Genesis uses a 2-part system which provides good stability and flexibility. Read my post, What is a Child Theme? for an explanation of how it works and why it’s important.
There are many resources available to Genesis users. I put this list together to help you find them easily. (There are affiliate links in this post.)
Start using Genesis
- Prose Theme – This is a theme I recommend if you have little to no coding background. This child theme allows more customization options 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.
- Genesis Child 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.
- Showcase – A list of blogs that use the Genesis Framework. This shows how customizable Genesis is.
- StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package – If you are a designer or think you would like to become a designer, or if you 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 or if you switch themes often (like me). I wrote about when you should (and shouldn’t) buy the whole package.
- Genesis-Specific Plugins – There are plugins created specifically by StudioPress for Genesis. I use Genesis Simple Edits and Simple Social Icons. (Here are all of My Favorite Plugins.)
- 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.
- Genesis Tutorials – This is a large list of general Genesis tutorials. 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 become an affiliate
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.
Tip: Many people look in your footer to see which theme you use. You 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.)