I have long been a fan of Genesis for creating robust and unique websites, either completely from scratch, or from one of their many child themes. I have used it on a number of sites that I have built for my clients and like it’s ease of use.
However, for anyone who has never delved into theme design before, it may be a little daunting with the amount of work needed to create a unique, custom theme.
Thankfully, the awesome people at Studiopress (the creators of the Genesis framework) just released a 44-page tutorial booklet to help you with every aspect of creating your own Genesis-powered theme. And since they’re just trying to help you understand how to make the most out of their existing products, they have released it free of charge.
The guide covers topics from the very basics to much more advanced topics, so to give you an idea of what’s included, I’ve listed the main chapters in the guide:
- Introduction to Genesis
- Installing Genesis and a child theme
- Genesis settings
- How Home Pages Work
- Widget Areas
- Included Widgets
- Genesis Templates
- Upgrading Genesis
- Additional Resources
I’ve long admired the coding and UI work that Studiopress have carried out and that has carried over into this guide; the tutorials are well laid out and written for all to understand.
If you’ve been wanting to create your own custom theme, this may be the perfect place to start. If you’re not fully convinced, just download the guide that they’ve written so that you can see the level of effort involved. Then if you’re convinced, you can always buy Genesis and get to building your first custom theme.