How to Build Your First Genesis Child Theme


I’ve been interested in Genesis for years, have built multiples sites on it, but have never really developed my own theme. I’ve tweaked other themes, even modified them to look completely different, but now I am going to build my own theme. I am not sure what I’ll call it yet, but it’ll be free, will be minimal, and won’t be heavy.

Building Your First Genesis Child Theme: What are the Necessary Files?

Let’s just start here.

Add Slider to the Home Page of Minimum Pro Theme v.3.0 – Updated!

StudioPress just released Minimum Pro Theme to Genesis Framework users.

I recently wanted to substitute a slider on the homepage instead of a static featured image. I’ll post the solution here in case you’d like to try it yourself. (btw – just giving a thanks – Ted helped me out a ton!)


The featured image used in the Minimum Pro Theme demo is hard-coded into funtions.php. We’re going to change this by creating a new widget area for our home page slider.

My Way to a Free #Inbound13 Ticket, Thanks to @kippbodnar

For the past few weeks, I have been trying to figure out a way to get to #Inbound13. With such a stellar line up, and great content, being at Inbound 2013 would be an invaluable experience. So for the past few weeks- I set out on going to Inbound – and going for free.

The first thing I did: Research Hubspot.

I am not a current user of Hubspot, but since they are the sponsor of the conference, I wanted to get to know them (the company, not the SaaS).

Customize and Style the Contact Form 7 WordPress Plugin

Contact 7 form is one of my favorite plugins for WP – in fact – I use it on all the sites I run. Gravity forms is an awesome alternative, but since it is free, and runs on WP Multisite, I stick with contact form 7. The only problem: Contact Form 7 needs customization and style. This tutorial will teach you how to create a contact form that goes from (the default css):

To something a little more eye catching.