The Education Theme puts you at the head of the Class [Review]

Block 3 is your WordPress themeThe StudioPress Education Theme isn’t just for colleges and universities! You’ll earn top grades for your business or freelance website with Education.

Education is a WordPress child theme that works with the Genesis Framework.

Education WordPress Theme by StudioPress

Like the Eleven40 Theme, Education is wider than normal. It’s also mobile responsive, so it looks good on any size screen. It comes with:

  1. 6 Preset theme color schemes
  2. 6 Layout options
  3. Custom background capability
  4. Mobile responsive
  5. Lots of other great features

The Home Page

Education includes widgetized areas to set up a distinctive scrolling home page. These include:

  • Full-width Slider
  • “Intro” area for a brief but very prominent message
  • “Featured” area

You don’t have to use any of them — you can use your home page as a blog page — or you can pick and choose which ones you want to show.

When you take advantage of these widgetized areas, you can really get your most important messages in front of readers fast.

Slider

slider example The slider lets you grab readers’ attention with a series of full-width rotating images. In the theme demo, they show scenes from the college campus. On a client site I’m working on now, the topic is healthy feet, so her images show attractive feet being pampered with massage, aromatherapy and special soaks.

Intro

Intro area, Education Theme The intro area gives you a place for a brief message you want all your site visitors to see. It’s an excellent place for a tagline, a brief mission statement or statement of purpose.

Featured

The featured area lets you showcase four featured pages, with or without images. In the theme demo, they chose “Admissions,” “Student Life,” “Sports” and “Location.”

My foot-care client features four broad categories of foot care.

Featured area, Education Theme Home Page

Call to Action

Here’s where you ask people to opt in to your email list or go to a featured product or service.

Call to Action Education Theme Home Page

Page Layout and Sidebars

Education gives you six page layout options:

  • No sidebar
  • Single sidebar on either the left or the right
  • Two sidebars. These can be on the left and right, or you can put both on the left or both on the right

The primary sidebar in this theme is pretty standard, but the secondary sidebar really stands out. Color-coordinated with the site’s background color, it really draws attention.

In the demo, they’ve set up the secondary sidebar on the right. My client has it on the left, with the primary sidebar on the right for a very elegant look.

Two Styles of Sidebars Education Theme

The theme also gives you a 3-column footer.

General Impressions

Education is a wide, mobile responsive theme with elegant home page features and a unique set of sidebars. It’s being used successfully by a Chamber of Commerce, a printing company, a company that puts together nutritious meals and a tourism board, among many other types of businesses.

Do your homework — the Education theme [aff] might just earn your website an A+.

Note: This review is for the Education theme. Since it was written, Education has been replaced with Education Pro, which includes slight design changes, and adds HTML5 markup.

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Comments

  1. Hi – I just saw your post on G+ and it caught my eye as I am also using the Education theme at the moment on a client site. He is a speaker – a sales speaker. It’s not live yet or I’d show you.

  2. John Osire says:

    Is the education theme from studio press compatible with word press 3.9
    Can i be able to upgrade without loosing any of my website functionality?

    Thanks.
    John.

  3. Hi – thanks for this review – does the Education Theme allow for more than four widgets pointing to certain pages? I’m looking for a theme with a similar look to this one, but I need to be able to offer my readers 14 places to go not 4. It’s a website based around color categories, so they need to have the option to go to any of the 14 colors as a starting point. Does this – or any of the other Genesis themes you’ve looked at allow you to do that do you know?

    • You’re not going to find any theme set up this way out of the box. Executive Pro is set up for 6, and you may be able to add another row without additional coding. You could get the Design Palette Pro in addition — it allows you lots of customization without coding, and supports the Executive Pro theme.

      Or you could look at Elegant Themes’ Divi, which would let you do that using its built-in Page Builder modules.

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