I made a mental note to try out Genesis Framework a long time ago, and now I finally did it. If you’re wondering if Genesis Framework is a good choice for your website, continue reading this article.
I use it to power this website, and though I did run into a few issues, overall, I’m quite happy with the purchase. So I’ll walk you through the process of setting up the framework on your new WordPress website.
It’s a simple process – no technical skills needed – but there are a few things that you should know.
What is Genesis Framework?
Genesis Framework is a product by Studio Press, a company well known for designing beautiful and responsive themes for WordPress.
Studio Press has tons of WordPress themes but I think the Genesis series is the most popular.
People tend to confuse Genesis Framework with a WordPress theme – it’s a not WordPress theme.
I thought it was!
As Studio Press puts it, Genesis Framework is like the skeleton of a website, the bones and foundation, the theme is the actual skin.
You’re not supposed to use the Genesis Framework alone, it’s supposed to work with a Child Theme.
(We’ll get into that a bit later)
Once I installed the framework, my first impression was the speed. Everything is really fast. I also really like the layout and the text size and font; it makes it really easy to read content on the site.
Writing articles inside the text editor was a breeze as well.
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You’ll need to make a few changes to match your website with the theme sample though (and I’ll show you how to do that).
Installing Genesis Framework:
The installation process is quite straightforward.
After you buy a copy you’ll be sent to a download page that contains two files: Genesis Framework and Genesis Sample (The Child Theme).
Download the files and head on over to your WordPress dashboard.
Appearance -> Themes –> Add New –> Upload Theme
Select Genesis Framework FIRST.
Upload the framework but don’t activate it or set it as your active theme.
Next, upload the Genesis Sample and activate it.
Genesis Sample will automatically find the framework and work with it.
Just quick reminder, don’t make any changes to the code in Genesis Framework.
You should only configure the Genesis Sample (Child Theme).
And that’s it. Pretty simple!
Configuring Genesis Framework:
When you buy a theme from a store, the store shows a sample of the theme in all it’s glory, but what you buy is a bit different.
Learning how to configure a theme to look like the demonstration in the store can be a challenge. Most of the time, the creators don’t include instructions on how to do it so you’re left on your own.
Thankfully, there’s not much to configure in Genesis to make it look like the sample in the Studio Press store.
We’ll only need one plugin:
This is the sign-up form shown in the sidebar.
Install it and head over to your Widgets, it should be there.
Drag it into the Primary Sidebar and a bunch of options will open.
These settings might totally confuse you but they’re not that complicated.
Setting it up with your email management provider is not difficult.
I’m not sure which email management company you use, but I use Get Response.
Basically you just need to copy two things from your email management provider: Form Action and Hidden Fields.
The widget does not have an option to put a picture but you can do it with some simple html.
Use the following code in “Text to Show Before Form” section of the Widget:
<img src=”PutLinktoYourImageHere” width=”500″ height=”600″>
Test it out to make sure everything is configured.
It should work.
Save and visit your website.
It should look like the Genesis that was advertised in the store now!
Removing The Copyright:
If you scroll to the bottom of your page, this will be there:
Removing it is really easy but we’ll need a plugin.
On the topic of plugins, there are a bunch of Genesis plugins you can look into – some are quite useful – and they all work perfectly with Genesis.
This is what we’ll need: a plugin called Genesis Simple Edits.
Install and activate it.
Find it in the Genesis menu in the WordPress dashboard.
You can also change other stuff here like Entry Meta but if you just want to change the footer, leave everything else alone.
The last text field, Footer Output, is what you want to change.
Check Modify Entire Footer Text (including markup)
That will override any other settings in the footer.
Remove everything and add your own code.
This is the code I used:
<p>© 2017 <a href=””>No Strings Project</a>
· Powered by <a href=”Your Affiliate Link” target=”_self”>Genesis Framework</a></p>
It should look like this:
You can add more to it, of course, but I chose to keep it simple for now.
Wrapping It Up:
So that’s basically all you need to do to get the Genesis Framework setup on your website.
Personally, I think it’s a really nice framework and I like the design of the theme a lot.
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Granted, Genesis Framework a bit expensive but I think it’s worth it.
Of course, if you don’t have the cash right now, I recommend going with a free WordPress theme.
But if you want to grab Genesis Framework hit the link below.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article and I wish you the best.
If you have any comments, leave them below!