The Genesis Metro theme by StudioPress is a great theme. It is probably one of my favorite themes out there. The sites I have created with this theme look great. They are super fast to load. The custom background image allows your church to really reflect its character. This means that it would be fitting for tradition and contemporary churches, rural, suburban and urban. If there is one downside to this theme, it is that the initial set up is a bit trickier to learn than other themes (Elegant Themes or Church Themes I recommend).
Who This is For:
I would recommend the Genesis Metro Theme to an intermediate WordPress user. This would be someone who has created a site with another WordPress theme and isn’t afraid to hunt stuff down online or to ask questions of the Genesis support staff (They have been really great to me!). It could also be a completely new beginner WordPress user who has some html experience or is patient and realizes that there will be a little bit of a learning curve.
Price: You can get a quality professional looking theme (Genesis Framework is included) for $100, with lifetime support. It is cheaper if you already own another Genesis theme because you own the framework. I realize that this is on the high end of the ones that we recommend. The Metro sites I have created (including this one) are my absolute favorites.
Great Responsive Format: I really like how this theme looks on the tablets and cell phones. It’s responsive feature is built in and doesn’t require any work.
Great Search Engine Optimization (SEO): The reason, I went with Genesis is because they are known for well search engines love their code. This is really important because it makes it easier for people to find you.
Fast Load Time: The Genesis Framework is know for fast loading pages.
Great Support: There isn’t a knowledge bases where you can search for answers, but there is really quick responses to the questions you ask via their help center. I have asked questions about really minor stuff, they have been very quick to reply and very gracious in their responses.
Column Page Layout Options: The Genesis framework and Metro theme allow you to lay out your page with a variety of different columns (2, 3, 4, and 5). The easiest way to do this is use one of their column plugins. I prefer Genesis Style Shortcodes or the Genesis Easy Columns plugins.
Background Image: I really like the background image option. You don’t have to use it. However, I think it makes each site unique. The image you use can give your site can create the feel that you want very easily.
Home Page Set Up: If you like the default layout of the Metro theme, it is really easy to populate with 4 different home widgets. See slider below.
6 Layout Options: There are six different page layouts to make creating your site easier.
Social Media Integration I love how easy they make it to let people connect to your church presence on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Etc
5 Color Customization: The one knock I have on this theme is the limited colors to choose from. Others at this price point have unlimited colors. The Metro themes has six color options to choose from if you don’t want to get into the code to change it.
Neutral Things To Be Aware of:
2 Step Install: Because the theme is built on the Genesis framework, you have to install the framework first and then the Metro theme. This is very minor, so I even hesitate mentioning it but it might trip people up.
Plug In Dependent: The Genesis theme is designed to be nimble. This means that some of the features that are built into the other themes are automatically included in this theme. This is no big deal because you can easily find Genesis plugins to make this work. It does make the initial set up a little bit more complicated. A future post for me will be a list of recommended Genesis Plugins
Slider: I personally prefer a full width slider for church sites. Metro doesn’t offer this. However, I have created instructions on how you can easily add a full width slider to this great theme! Also, I didn’t really like the Genesis Responsive Slider Plug In. Changing the slide image order was the most cumbersome part. Because of this, I have started to us a Silloquy as my slider. There is a free and paid option.
Want to learn more about other great themes? Check out our other WordPress themes for churches resources, all our theme reviews or our church theme comparison tool.
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Here are two videos that I created to introduces you to the Genesis Metro Home page:
This one is a very brief introduction:
This one is 15 minutes long but it shows you how to modify each component of the home page: