costs $129. 95 on Studiopress.com. The Genesis Framework is required. The framework is the base of the theme. You must install the framework to make it work.

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Pros

Fast: Refined Pro, like other StudioPress themes, is lightweight. It takes 3 seconds for the homepage to open. The blog pages and posts load in 2 seconds.

SEO friendly: The StudioPress Refined Pro theme pages have schema code. It is also responsive. The Genesis Framework has an SEO settings panel. You can use another SEO plugin if you don’t want this panel.

Cons:

  • None

Final thoughts

Refined Pro is a great WP theme for food/photography/business niche sites. It is compatible with many plugins and supports Gutenberg.