Installing your Wordpress Theme + Genesis


Most of my Wordpress themes for sale are a Child Theme of a Genesis Framework. You are probably thinking, well what is a Child Theme? A Child Theme is a template that sits on top of a “framework” and holds all the design and layout features of your website. In this case the “framework” is the Genesis file also provided in your download. Essentially, Genesis is the “foundation theme” or “parent theme”. So you should have two theme .zip files included in your download:

  • Genesis Framework (Genesis): ($59.95 value)
  • Genesis Child Theme (your design theme)
  • Recommended plugins for your child theme (to ensure ideal look of the theme)
  • ReadMe.txt file that should point you to these instructions for further assistance

Also note that you should not edit the Genesis Framework theme file. The “parent theme” controls the foundation of your website.

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Installing Your Theme on Wordpress (The Easy Way)

Here are step-by-step details on how to upload your new theme:

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to Appearance à Themes.
  2. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page.
  3. Click the “Upload Theme” button.
  4. Click the “Choose File” button and browse for the .zip files you just purchased. Upload the Genesis theme FIRST.
  5. Select the file and click the “Install Now” button.
  6. After you have finished installing the Genesis Framework, repeat steps 1-5 to install the Child Theme you just purchased.


Installing With FTP Client (The Hard Way)

If you are familiar with FTP Client programs and want to install your theme this way you can. If you are not a web developer, you probably won’t want to take this route.

  1. Unzip the theme files you just purchased. You will see a theme folder with the name of the theme you are installing.
  2. Log in to your server through an FTP client (I have used CyberDuck and FileZilla) and locate the wp-content/themes directory. You will transfer the entire theme folder (both the Genesis and Child Theme) to that directory.


Activating your Theme

After you’ve installed the Genesis framework and a child theme, your site is ready to go live! Make sure your child theme is activated by going to Appearance à Themes. Select your Child Theme and select the “Activated” button.


Genesis Theme Settings 

You can configure your theme settings from your dashboard at Genesis à Theme Settings. You will have the following options:

  • Information – Information about your Genesis framework.
  • Custom Feeds – Option to redirect RSS feed URLs.
  • Default Layout – Configure the website layout for posts, pages, and archive views.  You may change theses settings for pages and posts when you create them on the “Posts” and “Pages” tab.
  • Header – Pick between a Dynamic text or an Image logo for your site title.
  • Breadcrumbs – Breadcrumbs show content types to help visitors see the track of pages leading to your homepage.
  • Comments and Trackbacks – Comments and Trackbacks can be enabled or disabled for posts and pages.
  • Content Archives – Display options for date, category, tag, taxonomy, and author archive views.
  • Blog Page Template – Display options for pages using the blog page template.
  • Header and Footer Scripts – Site scripts to the header or footer of your website. 


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