I’ve been using Genesis with themes from StudioPress to create WordPress sites for a few years. These themes keep getting easier to use to create a site that you can tweak to suit your needs for a look like it was designed by a pro, whether it’s a personal site or you’re setting up an e-commerce site. All themes are mobile-ready so your site will look great on a laptop, large display, tablet or phone.
Cut-to-the-Chase Design with StudioPress Sites
If you don’t want to go through the steps to set up a site as I’ve outlined below, check out StudioPress Sites, which bundles hosting, Genesis framework and 20 child themes, high security to prevent site hacks and fast loading pages. StudioPress Sites also includes one-click installs of popular service plugins like Genesis Design Palette Pro, Ninja Forms, WooCommerce and many others. The cost for all of this is $24 or $33 a month depending on whether you’re setting up a personal site or an e-commerce site. There is a discount for an annual subscription. If you are newer to setting up and designing websites or blogs, StudioPress Sites is the way to go.
If you are going to be setting up multiple sites, consider the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package, described below in step three.
How to Set Up Genesis and Child Themes on WordPress
- Genesis runs on WordPress from WordPress.org, not WordPress.com. Set up your domain (that’s claiming your web address) and hosting account (that’s where your site will reside) with Dreamhost or another hosting company. Install WordPress. Dreamhost includes an easy install in their Goodies.
- You need to buy the Genesis Framework as well as a child theme. Genesis is the design, security and SEO foundation of your website. Genesis includes excellent support, documentation and a user forum on the StudioPress website.
- Then choose and purchase a child theme from StudioPress A child theme is the design element that rests on top of the Genesis framework. When Genesis issues an update, your child theme will suffer no glitches because of the separation between framework and design. The gallery below includes my current favorite themes. If you’re a developer or plan to do multiple sites, consider paying once for the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package, which gives you lifetime access to the Genesis framewor, all current and future themes, all updates and great support from StudioPress and the Genesis user community. You will be able to select and download themes for use as many times as you need them – there is no limit.