Non-coder learning genesis

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    colkav
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    Hi,

    Just re phrasing a previous question.. (thanks for your reply, Susan)

    I created a mockup for a client using the free, non-Genesis, Suffusion theme, here

    I want to create a revised version, but now i’m using Genesis, so the approach is very different to Suffusion!  I intend to get a similar, basic layout in place using Genesis, and build upon the design, and my knowledge of Genesis, over time.

    It looks like I need to get my hands dirty with template files, PHP and CSS.  I want to develop a general understanding of what the code is doing, but I don’t intend to learn these languages. Am I asking too much?

    I’m guessing at this point that I need to create a page template for the home page, but from here it gets a bit scary.

    With these template files, can it be a case of copy / pasting code in a sort of ‘modular’ way?

    Is there a graphical way to layout pages in grid  / column style, by using text widgets, for example?

    From what i’ve read, you need to create page templates with widgetized areas.  Does this sound like the right approach?  Can a non-php / coder achieve this by copying / pasting, and learning from tutorials / how-to’s, without learning how to code?

    I think i just need a push in the right direction, just a bit lost at the moment.  Any insight appreciated.

    Many thanks,

    colkav

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    #8584

    Susan
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    Welcome back!

    It looks like I need to get my hands dirty with template files, PHP and CSS.  I want to develop a general understanding of what the code is doing, but I don’t intend to learn these languages. Am I asking too much?

    I don’t think you’re asking too much. Before I started with studiopress, I knew nothing about PHP and CSS. I’m not a technical expert, but hanging around the forum, and working on my own website, I just jumped right in, and learned along the way. And, yes, a novice can do this by copy/pasting, asking questions, getting pointed in the right direction to tutorials etc. That’s where we come into play here on the forums.

    Ok, onto your site:

    You’ve got two ways of approaching this – you can start with one of the free themes, in which case, you’ve got a foundation to build upon – the sample theme is a good start – you can download it here:

    http://www.studiopress.com/free-themes/sample

    Here’s a tutorial for getting started with the sample theme:

    http://my.studiopress.com/docs/building-child-themes/

     

    By starting off with a free theme, you don’t have to create any of the behind the scenes templates, you just have to layer on elements.

    If you want to start from scratch, here’s a good tutorial:

    http://www.artofblog.com/building-a-genesis-child-theme/

     


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

    #8587

    colkav
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    Thanks Susan, that’s the answer / encouragement i was looking for. I’ll read , digest, and will be back, i’m sure.

    #8588

    Susan
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    You’re welcome!

     


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

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