Congratulations! You’ve purchased your Genesis child theme and now you are ready to get started. Confused? Not sure what to do first? Well, here’s a little checklist to help you get going.
Read Your Theme’s Installation Documentation
Before you get started, you should look at our theme documentation found here. Familiarizing yourself with your new WordPress child theme will help you understand how it works.
Locate your theme and you will see the step-by-step instructions on how to install your WordPress child theme. It’s really very helpful to review each step before you get started with the installation process.
Tip: Open the installation guide in a new tab or window. This way you can go back and forth while you install your theme.
Begin the Installation Process
- Install WordPress on your hosting account
- Install the Genesis Framework
- Install your Genesis Child Theme
- Install and configure all Recommended Plugins (which are listed in the documentation)
Import the Demo Content
If you are setting up a new website, you can install the demo content and widgets. The files you need are in your theme file, plus in your child theme’s documentation. The content file ends with .xml and the widget content ends with .wie.
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Set Up an Existing Website
If you are installing your new theme on an existing website, there are several things you need to be aware of.
- Deactivate any caching plugins that may be active in your website. Sometimes, caching plugins can prevent edits and customizations from being accepted and can make the design/development process take longer. Reactivate the plugins when you are all done.
- Because you’re switching themes, you most like will need to “regenerate” your thumbnails. What is that? Regeneration means to resize all your images to be the size needed to be used in various places of the new theme.
- If you are switching from one Genesis Framework child theme to another (such as ours), be sure to remove any existing CSS you may have added to the Custom CSS box which is in the Customizer. Why? With the Genesis Framework most designers will name certain areas the same name, i.e., Front-Page-1, Front-Page-2, Above Header, Below Footer, etc. Any code left in the Custom CSS box that relates to the similarly named area will inherit that code. This can be very confusing.
Last… but not least… know how to contact us!
If you need theme support, you can reach us here.
If you would like to have your theme installed and setup like the demo, select a package from here.
Well… I think that’s it! You now have the steps to get you started on installing your new WordPress theme.
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