For years I used free WordPress themes. I've used them as is, I've tweaked them some, I've almost completely rebuilt some of them. But recently I took the plunge and bought Genesis.
I am in love. I find it very easy to use and the support forums have been great. It's a paid-for theme, but in my opinion, it's worth the cost. (If it's not in your budget, don't worry. There are plenty of free themes you can use. I would start with the default theme that comes with WordPress called TwentyEleven. You might also check out last year's similar default theme, TwentyTen, which I did a video tutorial on here. Another is Atahualpa which I wrote about before too.)
Introduction to the Genesis Theme Framework
Can't see the video? Watch it here.
This was a basic tour and explanation of the Genesis Theme Framework. Remember that there are two parts to Genesis:
- The Framework (Genesis). It's like the skeleton.
- The Child Theme (I'm using Metric). It's like the skin that lays over the skeleton, giving you the design.
Both parts are needed. If you've never purchased Genesis before, you can purchase the framework and your child theme in one fell swoop. If you have purchased Genesis before, you can purchase another child theme separately.
Next time I'll show you how to install it, activate it and we'll start to customize!
Anyone else use Genesis? What's your take?
Disclosure: I am compensated for purchases made via the referral links in this post.