I’m often asked how to customize a WordPress theme. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy answer because it depends on the theme you’ve chosen. There are literally thousands of WordPress themes available so it varies widely.
Having said that, I recorded this video as I walked through some basic customizations of an older Genesis child theme called Metric.
This tutorial does not address every customization option, but I hope you’ll find this video helpful regardless of the theme you’re using.
Update: While Metric is a nice-looking theme, I would recommend a newer Genesis theme, specifically, one that is mobile-responsive, making it display well on any size device.
Why a paid-for theme can help you customize
As I explained in my post How to Choose a Theme and What I Use, there are definite advantages to using a paid-for theme. One of the main advantages is support.
This is true for Genesis. In the members’ portal, you’ll find theme-specific tutorials, forums and previously-discussed topics and answered questions. It’s a wealth of information and very helpful.
There is a learning curve with Genesis. However, once you start working with it, I think you’ll find it will make sense fairly quickly. And if you can’t figure something out, don’t be afraid to ask for support. That’s what you paid for!!
Can’t see the video? Watch it here.
Note: If you are looking for the tutorials I did many years ago regarding the Atahualpa theme, you can find them here, here and here. I no longer personally recommend Atahualpa, but I link to the video tutorials here for those of you who would still like to reference them.
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