Genesis Framework and Themes

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  • #53858

    Driven2013
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    Hello all,

    I haven’t used my purchased theme (AgentPress Theme) in a long time and I need to build a new site. After searching for a while, I realized I had purchased this theme that comes also comes with the Genesis framework. After seeing what the Genesis framework is and how valuable it is, I realized that I don’t need to look for a wordpress site (or theme) because I have Genesis framework that I can build on and the AgentPress Theme.

    Here is my question: I want to make my site unique (I guess theme, right?……..color, layout, etc) but would like to do it on the Genesis framework. Do I just install the Genesis framework, then customize my site or do I need to install the Genesis framework with the AgentPress theme and customize from there?

    My second question, which implies the first question is, can I just install the Genesis framework and customize from there (layout, colors, graphics, etc)?

    Thanks for your help in advance and sorry for being long winded. Just trying to wrap my head around it all.

    #53863

    Susan
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    You never want to make changes directly to the Genesis framework. Go ahead and install the Genesis framework, and then the Sample child theme (which you can find in your downloads). Make all changes to the Sample theme.


    Susan @ Graphically Designing I offer theme customizations I tweet!
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    #53877

    Driven2013
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    Thank you for replying Susan.

    I’m going to be giving this to my wordpress coder so I need to advise him what to do. If I want to make a site like: http://1800sellfast.com, Would I customize it from the Sample child theme or the Agent Press theme?

    Can I also add icons for twitter, youtube, google+, etc?

    #53904

    Susan Nelson
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    That site (1800sellfast.com) is using the Balance theme: http://my.studiopress.com/themes/balance/ and should be pretty easy to customize. If you don’t want to purchase Balance, I would start with the Sample child theme because it’s responsive and AgentPress isn’t.

    And yes, you can add social network icons. There’s even an easy plugin to help you do that. http://www.studiopress.com/plugins/simple-social-icons


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    #53960

    Driven2013
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    Oh wow Susan! Thanks!

    #53999

    Driven2013
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    Susan (or anyone), I have my own form that I want to use and design, I can use my own code for that right or do I need to use a widget for that? I’m basically wanting a similar style that is on the site of http://1800sellfast.com/.

    Please advise.

    #54000

    Susan
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    You can write you own code and create a form, and then insert it into a page on your site, or in a widget area (like the sidebar).


    Susan @ Graphically Designing I offer theme customizations I tweet!
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    #54013

    Driven2013
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    Great! If you look at that site, I want to do the same things when moving from page to page where the video and right sidebar never changes. Just the content below the video changes. How can I do that?

    #54019

    Susan
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    A sidebar by default will keep the same content, no matter which page on a site you go.

    In order to have a featured area (such as that video) on each page, you will need to create and register a widget area so that it appears on every page.

    Brian Gardner has written a tutorial on adding a text widget that will appear on each page on a site. In your case, you would create the widgeted area, and then instead of using text in the widgeted, you would assign the video.

    http://www.briangardner.com/welcome-text-widget/


    Susan @ Graphically Designing I offer theme customizations I tweet!
    I’ve taken up the challenge! – help me answer some of the unanswered posts

    #54044

    Driven2013
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    Susan you rock! Thanks a bunch!

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