Objectives: Save yourself headaches by learning two solid theme frameworks.
1. Genesis Theme Framework by StudioPress ( link to developer’s license)
With a developer’s license, you have access to any of the many StudioPress child themes.
First, download the Genesis theme first and keep it in your theme folder not activated.
Then upload the child themes you want to try out. Activate your child theme of choice. Then go to StudioPress and read and follow the documentation for your theme of choice.
Although the home pages are created using designated widget areas, you can add different text boxes and columns to each widget area to get a different look than the demo.
Genesis Simple Edits plugin lets you edit the copyright area.
Genesis Simple sidebars plugin lets you create new sidebars and assign them to only show on certain pages.
Media Grid is a good plugin choice for a portfolio. It is $23.00.
The first step to learning to make changes to Genesis Themes before doing them in CSS is to use:
- Genesis Design Pallet Pro is a paid plug. The cost based on the number of sites you want to use it on.
(Price starts at $49.00 for 1 license, $89 for 5 licenses and $199 for unlimited. This plugin works to change color and text anywhere on the site. You have to use it with the widget areas as they are on each child theme demo. Read this post to find out more about how to use Design Palette Pro and to learn about its free add-ons:
- Google Web fonts – Includes 62 of the most popular fonts.
- Entry Content Style – Edit headings, paragraphs, and list items.
- Freeform Style – Creates a new section to add custom CSS snippets.
eNews Widget – Customize the Genesis eNews Extended form.