Tagged: Atomic Theme
October 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm #494287
A question about the Atomic Theme. (Not the "Atomic Blocks" theme.)
Last year, Array Themes announced that Studio Press had acquired their inventory, including their Atomic Theme and their Atomic Blocks. And when I inquired about the timing, they said their Atomic Theme "would be available later in 2019" as part of the StudioPress collection.
Does anyone have an update on this? I've tried contacting Mike McAlister, the developer of the theme (@mikemcalister on Twitter), but without response.
Note: They also developed a simple "Atomic Blocks" theme, which is basically a collection of Atomic blocks, and this is easily confused with the "Atomic Theme" which you can see here. They are not the same. The Atomic Theme is an elegant, well-designed theme that many people (like me) might find valuable for the kind of website they're putting together.
I've contacted StudioPress a couple of times this year, and have always just been directed to the Atomic Blocks theme (even though I explain they're not the same thing). So, just wondering if anyone has any insight. Thanks!October 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm #494288
Hello Michael. I work for WP Engine / StudioPress and can answer your question.
We did in fact purchase the theme inventory and previously stated we may / would use the designs of those themes for future SP themes; however, we did not plan on selling / releasing the theme as it is (e.g. not a Genesis child theme).
The main reason is that all of our theme support systems and documentation around Genesis.
If you have a copy of Atomic Theme it will still work I'd imagine, but we won't be selling / releasing it under it's non-Genesis form.
Are you interested in the design of the theme or the way it is coded currently?
Thanks for the feedback!
-DavidOctober 30, 2019 at 9:53 am #494325
Thanks for letting me know, David. It was the design that impressed me. (I have no coding experience.) While much of the theme looks to be based in Atomic Blocks, the left rail of the Atomic Theme, with its simple, clean navigation would work very well for the website I'm working on. (Special interest, not commercial or professional.)
I don't have a copy of the theme, and am guessing that it would be risky to work with something that's not being updated. Correct?
But I'm also guessing that much of the Atomic Theme relies on the coding of Atomic Blocks and the Atomic Blocks Theme. If so, it might be reasonably straightforward to build a home page that uses Atomic Blocks but incorporates the additional design elements of the Atomic Theme. If that's true and you know of anyone who could do that, I'd certainly be interested in talking with them.
(Or if Genesis is planning on coming out with anything similar in style, I could be patient!)
Thanks again for your response.
Michael.October 30, 2019 at 9:47 pm #494336
That's a really interesting idea. I know the designer of Atomic Blocks and Atomic Themes are the same person so there should be a lot of similarities in design styles 🙂
If you're trying to emulate the style without knowing code (primarily CSS), you could use the design controls in the blocks in Atomic Blocks (e.g. colors, fonts, etc.) to dial in the deign as close as you can to what you like about the Atomic Theme.
If you were able to hire someone to code the styles, you could emulate the designs pretty much exactly and still be able to use the blocks. You can find some good folks for that here https://www.studiopress.com/genesis-developers/ or check out Codeable.io. They have quite a few good Genesis devs over there and are often fairly affordable.
As for future blocks in Atomic Blocks that specifically emulate the designs from that theme, we don't have anything imminent that we're releasing on that fronts. That being said, I'll pass along all this feedback to the right folks 🙂
If there's anything else I can help with, please let me know!
DavidOctober 31, 2019 at 2:39 pm #494359
Thanks, David. I'll check out the Genesis developers section of the website and go from there. In fact. It turns out the original Atomic Theme is available from a vendor, so I'll see if it's the real thing and if someone can work with that. If so, it may be easy enough for someone to ensure it's up to date and then keep it up to date with Atomic Blocks, and do a few simple customizations. I'll let you know what comes of it!
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