This is rather an old post (yep, I’m going back to edit it) but it’s the genesis (see what I did there?) of my love affair with Genesis the Theme Framework for WordPress. As things progress with this new incarnation of the Web Princess website I plan to add more of the useful things I find particularly to introduce the Genesis theme framework for beginners, or more precisely, for beginning developers.
But, here’s where it started, with a talk at a WordCamp.
Ok, so by now my session at WordCamp Gold Coast is over and you’ve forgotten everything I said because I was nervous and I talked so fast… so, here’s a bit of a recap… or if you want to, you can skip straight to the resources references…
First… the Slides!
Here is the Getting to Grips with Genesis – talk Outline – if you were there, tell me how close I got!! I’ve certainly read them often enough, I think! I should know them inside out!
Second – the quick review of the back end [ooh er Mrs.] – Just screenshots, but you’ll get the idea.
OK, now we get to the REAL reason you’re here… because you’re looking for resources…
First, if you want to make sense of the resources, you need to get Genesis… help a girl out and pick it up via this link StudioPress Themes for WordPress – or the one over there in the right hand column of the page… there’s a good chap! then, when you’ve got it installed, come back here…
…s’ok… I can wait…
Now, here’s where you go to learn all about it…
- Predictably, Studiopress have great Developer Resources – and a very active forum (that you can access completely when you’ve purchased the framework).
- Nick the Geek has an incredibly comprehensive series of Genesis tutorials called ‘Genesis Explained‘ which I refer to constantly. He’s also put together a matrix of available Genesis themes for comparing what you need with what’s out there… free AND premium themes – Take a Look.
- Chris Cochran published this Visual Hook Guide that is my ‘go to’ resource, everytime I’m doing something new – if you wanted to know where the ‘lego bumps’ are… this is the easy way to find out, in fact, Chris’ whole site Genesis Tutorials is fantastic.
- Bill Erickson publishes great tutorials and shares heaps of code snippets, some of which I’ve tweaked to suit themes I’m building – (with a little help from my php guru friends). There’s way more on Google, as well.
In terms of finding Child Themes –
- you can start, of course, with Studiopress – and their marketplace for 3rd party designed themes.
- Then trip on over to the aforementioned Theme Matrix at Designs by Nick the Geek…
- and the… you know, ask Google
- – and if you’re a designer wanting to put your design into Genesis… message me… maybe we could do it together!
The other thing I mentioned in the talk were the Simple Plugins – these are a few of them and there are a whole lot of Genesis Specific plugins on the Plugin Repository, and I only use them on an as and when needed basis, not a big fan of chunking up an install with heaps of plugins… BUT… Simple Hooks is awesome for adding bits of code on hooks without having to write to the Functions file. Simple Edits gets a bit of a workout too – just to tweak the footer contents and some of the other basic site elements.
Genesis Simple Hooks
Genesis Simple Edits
Genesis Simple Comments
Genesis Simple Breadcrumbs
Genesis Simple Menus
So, there you have it. If you’ve come up with any questions, don’t hesitate to put them in the comments, let’s carry on the conversation, I love talking about this stuff!