Join Carrie Dils for an in-depth discussion in this video What is the Genesis framework?, part of Up and Running with Genesis for WordPress.
Before we dive in, let's step back and take a look at how the Genesis framework came to be and how it works with WordPress. StudioPress, the company behind the Genesis framework was created by Brian Gardner in 2009 as a marketplace for premium WordPress themes. Each StudioPress theme runs on top of the Genesis framework. You can think of the Genesis framework as sort of mega theme, where core functionality lives. In WordPress terms, you might also hear it or referred to as a parent theme. Whether you call it a framework or a parent theme, Genesis serves as a foundation for custom child themes, which we'll talk more about shortly.
It encapsulates all of the SEO, security, and performance features you need to have an awesome site. So, where does WordPress fit into the picture? Well, we don't even have a picture without WordPress. If we go to the StudioPress 101 tab on the studiopress.com site, they like to describe it like this. WordPress is the engine that runs your car and Genesis is the frame or the body that provides the structure for you to customize your site. So, take a little bit of time to explore studiopress.com, and see what the Genesis framework can do for you.
- What is Genesis?
- Which files make up a child theme?
- Setting up navigation options, breadcrumbs, and comments
- Adding custom header and footer scripts
- Working with menus
- Working with the Featured Post and Featured Page widgets
- Using the Genesis Import/Export feature