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    chantal2012
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    Hi there…I’ve been learning the ropes but had one question…I know that Studiopress offers a multitude of themes but where can I learn to develop my own theme using the Genesis Framework?  Eventually down the road, I would like to be able to design blogs for clients and be able to completely customize them.  I came across this site in particular http://www.designerblogs.com/ , noticed that this company customizes blogs for people using Genesis Framework….where do I learn more about this?

    #12707

    Susan
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    There are several ways of doing this.

    – You could build a child theme from scratch (see this: http://www.artofblog.com/building-a-genesis-child-theme/)

    – You could use the free “Sample” theme, which looks like the basic Genesis framework and customize it to your own needs, or

    – You could start with a paid theme, and customize it so that it looks nothing like the original child theme. There are plenty of examples in the showcase here: http://www.studiopress.com/showcase


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    #15929

    chantal2012
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    Ok…thanks…but I still have a question….if I sell my own themes using the Genesis framework, do I have to buy a new license of each that I sell?

    #15933

    Susan
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    No – you only have to purchase the license once, and you can sell as many themes using the Genesis framework as you like.  However, anyone who purchases your theme will not be able to receive official support through the ticket system (they can still use the forums). The official support is only for those who have purchased their own license.

    See the FAQ here:

    Can I use Genesis for clients? (To sell sites to clients, for my hosting company, for multisite sales, etc.)


    Absolutely.

    You are welcome to use our themes to develop full websites that can be sold. We do not restrict the use of our themes to turnkey sites.

    However, the buyer of the custom site you build with Genesis will not have access to our customer portal, unless they purchase directly from us.


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    #15934

    chantal2012
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    Ok…just so i’m clear on everything….if I get a client who wants a custom blog design, I can use any of the child themes and completely customize it and sell it to him/her without buying another license?  Does the client need to be set up on the Genesis framework himself or can I install it without buying another license?

    Also, I want to sell “pre-made” themes for those who can’t afford to pay for a custom design…when I sell these, I want to be able to just email them a zip file containing my pre-made theme (using a child theme).  Can I also send the Genesis framework or does the client already have to be set up on Genesis?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I want to make sure that I don’t do anything wrong and that I’m following all the rules.  I haven’t used Studiopress in a while (I had switched over to Thesis) but I’m seriously considering coming back to Studiopress because Thesis seems to be harder to get along with that way.  From what I understand, I have to buy a new license for each client which is the pits!

    #15937

    Susan
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    1. You can install Genesis framework without buying another license.

    2. You can email them the zip file including the Genesis framework.

    You do not need to buy another copy of Genesis framework; your client does not need to buy their own copy of Genesis framework.

    You didn’t ask this question, but I want to give you this thought. For #2, do you feel comfortable that your clients will know how to install Genesis framework and set up their child theme the way it is designed to be set up? Or will they have questions after set-up? If they have questions after set-up, is it worth your time to field all the questions they may have? (Especially if they have never used WordPress before). They won’t be able to get official support through the portal, so their choices are to go back to you or come here. For a set-up question, they may get directed to the official support desk, which they can’t use. Members here don’t know who owns or does not own each license…


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    #15943

    chantal2012
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    Thanks Susan…as for #2, if I email them my child theme and the Genesis Framework, isn’t just a matter of uploading like any other child theme?  I suppose I could just install it for them if that were the case…only takes a few minutes.

    #15946

    Susan
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    Yes, installing Genesis is the easy part :)

    I was thinking in terms of customizing the child theme. A child theme is easy to install, too. It’s the getting it to look like the “demo” that has many people stumped.

    In your first post, you mentioned a site which designs websites and sells themes – you will see that even their cheapest pre-made theme  gets installed by them. I think you’ll cause yourself less aggravation if you go that route, but that’s just my own personal thought (I’m NOT a StudioPress employee).


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    #15947

    chantal2012
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    But if I customize a child theme beyond recognition (via the custom.css sheet), won’t it install just as I’ve designed it?

    #15952

    Susan
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    Yes, it will install just as you have designed it. If you have a plain page with no sidebars or footers, or customized headers, or widgets or plugins, it will require no further input from the end user.


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