Install the Genesis Framework and your Child Theme
Now, that you’ve purchased Genesis and your child theme, it’s time to install and customize them to fit your specific needs. Login to your website dashboard. Go to the Appearance section, then to Themes. Click “Add New Theme”. Navigate to where you downloaded your theme files on your computer, then install the Genesis Framework first. Very Important: You must install Genesis before you install your child theme! Now that Genesis is installed properly, install your child theme.
If you need more help, here’s the StudioPress installation guide: How to Install Genesis or a Child Theme. In addition, each child theme comes with its own Themes Setup guide. I highly recommend you read through the setup guide, because each theme has unique features and functions; the setup guides have instructions specific to each theme.
While we’re still talking about themes, let me mention that the last step in any website installation process is to clean-up and organize your files. According to the WordPress web development community in general, a great way to organize your files is to remove any unused themes and plugins.
I wholeheartedly agree; however, each time you update your WordPress software, the three default themes (Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, and Twenty Fourteen) will be installed again. If you don’t mind, you can keep deleting them over and over again. Keeping them installed won’t hurt anything, so leave them installed if you wish.
…a great way to organize your files is to remove any unused themes and plugins
StudioPress also allows you to install demo content into your website to get you started. Here is a How to Import the Demo Site Content. There’s also a very helpful tutorials page you should use as a reference if you get stuck. And…for the more adventurous ones among you, there’s a Code Snippets page with many added code customizations.
StudioPress has also authored several helpful plugins to enhance their themes. A complete list of StudioPress plugins can be found here. I always install the Genesis Simple Edits plugin, because it makes it so easy to customize certain sections of your website. You should check out the other StudioPress plugins too. You’ll be sure to find others you might want to use.
For instance, by default, WordPress lists some metadata as “Filed Under:” instead of Category and “Tagged With:” instead of Keywords. With the Simple Edits plugin, you can easily change the text to display as “Category:” and “Keywords:” Just put the following code into the “Entry Meta (below content)” field and the plugin will do all the work:
[post_categories before="<strong>Category:</strong> "] [post_tags sep=", "; before="<strong>Keywords:</strong> "]
This plugin offers many helpful hints and options. Just click on the “Show available entry meta shortcodes” link to reveal the available options. Play around with the different options until your information displays the way you want it.
To be continued…
Next week you’ll learn how to further customize your child theme by updating the functions.php file. Fun stuff!!!