Read the Manual
Don’t put the key in the ignition just yet! This is a high performance vehicle, and you are in the driver’s seat. Best to get familiar with basics. So reach into the glove box and flip through the manual a bit. Start here, with the Genesis for Beginners User Manual.
You should also make sure you understand the basics of Child Themes.
You will also want to familiarize yourself with the FAQs, especially these:
Locate the Keys
Just like you can’t start your car without the key, you can’t begin developing your StudioPress site without your theme files.
Log in to My StudioPress, go to the Downloads page, and download the Genesis Framework and your Theme.
Put ‘em in the Ignition
You are so close now to being ready to hit the road. Put the keys in the ignition and get ready.
You do this by installing the Genesis Framework and your Theme.
And if you want to install the content that you saw on the Theme Demo, go for it!
Start the Car
Now it’s time to move. So turn the key, get that engine purring, and start making your way forward.
You do this by making sure you have the basics covered.
You will want to access the tutorials for your specific Theme, which you can do by visiting the Themes Setup page of the StudioPress Members Portal. Locate your theme in the list of available themes and click the “Theme Setup” link. This will take you to theme specific setup steps.
Navigate the Main Roads
Do you know how to apply the accelerator and the brake, how to signal a turn, and what all the buttons and lights in front of you do? Then it’s time to get out of the parking lot and onto some main roads.
With a Genesis Theme, that means knowing all the following:
Merge onto the Highway
You can get pretty much anywhere you need to go on main roads. And for some folks, avoiding the hustle and bustle of the highway keeps life simple and stress free.
But others want to take it to the next level. That means picking up speed, hopping on the highway, and pushing their car closer to its potential.
Cars are meant to GO, after all. And so is Genesis. If you’re ready.
For those of you who are comfortable with PHP and want to add the equivalent of nitrous oxide to your site, below is some next-level information you need to know:
And keep in mind: if you’re not comfortable editing code on your own, there are scores of capable Genesis Developers just an email away who would love to help you out.
And here are some tutorials for helping you to put it into practice.
- How to change the post byline
- How to change the post meta info
- How to change the footer credits
- How to add text or other code to a theme
- How to add or register a widget area (sidebar) to a theme
- How to add a Genesis box to posts
- How to add a Pinterest “Pin It” button
- How to create color style options
- How to enable Google Authorship
- How to use the Genesis grid loop
- How to customize JetPack sharing buttons
- How to translate Genesis Themes into different languages
Stop in for Service
Cars need maintenance and drivers have questions. Both are inevitable.
But instead of going to a service shop for the former and back to the dealership for the latter, at StudioPress you get it all in one place.
Your My StudioPress page houses all of your downloads, manuals, and account information.
And if you need assistance for anything – can’t download a theme, having purchasing issues, etc. – submit a request for assistance.
Hit the Open Road
Cars can get us from Point A to Point B on a daily basis. That’s why we need them, but it isn’t why we love them. The reason we love cars is because of the boundless potential that they hold. In a car, you can go almost anywhere and do almost anything in the offline world. With a Genesis Theme, you can do the same … in the online world.