The category pages are still something we get support tickets for, with people unsure of how to change the default image size displayed there, despite being covered in the theme setup tutorials.
While it's straight forward for all Genesis themes (Customize > Theme Settings > Content Archives > Featured Image Size), we've started wondering if this is actually a best practice, or if it's unnecessary?
Having different image sizes on the homepage, recipe index and categories leads to confusion about why some pages are styled different from others.
The ultimate goal of all these pages is to drive readers to the recipe post, which is where the reader gets value, and where ads can be served.
By reducing unnecessary options, it becomes easier to:
- initially set up the site
- maintain it over time (due to theme updates requiring reconfiguring)
As a site owner, you save time, reduce stress, and deliver a better on-site experience to your readers by having consistent use of images, colors and fonts across your entire site.
As of version 4.8.0 of the Feast Plugin, the category image size now defaults to what is set in the Feast Plugin for the FSRI block.
- create a consistent brand experience for readers, by ensuring that the same image size is used across the site
- reduce confusion for readers, about why images appear different on one page and another
- deliver a more consistent, professional experience for the site owner
- reduce initial setup and configuration
- reduce ongoing maintenance and reconfiguring due to theme updates
- prevent the theme's thumbnails from being used, reducing the need to keep them registered, and helping to reduce disk space usage
If for some reason you want to introduce inconsistencies in your site, breaking the brand experience and potentially confuse readers, you can disable this by adding the following to your code snippets plugin:
add_filter( 'feast_disable_category_image_override', '__return_true' );