As much as I've talked about Genesis recently and as many questions I've received, I thought it would be good to put all the helpful Genesis resources all in one spot. I'll be updating as necessary…
A few of my posts about Genesis
- How does Genesis work? Here's an analogy.
- Q&A: What Genesis Child Theme Should I Use? (Part 1)
- Q&A: What Genesis Child Theme Should I Use? (Part 2)
- How Does Your Site Look on Mobile Devices
- How to Change Your Genesis Favicon
- You can also find more by using the Search bar with search term "genesis."
Start using Genesis
- Prose Theme - This is the theme I recommend if you have little to no coding background. This child theme is unlike the rest of the Genesis child themes in that it allows a lot more customization right from your WordPress Dashboard. It's a great one to start with.
- Prose Gallery - If you looked at Prose and weren't very impressed with what you saw, these are all sites that use Prose. This is how customizable it is.
- StudioPress Themes - If you have some coding background and/or will work with a designer, these are all the child themes available. A good designer should be able to customize any of them for you. If you want to work with a StudioPress-recommended developer, find a list here: Genesis Developers.
- StudioPress Marketplace - This is a collection of child themes written by people in the Genesis community (not written by StudioPress themselves) but that StudioPress can vouch for. (P.S. These themes are not included in the All-Theme Package listed below.)
- Showcase - A list of blogs that use the Genesis Framework. Again, Genesis is highly customizable.
- StudioPress Theme Selection Tool - Not sure which theme to use? This tool should help.
- StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package - If you are a designer or think you would like to become a designer or think you might be using several different Genesis child themes in the future, consider buying the Pro Plus All-Theme Package. Instead of buying Genesis and individual child themes, you get access to all of them. Sure, it's a couple hundred dollars at the outset, but well worth the cost if you will use multiple child themes. I SO WISH I had done this myself.
- Free Genesis Child Themes - Here are some free child themes you can use if you already own the Genesis Framework and don't want to have to buy a paid-for child theme. Look for the sections "Free Themes by StudioPress" and "Child Themes for Free."
- Genesis-Specific Plugins - There are plugins created specifically by StudioPress for Genesis. I use Genesis Simple Hooks, Genesis Simple Edits and Simple Social Icons.
- Refund Policy - Did you buy Genesis and it didn't work for you? You can get your money back within 30 days.
- Web Graphics – A nice selection of high-quality graphics to pretty up your Genesis blog.
Support from the makers of Genesis
Note: If you had your site designed by a professional and they installed the Genesis Framework for you, they can do that as a developer, however, you do not get the added bonus of support. So, I encourage you to buy the theme yourself and have them install it so you can utilize the support StudioPress offers.
- The Genesis Guide for Absolute Beginners - PDF download
- Support Forum - Ask just about any question you can think of in the forum. The moderators are super helpful.
- Child Theme Tutorials - This section is in the Support Forum. Just pick your child theme from the list and see the tutorials specifically for your theme.
- StudioPress.TV - A new collection of video tutorials.
- Genesis Tutorials - This is a large list of tutorials for How to Use Navigation Menus to changing the "Speak Your Mind" text before the Comments section and lots more. There are also Tutorials by Community Members, written by Genesis users.
- Responsive Design Tool - A great way to check to see how your site looks on various mobile devices.
- StudioPress Blog - Subscribe to the blog to keep up with updates, new theme releases and more.
Don't forget to make money!
If you use Genesis and can recommend it, don't forget to become a StudioPress affiliate. Every time you refer someone to Genesis, use your affiliate link. Also a quick tip, many people look in your footer to see which theme you use. Might as well make that link to Genesis an affiliate one! (You can edit your footer info pretty easily using the Genesis Simple Edits plugin.)
Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. Here is my full disclosure policy.