How to Configure the Cook'd Pro Home Page

Cook'd Pro uses a widgetized home page template to accomplish the flexible layout that shows recent and/or featured posts in full-width or grid format. The widget used to create these sections of posts is built in to the theme, so there’s no need for an additional plugin.

The Home Top, Home Middle, and Home Bottom sidebars are setup to display recent and featured posts in different ways using the Cook'd Pro Featured Posts widget. You will drag and drop a Cook'd Pro Featured Posts widget to one of these widget areas and then configure them as you wish. These screenshots show how I have chosen to set things up for the demo site:

Home Top 

Home Middle

You'll also see the Genesis eNews Extended widget in the Home Middle sidebar area.  The Genesis eNews Extended widget is used to set up your newsletter opt-in. This plugin is designed to be used with a newsletter service such as Mailchimp, Aweber, Mailpoet, or any of the other popular newsletter services.  You can Google “Genesis eNews Extended + whatever service you choose” and there are bound to be some tutorials and videos to guide you in getting that set up.  Here’s the plugin info page where you can read about installation and get support:

Home Bottom

Using Shortcodes for the HeartThis and Limited Categories Options:

In the post info field of the Cook'd Pro Featured Posts widget, you need to paste in: [heart_this] [post_categories before=""]  [heart_this] is for the likes (and requires the HeartThis plugin to be installed and activated), [post_categories before=""] is for the limited categories.

You may also wish to add in other shortcodes in the post info field.   A full list of valid shortcodes can be found here.  Note: Because the theme was styled to include all of the shortcodes custom code may be necessary to get them looking good. 

Why isn’t there any pagination?

Because the home page is so flexible, pagination would not work well. We would need to limit the flexibility of the home page in order to add that feature and we chose to stick with flexibility. Your readers should still be able to navigate your site with a well established menu.

If you must have pagination, one option to get around this is to add a text link at the bottom of your home page that goes to your blog. Something like this should work well:

<div align=”right”> <a href=””>See More →</a> </div>

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