Best Way To Learn How To Customize StudioPress Themes

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    TMurph
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    Hello everyone! I can install a theme and make a few changes but my design skills are very limited.

    So I was wondering if anyone is aware of training specifically on how to customize StudioPress themes? I know there is a lot of free stuff out there but I need the “baby steps” guide to doing this stuff. If there aren’t any training resources specifically for StudioPress, what would be the best place for me to start learning how to customize themes? Should I buy a book, take an online course?

    Also, I am open to paying someone to walk me through how to do a few things. The primary thing I am looking to do initially is create a nice looking feature box. I am currently using the Generate theme because it comes with the feature box but I’d like to make it look “prettier”. Here is my site: http://www.renegadedad.net. If anyone out there can teach me how to create and customize a feature box, I’d be very happy to pay for your time.

    ALL feedback is MUCH appreciated!

    Thank you!
    Tim

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    Robin
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    chalfant
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    You don’t need to pay for this, nor should you!
    There’s plenty of people here that can do that. I can but it would take forever to explain as I’m farly new to all of this.

    Seems pretty quiet around here…….

    #53408

    TMurph
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    Robin: Thank you very much for your reply and the helpful video. I setup the Generate theme myself and have made some very minor tweaks thanks to the awesome from the awesome support folks at StudioPress but I’d like to take my “minimal” skills a bit further and learn how to make changes that require CSS and HTML skills. I have been trying to figure things out by reading many of the free tutorials online but I always have more questions – for example, exactly where to put the code so I don’t break my site.

    Chalfant: Thank you for your reply also! If someone could create a video (or point me to one) that shows how to add a Feature Box with an email Opt-In to a StudioPress Theme, that would be awesome!!!! A blog post on how to do this is awesome too…although I think Video is so much better for teaching this kind of stuff.

    I’ll keep trying and will eventually figure it out. Just figured I’d ask here to cut down on the time spent “figuring” it out.

    Thank you both for the help!

    Tim

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    Susan
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    Carrie Dils (www.carriedils.com) is a regular around here, and she offers a lot of tutorials on her website, so you might want to take a look there.


    Susan @ Graphically Designing I’d love to customize your website! I tweet!
    I’ve taken up the challenge! – help me answer some of the unanswered posts

    #53443

    RobG
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    This might take us days or even weeks, to try to even come close to explain how to customize child themes.

    But glady enought StudioPress has went way beyond the means of help and providing helpful tutorials for all of us to learn from. The beginner guide http://my.studiopress.com/docs/genesis-for-beginners/ would be a great place to start from because it gives you a break down on how it’s all put together and what everything means.

    Here a another great list of tutorial that you could learn a lot from http://my.studiopress.com/tutorials/ who better to learn from then StudioPress right?

    I also recommend just jumping in and play around with your Function. php and Style.css files, to see how it all works, don’t worry as long as you have a backup of your themes you won’t do any harm.

    A good way to practice is to setup a demo.yourdomain.com and Install the Genesis framework and a child theme and begin customizing it to see how it all works.

    Ask questions just as you have now and were’re always willing to help each other when ever we can because this is a learning process that I’m sure will continue because things are always changing here at StudioPress.. Good luck my friend and don’t be shy to ask questions.


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