After installing WordPress, I immediately began looking for a theme to customize the design and layout of this website.
Though it came with a nice pre-installed theme called Twenty Nineteen, I decided to go for a premium WordPress theme instead.
That way, I could have more flexibility when it comes to customization options in building this website.
Plus, I’ve already got this Pro Plus All-Theme Package from StudioPress when I started creating a website a few years back.
It includes the Genesis Framework, existing Child Themes, and all future releases as well.
Now, this site runs on the Genesis Framework with a free Child Theme created by Brian Gardner – founder of StudioPress.
I was thinking about installing the child theme included in the package – Revolution Pro, but I liked the minimalism and typography of this free theme – Twenty Seven Pro more.
So, if you want to build a responsive and professional-looking website, then I highly suggest you check out StudioPress themes.
If you’re interested, I can even show you how easy it is to install a Genesis theme in WordPress.
Go to Appearance > Themes
On your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes.
Then, click Add New.
Here, you can select other available free themes from WordPress.
Click Upload Theme to continue.
Next, you will be prompted to upload the theme in .zip format.
Download the Genesis Framework
If you’ve purchased the Genesis Framework, you can download it from your StudioPress account.
Open a new tab on your browser and sign in to your StudioPress account. Then, go to My Themes and click Download.
Upload the Genesis Framework
Go back to your WordPress tab and upload the framework in .zip format.
Then, click Install Now to install the framework.
Once it’s done, click Activate to start using the framework.
After activating the framework, you will be prompted to install a Child Theme.
- It allows you to customize – If you don’t know any sort of coding, it will be very difficult to customize Genesis and your site without using a child theme.
- It protects your customization – Using a child theme allows Genesis to be updated without affecting the look of your site. So, if you’re not using a child theme, your design and specific customizations will be overwritten whenever there’s an update to the framework.
- To get rid of the warning – If you don’t install a child theme, the message “Please Activate a Genesis Child Theme” will just keep on appearing on your dashboard.
- It’s just good practice – Using a child theme ensures that your design/customizations stay intact by separating the core functionality of the Genesis Framework from the specific customizations and design of your site.
For more information, you can read through their article here.
Install a Child Theme
To install a child theme on top of the Genesis Framework, just repeat the same steps above.
As I said, I was thinking about the Revolution Pro theme included in my Pro Plus All-Theme Package, but I decided to go for a free and simpler child theme for now – Twenty Seven Pro.
I might change it later on once there’s enough content on the site, or if I need more functionality not available on this current theme.
I’ve got plenty of themes available from StudioPress to choose from.
Once you’ve installed and activated the child theme, click Visit Site to check out the newly installed theme.
There you have it! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.
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