Looking ofr the Right Theme

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  • #89417

    sportydave
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    Hi,

    My name is David. I have set up the basic structure and appearance of a new site but now want to come over to Genesis framework.

    I need advice. I want to maintain – as best as is possible – the design of the current site and theme. Can anyone please reccomend a Genesis Theme from Studio Press that most closely resembles the current layout?

    My current them can be seen at http://www.malleeblue.com

    The Corporate, Associate and Metric Themes look similar to my current theme, but obviouslty the demo doesn’t let you see the full functionality or ability to customise.

    Becuase I have not used Genesis before, I am a little hesitant to make the switch only to find that the modifications are too numerous and costly or else find I have spent good money on a framework and theme that cannot meet my needs.

    The current theme uses a lot of shortcodes for its boxes, terstimonials, etc. I understand these might need to be re-done. The most important thnig is that I find a Gen Theme that closely resembles the existing theme, layout and design.

    Cheers,

    David

    Any help would be greatyl appreciated.


    Kind Regards,
    David Trounce

    • This topic was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by  sportydave.
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    http://www.malleeblue.com
    #89424

    nutsandbolts
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    Your current site reminds me quite a bit of the Education child theme – you might check that one out. Honestly, though, the look you need could be created with any available child theme depending on how much elbow grease you wanted to put in.

    Genesis is amazing and has a lot of possibilities but many of them are not readily available out of the box. The framework is meant to be lightweight, but give you the ability to add on the things you want or need. So you might need to use plugins (there are TONS of Genesis-specific plugins) to do certain things, or you might spend some time googling to find tutorials (there are tons of those as well) to learn how to change some of the things on the site.

    If you are looking for a theme with a huge options panel, color picker, etc. then Genesis might not be the right choice for you. It pains me to say that since I love Genesis and develop for it exclusively, but I also don’t want anyone to be misled. All that said, there are also plugins like Genesis Design Palette Pro (link) that make it much easier to change the look of your site. If you have any particular questions or requirements, let me know and I’ll do my best to help out.


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #89435

    sportydave
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    Wow, Andrea,

    Thanks so much for the support. I am a little nervous about swtiching over (tired of working on my site, want to get working on my business). I will look at the Education child theme. I also noticed Epik, which seemed similar.

    What do you think? Can that HUGE mother ship of a slider be removed from that Theme so I can have content similar ot my existing site?

    My needs are fairly basic. i don’t require loads of options, just a few nice tidy things to present a good readable blog and clean pages for my services.

    Are the plugins for Genesis themes accessible through the plugin directory in my WP back end or are typically acquired through another method?

    Thanks again for your help.


    Kind Regards,
    David Trounce

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by  sportydave.
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    nutsandbolts
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    Epik is a good one, and it’s HTML5 compliant where Education is not, so it may be worth a look. One thing I love about Genesis is the fact that the non-blog homepages (like you see on Epik) are widgetized – it’s made up entirely of widget areas, so you can drag whatever you want in there just like you would with a sidebar.

    You can install 99% of the Genesis plugins through the WP dashboard – they won’t work on non-Genesis sites, but as long as the framework and a child theme are installed you’re good to go.

    I have a list of some of my favorite Genesis plugins here: http://www.nutsandboltsmedia.com/10-great-and-simple-genesis-plugins/


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

    #89442

    sportydave
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    Post count: 24

    Sold! Thanks.

    I thought i recognised your user name. I landed here via one of your Genesis articles eslewhere.

    Thanks Andrea.


    Kind Regards,
    David Trounce

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by  sportydave.
    • This reply was modified 8 months, 2 weeks ago by  sportydave.
    #89444

    nutsandbolts
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    No problem! Glad I could help. If you run into any trouble getting started, feel free to post a new thread (or you could always contact me through my site).


    Andrea Whitmer, Owner, Nuts and Bolts Media
    I provide dev and training services for web designers • Find me on Twitter and Google+

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