Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding a theme that meets your needs, part of WordPress and Genesis DIY: Weddings and Special Events.
- Finding the right theme to perfectly communicate your vision and show off your content can be a bit of a challenge. In this movie, I'll give you a brief rundown on the Genesis Themes that are out there as well as some tips to help you narrow down your search. For starters, where do you find themes? StudioPress.com is a fantastic place to begin your journey. With over 50 themes, they're the largest repository of Child Themes for the Genesis Framework. And since they're the makers of the Genesis Framework, you can be sure that when you buy with them you're getting a quality product and great support.
If you can't find what you're looking for at StudioPress.com, there are ton of fantastic third-party theme sellers. Now, these are either individuals or agencies who've created themes specifically for the Genesis Framework. I'll show you a few just to give you an idea of what's out there. We've got Web Savvy Marketing, next to StudioPress, probably has the largest collection of Genesis Themes. There's Appfinite, Oh, Hello Designs, The Pixelista, Pretty Darn Cute Designs and yours truly, Carrie Dils.
That's right! I make themes too. Now, this is certainly not an all-inclusive list but it's just to give you an idea of where to get started. If you look at all these and you're still not finding what you want, use your friend Google and do a search for Genesis Child Themes or Child Themes for the Genesis Framework and you'll have a ton to pick from. Lastly, if you can't find a pre-made theme out there, you can always get a custom-built theme. The process for custom-built theme is to hire a designer to build out the design and then a developer to make that design into a theme.
Now, sometimes a designer and a developer happen to be the same person. Even so, when you're dealing with custom-built themes expect to pay into the thousands of dollars. As you can see if you stick with a pre-made theme, you can definitely save yourself a lot of cash. Let's talk about some additional tips to help you narrow down your search. Now, we're focusing on the Genesis Framework for this course which automatically narrows down our search for eligible themes. You want to look for a theme that's mobile responsive. That means that regardless if you're on a desktop, a tablet or a phone, the screen will resize accordingly and will look fantastic.
Mobile responsive is pretty much the baseline standard these days. I wouldn't advise purchasing a theme that doesn't have this feature. Next, you want to check and see if a theme has HTML5 support. Now, that may sound like scary developer talk but as of Genesis version 2.0, the framework supports HTML5 markup. An HTML5 markup is fantastic for your SEO. Most theme developers will list HTML5 as a feature of their themes so it's not too hard to find out whether or not a theme supports this.
And a pro tip, because HTML5 has only been around in Genesis since version 2.0, if you find a theme with HTML5 support that means you're working with a relatively new theme. The last thing you want to look for is support. When you're spending money on a theme it's great to know that you can get in touch with someone and ask them a question if you need to. All the theme shops I just showed you come with fantastic support. Just be sure that wherever you buy your theme, that you can tell whether or not they offer a support option.
How much should you pay for one of these themes? Themes can range from free all the way up to $200 or anywhere in between. The average theme cost falls between 50 and 75 dollars. Now, if you're on the free end of things, there are actually some really great Genesis Child Themes out there but beware, most of those do not include customer support. Themes save you the cost of doing a lot of custom work or hiring someone to do it for you. So if you can find one you like, consider it money well spent.
We've talked a lot about the Genesis Framework and Child Themes. Now, if you're not quite sure about the concept of our framework or a Parent Theme and a Child Theme and would like to know more, be sure and check out this article in the lynda.com Article Center. It's called "What's So Great About the Genesis Framework?" and in that article, I give an overview of those concepts along with a few reasons about why I love the Genesis Framework. Armed with an overview of the Genesis Theme Landscape, an idea of what to look for and some expectations about the cost, it's time we go find the perfect theme for this course.
Ready for the next stage? Find more courses in this series by searching for Wordpress DIY.
- Making a content inventory
- Finding, installing, and activating the right theme for your site
- Setting up menus and other configuration options
- Using plugins to add features like a gallery or guestbook
- Launching your WordPress site