In this post, we’re taking a look at the powerful WordPress child theme development tool (IDE) called Themer Pro by Cobalt Apps, and how you can use it to develop your own custom child themes.
A while ago, I reviewed the Dynamik Website Builder plugin for Genesis and WordPress. You can check it out here if you wish to.
Well, this time around I’ll be sharing my personal review of the Themer Pro plugin by Cobalt Apps.
Let’s dive straight in.
What is Themer Pro?
Themer Pro is a foundation child theme development WordPress plugin created by Cobalt Apps.
It combines powerful code editing tools with simple options for you to develop your own custom child themes.
And I’m not just talking about creating custom Genesis child themes either. Because this plugin supports an array of popular WordPress theme frameworks, including –
- Beaver Builder Theme
- GeneratePress theme
- And the latest WordPress default themes, and more.
More are being added to the list above by the developer.
What can you use the Themer Pro plugin for?
You can use the Themer Pro plugin to develop WordPress child themes for yourself or for your clients or to sell on.
I’ve been using Themer Pro for the last 10 months or so, installed on my local drive and it’s the perfect tool for developing client websites.
This plugin gives you access to all the child theme files, as well as the tools and options required to develop your child themes even further.
You can either add and delete new files and folders to existing child themes, or you can build a child theme from complete scratch.
The Magnet4Blogging Pro theme was built using the Themer Pro plugin.
So how does it work?
Themer Pro is so easy to install and use, and as long as you’re comfortable with code then you’ll love this tool.
You simply install and activate it like any other WordPress plugin, then you’ll need to enter your developer license key for future updates.
Once you’ve done this, you can simply install a compatible child theme or work from a completely new blank canvas.
To work on an existing compatible child theme you simply go to Themer Pro > Child Editor in your WordPress dashboard.
In Child Editor option, you can see all the folders and files located inside the currently installed and activated child theme.
If you look at the screen capture below, you’ll see that I’m working on a custom Genesis child theme using the Genesis Sample Theme as the base theme.
Once you’ve finished coding and building up your child theme, you can then export it into a stand-alone child theme to test on another site.
What options and features does the Themer Pro plugin have?
So when you install and activate the Themer Pro plugin, the first thing you’ll need to do before anything else is to make some changes to the settings page.
If you look at the screen capture below, you’ll see which of the boxes I recommend you have enabled.
You can also change the style of the Ace Code Editor theme you’d like to use, there’s a bunch to choose from already installed.
Here is a list of features and options included in the Themer Pro plugin –
- Works with a variety of child themes including Genesis theme framework and Beaver builder.
- Powerful Ace code editor built in with code editor theme options.
- Front-end style editor.
- Parent theme editor.
- Child theme editor.
- Child theme image manager.
- Child theme creator option to export child theme as a stand-alone child theme.
- Child theme downloader.
How has using Themer Pro helped me in my business?
As you may well know, I don’t review or recommend anything that I’m not already using in my business.
Usually, when coding up, or doing any heavy modification work to child themes I would have a locally installed WordPress site and have access to theme files via an external code editor application such as Atom for the Mac.
The problem with this setup is that every time I make changes to the CSS file, for instance, I would need to refresh my site or page to see the changes take place.
Sometimes those changes wouldn’t happen straight away, which is very frustrating.
That is NOT the case with Themer Pro. I love the fact that you can do front-end style editing and see the changes take place in real-time on the site you’re working on.
That, for me at least, has been a HUGE time saver.
Magnet4Blogging’s theme was created using Themer Pro, you say?
The child theme I built for Magnet4Blogging is called Sennen Pro and is based on the Sample Child theme for Genesis Theme framework, although, it looks nothing like the Sample theme due to the heavy modifications applied.
So, what are the pros and cons of using Themer Pro?
Themer Pro is a pretty simple plugin to use.
It does one very simple thing very well, it saves developers time and valuable resources when it comes to developing custom child themes with WordPress.
As a developer or someone looking to learn more about child theme development, you really don’t need any other tool or IDE. You don’t need to complicate yourself with FTPs or use up any other resources.
The pros are in abundance and the cons as far as I can see is non-existent. Call me biased if you will.
How much does the Themer Pro plugin cost, and where can I buy it?
OK, so the Themer Pro plugin will cost you just $69.
What you get for that price is a quality and robust premium plugin from a reputable developer and company (Eric Hamm at CobaltApps).
You also get unlimited license activations, so that means you can use Themer Pro on unlimited personal or client projects.
You get 1 full year of updates and support, as well as access to valuable tutorials and resources from the Cobalt Apps website, forum, and blog.
Click the button below to learn more, and to purchase your copy of the Themer Pro plugin.
Disclaimer: Please note that this post may contain affiliate links to CobaltApps website. Should you use one of these links and purchase a copy of the Themer Pro plugin, I will be paid a small commission at NO additional cost to you. Thank you so much for your support, I appreciate you.