If I buy one theme, can I change to another?

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  • #57305

    Stevee00
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    Hello,

    My first post here. Looking to build my own WordPress site. Newbie to Genesis. Still looking for the right combo of framework and theme. So far, Genesis looks awesome, so solid!

    Basic, possibly stupid, question (I did search for the answer first): If I buy a Genesis child theme (and the framework), how easy or hard is it to change my mind and switch to a different Genesis child theme? I’m ok with paying a little more, if I have to. But technically, is it just a matter of plugging in a new theme?

    I’m not a developer, so once I get a theme I like, I intend to stick with it for my own business. My current website is on WordPress, but way out of date (ver 2.8). I’ll be starting fresh.

    Second question: Where is the best place to get help picking a theme? –a “I want a child theme to do A and B, but don’t want C, what would you recommend?” kind of post?

    Thanks in advance,

    Steve

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    #57318

    dev
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    We have an article on our site that talks a bit about this:

    http://newmediawebsitedesign.com/wp2/theme-changes-myth-or-fact/

    Bottom line, your interior pages are going to be fine. So will your menu but it might need some styling changes.

    But if the homepage of the new theme has major structural differences from the old theme, you will have some work to do. For example, say you move from Appfinite’s Adapt theme with four boxes on the homepage for content to Legacy which has 3, you will obviously have to add a fourth box, meaning you will have to learn a bit of code and know where to put it (or use a plugin that will do it.)

    For the most part we’ve found that Genesis child themes transpose fairly well. But if you think you can go from a Gen child theme to a non-Gen… or vice versa… without any modification, you need to reassess that concept. When we moved from Elegant themes to Gen, we had a fair amount of work we had to do in the conversion of our own site, to say nothing of clients who opted to convert as well.

    HTH

    NewMedia Website Design

    #57320

    Gary Jones
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    If I buy a Genesis child theme (and the framework), how easy or hard is it to change my mind and switch to a different Genesis child theme?

    It’s easy. You upload a new theme, and activate it.

    As @dev alludes to, your post and page content will be fine (unless you used shortcodes that were included in the old theme which aren’t supported in the new theme – which is why they should only be added via plugins).

    Supported widget areas may change – so you can either adapt which widgets you use where, or get a developer in to add more widget areas to the new design.

    Menus may need re-assigning – literally, re-setting which menu is assigned to which location within Appearance -> Menus.

    (Thread title updated)


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    #57334

    Stevee00
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    Garyl, dev, Thank you for that. I’m not planning on buying a theme just to change it, but I wanted to know if I could change if I really wasn’t happy with the first theme. The answer is ‘yes, but requires some attention and tweaking.’ I can live with that.

    How is the money charged? Do I pay an extra $20 or so if I buy a new theme? I assume that once I own rights to Genesis, that stays constant.

    And anybody on my second question: Where do I go to ask knowledgeable people to suggest themes that fit my specs? Is that a proper question for this forum (assuming the options are all Genesis child themes)?

    Steve

    #57356

    Susan
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    How is the money charged? Do I pay an extra $20 or so if I buy a new theme? I assume that once I own rights to Genesis, that stays constant.

    - You would get a full refund for your purchase price of the original theme (within 30 days of purchase, assuming an SP theme) if you decide it isn’t what you wanted. Then, you would just go ahead and buy a new theme at the discounted rate (for repeat customers). So, two separate transactions – one refund; one new purchase.

    And anybody on my second question: Where do I go to ask knowledgeable people to suggest themes that fit my specs? Is that a proper question for this forum (assuming the options are all Genesis child themes)?

    This is the appropriate forum for that. Tell us what you are looking to accomplish, what your requirements are (for example, do you just want a blog; do you want a landing page; do you need a portfolio page). We can make suggestions based on that.

    Good luck!


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    #57364

    dev
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    Everyone once in a while Genesis puts their “Pro” level of service “on sale.” We bought in on one of those occasions which gives us all of the SP themes for free, forever (so they say) for our prospective victims (oops, I mean clients!)

    Thus, if a client doesn’t like theme X once we load it, we can pop in theme Y and we don’t have to charge the client extra, etc.

    Honestly I didn’t even know that SP gave a 30 day refund. Thanks for posting that, Susan. I’m sure it is a good deal for many. For us, we’re just too busy to have to be buying themes… the bookkeeping… returning them etc. Time is money… and because biz has been good the past 10 months we have more money than time… thus the lump-sum buy-in.

    Unlike some, we only do sites with Genesis themes so this is a good deal for us.

    Dev
    NewMedia Website Design

    #57365

    Stevee00
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    Thank you, all. Questions answered, and I hope this thread helps lurkers in the future.

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