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Hi, everyone. I've been a Genesis customer for four years now, and I'm trying to figure out the ideal theme for me going forward. My website is http://www.jonloomer.com and I currently use Paralax Pro.
It's a good theme, but I'm wondering if there's something better out there for me. Here are a few requirements...
• Mobile responsive (duh)
• Sticky header
• Lazy loading (see below)
• Single column solutions
I may not be calling it the right thing, but by "lazy loading" I'm referring to the style where it loads as you scroll, making it easier on overall load times. My website currently takes up a lot of resources (I am hosted through Synthesis), and I need to do all I can to make it light weight.
Also, I'm looking towards the future with single column solutions. I currently lean heavily on the sidebar, but that's probably not the best idea given more and more people are accessing my site via mobile. So I not only want a site that looks good in the single column format, but is easy to navigate. How do continue to inject ads? What about navigational widgets like recent blog posts? Are there any themes that have these built in solutions?
Looking forward to your thoughts!
You could consider using the Lazy Load plugin, to solve this issue temporarily.
Speckyboy just released a post with tips on Optimizing Images to improve load times and UX.
And you could consider, using conditional tags using Widget Logic to filter adds if mobile is active. And/or move certain ads to before and after sections using Genesis Hooks. You could consider having related posts in link form, after a post, to save load times too.
As for Parallax Pro, its a great theme for One Page, but I wasn't thrilled with the blog template. I tend to fallback on LifeStyle Pro, the Metro and Eleven40. They are clean magazine style themes, great for what you are wanting to do. There is also a code snippet that moves your sidebar to the top of your page on a screen less than 767px. You should highly consider putting the ad that converts the most, and one of the weakest to possibly push it.
As for your sidebar, I did notice multiple listings between Recent Posts and Popular Posts. Do you need three ads repeated twice?
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