Genesis Framework For Beginners – Part I
There are several WordPress theme frameworks out there. The basic purpose of a theme framework for word press is to provide a skeleton to the themes. Frameworks like Skeleton, Roots, Bones, TwentyTen Five, Thesis, Hybrid and WP Paintbrush have been serving the web designers since last few years. When Genesis was released, most of the popular sites switched to this Framework because of its exceptional features like SEO, user-friendliness, breadcrumbs, multiple layouts, at low price. You get to install hundreds of themes for this framework.
Genesis is a framework which makes it easy for beginners to handle their blogs technically. You don’t have to bother with dozens of plugins as almost all the necessary options are available in this framework. If you have bought Genesis Framework, then read further, however, if you haven’t bought it yet, then what are you waiting for? Click here and buy the framework.
Install Genesis Framework
Below is great video explaining a simple installation of the framework.
Now, a button appears in the sidebar. When you click on it, it distributes into four parts:
Genesis Theme Settings
Ok now let’s start with the information part, which you can see on the top of this page. Information let’s you see what Genesis version you are using right now. As the latest update was Genesis 1.9.1, you can see it on the top.
The second option let’s you include the name of your child theme and the version number in your webpage’s document source. The third option as you can see is "enable automatic updates". This option should be ticked if you want to get frequent notifications regarding updates.
And finally the last option offers you a box where you can enter your email address and tick it. This will make Genesis deliver update notifications to your email inbox.
If your feeds are handled by feedburner, then you can enter your feedburner URL and tick on Redirect Feed and Genesis will do the rest.
In default layout, you can see six different options. It totally depends on you that which framework you actually choose. Header style is default as always but content and sidebar styles are pretty different. The thickest part is content, after that (width-wise) you can see primary sidebar and the thinnest one is secondary sidebar.
This option is only valid if you have enabled a custom menu. The navigation settings are for both the primary and secondary navigation. The primary navigation part is usually present below header but sometimes you may find it above the header. If you tick the "Enable Fancy Dropdowns" option, then you’ll observe animated dropdowns.
If you don’t know what breadcrumbs is? You could read about it at DigWP. Genesis framework allows you to enable these breadcrumbs on your desired fields.
Comments and Trackbacks
The option let’s you decide whether you want to show comments and tracbacks or not. There are two things on which you can do the customization; post and page. You could also enable comments and trackbacks on the page or post itself!
First, the display post content option enables you to show the whole post including the more tag. In show post excerpt option, the content gets limited to 55 words.
The limit content to ___ characters enables you to limit the content according to your wish. You can limit it to whatever number of characters you want.
Include the featured image is another exceptional option. If your theme does not allow featured post image, then you can use this option and set featured image of whatever size you want. The featured image would be seen on the homepage and the category pages. It makes for a beautiful layout
Blog Page Template
By this option, you can customize what you can show on index page. The first part let’s you display your desired category. If you don’t want to use a single category, then choose "All Categories" option. If you want to exclude one, two or more, then you can write them in the second part.
The last part let’s you decide what number of posts you want to show on the page.
Header & Footer Scripts
If you know some coding or you want to change header or footer scripts, then this option is for you. Whatever you will change, it will appear on every page. Another point is that PHP is not allowed here, so for using PHP install Genesis simple hooks plugin. The changes will appear on every page of the site and are a great way to add analytic code and other scripts.